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!
The Victorians popularised the storage footstool/ottoman in the 19th Century using it mainly for storing bed linen, laundry and the like, but they became a very popular, "must have" piece of furniture. In line with the fashion of the time they started to make them more decorative and many took on a different shape like a circle or octagon. Some even had places to hold plants or even a statue! Footstools are just as important in our homes today as they have ever been and no home should be without one.
If its use as a footrest or as seating is not sufficient relaxation, ottomans come in many different sizes, and double sized version can be used for relaxation or to cuddle up to your favorite person. They are armless loveseats, so the only way to avoid falling off the edge is to hold onto each other - or so you can claim! Ottomans are child friendly - if a small child falls off an ottoman he or she is unlikely to come to any harm. They can be upholstered in child-friendly fabrics, and can offer them a playing surface when they are sitting on the floor. They can be used to sit in front of the TV with a games controller and used as a hurdle in the hall for racing, or as a horse when riding!
Large or small footstools with visually intriguing cowhide patterns can be used as accent furniture in a foyer or hallway. Place the footstool against a wall, put some cowhide pillows in a complementary color or pattern on the footstool and youll have an impressive statement piece for any room. These stunning footstools are more than just a pretty part of a room design. They are a practical, useful piece of furniture. When placed in a childs room, they can be used as a footstool to help a small child climb into their bed.
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