Standard ottomans are basically footrests for an armchair or easy chair. That is all they are made to do. When some one says, Put your feet up and take a load off, they are really telling you to sit down in a comfortable chair, relax and rest your feet on the ottoman that is in front of the chair. Storage ottomans are just that: they are built for storage. The padded top is usually hinged and can open up to reveal an open space in heart of the ottoman in which people generally store blankets for use with the easy chair and ottoman.
These have several uses in the home of which seven shall be discussed here. The Ottoman as a Footrest; Many people love to stretch their legs out when sitting. Whether they are reading a book, watching TV or simply resting or napping, people like to elevate their feet and legs. The biological effect is to reduce the stress on the heart in pumping blood up through the nonreturn valves in the veins of their legs.
Many people use ottomans as tables and if they have a flat, level surface, so much the better. They can be used as coffee tables or benches. Ottomans can be any color, brown is very popular in the United States, and they can be covered in any material, leather ottomans are the most popular types of ottomans in the world. Ottomans are so useful that some people actually build their furniture suites around them. Some ottomans have been in families for generations and instead of getting new ones, the family hand me down is simply redone so another generation can feel the pleasure of one of the worlds most popular and beloved piece of furniture.
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