There are a few different names for footstools including pouffes, ottomans, hassocks and one you might not have heard of, crickets. Crickets were a small footstool no more than a foot high and provided a footrest for adults and seating for children in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Many examples can be seen in portraits of the time with people posing with one foot on a low footstool. Fender footstools were much longer than a normal footstool and very low to the ground. They were designed to sit in front of an open fireplace and provided a footrest to help warm a number of peoples feet. There were also compartments for ceramic bottles which were filled with hot water to aid in the warming of toes.
Just as a coffee table is likely to serve as a footstool at some point, the ottoman invariably serves as a makeshift coffee table, too. As a resting place for legs and feet, an ottoman needs to be easy to clean and durable. For its durability and functionality, ottoman leather has almost become synonymous with ottoman furniture. Leather bears up well under heavy use, and its patina only improves with age. Ottoman leather suits both contemporary and traditionally decorated rooms, too, adding texture, rich color and style.
Cowhide furniture is becoming an enormous success all around the world. That shouldnt shock anyone. Cowhide furniture is incredibly tough and strong. If you buy a cowhide footstool, you dont have to spend all of your time worrying about it and its condition. Cowhide furniture tends to stay strong and durable for years and years at a time. They can manage a lot of use, too. If your home is one thats always full of guests, you dont have to be concerned. When an optimum height is established it is important that the choice of legs coordinates with your existing furniture.
Storage ottomans are virtually upholstered boxes with padded lids. The lids are hinged and open up to provide storage space that can be used in a number of ways. For example, an ottoman can be used as a coffee table with a sofa bed, and also to store the bedding for when the sofa is needed as a bed. It can be used as a piano stool, storing sheet music and other items.
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