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How Do I Choose the Best Bench Ottomans?

Sherry Holetzky
Sherry Holetzky

Your style will play a big role in your decision when choosing bench ottomans. For some, cost may be a key element in making a choice as well. Decide what you want from such a piece of furniture before you begin shopping for one. Compare quality, cost, sizes, and styles carefully before narrowing it down to a final choice. Keep in mind that there may also be issues of availability, assembly, and shipping or delivery times and costs.

There are a variety of options available in bench ottomans, from inexpensive furniture kits to high-end designer pieces. You could realistically design and build your own bench ottomans if you are an avid do-it-yourselfer, as a simple design basically consists of building and attaching boxes. Whether creating your own or shopping for bench ottomans, it is wise to measure the space within which it will be used, well in advance. Determine the best height, width, and don’t forget the depth.

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Woman holding a book

Ottomans come in many shapes, styles, sizes, finishes, fabrics, and colors. Bench ottomans are a great choice for injecting style and comfort into your living spaces. Like other types of storage ottoman, bench ottomans often include space that is handy for storing linens, blankets, books, and other items. Some pieces include open shelves or shelves with baskets, while others have hidden storage.

Selecting dual purpose furniture is a great way to get the most for your money, and bench ottomans that offer storage are very versatile. They can provide a footrest, extra seating, and attractive storage, or they can be used as a coffee table or cocktail table. While choosing a piece of furniture often depends on the intended function of that piece, bench ottomans can be chosen for many different purposes, often at the same time, such as seating and storage.

Consider other ways in which bench ottomans can be used. Perhaps you are looking for a coffee table-type piece with hidden storage. Think about how easily the piece can be adapted for use as extra seating when you have guests. An ottoman would also make a great piece for a guest room, as part of a distinct seating or reading area, a window seat, or a bench at the end of the bed. One with storage will also allow guests a space of their own to temporarily store their belongings, so look for specific options that will best suit your intended purpose.

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