Lamontagne. Ottoman. September 22nd , 2017.
World War One ended Ottoman rule in these parts of the world, but not the spread of its cherished footstool. Even after the empire lost its power, the name stuck to this very versatile and useful footrest and its popularity spread like wild fire, especially in America. In one sense, the ottomans have reconquered a large share of the world and arguably, more people know the name now than they did when the real Ottomans were in control.
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.
This Baxton Studio Ottoman is an extremely versatile ottoman that can serve as a footrest, seat, or just as an accent to your current furniture. This particular ottoman is expresso brown but it also comes in other colors. The leather sets on a foam cushion which helps provide comfort, and its solid wooden frame allows it to support a great deal of weight.
Many use their ottoman as a coffee table period. Your ottoman is usually lower in height than your chair or sofa, and is perfect as a coffee table. Some ottomans have a shelf under the top that can be used to store magazines, so apart from being upholstered they are more tablelike than ottomanlike. Storage Ottomans; Storage ottomans are virtually upholstered boxes with padded lids. The lids are hinged and open up to provide storage space that can be used in a number of ways.
Using ottomans in home décor is not new, and according to the Encyclopaedia* Britannica (not Wikipedia) the ottoman has been with us since the late 18th century when it was introduced to Europe from Turkey (the Ottoman Empire). Its origins are irrelevant to its current use, which is as a footstool or a seat. Some ottomans consist of a small padded seat standing on four legs, while others are in the form of a padded box with a hinged lid the storage ottoman.
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