January 16, 2018 16:07:56 Angelette Lavergne
An ottoman is a wooden box that has cushioning on top. This box can be used for storage. Instead of leaving books, CDs and games piled up around the living area you can neatly put them away inside your ottoman. A lot of ottomans now come with easy lift lids and with built-in organization centers that makes storing things in the base of the ottoman easy and convenient. Ottomans are a great way to get that extra storage space and you can put away the things that you are not using in your living area. Ottomans can also be used for extra seating. An ottoman does not have a back or arms but they are still very comfortable to sit on.
Quite interestingly, the term is derived from the French word ottomane, which is the feminine version of ottoman. The word could have also been derived from the Italian Ottomano, Medieval Latin Ottomanus, Medieval Greek Othomanoia, from Arabic Utmani. Ottoman was also the name of an empire of the late 16th century.
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.
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.
Ottomans can be any color, brown is very popular in the United States, and they can be covered in any material, leather ottomans are the most popular types of ottomans in the world. Ottomans are so useful that some people actually build their furniture suites around them. Some ottomans have been in families for generations and instead of getting new ones, the family hand me down is simply re-done so another generation can feel the pleasure of one of the worlds most popular and beloved piece of furniture.
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