Ottoman Footstools: A Seating Solution from the Ottoman Empire

The ottoman footstool has a long history that dates back to the Ottoman Empire, which reigned over a large area of the Mediterranean Basin from its capital, Istanbul. The most typical type of home seating at the period was a simple wooden platform piled high with pillows.

Evolution of Ottoman Furniture

According to Wikipedia, ottomans began as sectional furniture that wrapped around three sides of a room before evolving into smaller versions that fit into a room's corner or circular padded chairs that surround a column or pole in a public space. Throughout the nineteenth century, ottomans evolved to include moveable seats to take advantage of the inside storage space.

The Ottoman Footstool: A Multipurpose Item

The ottoman footstool was a cushioned four-legged footstool that could also be used as a seat by the fireplace. It is now a multi-functional object that can be used for storage, seating, and as a coffee table. Every of Classico Roma's ottomans can hold the weight of an adult, or in the case of the larger ones, two persons, making them excellent for when you have more visitors than chairs.

Ottomans as Storage

An ottoman makes perfect sense for storage, which is why it is also known as a storage footstool. Our ottomans are frequently larger than a single footstool, allowing for plenty of storage. An ottoman in the bedroom can be used to hold bed linen, towels, and other items needed upstairs and in the bathroom. They can be used in the living room to keep a variety of goods that must be accessible but should not clutter the space. These are ideal for keeping playing cards, a chess set, or a Monopoly set, as well as remote controls, newspapers, books, DVDs, and even a bottle and glasses of your favorite beverage.