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.  

Sherry and John Petersik's living room

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.

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