Since they were introduced to Europe from Turkey in the late 18th century, ottoman chairs have been popular among lovers of comfort around the world. Originally, these sturdy seats were set against a wall and stacked with cushions. But they later took a more central position in a room, and now make great space dividers too. Many come hinged, with hidden storage space inside. This adds to the versatility of the ottoman chair.
Pouf seating can also multitask as low seating, a side table or a footrest. But poufs tend to be more round and pillow-like than ottomans, which are often sturdier and more angular.
Either type can be an extra seat, a footrest, a surface area or storage cabinet beside your favourite armchair. If your living room hasn’t got enough space for a recliner chair, simply lean back and use yours to prop up your feet instead. In a dining room, pouf seating can also make it more comfortable for children to eat at the table if the luxury dining chairs are too high for their dangling legs.
Given their functionality and quirkiness, over time these adorable multi-taskers will be looked upon with a sense of affection. Who doesn’t love a small ottoman chair for resting your feet upon or acting like a small table for your current read? And what can be more inviting than a Boho-style space decked out in an array of colourful chair poufs? They’re also super easy to move around. Want to freshen up the look of your space? Simply switch out your foot rests for newer ones in a new fabric or colour.