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.
The earliest appearance of a footstool seems to have been in ancient Egypt and was used more as a step than a stool, to help the Pharaohs climb onto their huge thrones. But they were not just the furnishings of the rich and powerful, nomadic traders also used small, lightweight boxes to carry around their wares which they also used as seating and the storage footstool or ottoman was born. Footstools can be simply decor but as functional units they really come into their own.
Most well-made ottomans are solid enough to be used as coffee tables - and not just in an emergency! Many use their ottoman as a coffee table period! Your ottoman is usually lower in height than your chair or sofa, and is perfect as a coffee table. Some ottomans have a shelf under the top that can be used to store magazines, so apart from being upholstered they are more table-like than ottoman-like!
You can include it in your home without getting stressed about spills and dirty hands or paws. Many styles of cowhide footstools incorporate a nail-head trim. Nail-head furniture is one of the hottest 2017 design trends. A new approach to including nail-head design in your décor is to expand beyond sofas and chairs. Coffee tables with nail-head trim are becoming increasingly popular. A large cowhide footstool with nail-head trim can be used as a coffee table.
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