5 Ways to Use Ottomans


On the surface, it may look as if an ottoman has only one purpose – to provide a cushiony resting place for your feet. As a result of this, most people consider them to be an after thought when coming up with a decorating scheme. However, there is so much more to them than that! These days, ottomans come in all shapes and sizes and are used for a variety of purposes. Here are some of our favorites:

Extra Seating

Depending on how big the ottoman is, you can actually use it for extra seating. This is especially useful if you’re tight on space in your common areas but frequently entertain. The ottomans can be pushed out of the way until they’re needed. When the need for more space arises, you can simply position them in key areas to create more seating for your guests.


Many ottomans are designed to also be storage units. This is especially useful if you’re tight on space in your main living areas. For instance, you can use an ottoman in your living room to store items such as DVD’s, board games, and even craft supplies. They CM_AC122BL_open__37055.1472159170.1280.1280provide you with an easy way to store things without creating clutter. Since they come in many different sizes, you can easily find one that will meet your needs.

Coffee Table 

Do you think you don’t have enough floor space for a coffee table? Consider turning an ottoman into a coffee table, instead. While most coffee tables take up a lot of space, ottomans also create extra storage, which makes them an appealing choice for smaller homes. Not only that, but ottoman coffee tables are also highly versatile. They can be converted into a bed or extra seating whenever the need arises.


In a small home, it can be hard to find space for a guest bedroom. However, even if you aren’t able to devote an entire room for your guests, you can easily convert any room in your home into a guest room by getting creative. Some ottomans, for instance, can actually be used as an extra bed, depending on how big they are. Ottoman-style beds fold up into a manageable size and can then be used as extra seating or as a coffee table. When you have guests, you can simply unfold it and add bedding. Once the guests leave, you can easily tuck it out of the way until you need to turn it into a bed again.

Design Element

The clever thing about most ottomans is that they not only serve more than one purpose, but they’re also stunning. Most people purchase an ottoman as an after thought, and don’t realize that they can actually be the focal point of a room’s decorating scheme. Even if they aren’t the focal point, they can make a room more visually interesting.

Ottomans are an essential furniture item for your home, especially since they are so versatile. Whenever you have the need for extra storage, seating, or even an extra bed, ottomans are a practical choice.