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.

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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.

Mixed Material Ottoman
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Mixed Material

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.

Petite Ottoman
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Petite

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.

Handsome Ottoman
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Handsome

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.

Woven Ottoman
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Woven

Create some coastal charm with a table that also corrals extra pillows for the pullout couch.

To buy: Alina storage ottoman, $149; urbanoutfitters.com.

Blue Tufted Ottoman
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Modern

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.

Clean-Lined Ottoman
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Clean-Lined

Use the sleek piece as an entryway bench with surprise shoe storage.

To buy: Project 62 Loring Storage Cube, $80; target.com.