By Claudia Hutson. Ottoman Design. Published at Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 - 23:03:06 PM.
Obviously an Ottoman should not be used as a coffee table without utilizing a serving tray on top as soft material and hot liquid drinks do not make a good combination. The answer is simple. Use a serving tray when you have guests and need a place to serve refreshments. Obviously be careful if you do have young children as the hot drinks will be at their height level. The more common uses of an ottoman are as a footstool or if large enough, a day bed but sometimes they will double up as a seat. If you have more guests than chairs, I am sure younger people won't mind using it as something to sit on. It won't be comfortable for long periods of time as it doesn't have the back support but it will do in an emergency.
Ottoman coffee tables are ideal for pairing with any room seating since they are available in multiple shapes and sizes. There are traditional options that are longer, rectangular, round, square, they can be octagonal, triangular or free form. To suit contemporary living room interiors they are available in modern and sleek, clean symmetrical looks, while others that are very eccentric and have an art deco feel accentuate similar interiors. Then there are classical options that have a very delicate, antique appearance which very well go with ethnic or traditional style decor.
However today coffee table has evolved into something that does more than just hold coffee cups, they are style statement in themselves and centre piece of our proud living rooms. Instead of a regular hard wood or glass table top table where you can just set things down, one may choose a totally different option- accent furniture crafted out of fabric, leather or faux leather, even microfiber.
A further way to add an ottoman to your room set is to substitute the piece for your existing side table or coffee table. To make the most of this style, opt for a large rectangular ottoman and place centrally as the centrepiece of a modular suite or corner unit. Not only does this style add a decorative edge to a classic look but it also provides for additional seating capacity for large, impromptu social gatherings. Typically, this style works well in more modern settings so do be cautious if you have a period property which may call for a traditional coffee table. If this is the case, you may wish to experiment with colours and materials opting for natural leathers or neutral, toned down fabric choices.
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