As the name suggests the ottoman came from the Ottoman Empire and found its way into Europe in the 18th Century. However, when they were first introduced, ottomans tended to be more for both storage and seating and were huge, sometimes encompassing three walls of a room. This gave a lot of storage room and of course ample seating. They eventually evolved into something that would be more recognisable today, a small box which could be stored away in the corner of a room, but could still be functional for both storage and seating.
If its use as a footrest or as seating is not sufficient relaxation, ottomans come in many different sizes, and double sized version can be used for relaxation or to cuddle up to your favorite person. They are armless loveseats, so the only way to avoid falling off the edge is to hold onto each other - or so you can claim! Ottomans are child friendly - if a small child falls off an ottoman he or she is unlikely to come to any harm. They can be upholstered in child-friendly fabrics, and can offer them a playing surface when they are sitting on the floor. They can be used to sit in front of the TV with a games controller and used as a hurdle in the hall for racing, or as a horse when riding!
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