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A rug under the ottoman, it is not ideal for cramped spaces. If possible opt to have some extra room between your couch and coffee table so that people areWith such a chaotic, fast-paced world out there, it makes sense that we want our homes to be simple, functional, practical and worry-free. There's always something that's missing, whether it's storage, seating, design, or simply space. If you're searching for practical home solutions, with taste, I'd like to recommend the ottoman.

Some call it "the chameleon of the furniture world."  Not only are they modern, stylish, and particularly bohemian, they serve so many functions, it's hard to believe! The ottoman is one of the most underrated pieces in your home. It can be used as a footrest, coffee table, and even bed when you need it to be. The Ottoman has been around for centuries and people continue to find new ways to utilize them in their homes today! In this blog post we'll discuss 7 different ways that an ottoman can make your life easier and how they're actually more functional than you might think!

7 Ways the Ottoman is the Most Functional Piece in Your Home


1. A Cozy Coffee Table

Tired of the typical wooden coffee table? Want to think outside the box? Ottomans are a great coffee table substitute! Larger ottomans provide that curve that some rooms so desperately need. They are the perfect place to set down a food tray, a book, or the TV remote, and these coffee tables are also great (very comfortable) footrests. Want an even more unique look? Gather together a few smaller ottomans that fit together and create an awesomely interesting, geometric ottoman coffee table!

Or group a few ottomans separately for the neat look below! Try placing them on circular patterned wool rugs, and see how cool it looks like a checkerboard with giant pawns! Not only does using a few ottomans for your coffee table give a unique look, but it does also provide extra seating in your living room.

A Cozy Coffee Table


2. Dining Room Chairs

Wood dining room chairs can be clunky, uncomfortable, and inefficiently large. So check this genius idea for a comfortable seat and stowaway placement. Ottomans are so much more comfortable and they will slide under your table with ease! As you can see above, the ottomans are so much more space effective than the wicker dining room chairs. Using ottomans for all four seats would really open up the space and make it feel so much larger! PLUS helps prevent those darn stubbed pinky toes!

Dining Room Chairs


3. I Bet You Can't Guess This Next Use of the Ottoman

A comfy and rather plush ottoman can double as, or be transformed into a DOG BED! And some of your favorite large area rugs underneath it! Yep, that's correct! A good ol' fashioned dog house... A cozy one to say the least. The ottoman above still serves as a footrest, (so stop using your dog's back),but has a cute space to house the dog! But ottomans as dog beds? Really? YES! You can now stowaway the dog's toys too!

I Bet You Can't Guess This Next Use of the Ottoman


4. Welcome Everyone! I Have Extra Seating

Looking for extra seating? Comfortable seating? But not invasive in your space or clutter your feng shui? Because ottomans come in so many different shapes, sizes, and colors, they work well as seating in any style home! Don't you have extra room for ottomans to be spread out in the room at all times? You can find smaller ottomans that will fit under your coffee table, and store your extra seating there when they're not being used!

Welcome Everyone! I Have Extra Seating


5. A Convenient Foot Rest

One of my favorite functions of the ottoman is using it as a footrest. Ottomans are the perfect height to rest your toes after a long day! Paired with an equally comfy looking chair, the ottoman above looks like the perfect place to sit back and relax! Having your feet propped up makes sitting activities like reading, browsing the internet, and watching a movie all the more comfortable!

A Convenient Foot Rest


6. At the Foot of your Bed

Need a place to sit when you're putting on your shoes in the morning? Putting an ottoman (or two) at the foot of your bed is a stylish solution to a simple problem. They serve a purpose and add such a unique look to the space. They can also offer more storage solutions for those large wardrobe problems if you get the kind that are hollow on the inside! 

At the Foot of your Bed


7. Savvy Storage Solutions

Many ottomans open up so that you can store whatever you wish inside! The possibilities are endless when it comes to ottoman storage. Or you can store blankets. Some people choose this stylish option to store their shoes, others use it to store books or even drinks!

Key takeaway: When you're searching for the perfect home accent, remember that ottomans are the most versatile furniture piece you'll find anywhere!

Savvy Storage Solutions


Here are answers to some commonly asked questions

1. What is a storage ottoman?

A storage ottoman is a large piece of furniture that serves as both an ottoman and a place to store items. It has two lids, one on top where you can rest your legs or feet and another underneath which hides the space for storing things inside.

2. Can I place an ottoman in small spaces?

Ottomans are versatile pieces of furniture, so they can be placed in any room of your house. If you have a smaller space, an ottoman with storage may serve as more than just extra seating or another surface to rest items on! You could use it for additional storage that doesn't clutter the rest of the room.

3. Can I place a round ottoman on my rug?

You can place a round ottoman on any rug as long as it is the right size. Just make sure you have enough space for everyone to be able to walk around and access their belongings without hitting anyone else's legs or feet! A round ottoman with storage is the perfect solution for this problem. Placing a rug underneath it will give a focal point to the room and also soften up that hard flooring. You may be able to place a square ottoman on top of your rug, but it would depend on how thick you plan to make the rug. If there is not enough space between the floor and under the ottoman for people's legs or feet, then we don't recommend doing it.

4. How do I choose the color contrast of my ottoman and rug?

If you want to place smaller items like an ottoman on your rug, you might want to think about color contrast. Ottomans are often darker than the rug, which is why they don't show up as much when placed on top of it. It all depends on your style preferences though! The rug would give extra bedding and cushioning under the ottoman, giving it a cozy feel.

On the other hand, if you want to make sure that your rug is seen from underneath an ottoman placed on top of it , then we recommend going with lighter colors for both pieces or choosing contrasting color families. If you have a colorful patterned ottoman and a colorful patterned rug, it will create a striking effect when the colors meet. You can use a rug that has unique shapes like a square, rectangle or octagon.

Rectangular and square rugs are best suited for this because they can be placed in the middle of a room to define its center while giving it an appearance that is both stylish and creative. You can add comfort to your home by placing high-quality ottoman cushions on top of your rug. It will create a visual interest and you will absolutely love this beautiful addition in your home.

5. Can I place an ottoman next to the coffee table?

You can place an ottoman next to the coffee table if you want. It will give your living room a unique touch but it is important that you do not overcrowd it with too many pieces of furniture or else, there won’t be enough space for people who are going to visit your home. You can also use the ottoman to make your coffee table stand out.

6. Is ottoman a versatile furniture piece?

Yes, ottoman is a versatile furniture piece. It can be used as an alternative for coffee tables and you will see that it works great! You should consider buying two or more ottomans if your home needs some extra storage space. Ottoman is a great place to put your feet up on or you can even use it as a side table. Ottomans are very flexible and practical furniture pieces that will make a great addition to any home decor style!

You should at least have one of these versatile pieces in order for your living room not to feel empty. Your guests will love the fact that there is a place to put their feet up and they will be glad if you provide them with drinks on an ottoman. It can also be used as a different functionality like you can put a tray on it and use it as an ottoman coffee table. The short legs and the short structure of an ottoman is the best function if you have children because it will be harder for them to climb on top of the ottoman and reach things they are not supposed to touch. This functional piece is also the best for reading because it is at a lower height than normal chairs.

RugKnots have the best rugs in the world. Our rugs are handmade, high quality and they have exceptional designs that will impress you. We give our customers top of the line products for an affordable price. Also, we make sure to meet all of your needs so if you need custom sizes or different and unique styles, we will do everything in our power to meet your requests. A personalized rug is the best way for you to decorate any space with a unique piece of art that only you can have in your home or office. You deserve an ottoman that suits all of your needs and makes this place feel like it belongs to you! For more information please email us at or call us at (301) 660-7046. We are happy to answer your queries!

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