At the end of a long work week what’s the first thing you want to do? This Friday evening ritual probably involves cracking open some sort of cold beverage and putting your feet up. Sure you could put your tired puppies on your coffee table or the couch — but your wife will probably ask you to get your feet off both of those. A foolproof solution? A stylish ottoman. They’re made for holding your feet and, turns out, a bunch of other stuff too.
Storage ottomans are one of the greatest waves in home organizational ingenuity of the past decade. Okay, not really, but they are pretty convenient. Not only do they look great and fit into almost any living room, they can also store that living room clutter easily, out of sight and out of mind.
We’ve picked out the best storage ottomans that look and function great in the interior design space. Try one out and you might just find your new favorite piece of furniture.
1. First Hill Callah Rectangular Storage Ottoman
First Hill’s Callah storage ottoman is trendy and functional with a rectangle shape that will fit into most living rooms and a padded lid that easily opens for storage. The lid is hinged and stays open for as long as you need it to when retrieving pillows, board games or other living room materials. It’s made with linen upholstery and has a classic button-tufting up top. It also has a nail-head trim along the bottom that adds a decorative element.
Pros: Hinged button-top lid, linen upholstery material, five different color choices.
Cons: Small storage space.
2. Nathan James Payton Foldable Storage Ottoman
This Nathan James foldable storage ottoman is the perfect living room addition for storage, functionality and ease of use. It assembles and disassembles in five minutes and stores flat when not in use. When you are using it the padded top is a comfortable top and the lid flipped upside down turns into a tray. It’s also got a great storage space within and a soft, trendy fabric exterior.
Pros: Folds flat for storage when not in use, stylish design, tray under the lid.
Cons: Legs can wiggle and need to be tightened after prolonged use.
3. Christopher Knight Home Storage Ottoman
Christopher Knight Home has created a storage ottoman built for maximum storage without sacrificing anything with design. It’s got smooth upholstery and clean lines that give it the look of a contemporary piece, with as much functionality as possible. It’s got a plush cushion for sitting and pressure hinges that hold it open when you need it to be and soft close when you’re done. This ottoman has plenty of space for storage inside and will uplift the design and comforting feel of any room.
Pros: Contemporary, comforting design, pressure hinges for soft closing, plenty of storage space.
Cons: Not pet proof by any means.
4. BELARDO Home Storage Ottoman
BELARDO home has created a stylish and sturdy storage ottoman for your home. This piece can hold up to 660 pounds, making it a great storage container and seat at the same time. It’s got a sturdy hardwood frame and durable microfiber around it to make the storage chest. The top can lift off for access to the storage container. It’s also got a button-tufted design and wooden feet that add an extra design element. Place this ottoman at the edge of your bed for extra sheets or in your office as a perfect work bench.
Pros: Large and strong storage compartment, sturdy design, extra design elements.
Cons: Heavier to lift and move than other brands.