Yolette. Ottoman. October 02nd , 2017.
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.
In the vast majority of ottomans, each cube has a separate cushion, and a separate storage area. In the models with trays, each cushion can be turned over to use as individual trays. Most ottomans manufactured today are constructed with solid hardwood frames and leather or synthetic (leatherlike) covers. Synthetic materials include vinyl, fauxleather, bicast leather, or microfiber fabric. Ottomans with real leather are not that common and are expensive.
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.
These are the reasons behind the increasing popularity of compact furniture like ottomans. Not only they are compact, but they are also multifunctional. When you buy an ottoman, it can be used as a storage place, a foot stool, a seat, a coffee table, as well as a tray. In the absence of arm rests or backs like in sofas, they are relatively lightweight, and therefore easy to move. Ottomans are perfect for dorm rooms, small apartments, condominiums, and small homes.
Perhaps not as comfortable as an armchair, but sufficient as an emergency or alternative seating option in your home during parties or when a crowd of friends descend upon you. It can be stored away under a table and pulled out when needed or rolled out if your ottoman is fitted with casters. Ottoman Coffee Tables; Most wellmade ottomans are solid enough to be used as coffee tables and not just in an emergency.
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