Upholstered ottomans – pretty pieces to prop up your feet

Ideal to prop your feet up, as seating or even used as a coffee table, these upholstered ottomans offer both style and comfort.

Our best ottomans are ideal for placing at the foot of the bed or centre-stage in your living room. With the potential to function as a footrest, a bench or as a coffee table, the humble ottoman should not be overlooked when designing a scheme or space.

By definition, an ottoman isa low, upholstered seat without a back or arms. In many cases they can serve as a storage box, with the seat hinged to form a lid. however, the designs below are the purest upholstered forms, with no extra storage.

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A benefit of having space below the seat is it will prevent the ottoman from dominating the space, and will make a smaller room look larger as the eye can travel below and beyond your furniture.

One important thing to consider when buying an ottoman is its firmness. If you intend it primarily to double as seating – for example, at the end of a bed or in a sitting room – you should choose a plumper feather-filled top for extra comfort.

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However, should you prefer to use your ottoman almost like a coffee table – a place to rest a tray of drinks or books – then it's wise to consider a firmer surface, perhaps with a buttoned top.

We’ve scoured the shops looking for the best on the market in all shapes and sizes. Buttoned, tall, low, decorative, plush velvet – you name it, we’ve found it and here are our favourites.

ELIOT OTTOMAN, £690, ARLO & JACOB

Arlo & Jacob Elio ottoman

Elevated on slender, tapered legs our mid-century Eliot footstool is one easy-going, all-rounder. Ideal for contemporary and modern homes, Eliot adds a sleek and mature style to all living rooms. Featuring a feather-filled pillow-style top, Eliot is not just a place to prop your feet up but also doubles as a comfortable place to sit and perch.

SALVESEN GRAHAM OTTOMAN, £1040, DAVID SEYFRIED

David Seyfried Salvesen Graham ottoman

Inspired by Salvesen Graham’s love of Georgian design, with its characteristic clean lines, the collection transcends trends and can be used in both contemporary and traditionally styled homes.

DIANA OTTOMAN, £785, GRAHAM AND GREEN

Graham & Green Diana ottoman

With its pedestal legs and brushed chalk finish, the Charente extendable solid American Oak dining table offers classic style with the added functionality so you’re always ready for that last minute summer soirée.

BALMORAL OTTOMAN, £799, HEAL’S

Heal's Balmoral ottoman

The Balmoral ottoman blends neat proportions with deep button upholstery to create a contemporary take on traditional Chesterfield design. Handmade in Britain exclusively for Heal’s, the Balmoral is built around a hardwood beech and birch frame with turned solid beech feet in matt black satin, walnut stain or natural.

ARTHUR OTTOMAN, £475, NEPTUNE

Neptune Arthur ottoman

Generously sized with a firm top, it’s an alternative to a coffee table that adds another textile to the room. Crisp tailoring, a refined profile and a little soft luxury from the tufting means that it suits all fabrics, from neutral to bold.

STRUY OTTOMAN, £995, NINA CAMPBELL

Nina Campbell Struy ottoman

Available as a single or double footstool, the Struy is modelled from an antique purchase. A very useful piece for the library, snug or bedroom.

MISKIN OTTOMAN, £995, OKA

Oka Miskin ottoman

The Miskin Ottoman is all about balance. Part practicality, part comfort, and part beauty, it features exposed oak wood edges and ample storage space, as well as luxurious plush buttoned velvet. With this unusual combination and a nod to classic Chesterfield design, it promises to be the versatile and beloved star of your sitting room.

WEBBY OTTOMAN, £1549, PORADA

Porada Webby ottoman

The Webby bench has a frame in solid Canaletta walnut and a seat in capitonne upholstered in the fabric of the collection. The buttoning details adds a beautiful layer of detail for a truly tailored living room look.

KASBAH NIMBUS OTTOMAN, £585, WEAVER GREEN

Weaver Green Kasbah Nimbus ottoman

Whether it is a coffee table, a statement piece in your hallway, at the end of the bed, or for that extra seat when guests are over, our Moroccan style Kasbah Nimbus Ottoman is the perfect addition to your household.