The Indispensable Ottoman
If ever you considered the ottoman inconsequential, think again. This relatively small piece of furniture comes in handy in a variety of ways. Designers love them because they don’t take up visual space, yet they are hardworking in their own right.
Placed in front of an easy chair, an ottoman naturally assumes its role as a footrest – a simple luxury for tired feet. Yet, where a coffee table is absent, the ottoman rises to the occasion. Books or magazines sit well here, and a tray is all that is needed to lend a stable, protective surface for glasses and plates. And when you’re one chair short, you can clear off the ottoman to make use of it as a low, comfortable seat. Many ottomans are small enough to carry easily from one room to the next.
- Feel free to mix and match, especially if you are going to use the ottoman on its own. A chair-and-ottoman is always handsome, but an ottoman need not be identical to the surrounding furniture in style or upholstery. Matched sets are usually more formal, while unmatched pieces set a more casual tone. Just choose styles and coverings that are compatible and coordinate well together.
- Think about how you are going to use the ottoman. If you want one that doubles as a coffee table, choose an ottoman covered in a material that is easy to care for, such as leather.
- Avoid pure white or cream-colored upholstery for ottomans. You don’t want to be too precious about furniture that often functions as a footrest. If you forget to remove your shoes, it won’t matter as much on a darker-hued ottoman.
- Article by Bernhardt Furniture