January 17, 2018 15:05:05 Ninon Doucet
Anyone who has ever said, "All I want to do is get home and put my feet up," knows how valuable ottoman furniture can be. Whether to stretch out at the end of the day to read a good book or watch a movie, or whether to elevate your feet to protect your health, an ottoman offers comfort and ease. Both functional and decorative factors should be considered before purchasing ottoman furniture, to ensure that you choose the right ottoman for your home.
An ottoman traditionally is a wooden box with cushioning on top. These boxes are used to rest your feet when you are relaxing. Ottomans were very popular in the Ottoman Empire and this is where it gets its name from. Normally ottomans are sold as part of a set and are paired with an armchair or glider. They are designed to match the chair or glider that they are paired with. In most homes they can be found in the living room and are used solely to put up ones feet. Designers are now coming up with innovative ways to use this piece of furniture and there are number of different uses that ottomans can be used for.
Optional Seating. Whether it is styled in the form of a box or a chair on short legs, an ottoman is upholstered and can be used as a seat. 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 Furniture Options. Ottomans are armless, upholstered seats or benches. They are available with a solid base or with decorative legs. Ottomans are most often used as a footstool, but they have other uses as well. Some ottomans are made hollow to provide room for storage, a feature that is particularly useful in small homes and apartments, where storage room are always welcome. Ottomans are available individually, as a component of sectional seating, or as part of an easy chair, sofa or loveseat set.
To give a more comprehensive definition of ottoman, it can be said that an ottoman is a heavy ribbed fabric of a mixture of silk and wool or cotton. They are also known as ottoman silk.
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