The New Ottoman Empire



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“Don’t put your feet on that coffee table!”

A comfortable life lived is one that has never been exposed to this shrill command, or some version of it – as if coffee tables weren’t designed for that very purpose!

But, the crazy thing is that some of them aren’t. A lot of coffee tables are designed to hold drinks, flower arrangements, magazines, doilies, remote controls and pretty much anything else you can think of except for your feet.  

Now, imagine a world where you can put your feet up there if that’s what you want to do. You know what they call that? Freedom! This, ladies and gentlemen, is the birth of the New Ottoman Empire. It’s a place where you can have your cake warm and eat it, too, maybe even while sitting on an ottoman – because they’re good for that as well.

In the battle of ottoman vs. coffee table there really is no battle. It’s a blowout. Let’s look at the facts:

  1. 1.       Firm Fluffiness

Ottomans are sturdy and durable, but still cozy and snuggly – like a sleeping lumberjack. All you have to do is put your feet up and the cushion will do the rest. Need an extra place to sit? Boom. There you go. Try that on a glass coffee table.

Leather Ottoman Pictured: Lumberjack ottoman.

  1. 2.      Dust Dodger

You know why you never have to dust an ottoman? It’s either because it’s upholstered in fabric or because you’ve been rubbing your feet all over it – or both! Glorious. There’s also a reason why you’ve never heard the phrase “ottoman rings.” That nonsense is for the birds … and coffee tables.

Tufted Ottoman Dodging dust with cuteness.

  1. 3.      Functional Flexibility

It used to be that you needed a service tray to accompany your “cocktail ottoman” if you wanted to put drinks on it, and that’s still a very classy option, but now many ottomans come with trays built in – either as part of a two-way top or on the underside of the cushion. This is the kind of versatility that makes furniture legendary.

Oval Ottoman Awesome tray not included.

  1. 4.      Hidden Hideaway

There’s no disputing the fact that coffee tables can also store things, and some of them do have drawers that provide total concealment, but ottomans that have storage go all out. Many even have room enough for bulky items like blankets, all of which gets tucked neatly away and out of sight. 

Storage Ottoman Feed me.

ATGStores.com invites you to choose a side in the battle between ottomans and coffee tables and tell us why you have a favorite. (Note: We’re merely instigators in this conflict and are partial to both coffee tables and ottomans.)

This tufted bicast leather ottoman from Abbyson Living is crafted of kiln-dried solid wood and comes in dark brown or white.

The only thing better than an ottoman is an ottoman with a "pet retreat" and Leick delivers the best of both worlds.

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