Published at Friday, August 23rd 2019. by Elbert Heinrich in Ottoman & Storage Ottoman.
These plush footstools are an elegant callback to the favored furniture of the Ottoman Empire from which they get their name. The overall tufted design was a common feature of furniture of the era, and throughout the centuries they came to be the comfortable and versatile pieces we know today.
The primary purpose I had in mind for the ottoman was as a footstool, but many versions also come with convenient internal storage and are both large enough and sturdy enough to serve as additional seating.
The only storage that’s available in ottoman couches of this type is going to be what space is available under the assembled ottoman couch since the internal space will be used for additional cushioning.
While round is the traditional shape for a piece of ottoman furniture they come in as wide a variety of shapes and sizes as you can imagine, so these are other factors I had to consider in selecting my final piece. Beyond that, it’s just a matter of choosing the color that suits you and the material from which its made. Velvet comes in a lot of different fabrics, some easier to clean than others.
Some forms of ottoman actually collapse down for convenient storage, though you won’t often see one of those with a lid that turns into a tray. The important thing is to keep a list of things you like as you explore the options out there, and slowly winnow it down until you have a small selection to make a final decision from.
One of the first things you’ll have to consider in your search for an ottoman with internal storage is what size of ottoman you’re going for. Ottomans come in a dazzling array of styles and sizes, so knowing what your space can accommodate is going to be necessary. Speaking of styles, you should probably have some concept of the color you want, as it will help narrow down your selection further.
Something is enduring about the functional simplicity of the ottoman. A common piece of furniture since the rise of the Ottoman Empire and especially popular during the Victorian era, it’s appeared in multiple forms, sizes, and colors. One of the most popular innovations that have occurred over the extensive lifespan of the ottoman is that of internal storage.
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