Ottomans are highly sought after this year and we’re seeing a great deal of interest in our contemporary concrete-look option, which brings the ottoman very much into the 21st century.
Originally ottomans came from the Ottoman Empire, where they were either circular or square couches without backs or arm rests. They were designed as the central piece of seating in an Ottoman home, wrapping around a room’s walls, and were low wooden platforms covered in cushions, so you could recline on them.
The piece came to Europe in the late 18th century and took the name ottoman from the area it came from, originally written as ottomane. Over time this useful item of furniture has changed shape and size.
Some became upholstered and used as seating in the 19th century gentleman’s clubs. Then they became hollow with lids, so you could use them for storage too. Nowadays they are used as footstools and coffee tables, as well as for storing all manner of items including wellies in porches and boot rooms and blankets at the ends of beds.
The key points required for any good ottoman is that it has a lid, you can store things in it, you can sit on it and you can use it as a coffee table as well.