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January 10, 2018 21:52:08 Clarette Lepage
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.
The Right Size. To be functional, an ottomans height should precisely match the height of the sofa or chair that you will occupy while using it. Ottomans should be chosen in consideration of those who will most use them. For some, a light ottoman will provide all the support needed. For others, a larger, wider piece is a better choice.
Standard ottomans are basically footrests for an armchair or easy chair. That is all they are made to do. When some one says, "Put your feet up and take a load off," they are really telling you to sit down in a comfortable chair, relax and rest your feet on the ottoman that is in front of the chair.
Kids Love Ottomans - And Vice Versa. Ottomans are child friendly - if a small child falls off an ottoman he or she is unlikely to come to any harm. They can be upholstered in child-friendly fabrics, and can offer them a playing surface when they are sitting on the floor. They can be used to sit in front of the TV with a games controller and used as a hurdle in the hall for racing, or as a horse when riding!
Accent Pieces. While ottomans are footrests, seats and storage containers, they can also be used as accent pieces that pick out a color in your décor and display it is bright vivid color. In fact, it can scream out to everybody in the room "Look At Me!" - I am beautiful, so dont ignore me. Ring a bell? Ottomans can be used as occasional furniture, for storage of these ugly bits and pieces you need in your room but want hidden, and as an extravagant item of furniture showing itself off.
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