By Anna Edgar. Ottoman Design. Published at Thursday, May 10th, 2018 - 00:01:41 AM.
When we generally think of ottoman they are nothing but a low, rectangular footrest, usually upholstered accompanying an accent chair. They are used as footrest and are perfect for comfortable seating. However ottomans have outgrown its role and we now see them along with sofa sets adding new features of extra seating or an occasional table. They come is different sizes and shapes and are much higher than the footrest. Ottoman involves a combination of shape, style and function. They are padded, upholstered low-rise bench with no armrests or back supports.
There are very few furniture pieces that can offer a place to sit, a place to kick your feet up and rest your legs or place to set a tray of drinks and snacks upon. As a matter of fact, there's really only one such versatile furnishing and that, is the ottoman. With so many uses, it's no wonder it can sometimes take quite a beating and begin to look old, weathered and ready to be put out to pasture (or into the nearest dumpster.) Since décor designers understand how much people love their favorite and most multi-purpose furnishing, cleverly (and thankfully) they came up with the ottoman slipcover.
The stretch ottoman slipcover is available in a wide variety of stretch fabrics that include but are not limited to chenille, micro-fiber, weaved canvas, suede and faux suede and linen. Like their name implies, these covers simply stretch over the top and sides of the ottoman. They're either pulled down to the bottom or feature a snug fitting pull down top cover with a wrap around stretch skirt that tightly fits around the ottoman for a snug fit the whole way. They're available in sizes from small which fits 80-110 inches, medium which will fit 90-130 inches and large which is made to fit 105-140 inches.
Curved ottomans are actually slightly out of fashion currently although they can still work extremely well in the right setting. Due to their shape, it's not advisable to combine rounded ottomans with linear furniture as this will create a slightly uncouth aesthetic. Instead, opt for a curved piece only in circumstances where you are working with a curvature as part of the existing look, either from the sofa or room itself. Ultimately, an ottoman has to accentuate the existing look by following pre-established design principles as otherwise you will find it will compete with other items of furniture, disrupting the interior look and feel.
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