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Whether you need extra storage or are just looking for an accent piece, you can't go wrong with an ottoman. Also known as a footstool, this piece is versatile enough to complement living spaces of all styles. "It can be used as a footrest for a club chair, extra seating in a larger family room space, or as a coffee table with a tray placed on top," says designer Annie Kersey of Purple Cherry Architects.
We compiled buying tips from two interior designers, then researched stylish, functional options for every room and decor scheme. Our top pick is Pottery Barn's Hazel Ottoman, which comes in over 30 upholstery options and boasts a kiln-dried wood frame.
Read on for the best ottomans for every room and budget.
Best Overall: Pottery Barn Hazel Upholstered Ottoman
Versatile and timeless
Kiln-dried wood frame
Long wait for made-to-order items
With endless styles, sizes, and materials, it's hard to pick just one ottoman. But in terms of versatility, quality, and comfort, Pottery Barn's Hazel Ottoman is our top choice. At 26 inches wide, 18 inches deep, and 18 inches tall, it's not too big or too small. And if you don't have a coffee table or end table nearby, you can place a serving tray on the sizable flat surface.
This piece is made of kiln-dried wood and features corner-block joinery to ensure stability for several years to come. Available in over 30 upholstery fabrics with various colors and weaves, Hazel can be customized to fit any design scheme. It has dense foam cushions with flexible springs for optimal support and comfort. The simple black legs are removable if you prefer a flush-to-the-floor look.
We wish this ottoman had built-in storage, but otherwise, we have no complaints. Just a heads up, you can expect a delay on made-to-order custom upholstery furniture from Pottery Barn.
Best Budget: Convenience Concepts Designs4Comfort Accent Storage Ottoman
Prone to scratching
Looking for something a little easier on your bank account? Check out the Accent Storage Ottoman by Convenience Concepts. This versatile piece is 23 inches wide, 16 inches deep, and 16 inches tall. You can set dishes, books, or magazines on the flat surface or flip the top over if you need a proper serving tray.
We also appreciate the hidden storage compartment inside. Made of wood with vegan leather upholstery, this ottoman comes in several colors, including neutrals and bold statement hues. The material might be prone to scratching, but it's still a great deal considering the price.
Best for Small Spaces: Article Cilo Ottoman
Compact and versatile
Chic upholstery options
Tricky to clean
For small spaces, we recommend the Cilo Ottoman from Article. Measuring 17.5 inches tall and 16 inches in diameter, it's the perfect compact size. Though the Cilo doesn't have storage, it's got a sturdy wooden frame and high-density foam cushioning with rubber webbing.
This simple yet undeniably charming piece comes in several chic upholstery options. We're talking warm sienna, textured dove gray, olive green, denim blue, and ivory bouclé, plus two genuine leather colors. The latter might be tricky to clean, so you might want to make a shoes-off rule for anyone who uses it as a footrest.
Best Oversized: Wayfair Custom Upholstery Emilio 49'' Wide Rectangle Tied To Body Fabric Standard Ottoman
Large, smooth surface
Dozens of upholstery options
Performance fabrics available
Some assembly required
Need something bigger? Wayfair's Emilio Ottoman might be your best bet. It's over 4 feet wide with a smooth, flat, generously sized surface perfect for placing serving trays.
The Emilio is available in nearly 50 upholstery options. You can choose from a wide range of colors and materials, including some performance fabrics. We should note that this ottoman doesn't have built-in storage, and some assembly is required, but it shouldn't take long to put together.
Best with Storage: George Oliver Halvorsen 36'' Faux Leather Tufted Square Storage Ottoman
Easy to clean
Some assembly required
If built-in storage is a must-have feature, consider the George Oliver Halvorsen. This sizable ottoman is 16.5 inches tall with a 36-inch-square tufted surface. The split lift top has safety hinges that open to reveal a hidden storage compartment.
This versatile furniture piece has a wood frame, foam cushioning, and vegan leather upholstery in your choice of 15 colors. The smooth semi-shiny material is super easy to wipe clean. Partial assembly is required, but all you have to do is attach the legs.
Best Leather: Poly & Bark Denver Leather Ottoman
Full-grain tanned Italian leather
Simple and modern
If you're keen on genuine leather, the Poly & Bark Denver Ottoman has your name on it. This simple, modern piece has a rubberwood frame, foam and feather cushioning, and full-grain tanned Italian leather upholstery.
Measuring 43 x 25 x 17 inches with no legs, the generously sized Denver sits flush to the floor. It comes in three colors, cognac tan, Madagascar cocoa, and onyx black, each undeniably sophisticated and versatile. This ottoman is pricey and doesn't have any storage, but there's no denying the high-quality appeal.
Best Velvet: Anthropologie Denver Ottoman
Solid kiln-dried wood frame
Arrives fully assembled
Long wait for made-to-order items
Fans of velvet furniture will appreciate Anthropologie's Denver Ottoman. This glamorous yet stately beauty is made of solid kiln-dried wood with dense foam cushioning and comes in over 20 hues. (A couple of the colors are ready to ship, but most are made to order, which can take several weeks.)
This ottoman has a 39-inch-square surface and sits 16 inches tall, though you can remove the legs for a low-profile, flush look. And while it's undoubtedly expensive, it arrives at your home fully assembled with white-glove delivery service.
Best Tufted: CB2 Tufted Ottoman
Classic and versatile
Continuous tufting detail
We also like this tufted number from CB2. It has a solid pine and engineered wood frame sourced from responsibly managed forests certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)
The poly-linen fabric upholstery is available in your choice of black or beige, and the classic tufting detail is continuous across the surface and sides. This ottoman is 16.5 inches tall and 36 inches in diameter. Though it doesn't have storage, we like that the large, flat surface can double as a coffee table.
Best Cocktail: Kelly Clarkson Home Christopher 48.5'' Wide Tufted Oval Cocktail Ottoman
Unique yet versatile
Cocktail ottomans have a somewhat low profile and a flat surface, acting as both a footrest and a place to set a serving tray with drinks or snacks. We like the Christopher Ottoman from Kelly Clarkson Home. Measuring nearly over 4 feet long and 18 inches tall, it's got a unique oval shape and features one giant button tuft in the center.
This piece has a solid and engineered frame and polyester fabric upholstery in your choice of light beige, medium gray, or muted blue. It doesn't have storage, but the striking yet versatile design is still one of our favorites.
Best Pouf: Mistana Cherise 20'' Genuine Leather Round Pouf Ottoman
Compact and versatile
Playful yet sophisticated
Genuine top-grain leather
Poufs make great footrests, floor seats, and accent pieces too. We're loving the Mistana Cherise, a round pouf-style ottoman with genuine leather upholstery in your choice of gray, camel, white, gold, or turquoise.
It measures 14 inches tall and 20 inches in diameter, the perfect compact size for a living room, walk-in closet, bedroom, reading nook, or vanity. Featuring a subtle hemstitched motif, this versatile piece walks the line between playful and sophisticated with ease.
Our top choice is the Pottery Barn Hazel Ottoman, a timeless and versatile footrest with a kiln-dried wood frame that comes in over 30 upholstery options. If you're in the market for something more affordable (or prioritize built-in storage), the Convenience Concepts Designs4Comfort Accent Ottoman is an excellent choice.
What to Look For When Buying an Ottoman
Ottomans are available in a variety of different styles, from tufted options to those with built-in storage. Depending on your preferences, you can also opt for ottomans with skirted bases, added trim, nail heads, and more.
"Ottomans are a great opportunity to make a statement with [a] fun fabric or texture," says Annie Kersey of Purple Cherry Architects. Upholstery options range from linen and tweed to leather and performance polyester.
Beyond that, you'll want to take note of the frame and cushion, as these materials affect durability and comfort. Solid wood and high-density foam are ideal, especially if you plan to sit on the ottoman or use it as a coffee table.
Ottomans come in a variety of sizes, and the right one for you is mostly a matter of your personal needs, preferences, and available space. But generally speaking, smaller designs are often used as accent pieces or an extra chair, and larger options are often used as both a footrest and serving surface in living rooms.
What is an ottoman?
"An ottoman is simply an upholstered or generally softer stool," Kersey explains. "It can be used as a footrest for a club chair, extra seating in a larger family room space, or as a coffee table with a tray placed on top."
How do you clean an ottoman?
Like all other upholstered furniture, the proper way to clean an ottoman depends on the material. That said, regular vacuuming will help keep it fresh and prevent dust from building up in the cushion. You can also wipe down the exterior with a mild cleaning solution and spot-treat it as needed. We recommend using a material-specific cleaning solution and doing a patch test on an inconspicuous area first to be safe.
How do you reupholster an ottoman?
To reupholster an ottoman, you'll need a large piece of fabric, flexible measuring tape, an upholstery staple gun, and a basic sewing kit. After removing the existing upholstery, measure the new fabric to size and cut pieces for each side with a little extra slack. Then secure the fabric with staples, and sew the edges together, cutting off the excess.
All that said, DIY reupholstering can be complex. If you're not up for it or want specific details like tufting or corded edges, it might be best to hire a professional.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Theresa Holland is a commerce writer, product tester, and regular contributor at The Spruce. For this story, she researched options from top brands and retailers, evaluating dozens of designs on the basis of their versatility, durability, design, and overall value. She also spoke with two interior designers—Jennifer Hunter of Jennifer Hunter Design and Annie Kersey of Purple Cherry Architects—for additional insight and recommendations.
You can read more of Theresa's writing on MyDomaine, Byrdie, People, and Travel + Leisure.