The best ottomans for adding style and storage to any room

Whether you need extra storage space, want to fill that gap at the end of the bed, or simply a place to rest your feet in the lounge, an ottoman is a versatile and stylish item of furniture for any home

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An ottoman is a stylish and function piece of furniture that can really bring a whole room’s décor together. At their most basic, ottomans serve as a space filler, usually a padded upholstered cushion that can act as a place to rest your feet, or as a sort of luxury coffee table. They look great particular in larger spaces where something may seem like its missing, and they can often become a central feature of a living area. 

However, ottomans are also commonly known to be a great way to add extra storage to a room, as many of them are designed like a large chest which usually fits nicely at the end of a bed. This is a great way to store spare linen and towels, or even as a place to keep shoes in the hallway. 

When picking the right ottoman for you, it is first recommended to know what it is you want to use it for, and then decide what shape would suit the room you want to put it in. Square and cube ottomans tend to fit nicely in living rooms as a central feature which can be framed nicely by sofas. Rectangular ottomans are best suited to bedrooms and hallways as they tend to be the perfect length to go at the end of a double bed, or to fit nicely in a long, narrow hallway. 

Then you can consider what fabric you prefer. Ottomans are items of furniture that are frequently used, so take into consideration if they are going to be in a living space where pets and children might get their mucky paws on them.  Think darker colours or leather for easy cleaning in communal spaces, and save lighter, softer fabrics for the bedroom where they are likely to wear better. 

If you’re partial to changing your rooms around regularly, then opting for something smaller might be practical, especially if it’s more for show than storage. Storage ottomans can be quite heavy, so ensure you’ll be able to get it up the stairs if that’s the style you want. 

We’ve picked out a range of ottomans in different shapes, styles and fabrics. From minimalist leather ones that will fill a space and add character, to dense upholstered ones that are both functional and aesthetically suited to your décor. Which one will be your favourite?

John Lewis Rose Mist Blanket Box: off-white fabric with white wooden feet

1. John Lewis Rose Mist Ottoman Blanket Box

A soft and elegant design for bedroom interiors

Specifications
Best for: Bedrooms
Storage: Yes
Material: Birch, linen, polyester, viscose, cotton
Dimensions: HWD 65x144x40cm
Reasons to buy
+ Comes fully assembled + Hand crafted and painted 
Reasons to avoid
- Light colour could get dirty easily  

This rose mist ottoman is a popular choice of bedroom storage which has plenty of room for all your spare linen and towel. The ottoman itself is sturdy with wooden legs and has an easy-to-lift lid that makes it easy to pack stuff away. Those who bought this item love the colour, as the dusty pink lends itself quite nicely to neutral decors and its handcrafted detailing on the legs is quite popular among those who favour the shabby chic trend. The upholstered finish is soft and its curvaceous arms make this ottoman more than just a storage place, but a place to perch at the end of the bed or simply add character to a room that is missing something extra.  

Chesterfield Leather Cocktail Ottoman: green button-detail leather with dark wood feet and studding

2. Chesterfield Leather Cocktail Ottoman

A leather ottoman that lends itself to traditional-style interiors

Specifications
Best for: Adding character
Storage: No
Material: Leather
Dimensions: HWD 30x90x40cm
Reasons to buy
+ Upholstered Italian leather + Easy to maintain 
Reasons to avoid
- No storage 

For a rich and traditional-style ottoman that will add a touch of character to the room, then look no further than this dark green and mahogany leather ottoman. Its rectangular shape makes it easy to style in a room and could make a nice central feature if you also have leather sofas. The darker colours are favourable for communal areas of the home, as it’s less likely to show up marks and stains, and is easy to wipe clean. There isn’t any storage in this ottoman, but it’s well-padded which means you can expect it to be a comfy place to rest your feet after a long day.  

Cassy Storage Ottoman by Wayfair: grey tweed-effect fabric with button-detail top

3. Cassy Storage Ottoman

A spacious storage ottoman for keeping the house neat and tidy

Specifications
Best for: Hallways
Storage: Yes
Material: Wood, polyester
Dimensions: HWD 44x120x50cm
Reasons to buy
+ Soft closing lid + Very spacious 
Reasons to avoid
- Not comfy for seating 

Hallways and spare bedrooms can often end up getting cluttered with coats, shoes and other items we don’t have space for anywhere else. However, with this storage ottoman you can keep everything out of sight and add a stylish piece of furniture into the mix instead. Users have said this ottoman has plenty of storage inside and the soft close lid adds a nice touch when getting things out. It’s upholstered well but is said to not be the comfiest, so if you’re looking for an ottoman to use as seating, check out one of the leather ones on our list instead. The greyish/blue colour lends itself well to communal areas as dirt and scratches won’t be as obvious on this textured ottoman and polyester is much easier to clean than some other materials.  

John Lewis Charlotte Ottoman Blanket Box, cream fabric with dark wood feet

4. John Lewis Charlotte Ottoman Blanket Box

A large, spacious ottoman with a soft and neutral tone

Specifications
Best for: Lots of storage space
Storage: Yes
Material: Timber, viscose, polyester, linen
Dimensions: HWD 42x138x45cm
Reasons to buy
+ Lots of space inside + Neutral colours 
Reasons to avoid
- Quite long 

If you need lots of storage, then this ottoman could provide just what you need. Its neutral colours are a popular choice for many interiors and make it a versatile piece of furniture for any room in the house. Many have used it at the end of their beds, but as it is quite long you may find it to be a bit of a squeeze in smaller rooms. It’s not the comfiest to sit on, but its soft, curved edges certainly make it aesthetically pleasing to look at as well as functional for keeping rooms neat and tidy.  

Brixton Footstool from Wayfair: square, button-quilted cushion with dark wood feet

5. Brixton Footstool

Rest your feet in style on this square shaped ottoman

Specifications
Best for: Luxury feel
Storage: No
Material: Polyester, wood
Dimensions: HWD 43x103x103cm
Reasons to buy
+ Comfy  + Looks plush and expensive 
Reasons to avoid
- White will stain easily  

If you’ve got a large space that looks like its missing something, then this plush ottoman could be just the thing to bring your interior together. This luxury upholstered ottoman from Wayfair doesn’t have any storage space but you can expect it to make a comfy foot stool for when you’re relaxing in the lounge. It is white, however, so households with children and pets may struggle to keep this clean, but for adult-only zones such as a conservatory or study, you may find this is the perfect way to accessorise a room.  

Julianne Ottoman by MADE: button-quilted dark green cushion with crossover bronze-coloured legs

6. Julianne Ottoman

A modern ottoman for style and luxury

Specifications
Best for: Statement piece
Storage: No
Material: Cotton, polyester, metal
Dimensions: HWD 43x103x103cm
Reasons to buy
+ Glamorous style + Soft upholstered velvet 
Reasons to avoid
- No storage 

You can really make a statement with this oversized ottoman from MADE that mixes both traditional luxury styles with modern minimalism. The upholstered velvet top with button creases is both comfy and stylish, and the emerald green colour is contrasted nicely against the antique brass legs. This ottoman is quite narrow and long, which means it could work equally as well in a hallway as it would in your living room.  

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