Can You Sit On A Storage Ottoman?

The humble Ottoman doesn’t get enough credit in today’s home trends. It’s a fantastic piece of furniture, the all-rounder in any room of your home.

Want to put your feet up when you’re relaxing on the sofa? Buy an Ottoman. Need somewhere to hide all the mess when unexpected guests show up? Buy an Ottoman? Need an extra seat but don’t have room for another chair or sofa? Buy an…OK, you get the idea.

But can storage ottomans really be used as an extra chair for sitting on? Well, we’re here to answer your questions on all things Ottomans so you can choose the right one for your home.

What is an Ottoman?

Ottomans were first popular in 18th century Turkey and took their name from the Ottoman Empire, which ruled the area at the time. Back then, an Ottoman was more like an armless low sofa that was strewn with cushions. Sounds relaxing, doesn’t it?

Today though, the name Ottoman is often interchangeable with pouffe, storage footstool or even a blanket box. It’s typically a low, upholstered piece of furniture that can come with space inside to store items. Some lids remove completely, others are hinged.

What can Ottoman’s be used for?

We’ve already sung the praises of the Ottoman as the Swiss Army Knife of home furniture. In addition to looking fantastic, you can use your Ottoman as extra storage (something we all need), as extra seating, and as a table. If you have kids they’ll undoubtedly love hiding their toys in it and jumping off it too. Don’t worry though, our Ottomans can stand up to most things your kids can throw at it.

They’re not just furniture for the living room either. An Ottoman is versatile enough for any room of the home. Why not have one in your bedroom to hold extra linens and blankets away, freeing up space in your wardrobes or cupboards,and to sit on when you’re getting ready. Or you could put it in the hallway to hold shoes or accessories? They’re great for hiding away clutter that would otherwise be lying around the house, looking untidy.

Can it really be used as a chair?

You might feel that Ottomans aren’t very safe to sit on. That’s because you don’t have the right kind of Ottoman. Many products on the market are glorified storage boxes with a little padding added. That’s not a true Ottoman. While they’re handy for decorative storage in a pinch, they won’t really stand the test of time when it comes to everyday use and could even be dangerous to sit on if they aren’t built to take the weight.

So, not all Ottomans are created equal. At Plushy, we’ve created a range of Ottomans that not only look fantastic but are built to last too. No worries about these not taking the weight.You won’t believe how much you can store in them either.

Because you won’t have to worry about them falling apart, they’re perfect for extra seating when you need some. So if you have guests over, or your kids are playing with their friends, you don’t have to make people sit on the floor or awkwardly on dining chairs. Hint, storage Ottomans are great for kids rooms too, where they can double up as a toy box and a seat while maximising the space.

Of course, although an Ottoman is very comfortable to sit on it doesn’t have any back support or arms, so if you need this support, it’s best to use it for shorter periods or have someone who doesn’t need as much support when they’re sitting.

How much weight can they hold?

We take as much care in designing the structure of our Ottomans as we do in making them look good. They can comfortably hold an adult of pretty much any size without any problems. The build quality means that they’ll be sturdy for years to come and you won’t need to replace it or have it mended.

Styles of Ottomans

Many people don’t think of Ottomans when it comes to choosing furniture for their homes. That’s probably because you’ve got memories of your Gran’s terrible Ottoman from when you were a kid. Trust us, they’ll be back in fashion again someday soon.

Our Ottomans come in many shapes, sizes and fabrics. Choose the perfect matching item to go with your Plushy sofa, or pick the perfect accompanying storage Ottoman to complement your existing colour schemes.

If you’re looking for size and style, then look no further than our Podge round storage Ottoman for storage and seating.

If you’re looking for something a little sleeker, but still with plenty of room inside then check out the Dimple. It has more contemporary styling with tapered wooden legs and velvet upholstery fabrics in a range of great colours.It’s really going to make an impact in any room it’s in.

Our large range of colours means you can also add a splash of something different to your room without having to completely redecorate.

For more inspiration, take a look at our blog on 7 Things To Consider When Buying An Ottoman.

Quality at pocket-friendly prices

At Plushy, we believe that quality should also offer great value for money. That’s why all of our range of footstools and Ottomans are handmade with care and craftsmanship right here in the UK. Each one is unique and goes through a number of quality checks to make sure it’s the best quality before being shipped off to its new home.

If we haven’t managed to convince you that you should get one of these great pieces of versatile furniture for your home, then nothing will. Ottomans have been around since the 18th century for a reason. They’re practical and stylish, a combination that is always in demand in the home. Now just sit back and put your feet up on your lovely new Ottoman and relax, you’ll be glad you did.