Georgitte Cohen. Ottoman. November 05th , 2017.
Quite interestingly, the term is derived from the French word ottomane, which is the feminine version of ottoman. The word could have also been derived from the Italian Ottomano, Medieval Latin Ottomanus, Medieval Greek Othomanoia, from Arabic Utmani. Ottoman was also the name of an empire of the late 16th century.
Let It Be Leather. Just as a coffee table is likely to serve as a footstool at some point, the ottoman invariably serves as a makeshift coffee table, too. As a resting place for legs and feet, an ottoman needs to be easy to clean and durable. For its durability and functionality, ottoman leather has almost become synonymous with ottoman furniture. Leather bears up well under heavy use, and its patina only improves with age. Ottoman leather suits both contemporary and traditionally decorated rooms, too, adding texture, rich color and style.
Ottomans are an essential piece of furniture for any room in every home with their ability to play up your current home decor at a relatively inexpensive price. With their small foot print they are easy to move around if needed and will take up minimal space next to your other home furniture. They also play up couches and sofas quite nicely as an accent piece. Usually found in living rooms, ottomans can usually be found in front of a sofa, couch, lounge chair, or seating area. If they will be featured in a prominent room in your house, such as the living room, be certain they match the fabric/upholstery of your other furniture in order to blend in. Ottomans can also be used as a stand-out piece if your home has a contemporary design; for example if your room has a modern vibe with black sofas try inserting a red ottoman to really make an impression.
These are the reasons behind the increasing popularity of compact furniture like ottomans. Not only they are compact, but they are also multifunctional. When you buy an ottoman, it can be used as a storage place, a foot stool, a seat, a coffee table, as well as a tray. In the absence of arm rests or backs like in sofas, they are relatively lightweight, and therefore easy to move. Ottomans are perfect for dorm rooms, small apartments, condominiums, and small homes.
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