They can be used in childrens rooms for toys, computer or video games and controllers, and in your bedroom as a handy seat for dressing while storing bedding, spare pillows or your nightclothes. These are just examples - an ottoman can be used to store whatever you need it to. While ottomans are footrests, seats and storage containers, they can also be used as accent pieces that pick out a color in your décor and display it is bright vivid color. In fact, it can scream out to everybody in the room "Look At Me!" - I am beautiful, so dont ignore me. Ring a bell? Ottomans can be used as occasional furniture, for storage of these ugly bits and pieces you need in your room but want hidden, and as an extravagant item of furniture showing itself off.
The earliest appearance of a footstool seems to have been in ancient Egypt and was used more as a step than a stool, to help the Pharaohs climb onto their huge thrones. But they were not just the furnishings of the rich and powerful, nomadic traders also used small, lightweight boxes to carry around their wares which they also used as seating and the storage footstool or ottoman was born. Footstools can be simply decor but as functional units they really come into their own.
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