The Case For An Ottoman

One of my most favorite pieces of furniture is the ottoman.  My downsizing project has left me with two, one of which is from Henredon.  The fabric is a velvet paisley, tufted on a 40" x 40" frame with scalloped legs on caster wheels.  I love it.  It easily seats four;  generously supports napping for a 3 year old child; gives comfort to legs and feet; and can even serve as a resting place for a tray of food and drinks.  In my little apartment, it now buts up against a wall where I will add a couple of European style throw pillows.  I'm even thinking of making a tailored slipcover for it.  The photo below shows its station in a previous home.  The ottoman without doubt is one of the most versatile pieces of furniture.

My Henredon custom made ottoman.  A similar piece in a better photo is shown to the right,

My Henredon custom made ottoman.  A similar piece in a better photo is shown to the right,

First used in the Ottoman Empire, from which it gets its name, the ottoman

was the central piece of family seating and was piled with cushions. In Europe, the ottoman was first designed as a piece of fitted furniture that wrapped around three walls of a room. The ottoman evolved into a smaller version that fit into the corner of a room.
— wikipedia.org

Not only is the ottoman versatile in use but also in style.  Some come with storage units, such as these:

Joss & Main

Joss & Main

Thomasville.com

Thomasville.com

Others come in fabulous and interesting shapes from pillbox and cubes to round to squares to rectangles:

Joss & Main

Joss & Main

The visual appeal, comfort and practical use of the ottoman is almost endless, making it very easy to adapt to your lifestyle and taste.  Oh, I almost forgot to mention, they can be moved around with great ease.  They're easy to find ready made.  But if you add a little more to the budget, you can purchase custom made ottomans from many of your major fine furniture stores. 

If you're relatively near (or even a phone call away) a Calico Corner store, you may be surprised that they offer quality custom furniture, as well as a broad selection of fabric. 

 

 

Well, that's my song of praise for the mighty ottoman.  If you haven't already done so, I invite you to explore adding one to your existing or next decorating project!

Don't need the push?  So tell me about the one you have.  Love to hear from you!

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