By Luz Horvath. Ottoman Design. Published at Tuesday, May 08th, 2018 - 21:09:42 PM.
Buying an ottoman with some sort of storage space included is really a great idea as it gives you the opportunity to quickly tidy the room when guests unexpectedly arrive. It also provides you with space where odd items that do not really belong in any other area can be safely stowed until they are no longer needed. You can also designate drawers for storing keys, shoe polishing supplies or remote controls.
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.
One popular design allows the top section of the ottoman to lift up. The base or bottom section can be used for storage and it is frequently used for storing linen or towels, though you can use it for storing just about anything. Many people need a place to store extra old newspapers and magazines; an ottoman is great for that. Other parents with young children have used the space for storing toys and other items that their child plays with when they are in the living room. It is excellent for this type of storage, as it makes it very simple to pick up and put the toys away after the child is done playing.
There are many different shapes and sizes of ottomans on the market these days. Usually covered with fabric and often sold as a piece of a sofa set, the ottoman is often used as a footstool or as a surface for placing books or other objects on. They definitely add to the decor of a room and are very handy when it comes to resting your feet after a long and tiring day, however they can also be extremely practical pieces of furniture as well, when it comes to providing extra storage. Ottoman trays are sometimes set on top of the ottoman, providing a more secure and stable surface for placing cups and glasses.
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