An ottoman is a piece of furniture that typically functions as a footstool. Ottomans come in multiple styles, from simple boxes for resting your feet, to those that double as coffee tables or storage containers. Choosing the right ottoman requires the consideration of a few factors to ensure that it will function well in your home instead of just wasting space.
The function of your ottoman will determine its size. If the ottoman will be used solely as a footrest, you will want a smaller ottoman that will not take up a lot of space. Test the ottoman at the store to make sure that both of your feet fit comfortably on the ottoman and that it is not too narrow to serve is purpose. If you want an ottoman that also serves as coffee table, you’ll want to choose one that is at least half the length of your couch. The width of a coffee table ottoman will depend on the size of the room it will be placed in. If the desire is for the ottoman to provide additional seating, choose a large round or square ottoman to place in front of a couch or in the middle of a room.
Sofas and chairs come in different heights. Choose an ottoman that is compatible of sofa or chair it will be used with the most. Ideally, an ottoman will fall at the same height, or a couple of inches lower, than the sofa or chair. An ottoman that is too tall will end up not being used because it will be uncomfortable. An ottoman that is too low will not serve its purpose as a footrest.
An ottoman should complement your existing furniture. Ottomans come in a variety of colors, patterns and fabrics. If your furniture is a light-colored floral pattern, you probably shouldn't choose a black leather ottoman or one with an outrageous print.