As Henry becomes more mobile I have started looking for a good cocktail ottoman to replace my brass and glass coffee table a.k.a. The Baby Guillotine. We use lots of ottomans like this in our designs for homes with children as they are a safer options than coffee tables in spaces where kids play a lot. But finding the right one can be hard- it’s taken me months to decide on one! So here are a roundup of some of my favorites from all price points- and some tips on what to look for and materials to consider:
When choosing an ottoman here are some buying tips:
- Make sure you choose the right size and height for your other furniture- the top should be about the same as the seat height of your sofa and be the same size and shape of a coffee table- if you have a narrow space consider a bench as it may fit better than the wider ottoman options you see.
- Make sure the material is durable and a different texture than that of the other upholstered furniture. Leather is a great option for durability if your other pieces are fabric. Outdoor fabrics in a pattern or weave can look great paired with solid furniture and also stand up to wear and tear.
- If you want to use a tray on top to store magazines, remotes and such make sure the top is flat not curved so it sits flat- otherwise it will always wobble and make you crazy.
- If the piece has casters on it, make sure they lock to avoid it rolling when you put your feet up.
Most kitchens these days use counter stools instead of barstools due to the popularity of single level countertop islands in kitchens these days. So I thought I’d round up some of my favorites for you!
Something about fall and winter re-ignites my love of classic four poster and canopy beds. I think because they are just so COZY looking. I am truly obsessed with my canopy bed. And it wasn’t our only one- we also had that fabulous white IKEA canopy bed in our old guest room (now baby nursery) that we moved so many times and took apart and put back together that we had to chuck it because I’m pretty sure one more re-assemble would have ended in serious injury for the next person who laid down on it. And I was SO SAD, because for some bizarre reason, they no longer make it! It was GENIUS and like, under $200 bucks!!! Makes me crazy. Anyways, here are some inspiration photos for these styles of beds and a little roundup of some I love right now.
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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
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