An ottoman is a versatile foot stool that can add comfort, convenience and style to any living room or bedroom. But picking one out can sometimes be a bit complicated. There are so many options out there - so how do you pick the right one for your space?
Ottomans come in a huge range of functional designs with a variety of features that can suit the needs of any space. A storage ottoman can tuck away children’s toys, extra throws, or remote controls, while other options such as bench styles can serve as extra seating for a party. Most ottomans can even serve as extra table space with the simple addition of a serving tray.
Ottomans come in a wide range of materials, from wood and metal to upholstered options in every fabric and material imaginable. When selecting the best material for your home, consider the style of the room it will be placed in, as well as how the how the ottoman will be used. If you opt for upholstery, an ottoman that will double as a coffee table should probably be upholstered in something liquid resistant or easily cleanable such as vinyl, leather, or microfiber, while a cushy footrest might be most comfortable in soft fabric.
Since ottomans are smaller pieces of furniture, they can be a great way to add a bold accent to a room without going over the top. Try picking a bright color, daring pattern, or even a stand out material such as leather or acrylic. You can also make a statement with an unexpected shape; In addition to the standard square or rectangular designs, ottomans come in round, oval and wedge shapes, among others.
Ottomans also come in a variety of sizes that make them a great choice for any space. Whether you need a substantial coffee table ottoman or a smaller foot rest, there are stylish choices that can fit your space. There aren’t any standardized sizes, so just choose whatever size or shape appeals to you most and works best for your space.
A note on height: If you are looking for an addition that will serve primarily as a foot rest, you may want to select one that is about the same height as the seat of your chair or sofa for maximum comfort. If you’re picking out a coffee table ottoman, go for something a little taller.