Illustrated Guide – 16 Creative Ways to Use Ottomans at Home
Besides providing extra seating, table space and storage, you’ll love these creative ways to use ottomans in every room in your home.
No matter if you have a large or small space, ottomans are a must-have in every home.
They add beauty as accent furniture to any home design, but in many cases they can also be utilitarian.
From a decorating point of view, they can be used in ways you might not have guessed. Check out these great ideas:
1. Whimsical Footrest
No one said that an ottoman 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)
For more ways to decorate your home, be sure to check out Wisconsin Homemaker’s Home Decor Section.