I recently purchased a new coffee table for our living room. I chose an ottoman to use as a coffee table. The ottoman I chose is a tufted linen large square ottoman from Temple & Webster.
Why I Chose an Ottoman Coffee Table
Basically because I like to put my feet up. When you choose pieces of furniture such as a sofa you need to think about how you will use it. Are you a sit up, lean back or lie down person when you watch television? Do you like to sit with your feet on the floor or do you like to put them up in front of you?
My husband is a lie down person so he always chooses the chaise part of the sofa so he can stretch out. I’m more of a sit up person, but I like to stretch my feet out in front of me. We had a small ottoman with our old IKEA Ektorp sofa, and I just couldn’t get comfortable on the new sofa without the ottoman.
One of the most popular blog posts on DIY Decorator is a post I wrote back in February 2015 called Ottoman Coffee Tables. People find that post everyday through Goggle searches and Pinterest, so I knew I wasn’t alone in my search for an ottoman coffee table. As chance would have it, I ended up buying the ottoman in the first picture which wasn’t available at the time I wrote the post.
I chose this ottoman for a number of reasons:
- the square shape worked well with the new L shaped chaise sofa. The ottoman helped to define the seating area.
- The large size meant there was plenty of room to spread out books and laptops when any of us choose to work or study from the sofa
- The solid shelf on the bottom is great for storing books, and all the excess cushions we have – See Do You Have a Love Hate Relationship with Cushions?
- I usually use the little marble side table to put down a drink, but I can also put a drink down on the shelf or on a tray on top of the ottoman.
- The linen fabric works with the fabric of the sofa and provides a neutral base for the cushions to add colour
- The padded top means it’s comfortable to put my feet up (which makes me happy)
Ottoman Coffee Tables Need Trays
Recently, Louise from Villa Styling did a photo shoot at my house. She placed a lovely big rattan tray on the ottoman which is now on my wish list. Trays are the perfect companion to ottomans. They offer you a stable surface to put things down on. You can create pretty displays on the tray and easily move it when you need to.
I have been asked why I don’t have a rug in this room. Normally I would, as a rug helps to anchor the seating area, but I like to slide the ottoman in towards or away from the sofa. The felt under the legs of the ottoman slide easily on the wooden floors. If I had a rug, it would be hard to slide the ottoman around, and it’s quite heavy to lift.
Overall, I am very happy with choosing an ottoman as my coffee table. The only downside is vacuuming inside the buttoned tufts to get the dirt out.