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How Do I Choose the Best round Ottoman?

By Misty Amber Brighton
Updated May 17, 2024
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A round ottoman can help you relax and unwind. Before choosing one, you should decide what other furniture it will be used with. That way, you can pick one similar in style and color. The type of floor where the ottoman will be sitting can also affect the type you purchase. You should make sure to get one that is most comfortable for your height.

You may want to use a round ottoman while sitting in a particular chair. If this is the case, you may want the ottoman matches this furniture. Ottomans are available in many fabrics and colors, so you should be able to find one that matches the overall room decor.

Round ottoman are made both for indoor and outdoor use. You can choose almost any type of fabric if you are using this piece indoors. Outdoor ottomans should be made from a waterproof material. Wicker is a popular choice, but you could also select a canvas or vinyl model. Bright colors may fade when placed in direct sunlight, so a neutral or light tone might be best.

Before purchasing an ottoman, you should sit in your favorite chair and stretch out your legs. This will give you a good idea of how tall the round ottoman should be. Think about whether you want to place your feet on the ottoman or if it might also double as a seat, because this can determine the diameter of this furniture.

A round ottoman can have gliders or casters on the bottom. These can be helpful if you might need to move it across a rough surface. Gliders can also help keep hardwood floors from being scratched.

If you have limited storage space, you may want to consider a round ottoman that is hollow inside. These models typically have a top piece that lifts off so items such as books and magazines can be stored underneath. The removable top does not usually affect how comfortable the ottoman is to use.

Most ottomans will need to be cleaned from time to time. Vinyl and leather ones can usually be wiped down with a damp cloth. Ones made from other types of fabric may need to be wiped down with a damp sponge. Light-colored ones might show dirt easily and be difficult to keep looking fresh. These factors should be considered so you will not be disappointed with a piece that is difficult to care for after you bring it home.

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