Living in a Boston condo is likely to mean less space than what you are used to if you are coming from a suburban, single-family home. So you’ll need to think and act creatively, not only by using rooms for multiple purposes, but also with the furnishings you select. Specifically, you’ll want furniture pieces that do double-, or even triple-duty. The ottoman is one of those pieces that can serve multiple purposes. It can be used as a footstool or for extra seating, additional storage, a coffee table or a decorative accent piece. Some even transform into a serving tray when you remove (and turn over) the ottoman’s lid.
Ottomans come in an endless variety of sizes, shapes (rectangular, round, cubes, and even whimsical shapes), styles (from contemporary to traditional), colors (from neutral to bold), fabrics (from solids to prints and real or faux leather) and embellishments (from tufting to nail heads). Price points vary from inexpensive to high-end, too. There are infinite ready-made options available from retailers and online sources, or you can work with a designer to create a custom piece that satisfies your exact furnishing needs and complements your décor. Before deciding on the type and style of ottoman, to get the most bang for you buck, think about the functionality and what purpose (or purposes) you want the ottoman to serve for a particular room… whether it’s a bedroom, living room, family room or guest room. You can get great ideas on the Internet – at Houzz.com, Wayfair.com, Potterybarn.com or even Target.com. Here are a few examples. Which would you love to have in your home?