Elevate a room’s utility and playfulness with an ottoman

By Sklar Furnishings

Design Inspiration, Tips & Trends

November 23, 2015

An ottoman is one of the most versatile pieces you can buy. They serve multiple functions and in most cases, can be easily moved from room to room. They are the perfect piece for stowing away items and for providing extra seating.

When picking one for your home,  think about how you want to primarily use it (i.e. storage, seating, as a tabletop) and where you want it to go. Measure the area you would like to place the ottoman and when you are shopping measure prospective pieces to ensure they’ll fit in the room comfortably. By knowing where you want to place the ottoman, how much space is required, and what you will be using it for, you can begin opening yourself up to ideas regarding design, and the other functions the ottoman can serve.

For example the American Leather Uno Ottoman not only serves as storage and seating but its lid flips over and reveals a tray, allowing the ottoman to act as a side table. It comes standard with castors, which makes it very easy to move around. In the showroom we show a pair in front of the American Leather Comfort sleeper – use as cocktail tables with the trays exposed and store your bedding in the space under the tray. When it comes time to open the bed at night the ottomans move easily to the side and there is the bedding neatly tucked in the storage ottoman.

Since they tend to carry a smaller price tag, these pieces are a great way to infuse trends into your home. Knitted Ottomans like the Bon Bon are very popular at the moment, and can add a touch of playfulness and an extra layer of texture into a room.

If you want to experiment with colorful furniture but don’t want to commit to a colorful large scale piece, an ottoman is one of your best options. A great example of this is the Collins Ottoman, it’s offered in a rusty orange and provides a nice hit of color, especially in an otherwise neutral room.

If what you are really hunting for is occasional extra seating, opt for shorter ottomans which can easily be housed under a taller coffee table and pulled out for when guests arrive.

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