As I prepare to get rid of my glass and metal coffee table (aka “The Kiddy Guillotine”) I have been looking for the perfect ottoman to serve as a coffee table. It’s tough! There are many things than one wants in the function of an ottoman, but you also want it to look good!
If you want to use a large tray on top to corral magazines, remotes and maybe a vase of flowers make sure the top is flat and does not have a curve to it!
If you keep a lot of stuff on your coffee table, then look for an ottoman with a lower shelf underneath the upholstered part.
Make sure the dimensions are correct for your other furniture- especially the height. You don’t want it way higher than your sofa seat.
If there is going to be high wear and tear to the ottoman, consider leather or a faux leather for maximum durability.
If you have a narrow room look at upholstered benches instead of ottomans that may eat up too much room.
Here’s an ottoman we used in a Beacon Hill family’s playroom/den that is easy to move around and flat on the top. Perfect for what they needed!
photo by Michael J. Lee
Here’s a round up of some ottomans available at retail shops and sites- some with customizable fabrics and finishes and some even under $200!