Available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and materials, ottomans can be used in many ways. Whether you choose to use it as a functional piece of furniture or turn it into an accent piece, the ottoman is a great way to add some oomph to your decor. Here are six ways to use the ottoman at home:

Ways to use ottoman #1: Comfy extension to your bedUse ottomans_by the foot of the bed

An ottoman placed at the foot of a bed can provide an additional element of comfort and add the finishing touches to your bedroom decor.  For best results, choose one with an upholstered seat in a shade that matches or compliments your bed linen. It’s a great place to pile your extra pillows.

Ways to use ottoman #2: Spruce up your dressing roomUse ottomans_in the bedroom

Bring a touch of luxury to your vanity room or dressing area by replacing your regular stool with an ottoman. To make a bold statement, choose a fully upholstered piece in glossy metallic hues or deep-set button tufting.

Ways to use ottoman #3: Cozy reading cornerUse ottomans_for reading

Use the ottoman to turn a corner of your home into a place where you can stretch out and unwind with a book. Pair a wing-chair or sofa with a matching footstool and you’re good to go. The ottoman can also work as a perch for your pets.

Ways to use ottoman #4: Coffee table makeoverUse ottomans_to create coffee table

The ottoman’s versatility means that it can double as another useful piece of furniture — coffee table. Replace your traditional wooden coffee table with a pair of upholstered ottomans to give your spaces a softer and more plush look.  Do make sure that the foam is firm enough to hold your coffee tray steady.

Ways to use ottoman #5: Store in styleUse ottomans_for storage

Whether it’s books, shoes or extra cushions, an ottoman with a built-in storage compartment can hide it all in plain sight. Traditionally styled pieces with wooden pulls and spindle legs can add storage and make your bedroom look great at the same time.

Ways to use ottoman #6: Play with poufsUse ottomans_in the bedroom

The soft, and cushy avatar of the ottoman, poufs are a great way to add some colour and fun to your decor. Depending on the theme of your interiors, you can opt for comfy knitted circular poufs or even a vintage, handmade Moroccan pouf to complement your space. Use a single large pouf or pick three to five colourful ones to act as additional seating in the living room or bedroom for guests, friends, and family.

From adding luxe style to rendering an air of casual comfort, the ottoman can be used to enhance your home in several ways.