Sure, you can put your feet up on an ottoman – but there are other ways to use this versatile piece…
- Footstool – Of course! But when you choose an ottoman, pick one that coordinates with all of your furniture – instead of matching it to a single armchair or sofa. That is the key to maximum versatility.
- Seating – A high-legged rectangular ottoman can do double duty as a bench in your hall and as extra seating in your living room. Just pull it in for guests to perch on at a party.
- Serving – Top a round or rectangular leather ottoman with a tray to create a convenient spot to serve cocktails, coffee or tea. Leather is less vulnerable to spills than most upholstery.
- Storage – Ottomans with lids or drawers are great in the media room for storing DVDs, magazines, books, blankets, or cocktail gear.
- Sleeper – Some manufacturers now offer models that convert into a single bed for that unexpected overnight guest (they’re not meant for long-term sleeping arrangements).