Are you thinking about buying an ottoman but don’t know where to start? Well, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve come up with five interesting ideas to help you get started on your ottoman journey:
1. THINK ABOUT STORAGE
Storage ottomans, also known as storage benches and blanket boxes, are generously proportioned and give you heaps of storage space for spare cushions, blankets, or whatever else you might need to store in your home
Key benefit: long enough for two people sitting side-by-side to put their feet up, and can be moved to pretty much anywhere in the house without being out-of-place.
Key consideration: they are more expensive than an ordinary ottoman.
2. CONSIDER CUSTOM
If you’re like me and you’re really picky about almost everything you buy, a custom-made ottoman is the perfect option for you. Everything about this ottoman will be to your specifications.
Key benefit: it’s bespoke—what’s not to love?
Key consideration: it costs more than a ready-made ottoman.
3. KEEP IT CONTEMPORARY
As a piece of accent furniture, the ottoman is the perfect candidate for adding depth and personalty to your interior style. For example, mid-century designs work excellently for those who prefer a more contemporary look, with splayed legs and bright colours.
Key benefit: your house will feel more like a home if your ottoman reflects your interior design preferences.
Key consideration: some styles, like mid-century modern, might not blend well with your existing furniture and décor.
4. WHY NOT HAVE WHEELS?
We’ve all seen ottomans with legs, but how many ottomans have you seen with wheels? Less absurd than it sounds, ottomans on wheels can be stylish and immensely practical, especially for those who cannot (or do not want to) be lifting furniture around the house.
Key benefit: super easy to move across flat surfaces, like carpet or tiles.
Key consideration: not so easy to move across rugs. Lifting may be easier, depending on the rug.
5. CHAISE YOUR DREAMS
A changeable ottoman—also known as changeable chaise—is the perfect solution for those looking for an ottoman to blend in with their sofa. Changeable ottomans come with the sofas with which they are sold and can be positioned on the left or the right side, depending on your preference (or, as is more often the case, the configuration of your living room).
Key benefit: of all ottomans, this will seem the most like a natural part of your sofa—because it is!
Key consideration: it’ll take up a lot of space.