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Ottomans & Footstools

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Ottomans and Footstools

An ottoman is one of the most versatile and useful pieces of furniture you can own buy and we have 300+ options to choose from in an incredible array of styles, sizes, shapes and fabric coverings.

Ottomans and footstools are excellent space saving pieces of furniture and are one of the most cost-effective ways to introduce extra seating or storage to your living area without taking up very much space.

An ottoman or footstool may be the missing piece to you interior puzzle. Available in a variety of colours, sizes and shapes, there’s an option to suit and fit any space. They are also perfect for injecting a pop of colour, pattern or texture to the home and may be all that’s needed to complete your interior scheme.

Ottoman uses

Ottomans & Footstools are perfect for seating. They can be moved around quickly and effortlessly when extra guest seating is required.

They can be placed at the foot of a sofa and used as a foot rest or even as a coffee table with the simple addition of a tray.

Some ottomans are available in a bench size in which case are perfect for placing in an entry to use to sit on to remove shoes which can then be placed underneath. A bench ottoman or storage ottoman is also perfect for placing at the foot of a bed and can be dressed with a beautiful throw.

Advantages of using an ottoman

Having much smaller proportions than a chair, makes an ottoman perfect for smaller living areas, and due to their compact size, an ottoman can be stored under a console table or in a cupboard, the corner of a room or as part of a living room setting.

In a similar fashion to a cushion or an artwork, an ottoman or footstool is a great accent piece that can be used to tie your interior colour scheme together. They can be used to add a bold pop of colour or be more subtle and muted to blend seamlessly with the rest of the interior.

Ottoman size and shapes

Depending on the size of your space and your needs, there are a range of different sizes and shapes available. A good idea is to map out the size of the product you’re considering purchasing to see how it fits in your space.

Ottomans are available in rectangular, square or round options, while foot stools are smaller in size and are mainly limited to square or round.

Storage ottomans

The solution to all your storage needs! An ottoman with some built in storage is great if you’re short on space, it can be a great place to store things like blankets, extra pillows, magazines or board games.

Ottoman materials

Upholstery for an ottoman or footstool is an important consideration, again, depending on your needs there are a range of options. Leather and vinyl options can look very sophisticated and be easy to clean, whereas fabric options can be colourful and vibrant but could be harder to keep clean. If you have small children or pets, an easy to clean option will look new for longer.

Ottoman styles

There are endless possibilities when it comes to buying an ottoman or footstool, from vibrant and bold to functional and sophisticated, find what suits your needs and style and you’ll wonder how you ever went without one!

Check out our guide 9 Ways to Inject Modern Furniture into Your Home for some tips and inspiration on updating your furniture.

Ottomans online at House of Home.

Whether you need extra seating, extra storage or you simply want to put your feet up on something comfortable at the end of a busy day, the ottoman might be your answer.

Below are the answers to the three most common FAQs people ask when buying an ottoman.

What is the ideal ottoman height?

The height of your ottoman relative to your couch is important when you use the ottoman as a footrest. So for ultimate comfort, your ottoman should be the same height as your sofa seat or just below. If your ottoman is higher than your couch it won’t make for comfortable lounging.

Should my ottoman match my sofa?

There are no real rules here. Choose an ottoman that you love, and that works well with your overall room décor. Round, square or rectangular can all work equally well to balance out a space. When you are choosing the colour and material, often having a colour contrast or material difference between your sofa and ottoman will work best.

If you have a modular lounge suite maybe you have an ottoman that is part of the overall configuration, so most likely it will match. Adding a large round tray in a contrasting material or colour on top of the ottoman will help to break it up visually.

How can I convert my ottoman to a coffee table?

Often ottomans are made of fabric or suede and some are buttoned or tufted, none of which are particularly flat or easily cleaned surfaces. So the key to converting your ottoman into a coffee table is to add a flat, easily cleaned surface to the top.

There are a few options; a large tray is are ideal, or perhaps a board or a piece of glass. If you want to go back to just the ottoman, the tray can be used elsewhere and the board or piece of glass can be easily stored under your couch.

Here are some great ideas on How to Style Your Coffee Table.