The ottoman. It’s practically one of the seven wonders of versatile decor, and for good reason: they provide extra space in an unobtrusive and simultaneously attractive way. They’re both stylish and practical, a rare combination in furnishings, and with so many options – patterned or solid, eye-catching or designed to blend in, square, rectangular, round, oval, boxy or curvy, sleek or puffy, legged or flush on the floor, fabric or natural materials – there’s virtually always room for one.
A few basic rules apply: ottoman height should be the same as surrounding sofa/chair height for effective foot-resting; offset a solid couch with a patterned ottoman for contrast (or vice-versa); the ottoman should be placed with approximately 18″ clearance on each side from other furniture to allow free passage. Other than that, go wild with your ottoman!
Even if you go with a non-storage model, your ottoman serves many purposes: footrest, coffee table, extra seating (especially for kids), place to pile up the clothes that you can wear again but don’t want to hang up (no judgment!)… You can put one in every room, not just next to the living room sofa.
Of course, you can put it in the living room. It’s safer than a coffee table – no bruised shins (for adults) or bumped foreheads (for kids) – and it looks better, too.
You don’t have to be a shrink to have a comfy seat in your home office.
Go ahead… put those feet up!