The ottoman is one of the most versatile pieces of furniture available. You can use them in just about any room – living room, dining room, kitchen, den. An ottoman is comfortable, flexible seating for kids and adults, a handy footrest, a makeshift coffee table, and may also double as storage.
Ottomans were first introduced into Europe in the 18th century from Turkey. At the time, Turkey was the heart of the Ottoman Empire, hence the strange name of this piece of furniture. Its comfort and flexibility meant that it soon took off in European parlors, especially in Britain. How many ways are there to use an ottoman? These are just a few ideas to get you started.
1. Coffee Table :
Whether your ottoman is leather, upholstered, or wicker, you can quickly transform it into a coffee table. Use a classic wood or metal tray to set down food and drinks and you can enjoy coffee or breakfast with a book on the sofa. This is a great idea for smaller spaces where both an ottoman and a coffee table would take up too much room.
2. Kitchen Table Seating :
Want to add some unique flair to your kitchen table? Use a pair of ottomans as kitchen table seating, especially paired with two traditional chairs on the other side to add some dynamic asymmetry and character to your kitchen table. Leather works well here as it’s easy to clean.
3. Movable Living Room Seating :
One of the great things about an ottoman is that many are lightweight and easy to move around. This makes them a great solution for adjustable living room seating. If you have kids or regularly invite over guests, they bring the flexibility you wish you had in a living room when you sit down to watch a movie or the game or gather around a table to play a board game. You won’t have guests sitting on the floor. The flexibility of the ottoman makes it a must-have in any living room. If you have a living room with limited space, you can also tuck ottomans away for everyday use and bring them out when you need extra chairs.
4. End of the Bed :
Need seating in your bedroom that’s not just the bed? An ottoman tucked at the end of the bed gives you a place to sit while you change or get ready in the morning. It can also become a convenient place to put all those outfits you pulled out of the closet and decided against at the last minute. Many ottomans also open and turn into storage space. A hinged top ottoman provides extra storage space in the bedroom when your dresser just isn’t big enough.
6. Footrests :
You don’t need to get creative with ottomans to enjoy them. Use your ottoman as a classic footrest and kick up your feet after a long day at work or with the kids. In fact, using a footrest when you relax might even help with back pain.
Bring an ottoman into your home and enjoy flexible furniture.
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