Love Ottomans? 6 Things To Consider + Ottoman Giveaway!

Posted November 26, 2020

By Anne Grice | Find out how to easily enter the GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!

Ottoman — A low upholstered seat or footstool, without a back or arms. A place to prop your feet up, set your book down, or place a tray of drinks.


I LOVE ottomans, they are super versatile and can serve as coffee tables, footstools, benches, side tables, and storage units. They can be a fun shape, and make a statement. Using ottomans, poufs, or benches in the homes we design is particularly perfect for our relaxed mountain lifestyle.

Take a look at these 6 things to consider when adding ottomans to your living spaces.

Egg Shaped Ottoman

This egg shaped ottoman is the perfect size for this “walk-through” closet and is useful for seating. | Interiors by Anne Grice Interiors



1. Legs or No Legs?

Technically, without legs it’s a Pouf. Best without legs for a smaller footstool – easier to move around. Larger ones may have legs or a platform that could make them more versatile. Pro tip — cover your ottoman base with a skirt if you are looking for a more traditional look.

Small Square Red Poufs

These little red leather poufs are perfect for resting your feet and can move around easily in front of a sofa bed. | Custom Poufs and Interiors by Anne Grice Interiors


2. Shape

It’s always best to try to use a shape that works with your seating, like in the examples below.


Round Ottoman, Fireplace Style

This round ottoman with shelf creates a firepit feel in this family room. | Custom ottoman and Interiors by Anne Grice Interiors

Media Room Square Ottomans

These comfy leather ottomans’ shape works great for relaxing in this media room. | Interiors by Anne Grice Interiors

3. Matching or Not

Some chairs have matching ottomans. But you may want something smaller or just coordinating. Do you want it to blend in, or make a statement? 

Tufted Leather Ottoman

This tufted leather ottoman adds textural interest to the space. | Custom Ottoman and Interiors by Anne Grice


4. Material

Fabric, leather, fur, or faux?  Make sure it’s durable. Leather or faux leather are always a great choice, but fur, faux fur, or even fringes, can really make a statement. You can always add casters, skirts, buttons, or whatever accents your space! Take a look at this fun furry ottoman, this is a style that I would love to use in a future project!

Contemporary Southwest - Fringe Ottomans

The leather fringe on these little ottomans compliments this Contemporary Southwest themed home. | Custom ottomans and Interiors by Anne Grice Interiors

Faux Fur and Acrylic Ottomans/Bench

The combination of acrylic and faux fur for these benches gave this client some additional seating without much “weight” to the small space. | Interiors by Anne Grice Interiors



5. Storage

Some benches and ottomans double as storage space or have shelves. If you have extra blankets or pillows not in use, an ottoman at the end of the bed is a must. Need somewhere to place the bed shams at night? A simple bench will do.


Leather and Wood Coffe Table/Ottoman

The combination of leather and wood on this coffee table/ottoman with a shelf below, works well with the contemporary style of this living room. | Interiors by Anne Grice Interiors

End of Bed Bench

This bench is the perfect spot to place the bed shams when not in use. | Interiors by Anne Grice Interiors


6. Accessorize

Adding a tray on top? It’s nice if the tray is purposefully the same shape as your ottoman. This will bring the two pieces together nicely.

Octagonal Ottoman and Tray

Custom Ottoman, Tray, and Interiors By Anne Grice Interiors


I know choosing the perfect ottoman can be overwhelming – but knowing what your needs are — either storage, style, or both! — will make it easier to choose. Most importantly, have fun with it!



We love ottomans so much that we decided to give you a chance to win a set of two Cumberland Bernhardt ottomans. Follow the steps below for a chance to win!*

  1. Click here and send us a message telling us where you would put these ottomans!*
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  3. Winner will be officially announced on our next newsletter.

Stay tuned and good luck!

* Giveaway will be closed on 12/25/2020 at 11:59 pm MST. US residents only. By participating you are agreeing to join our newsletter, you can unsubscribe at any time.


Bernhardt Cumberland Leather Ottomans | w 28″ x d 20″ x h 17.5″


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