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Brought to Western Europe from the Ottoman Empire in the 18th century, ottomans were once the central piece of family seating, piled with cushions and produced in a wide array of sizes, shapes and materials.
Nowadays, ottoman is one of the most versatile pieces of furniture, it can be used in a variety of ways throughout your home.
Here are just some of the ways to consider on how you could be making the most of your ottomans.
With their comfortable foam cushioning, ottomans serve as the perfect footrest. Select a colour combination that suits your sofas and you have the perfect arrangement to put your feet up at the end of a long day.
The ottoman makes an ideal transition from footrest to seating. With its soft cushioning, your guests will be just as comfortable on your ottoman as they would be on your sofa.
When a space is tight, the ottomans’ low height makes them the perfect put-away seating.
You can tuck them under shelving or tables and bring them out only when they’re needed.
Ottoman makes a popular alternative to the traditional coffee table. It has suitable height and sturdy enough to support a solid tray with teapot, cups and saucers.
At the foot of the bed
Have you ever thought of placing an ottoman at the end of your bed? An ottoman (or two) at the end of a bed makes a nice transition from the bed to the floor and adds additional seating to the room.
The multifunctional ottoman well and truly earns its keep, working as everything and anything from a place to put your feet up to a tray-topped coffee table.