Ottomans are a popular living room furniture piece that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. A living room is a place where you can relax with family, and your furniture should be a reflection of your style while still offering plenty of comfort.
But what is an ottoman? And why is it even called an ottoman?
Let’s explore the story behind ottomans and why you should add one to your modern living room.
What is an ottoman?
An ottoman is an upholstered piece of furniture that stands on its own, usually at the end of a sofa or armchair. An ottoman does not have a back or arms but includes a cushioned seat. It is either round, square, or rectangular in shape.
An ottoman is incredibly versatile and can be used as extra seating or to prop your feet on as you lounge on a couch or chair. Some ottomans come with a removable lid so that the inside of the furniture piece can be used for storage. It can even be used as a substitute for a coffee table.
There are several different ottoman styles, from vibrant modern pieces to round tufted ottomans. The possibilities are endless.
Why is it called an ottoman?
The name “ottoman” comes from The Ottoman Empire since this piece of furniture originated in Turkey before being introduced to Europe in the 18th century.
Ottomans were considered an exotic and beautiful piece of furniture for lounging, whether in a living room space or a bedroom.
Hundreds of years later and this piece has kept its name and its popularity in homes across the world.
How big should an ottoman be?
When ottomans were first introduced, they were rather large and actually sat multiple people. However, ottomans are now smaller and typically are used by just one person at a time.
The size you will need depends on the space you have to work with. If you have a larger room, you will want a larger ottoman or perhaps two smaller ottomans instead.
A standard square ottoman has a length/width of about 20-30” on average, but you can easily find other ottoman sizes, whether larger or smaller.