My top recommendations for Ottoman Coffee Tables
Ottoman coffee tables are rapidly growing both for their style and practicality. I would venture to guess that they are the fastest growing segment in the market place. They are a bit more casual than other styles of coffee tables.
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I love ottoman coffee tables as they serve many purposes. First, they are a design statement, second, they double as a coffee table and foot rest (and sometimes can even become an extension of your couch (great for watching movies with a blanket). Third, they provide great storage space as there is ample room for books, blankets or whatever. And fourth, when needed, they can provide additional seating areas for guests.
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Outline for this Ottoman Coffee Table Guide
Origin of the term ottoman and what is an ottoman?
An Ottoman refers to a low piece of furniture with no back and no arms that is/was often used as a footstool and/or an extra seat. Ottomans are usually deeply upholstered and come in many shapes. Ottomans were introduced into Europe in the late 1700’s from Turkey (formerly known as the Ottoman Empire) and hence the name. Ottomans were originally piled with cushions and became a central piece of domestic seating. Now, they have evolved into multi-use coffee tables, seats and storage areas.
History of ottomans
The word ottomane appeared as early as 1729 in French as a piece of furniture. The first known recorded use in English occurs in one of Thomas Jefferson’s books from 1789.
Originally, ottomans were designed as low seats (sometimes called hassocks) as a piece of fitted furniture that would go around a full 3 walls of a room (often with back pillows in some sections). They looked and felt different than the ottomans we are accustomed to today and looked a bit more like futons.
From here, a smaller version evolved that was designed to just fit in the corner of the room. In the Ottoman Empire itself, an ottoman was the central piece of family seating and was piled with cushions for extra comfort.
Today, ottomans have evolved into functional coffee tables. They are an easy piece of furniture to accessorize with and many like the multi-uses of this piece of furniture.
Many ottomans are hollow and can be used for storage. Ottomans can be used in many rooms including living rooms, family rooms, bedrooms (as an extra storage area and bench for putting on socks/clothes), as well as guest rooms. They can be used with sofas or instead of sofas, pending the size of the room.
Styles and colors of ottomans
Ottomans can either either be the same color as the sofas or a contrasting color. Some prefer same the same color for uniformity, others contrast the color to tie in with other furniture or items of the room, while some will use ottomans as a way to introduce a bright color to the room. There is no right or wrong choice here; it’s a matter of style and preference and overall decor of the room.
Ottomans come in many shapes and styles as well as fabrics. The most popular fabric is leather, but other choices include suede, brushed cotton prints and richly colored fabrics. The most popular shape for coffee table is square, followed by round and rectangular. You can also find hexagons and other interesting shapes.
Price ranges for Ottomans
Ottomans, like any other piece of furniture vary in price from around $50 to $10,000+. But, the majority are very reasonably priced, generally in the $150-$900 range, pending on the materials used, size, and features. Because they are reasonably priced and come in a variety of styles, they are becoming more popular, especially among younger consumers.
Advantages Ottoman Coffee Tables
- Multi-use: Can be used as coffee table, extra seating, extension of couch for reclining and storage. Multi-use without taking up more space
- Very stylish
- Reasonably priced
Square Ottoman Coffee Tables
Square ottoman coffee tables are great for large spaces, L-shaped sectionals and sofa love seat combos. Below are some great ottoman coffee tables that are square and reasonably priced. Many come in multiple colors.
Simpli Home Avalon Coffee Table Storage Ottoman with 4 Trays
- 4 serving trays
- Storage area
- faux leather with stitching
- hand constructed with solid and engineered wood
- 35″ x 35″ x 18″ high
Convenience Concepts Designs4Comfort Times Square with 4 Tray Tops
- Espresso faux leather
- Hinged wood
- Solid wood feet
- 4 reversible trays
- Large storage area
- 34.5″ x 34.5″x 19.5″ high
Simpli Home Dover Square Coffee Table Ottoman with split lift up lid
- Wood construction with leather
- Durable tufted design
- Child safety hinge
- Extra large storage
- 36″ x 36″ x 20″ in height
- Made in USA
Homeware Stella Ottoman with espresso finish graphite
- 100% cotton on top
- Tapered legs
- 38″ x 38″ x 17″ in height
- Made in USA
Round Ottoman Coffee TablesBelham Living Corbett Coffee Table with Storage Ottoman
Madison Park Martin Surfboard Tufted Ottoman – Gray
- Available in gray and linen
- 48″ wide x 27.5 in depth and 18″ in height
- Made with hardwood
Rectangular Ottoman Coffee TablesSimpli Home Avalon Faux Leather Rectangular Storage Ottoman with 3 serving trays
- Great for storage
- PU leather
- Handcrafted with solid and engineered wood
- 42″ long x 17″ wide and 17″ high
Dorel Living Chevron Storage Ottoman
- Grey and white chevron pattern fabric
- Ample storage
- Nicely padded for a comfortable feel
- Matching chair and pillows available
What is pouf furniture?
A pouf is a large solid cushion, usually cylindrical or cubic, used as a seat and/or foot rest. They are a variation on of ottomans. They have become more popular as they are 1) versatile, come in many shapes and sizes that fit into almost any space, 3) come in a large variety of styles, colors, textures and patterns, 4) they are inexpensive. They are both functional and decorative.
Here are some other great ottoman coffee table ideas from Wayfair.
Where can you buy ottoman coffee tables online?
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Ottoman Coffee Table Guide