Tips and Guides

4 Ways To Use Ottomans at Home

Find out why this versatile piece is a must-have in every home

Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo)

Using multipurpose furniture is a great space-saving solution for small homes. If you're looking for pieces to work with, you may start with ottomans. These are functional pieces that can be used as seating option or storage solution. You can even place it in the different areas of the house! Maximize your ottomans with these ideas. 

Styling by Tala Singson. Assisted by Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Dairy Darilag.

Read the original article September 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.  

As center table

Large ottoman seats are ideal center tables for living rooms in lieu of wooden coffee tables. They are softer on the eyes and if you're hosting a large party, it can serve as extra seating. Consider stacking a couple of books on top of it and make sure it is sturdy enough to hold drinks.

As dining seat

Need extra seats in the dining area? Use ottomans instead of bulky chairs! Opt for a piece with a fabric or upholstery that works well with your dining set. Go for neutral colors that can fit in the space.

Wooden Ottoman, Diretso

As benches

Admittedly, it’s hard to look for bed benches locally, so you can use an ottoman instead. Place a long x-legged ottoman at the foot of the bed then finish the look by placing a throw.

As night table

If you don't have an extra space for a night table in your room, you may opt for a sleek wooden ottoman with just about the same height as your bed. Opt for a piece that's made from solid wood to withstand the test of time.

Arvin Ottoman, Home Matters

More on

Storage Spots in the Living Room

5 Multipurpose Furniture Pieces for Your Condo


Latest Stories

A Tiny Studio Unit Becomes A Hotel-Style Home

In another makeover marvel by Elle Uy, the decorator transforms a dark studio unit into a chic and airy space

Get the Look of Iza Calzado’s Bedroom

Give your sleeping space an easy, dainty makeover with the right pieces

5 Amazing Closet Cleaning Tips You Can Try

Achieve your dream wardrobe with these handy tricks

How To Vacuum Your Home Properly

Here’s how to avoid all the usual vacuuming mistakes. Plus, learn about a revolutionary new material that will help you bust all that dirt at home.

A Cozy and Modern Family Home in Quezon City

Works of art, beautiful fabrics, and a mix of old and new pieces bring this townhouse to life

5 Things To Never Clean With Baking Soda

This finely milled powder has its downsides, too

There's An Affordable Way To Keep Your Home Smelling Good 24/7

Say no to artificial fragrances with this three-step hack

A KonMari Reality Show Is Coming To Netflix

Will de-cluttering diva Marie Kondo's new show spark joy?

You Only Need P5,000 To Work On These Home Improvement Projects

The best part? These can increase the value of your space, too.

What's Inside The Vatican Walls?

Aside from having one of the largest collections of art in the world, the Vatican holds many other treasures

Meet The Architect Behind This Industrial-Pinoy Home

Inspired by the Bahay Kubo, this architect worked with industrial details and affordable building materials to create an inviting space

Is It Possible to Paint Over Tiles?

No one likes the sight of lackluster tiles. Know what to do with these tips from an interior designer.
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!