Sherry and John Petersik, authors and DIY bloggers at younghouselove.com, are firm believers that an upholstered storage ottoman is a must for a living or family room. These are their top picks for style and function.
What: Upholstered Storage Ottoman
Why: “Not only is it less worrisome than a hard-edge coffee table if you have kids,” says Sherry, “but it also offers a soft place to rest your feet and a secret spot to stash blankets or board games. Triple threat!” In a pinch, use it to hide clutter when unexpected guests drop by.
The upholstered top of this drum-shaped ottoman makes a comfy spare seat when there’s no more room on the sofa.
To buy: Storage Ottoman, $399; westelm.com.
Pair this patterned footstool with your favorite reading chair and tuck away books in the base.
To buy: HomePop Cole Classics round storage ottoman, $85; overstock.com.
The classic leather footrest is made more practical with a compartment for stashing kids’ toys.
To buy: Irving leather storage ottoman with nailheads, from $549; potterybarn.com.
Create some coastal charm with a table that also corrals extra pillows for the pullout couch.
To buy: Alina storage ottoman, $149; urbanoutfitters.com.
Vibrant velvet upholstery and acrylic feet give the traditional shape a contemporary feel.
To buy: Clemente velvet oversized tufted square storage ottoman, $287; houzz.com.
Use the sleek piece as an entryway bench with surprise shoe storage.
To buy: Project 62 Loring Storage Cube, $80; target.com.