7 Fantastic Ways to Use Ottomans!


The ottoman has its roots in 18th century Turkey, at a time when the country was part of the Ottoman Empire.  These versatile pieces of furniture eventually made their way into European parlors and eventually to America.  The word “ottoman” can different images depending on the time and place, but it generally conveys a picture of a footstool or padded bench that is often used with a chair.


Today’s ottomans can be used for a wide variety of purposes and England Furniture invites you to consider our line of England Furniture ottomans, as well as some creative ways you can use ottomans in your favorite rooms.


England Furniture Ottomans - Midtown Parson and Jacob
England Furniture Ottomans – Midtown, Parson, and Jacob


Rest Your Weary Feet

Beginning with the obvious, ottomans are a great way to sit back and relax.  You can pair an ottoman with a comfy chair and use it as a place to rest your feet.  Be certain the ottoman your purchase not only matches the style and design of your chair, but is the right dimensions to be used by various people in the house for relaxation.


Extra Seating

Ottomans can be used as extra seating when the sofa and loveseats are filled up, and the rest of the chairs are already occupied.  Because ottomans are often quite small, they’re easy to tuck them away when you don’t need extra seats.


Extra Storage

Almost every living room or family room needs extra places to store items such as remote controls, toys, reading glasses and books, notepads, movies or games, etc.  Today’s ottomans include beautiful ottomans with a hinged top that provides a handy way to store items while also being able to disguise its storage abilities.


Coffee Table or End Table

Many people use ottomans as a primary or secondary table in the living room or family room.  Flat-topped ottomans are best suited for this purpose, but you can utilize most ottomans by placing a serving tray (or even a beautiful piece of wood) on the top of your ottoman.


Children’s Area

In relation with the “ottoman as table” idea above, some people use ottomans as a kind of kid’s table or deck.  This allows your child to have their own special area to play or study.  Storage ottomans can allow them to keep their favorite toys nearby.  If you plan to use your ottoman for this purpose, make sure you consider kid-friendly fabrics that can be easily cleaned.


Pet Beds

Some individuals, particularly those who may live in a small space, place a blanket on their ottoman and use it as a resting place for their cats or dogs.  Spot and Mrs. Kitty Boo-Boo need a place to rest too!


Show off Your Style

Finally, ottomans are increasingly becoming the centerpieces of some living room designs.  They’re a great way to add a clear indicator of the design, style, or colors you’re seeking to use in your living room or family room.  Ottomans can look casual in a rustic room, playful in a modern family room, or extravagant in a formal sitting room. The choice is yours!



England Furniture Leala Ottoman

Add effortless style to your home with our Leala ottoman. Covered in your choice of our over 20 leather colors, this square accent piece complements any transitional or contemporary area of your home. Its tapered leg and top stitching accentuate its impeccable tailoring. If you prefer fabric over leather, you might want to take a look at England‘s Steele.

England Furniture Leala Ottoman

  • Width: 33″
  • Height: 18″
  • Depth: 33″

England Furniture Colleen Ottoman

At first glance, the England Furniture Colleen collection looks about like any other classic collection. However, if you take a closer look, you will notice the shapely curved frame and beautiful dark brown leg available with or without carving. However, the best part is the hundreds of fabrics you have to choose from to cover it in and make it all yours!

England Furniture Colleen ottoman

  • Width: 25″
  • Height: 20″
  • Depth: 20″

England Furniture Jean Ottoman

Just one look at the tufted cushion and turned wooden leg of England Furniture’s Jean ottoman and you can tell it’s all about the details. Pair it with the matching chair for a winning combination great for any traditional home. We also offer a chaise if that’s more your style!

England Furniture Jean Ottoman

  • Width: 29″
  • Height: 17″
  • Depth: 22″

England Furniture Allure Storage Ottoman

To accent many traditional products, an oversized storage ottoman/cocktail table is being offered by England. Allure, Style 1800, is upholstered in a diamond tuft pattern, with a top that lifts up to reveal precious storage space for throws, remotes, books and games. Turned hardwood legs and sumptuous fabrics allow this accent piece to blend with any traditional and transitional styles. Allure is also available in a leather version.

The England Living Room Storage Ottoman is available from a retailer near you.

  • Width: 47″
  • Height: 19″
  • Depth: 29″

England Furniture Fernwood Ottoman

The Fernwood chair would never be complete without the matching ottoman. Kick your feet up and relax for a bit! This traditional ottoman features the same traditional skirt as the remainder of the collection. Make sure to look at the matching sofa, loveseat, loveseat glider, and chair.

The England Living Room Ottoman is available at a retailer near you.

  • Width: 27″
  • Height: 18″
  • Depth: 22″

English Furniture Phillip Ottoman

Use the Philip ottoman with the matching chair to stretch out and get comfortable for a while. This ottoman, like the remainder of the collection, features an exposed tapered leg. Need a roomful of furniture? Check out the Philip sofa, chair, sleeper and loveseat.


The England Living Room Ottoman is available in the New Tazewell, TN area from England Furniture.

  • Width: 27″
  • Height: 18″
  • Depth: 23″

England Furniture Christoper Ottoman

Pair this England Furniture Christoper ottoman with the England Furniture Christopher chair and you have got a winner! The combination looks great and it will provide you with endless hours of comfort. The England Furniture Christoper ottoman features the same curved leg as the matching Christopher chair topped with a simple welted box cushion.

England Furniture Christopher Ottoman