Ottomans are versatile pieces of furniture that can provide extra seating, act as a coffee table, or even be used for storing blankets and other items. On this page, you’ll find tips for selecting the right ottoman for your space, whether you want something upholstered or with storage space inside. I’ll cover how to decoratively style different types of ottomans to pull a room together, along with DIY projects for turning unexpected items like trunks into ottomans.

You’ll get advice for arranging multiple ottomans together to designate spaces as well as using a single ottoman as an accent piece. Check back often as I’ll continue posting ideas and inspiration for incorporating fabulous ottomans into your home’s design!

What are Ottomans?

Ottomans are low furniture pieces that typically have no backs or arms. They can serve as extra seating, provide a place to prop up your feet, or be used as a makeshift table or storage piece. Ottoman styles range from basic rectangular upholstered seats to round poufs to storage ottomans with lift-up lids concealing inner compartments.

Their compact, casual design makes ottomans easy to move around a room or incorporate into existing furniture arrangements. With endless fabric and shape options, ottomans can be an easy way to add comfort, utility, and flair to both classic and contemporary room design.