Besides providing extra seating, table space and storage, you’ll love these creative ways to use ottomans in every room in your home.
16 Creative Ways to Use Ottomans in Your Home
No matter if you have a large or small space, we all need extra seating and storage at some time. That’s why ottomans should be a must-have in every home.
Not only do they add beauty as accent furniture to any home design but in many cases they can also be utilitarian.
First of all, footstools are the generic name that covers all forms of furniture used to rest your feet upon, including ottomans. It can be made wood-only or upholstered.
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Historically, footstools were used in their plain state–wood only. But over time, they’ve been refined and redefined into different forms and can be used indoors and out.
In fact, today you can find a variety of footstools upholstered using a variety of fabrics and made with so many different materials that you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.
DID YOU KNOW? Hassocks, ottomans and poufs are different forms of footstools.
Better still, from a decorating point of view, ottomans can be used in so many ways. They can act as an accent furniture piece to place in front of a chair or set off in a corner for instant seating when you need it.
What I love is that ottomans can be included in any room, even kitchens and bathrooms.
Simple ones can be used as a small footstool to help you reach hard-to-get cabinets in the kitchen or as a stepping stool for young children to reach the bathroom sink.
Or, they can also be used as an instant seat for a child’s art table or desk.
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DID YOU KNOW? Ottomans come in a variety of sizes and can be upholstered with fabric, faux fur, leather, and more. But what sets them apart from other footstool types, like poufs, is that in many cases they have a separate lid attached.
Which means you can use them for resting your feet, as added seating, as an additional end table, all the while storing unused pillows, blankets or throws, DVDs, magazines or even kid’s toys.
Decorating Tip: Place a tray on your ottoman when you need a spot for guests to set their drinks or plates on.
Want to learn more ways to use an ottoman? Check out these 16 creative ways to use them in your home:
(And, be sure to check out the DIY projects ideas to make your own one-of-a-kind ottoman at the end of this list.)
1. Whimsical Footrest
No one said that a footrest had to be stuffy (no pun intended). But just in case you need or want storage too, this bovine-inspired ottoman will do the trick.
2. Nursery Storage and Seating
With or without storage this bunny will bring joy to young and old in a child’s nursery or bedroom. Perfect too for dorm-bound “big” kids who want to add a bit of fun to their surroundings, with the added plus of extra seating and storage to boot.
3. Coffee Table
This unit doubles as both extra seating and as a coffee table, plus will hold your favorite DVDs, blankets, throws and more in the cavity below.
4. Extra Cushy Footrest
Soft and cushy, this down filled oversized ottoman will let you lounge to your heart’s content.
5. Hide-away Sofa Bed
Think ottomans are just for sitting or resting your feet on? Think again. Storage ottomans, like this one, can house even a twin bed. Perfect for small apartments, spare rooms, or even cabins–when you need an extra bed for overnight guests.
6. Window Seat or Entryway Bench
Ottoman benches are great to use as a window seat, great near an entryway, or for spare rooms or offices.
7. Toy Chest
Storage ottomans can be used to store a variety of household items, including kids toys and games.
8. End of Bed Bench and Storage
Add extra storage to your bedroom by enlisting the help of an end-of-a-bed storage bench.
9. Wooden Side Table and Stool
Versatility is the name of the game when you live in small spaces. This furniture piece can be used as both a wooden side table or entry stool.
10. Outdoor Cooler
Think ottomans are just for indoors? Not so. In fact, it can be an extension of your entertaining as an outdoor cooler.
11. 2 in 1 Foot Stool and Pet House
Fido and Fifi will love this 2 in 1 Foot Stool and pet house that looks too good to be true.
12. Double-Duty File Cabinet
Even your home office needs extra seating and storage. You’ll love the versatility that this unit offers.
13. Foldable Cube Seating
Mobile and useful, this foldable portable cube offers seating and storage for apartments, dorms, home offices and spare rooms.
14. Modular Seating
Even kids rooms need ample seating and how better to do it than with this modular ottoman.
15. Dining Table Seating
Ever think that you could add extra seating without muss or fuss? Check out this dining set that uses chairs and ottomans.
16. Vanity Chair
Bring beautiful seating to your bedroom with a contemporary stackable vanity ottoman.
DIY Ottoman Projects Ideas
What can you do if you want or need an ottoman but cannot afford one? Why, make it yourself. Check out these amazing DIY ottoman projects ideas that you can make inexpensively with materials you might already have at home.
DIY Footstool Using a Bucket (Video)
DIY Ottoman Made from a Tire (Video)
How to Make Your Own Ottoman (Video)
Easy No-Sew Ottomans (Video)
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