For example, an ottoman can be used as a coffee table with a sofa bed, and also to store the bedding for when the sofa is needed as a bed. It can be used as a piano stool, storing sheet music and other items. They can be used in childrens rooms for toys, computer or video games and controllers, and in your bedroom as a handy seat for dressing while storing bedding, spare pillows or your nightclothes. These are just examples an ottoman can be used to store whatever you need it to.
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.
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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