Not just a footstool

Anukriti Sharma
Saturday, 15 July 2017

Coming in different colours, shapes and sizes, ottomans make for a versatile piece of furniture and can be placed in any room of the
house

Do you know that the footrest that you keep near your bed or while reading a book in a cosy corner can be used as an extra seating or even a coffee-table sometimes?  Ottomans come in many shapes, sizes and colours. This handy piece of furniture blends in perfectly with any style of interiors and can be a great space-saving décor item. And the best part is that it is movable too which makes it easy to experiment it with instead of just being a decorative item in your drawing room.

Pune-based interior designer at The Design Code, Medha Rajpathak-Dhorje, says, “Ottoman is a low seating without back or arm. It is basically used as a footstool but nowadays people are experimenting with it by using it as a centre table as well. It can also be used as a bedroom bench or an entrance seating in your drawing room. With the same concept we can design a coffee table with an ottoman. In fact, you can make it a storage seat. I, personally, feel bean bags have taken inspiration from ottomans.”

Dhorje also feels that one can design an ottoman in such a way that it can be a focal point of your interior space since it is such a versatile and practical piece of furniture. “It can also be a nice terrace furniture item in which you can have a seating and below you can store your garden tools as well. If placed between the sofa and TV, it can turn into a storage space for the TV remote, magazines, CDs and game controllers as well as a footrest in front of your sofa,” says she.

Since it allows you to experiment so much, in a smaller apartment, you can place it like a seating if pushed against the wall with a pillow to make it look like a perfect couch to rest upon. Dhorje says, “In living rooms, you can design a centre table/ coffee table-cum-foot rest-cum-storage unit. Rectangular ottomans can be used for dining with storage below. Pouffes can be kept anywhere which will be the extra seating. Actually leather and good upholstered ottomans can be the alternative for sofas sometimes. Also, along with dining table chairs, you can place ottomans. They can be the most convenient item in the house if placed correctly.”

When it comes to the material, Dhorje says you can opt for upholstered, leather or furry ottomans with cushioning. And it doesn’t really have to be a heavy maintenance item and can be cleaned just the way you clean a sofa or any other cushioned seating. “You can also have fun with the placement by creating different shapes with multiple ottomans in your living room,” says she.

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