A lasting keepsake
from the Ottoman Empire is the namesake that has been a welcome addition to our
homes. The oldest mention of ottomans in literature is around 1605 as being
used in Turkey as the center of a family’s seating. It is said to have come to
Europe around the 18th century. According to the Wikipedia, ‘Anottomanis a piece offurnitureconsisting of a padded,upholsteredseatorbench, usually having neither a back
nor arms…’ If you have one or more ottomans
lying around the house and are wondering how you could put them to good use,
here are some ideas:
These days the most
common use of an ottoman is as a foot-stool. It makes sitting in a chair even
more comfortable. You can stretch your legs out and rest your feet when you are
relaxing or reading or watching television. Moroccan style décor makes ample use of
single and pairs of ottoman footstools.
The upholstering on
the ottoman makes it soft and comfortable to be used as a seating option too.
If you need emergency seating when your friends decide to surprise you with a
visit, an ottoman is quite handy. Of course, you cannot expect it to be as
comfortable as an arm-chair or easy-chair, but… it can surely be used for
Moroccan Ottoman Pouf
may not come as news: Ottomans may be used to serve refreshments just as tea or
coffee tables are used. There are many people who do use an ottoman instead of
tables. It is ideally suited for the purpose since it is usually lower that your
average chair or sofa. If not for the upholstering the ottoman could easily
have been a table. Imagine the interesting conversations that may take place
around your beautiful Moroccan ottoman pouf.
The ottomans you have
may be built to give you added storage. Storage ottomans are actually boxes
with lids that have been upholstered. Depending on where you are using the
ottoman, you can store necessary things in this box. If you are using it in the
bedroom, you could store your extra sheets and / or your night clothes in your
ottoman. If it is in the living room, newspapers and magazines could be kept
hidden from view till you decide to do away with them.
Utilities apart, you
could easily use your ottoman for decoration too. Usually ottomans are
hand-made using bright and earthy colors and elegant motifs. If you are the
owner of a typical Moroccan pouf ottoman in vivid
colors and intricate elaborate patterns, then it can easily be the center of
attraction in your living room whether you use it for storage, as a footstool
or as nothing.
The best uses of an
ottoman are in the nursery. It is soft and set at a low height. Children can
climb up easily and cannot be too badly hurt even if he or she jumps off or
falls from that height. Your kids can use it to play a board game – for the
board itself or for seating around the board or while watching television.
Leave it in their room, and trust your little ones to come up with myriad roles
for the ottoman to play in their games.
These are just some
uses that your ottoman can be put to in your household. It is an extremely
versatile piece of furniture. If you don’t have one, maybe it is time to pick
up a few for your home.
In short, Moroccan poufs or leather poufs are great addition to your home. For more details about Moroccan seating options, log on to http://www.ekenoz.com.