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Ottoman Buying Guide

Ottoman Buying Guide

After a long day of running around, there's nothing quite like coming home and putting your feet up. Sure, you can lounge on the couch, but if you have a whole family in need of seating, that may not be an option. In this case, you need an ottoman. But how do you decide on which is best for you? Read on to learn everything there is to know about ottomans.

What is an ottoman?

Some people consider an ottoman a glorified footstool, but it functions as so much more than that. An ottoman is traditionally meant to be something you can put your feet up on, but it can also be a storage bin, a serving table, and even a place for the kids to eat on if it's made with the right upholstery. Ottomans have come a long way since they were first created, and their versatility makes them an excellent addition to any home.

Types of Ottomans

Storage Ottomans Storage Ottomans

Storage ottomans are very popular right now, mostly because they can serve multiple functions. Like the one shown on the left, a storage ottoman can function as a place to keep blankets, an ottoman coffee table, and a footrest!

Cocktail Ottomans Cocktail Ottomans

You may be most familiar with this type of ottoman. They have short, wide legs and are lower in height. They can act as a coffee table and footstool. For example, you could easily set a serving tray of cocktails on it, hence its name.

Bench Ottomans Bench Ottomans

A bench ottoman has a dual purpose. It functions as a seat and footrest. Some may open and be used to store blankets or magazines. They're versatile and great if in need of additional seating.

Cube Ottomans Cube Ottomans

Cube ottomans are small and easy to move. Some can function as storage and extra seating. Sometimes, people will put four cube ottomans together to make a small coffee table and then break them up when necessary. They're flexible and great for small spaces.

Chottomans Chottomans

You may laugh when you read the word “chottoman,” but we assure you it is a real thing. A chottoman is a push-back chair and ottoman set. They're perfect if you're looking for something that matches with a recliner feel.

Ottoman Fabrics

Ottomans come in all kinds of different fabrics. Some have a pattern embroidered into the fabric, while some fabric is just one color. Popular choices of fabrics for ottomans include leather, ruxton (also known as wicker), and velvet. Keep in mind, each of these fabrics brings a unique aesthetic with it. Leather ottomans look sleek and evoke class. Velvet material can look bold and flamboyant, if a strong color is chosen. Other simple fabrics, like linen blends, look simple and clean. Wicker has a traditional flavor that's great for indoor patios and sunrooms. Other common fabrics are faux leather ottomans, polyester ottomans, and microfiber ottomans.

Beyond fabrics, ottomans are made from many other types of materials. Popular choices are wooden ottomans, metal ottomans, plastic/acrylic ottomans, and glass ottomans.

Ottoman Fabrics

Shape, Style, and Size

Choose the size and shape of ottoman that fits your space best. Whether you want a square, rectangle, oval, hexagonal, or round ottoman, choose a shape that works well with the area. Think about the furniture's purpose as well. Do you want it to act as extra seating or storage? Do you want it simply to rest your feet? Do you need large or small? Evaluate the space and pick something that will work for you and your home. Style plays a key role as well. Finding the perfect style ottoman that fits your home and taste should be a priority. Here are some incredible style options: contemporary, traditional, transitional, rustic, and cottage.