In furniture terms, an ottoman is an upholstered bench with no back or arms. The style has been adapted over the years to include occasional seating and footstools. A storage ottoman is just a storage chest in the same style.
For years ottomans have been used for storing winter clothes, spare bedding or even kid’s toys. And even though there’s a limitless choice of clever alternatives nothing much has changed. If a simple idea works so well, why try and improve it?
Because it is such a tried and tested solution you’ll find no end of different designs. Neutral colours such as beige, black or brown tend to be the safest option. For the more adventurous there are plenty bright colours and patterns to choose from too.
Chelmsford Faux Leather Ottoman – a faux leather upholstered ottoman with button detailing, available in white or black. W100 × D47 × H42 cm. £99 from very.co.uk
Raffles Fabric Ottoman – upholstered in dark coloured, soft-touch fabric. W76 × D40 × H51 cm. £169 from very.co.uk
Woburn Ottoman – a fabric upholstered ottoman with padded, button detail seat. Available in cream or silver. W105 × D50 × H40 cm. £149 from very.co.uk
Emily Ottoman – a plush chenille fabric ottoman available in mink and grey. W96 x H47 x D45 cm. £199 from johnlewis.com
Rouen Fabric Covered Ottoman Blanket Box – grey fabric upholstered ottoman with a solid wood frame. Features a padded seat and thick, light coloured, turned legs W131 × D46 × H47 cm. £199 from johnlewis.com
Roya Faux Wool Large Ottoman – long storage bench with a cushioned seat, upholstered in soft wool-like fabric. Available in natural or grey. W110 × D44 × H43 cm. £229 from very.co.uk
Mirage Fabric Ottoman – a contemporary style storage ottoman upholstered in calming grey, soft-touch fabric. W95 × D45 × H45 cm. £249 from very.co.uk
Charlotte Ottoman – extra wide ottoman on curved wooden legs, finished with a neutral synthetic/linen blend fabric. W138 x H42 x D45 cm. £299 from johnlewis.com
Portland Leather Ottoman – upholstered in real leather with 2 colour options – chocolate and black. W73 x H47 x D47 cm. £299 from very.co.uk
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