Published at Wednesday, July 24th 2019. by Fredda Ostermann in Coffee Table.
The Ottoman gets it name from its exotic ‐‐ to Europeans ‐‐ origins. The low seats or 'hassocks' were 'imported' from Turkey during the 1700's when the space was part of the Ottoman Empire, giving to the "Encyclopedia Britannica," and caught on in European salons.
The definition covers a wide range of styles, the most popular being a footstool or padded bench, utilized with a chair or as a 'makeshift' coffee table that doubles as seating. Ottomans, along 'the design history', have supposed a multitude of shapes and functions.
#1 HISTORY OF THE HASSOCK
Introducing how ottomans have been utilized might help you discover 'new functions' for them in your decor. In 18th‐century Turkey, 'ottomans' were low‐stages covered in cushions to give suburban seating.
Larger ottomans were built like sectionals that wrapped around three walls ‐‐ eventually, that style will be adapted to a circular padded seat surrounding a column or pole in a public room.
Ottomans in Europe fit into drawing rooms and salons as 'circular' or 'octagonal' shapes, and some featured a hinged platform to hide storage, an idea that translates well to contemporary use.
Ottomans and footstools became synonymous ‐‐ a footstool being a low upholstered stool with legs, originally set next to a hearth. Larger upholstered ottomans with legs, smaller pouf‐style ottomans ‐‐ some with built‐in storage ‐‐ and 'padded hassocks' to 'match' chairs all share the name today.
#2 EXTRA SEATING
The ottoman doesn't command much visual real estate but it could be a lifesaver when you have more guests than chairs or spots on the sofa.
An antique gold velvet ottoman with turned mahogany legs is as spare as a simple bench in front of an embroidered brocade sofa on a blue‐medallion oriental rug.
It becomes a bench just as easily as it relocates to wherever in the room the conversation has enticed more friends than there are seats.
Pull it over to the sofa when the guests have deceased, and put your feet‐up. Pull it into the den when everyone is viewing that championship game and the grandstand is full.
Small cube‐shaped poufs ‐‐ even simpler to move ‐‐ might be upholstered in mirror‐studded, bright appliqued Indian cotton or covered in leather, to go with your boho or modern minimalist decor.
#3 VERSATILE TABLE
When the ottoman isn't a seat, it's a table. Toss a few magazines on it ‐‐ it's a coffee table.
An "onyx chessboard" spins it into a chess table. A large, tufted cushion, upholstered in kilim carpet, clasps an enameled tray with coffeepots, cups, croissants, saucers, and a spray or orchids in a slim vase for casual brunch.
A "gray linen" ottoman on ebony legs is a sturdy counter for a platter of cheese, grapes and wineglasses for a postprandial get together with friends.
The round Naugahyde ottoman permits equal access to all sandwich eaters in the den, and "wipes down" in a heartbeat afterward.
Individual ottomans ‐‐ cubes or cylinders ‐‐ are end tables next to the couch or a reading chair but pull around for a TV tray or informal table when you don't feel like dealing with the dining room.
#4 STASH YOUR STUFF
You could never have too much storage, so don't waste the space inside the ottoman. For a small apartment or a multipurpose room, hunt for ottomans with tops that lift off to reveal a compartment for stashing anything that must live out of sight.
A pretty upholstered ottoman at the foot of the guest bed is a seat for putting on socks and a chest for extra bedding. A patchwork cube in the family room holds the crocheted afghan‐in‐progress.
A leather‐covered ottoman in the living or music room suits the piano bench and holds a pile of extra music. The 'tufted cotton ottoman' in the nursery, bright with delightful nursery rhyme figures, earns it's remain twice as a seat and a toy box.
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