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Blog/6 Reasons to Have Ottomans in Your Living Room Space

6 Reasons to Have Ottomans in Your Living Room Space

Castlery   |   Jul 10, 2022

Adding an ottoman to your living room is a fantastic way to introduce colour, style, and functionality to your home. Ideal for small, compact homes, ottomans work well in all types of interiors.

Use your ottoman as extra seating or indulge in a piece that’s bright, bold and colourful to bring a playful touch to your lounge. You can even place your ottoman in your bedroom or entryway to make your space more practical, stylish and welcoming.

If you’re still unsure if an ottoman is right for your home, look at these 6 reasons why this classic piece of furniture will make the perfect choice for your interior.

A grey loveseat and a matching ottoman on top of a rug Need somewhere to rest your feet or place decorative trinkets? The Adams Ottomans’ tailored silhouette will sit perfectly in any home. Picture credit: @thedcdarlings

1. Ideal for cosy spaces

Ottomans are one of the most compact options when it comes to soft furnishings. Smaller than loveseats, 2-seaters and even armchairs, they allow you to add an additional piece of furniture to your living room without taking up too much valuable floor space.

Having an additional element in your seating layout can benefit your living area both practically and aesthetically. Allowing you to host more guests and add charming accents to your interior design scheme, ottomans are the perfect way to bring a little extra visual interest to your home.

Modern living room with an ottoman between two sofas @homewithstefani adds style and functionality to her space with the Dawson Ottoman’ placed between the Dawson Sofa and Madison Sofa.

2. Incredibly versatile

Another great reason to have an ottoman in your living space is that they’re incredibly versatile. Despite their small size, ottomans offer a lot when it comes to maximising the purpose of your lounge. These compact pieces can be used as occasional seating when friends and family drop around to visit and can also double up as a handy coffee table.

When it’s not in use, you can place your ottoman under the stairs or tuck it in next to your side table. This will help to free up floorspace and ensure your living room won’t feel cluttered.

A modern armchair and ottoman set with plump cushions The Ethan Armchair and ottoman is the perfect invitation to kick your feet up and unwind.

3. Turns any 2 or 3-seater sofa into a chaise

Deciding between a standard 2 or 3-seater and a large L-shaped sectional sofa can be tricky. After all, a 2 or 3-seater does offer plenty of seating while maximising floor space and keeping your layout open. On the other hand, a generous L-shaped design provides more space for lounging and hosting guests. Since L-shaped sofas do take up more floor space, using an ottoman to extend a smaller sofa into a chaise is a great solution for smaller homes.

If you live in a compact space but still want a classy seating area to relax into at the end of a busy day, an ottoman could be the perfect solution. Place an ottoman at one end of your standard sofa and you’ll instantly transform it into a chaise, giving you extra space to stretch out while you watch a film or relax with friends.

Ottomans are a great option for people living in smaller homes that want to create a multi-functional living space. Put your feet up with extra support from your ottoman for a comfy lounging experience, or simply put your ottoman away whenever you want to keep your interior layout more open.

4. Suitable for any room in the home

Although a lot of ottomans are placed in the living room and used in conjunction with sofas and armchairs, they can be used in any part of the home. Install an ottoman in your bedroom and you’ll have a comfortable place to sit while you pull on your socks in the morning or get undressed at the end of the day.

Another great option is to put your ottoman in your entryway. Just like the bedroom, keeping an ottoman close to your front door gives you somewhere convenient to put shoes on and take them off. It will also give you somewhere to rest when you come home with hefty bags of shopping. Placing an ottoman in your entryway can also make your home appear more welcoming and colourful.

Mid-Century Modern sofa with a matching ottoman Complement your chaise sofa with a matching ottoman, just like we did with the Isaac.

5. Child-friendly

Thanks to their soft upholstery and rounded corners, ottomans are very child-friendly pieces of furniture. With no sharp edges to worry about, you can be safe in the knowledge that your kids can sit and play around your ottoman without doing any harm to themselves if they bump into the furnishing.

6. Adds colour to your living space

Having an ottoman in your living room is a great opportunity to add a little extra colour and style to your space. Choose an ottoman in a contrasting shade to your sofa to enhance the space and add a charming accent to your interior.

Another good option is to choose an ottoman upholstered in an eye-catching print. As your ottoman is relatively small compared to the other furnishings in the space, a bold pattern won’t look over the top, but will instantly add a bit of personality to your living room.

To find out more about the benefits of adding an ottoman to your living room layout, explore our beautiful furnishings by looking through our collection today.