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.
Using ottomans in home décor is not new, and according to the Encyclopaedia* Britannica (not Wikipedia) the ottoman has been with us since the late 18th century when it was introduced to Europe from Turkey (the Ottoman Empire). Its origins are irrelevant to its current use, which is as a footstool or a seat.
Cowhide footstools can contribute to interior design schemes that are full of personality. Theyre far cries from other types of home furnishings that are commonly available. If youre tired of bland and boring footstools that are completely devoid of uniqueness, you cant go wrong with a marvelous cowhide option. Furniture stains can give anyone a headache. They can often be extremely tough to remove. They can sometimes even be totally impossible to remove.
Some ottomans consist of a small padded seat standing on four legs, while others are in the form of a padded box with a hinged lid - the storage ottoman. These have several uses in the home of which seven shall be discussed here. Many people love to stretch their legs out when sitting. Whether they are reading a book, watching TV or simply resting or napping, people like to elevate their feet and legs. The biological effect is to reduce the stress on the heart in pumping blood up through the non-return valves in the veins of their legs,
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