All About The Ottoman

All About The Ottoman

There’s nothing like curling up on the sofa and stretching out with your feet up, on an Ottoman or foot stall.

But what is it exactly? An Ottoman is a foot stall, or padded, upholstered low bench which is used to rest your tired tootsies on. Some people use their better halves, others use an Ottoman. But this is not a one-trick pony. The Ottoam can be hollow, thus making a fantastic storage box, or if there are more guests that sofas, a practical additional seat! The kids love them, especially if they have wheels!


The smaller, softer option is called a ‘pouffe’ (make sure you pronounce that final ‘e’ syllable) and these are commonly made of leather but can be made from just about any type of material, from wood to wool!  There are lots of knitting patterns online for those who are good with knitting needles, knit one to match your colour scheme!


Ottomans can be placed just about anywhere in the home. Even in the kitchen as you wait for that kettle to boil. My nan had one at the foot of her bed with storage for bed linen. They can even be used as a place to eat your dinner if you’re dining alone in front of the TV, in the bathroom, to make the whole experience more comfortable, but the most traditional place for an Ottoman though is right next to your favourite armchair or the sofa, ready for your favourite TV programme to start.



Ottomans are usually low-level, round square or rectangular and they come in a wide range of styles and colours. You can make an Ottoman out of anything – crates, large stones, old bits of furniture – if you’re creative you can really gi to town! Otherwise, you can find one in a second-hand store. Generally they are fairly cheap and can even be custom made in your chosen size and material to fit your room perfectly.

photo credit: funky furniture and stuff/Redline Interiors/Funky Junk

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