A lasting keepsake from the Ottoman Empire is the namesake that has been a welcome addition to our homes. The oldest mention of ottomans in literature is around 1605 as being used in Turkey as the center of a family’s seating. It is said to have come to Europe around the 18th century. According to the Wikipedia, ‘An ottoman is a piece of furniture consisting of a padded,upholsteredseator bench, usually having neither a back nor arms…’ If you have one or more ottomans lying around the house and are wondering how you could put them to good use, here are some ideas:
These days the most common use of an ottoman is as a foot-stool. It makes sitting in a chair even more comfortable. You can stretch your legs out and rest your feet when you are relaxing or reading or watching television. Moroccan style décor makes ample use of single and pairs of ottoman footstools.
The upholstering on the ottoman makes it soft and comfortable to be used as a seating option too. If you need emergency seating when your friends decide to surprise you with a visit, an ottoman is quite handy. Of course, you cannot expect it to be as comfortable as an arm-chair or easy-chair, but… it can surely be used for seating.
This may not come as news: Ottomans may be used to serve refreshments just as tea or coffee tables are used. There are many people who do use an ottoman instead of tables. It is ideally suited for the purpose since it is usually lower that your average chair or sofa. If not for the upholstering the ottoman could easily have been a table. Imagine the interesting conversations that may take place around your beautiful Moroccan ottoman pouf.
The ottomans you have may be built to give you added storage. Storage ottomans are actually boxes with lids that have been upholstered. Depending on where you are using the ottoman, you can store necessary things in this box. If you are using it in the bedroom, you could store your extra sheets and / or your night clothes in your ottoman. If it is in the living room, newspapers and magazines could be kept hidden from view till you decide to do away with them.
Utilities apart, you could easily use your ottoman for decoration too. Usually ottomans are hand-made using bright and earthy colors and elegant motifs. If you are the owner of a typical Moroccan pouf ottoman in vivid colors and intricate elaborate patterns, then it can easily be the center of attraction in your living room whether you use it for storage, as a footstool or as nothing.
The best uses of an ottoman are in the nursery. It is soft and set at a low height. Children can climb up easily and cannot be too badly hurt even if he or she jumps off or falls from that height. Your kids can use it to play a board game – for the board itself or for seating around the board or while watching television. Leave it in their room, and trust your little ones to come up with myriad roles for the ottoman to play in their games.
These are just some uses that your ottoman can be put to in your household. It is an extremely versatile piece of furniture. If you don’t have one, maybe it is time to pick up a few for your home.