Ottomans | Footstools

Ottomans, also called footstools, are upholstered independent seating elements designed without back supports. Typically found in a living room as a central furniture piece contributing to the conversation zone of the shared seating area, ottomans today are designed with a range of styles and sizes that often coordinate with related furniture elements. The function and importance of the ottoman within a domestic space has transformed over centuries, with the ottoman that we know today being understood as a multifunctional stool, bench, storage space, or pouf. Ottomans are most often shaped as being square or circular with square ottomans being easily combined as an extension of sofa elements.

Why is it called an ottoman?

Ottoman couches earned their name due to their extensive usage in residential seating within the Ottoman Empire (c 1299-1922). The ottoman was originally designed as a large seating platform piled with cushions, and eventually shrank into the form we know today.

How tall is an ottoman?

Ottomans come in a large variety of shapes and sizes that range in height from 13”-20” (33-51 cm). Most ottomans are sized to pair with their coordinated furniture sets and are designed with matching heights.

What is an ottoman used for?

Ottomans are upholstered freestanding couches that can be used exclusively or can combine with armchairs or sofas as extended seating areas. As multifunctional furniture pieces, ottomans can serve a variety of seating styles and may also include integrated storage.

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Seal Footstool
Side profile illustration of a man sitting on the Seal Footstool for scale

Featuring a walnut frame, foam cushion, and leather upholstery, the Seal Footstool was designed with the intent to bring a sense of vitality to the Swedish furniture industry at the time (1950s). It was designed by IB Kofod-Larsen as part of a series of Danish furniture known as the Seal or Sälen Collection.

The Seal Footstool has an overall height of 16.5” (42 cm), width of 27.75” (71 cm), and depth of 17.0” (43 cm).

Elevation and plan drawings of the Seal Footstool with dimensions
Featuring a walnut frame, foam cushion, and leather upholstery, the Seal Footstool was designed with the intent to bring a sense of vitality to the Swedish furniture industry at the time (1950s). It was designed by IB Kofod-Larsen as part of a series of Danish furniture known as the Seal Collection.

The Seal Footstool has an overall height of 16.5” (42 cm), width of 27.75” (71 cm), and depth of 17.0” (43 cm).

Elevation and plan drawings of the Seal Footstool with dimensions
Seal Footstool
Height:
16.5” | 42 cm
Width:
27.75” | 71 cm
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Depth:
17” | 43 cm
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Materials
Walnut exterior frame; beech and pine interior frame; foam cushion; leather upholstery
Designer
Ib Kofod-Larsen
Year
1956

Drawings include:
Seal Footstool front elevation, side, side (person), plan

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Bertoia Bird Ottoman

The Bertoia Bird Ottoman was designed with intent to accompany the Bertoia Bird Chair, a chair that became a worldwide recognizable piece of mid-century modern design through its wireframe. Designed by sculptor Harry Bertoia and with the goal of elevating an item of function to one of art, the Bird Ottoman is able to standalone in space. His only furniture line, the Bertoia collection, has maintained production since its introduction to the design world.

The Bertoia Bird Ottoman has an overall height of 14.5" (37 cm), width of 23.5” (60 cm), and depth of 17.25” (44 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the Bertoia Bird Ottoman with height, width, and depth dimensions
The Bertoia Bird Ottoman was designed with intent to accompany the Bertoia Bird Chair, a worldwide recognizable piece of mid-century modern design. Designed by sculptor Harry Bertoia and with the goal of elevating an item of function to one of art, the Bird Ottoman is able to standalone in space.

The Bertoia Bird Ottoman has an overall height of 14.5" (37 cm), width of 23.5” (60 cm), and depth of 17.25” (44 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the Bertoia Bird Ottoman with height, width, and depth dimensions
Bertoia Bird Ottoman
Height:
14.5" | 37 cm
Width:
23.5” | 60 cm
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Depth:
17.25” | 44 cm
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Materials
Polished chrome steel rod frame; fabric upholstery
Designer
Harry Bertoia
Year
1952

Drawings include:
Bertoia Bird Ottoman front elevation, side, plan

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Krefeld Ottoman
Size comparison drawing of the Krefeld Ottoman with a man sitting for scale

The Krefeld Ottoman focuses on comfort and long lasting design, maintaining a clean profile and featuring high-density foam cushions. Originally specified to be made with leather upholstery, the Krefeld Ottoman was designed by Mies van Der Rohe in collaboration with Lilly Reich as part of a lounge collection in 1927 to complement the glass and brick residences of the Esters and Langes in Krefeld, Germany.

The Krefeld Ottoman has an overall height of 17” (43 cm), width of 26” (66 cm), and depth of 20.5” (52 cm).

Collection of dimensioned drawings of the Krefeld Ottoman
The Krefeld Ottoman focuses on comfort and long lasting design, maintaining a clean profile and featuring high-density foam cushions. Originally specified to be made with leather upholstery, the Krefeld Ottoman was designed by Mies van Der Rohe as part of a lounge collection in 1927.

The Krefeld Ottoman has an overall height of 17” (43 cm), width of 26” (66 cm), and depth of 20.5” (52 cm).

Collection of dimensioned drawings of the Krefeld Ottoman
Krefeld Ottoman
Height:
17” | 43 cm
Width:
26” | 66 cm
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20.5” | 52 cm
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Materials
Hardwood and plywood frame; high-density foam cushion; stained wood legs; leather upholstery
Designer
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Year
1927

Drawings include:
Krefeld Ottoman front elevation, front (person), side, plan

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Eames Aluminum Group Ottoman

The Eames Aluminum Group Ottoman features upholstery, a wide array of different colors and materials, and a four-star leg base that can work on both hard and soft surfaces. Designed by Herman Miller to pair with the Lounge Chair, this ottoman’s clean and simple appearance allows it to accompany a variety of other chairs if preferred.

The Eames Aluminum Group Ottoman has an overall height of 18.5” (47 cm), width of 21” (53 cm), and depth of 21.5” (55 cm).

Dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the Eames Aluminum Group Ottoman with height, width and depth measurements
The Eames Aluminum Group Ottoman features upholstery, a wide array of different colors and materials, and a four-star leg base that can work on hard and soft surfaces. Designed to pair with the Lounge Chair, this ottoman’s clean and simple appearance allows it to accompany a variety of other chairs.

The Eames Aluminum Group Ottoman has an overall height of 18.5” (47 cm), width of 21” (53 cm), and depth of 21.5” (55 cm).

Dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the Eames Aluminum Group Ottoman with height, width and depth measurements
Eames Aluminum Group Ottoman
Height:
18.5” | 47 cm
Width:
21” | 53 cm
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Depth:
21.5” | 55 cm
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Materials
Polished or powder-coated aluminum base; tubular steel column; fabric or leather upholstery
Designer
Charles & Ray Eames
Year
1958

Drawings include:
Eames Aluminum Group Ottoman front elevation, side, plan

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Girard Color Wheel Ottoman

Displaying a bold and graphic pinwheel color way, the Girard Color Wheel Ottoman is a low-standing piece proportional and flexible enough to act as a footrest, coffee table, and seating. It was designed by Alexander Girard who wanted to play with vibrant colors and patterns, ultimately creating 300 textiles while director of design of the textile division for Herman Miller (1952).

The Girard Color Wheel Ottoman has an overall height of 15” (38 cm) and diameter of 36” (91 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the Girard Color Wheel Ottoman with height and diameter dimensions
Displaying a bold and graphic pinwheel color way, the Girard Color Wheel Ottoman is a low-standing piece proportional and flexible enough to act as a footrest, coffee table, and seating. It was designed by Alexander Girard who wanted to play with vibrant colors and patterns.

The Girard Color Wheel Ottoman has an overall height of 15” (38 cm) and diameter of 36” (91 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the Girard Color Wheel Ottoman with height and diameter dimensions
Girard Color Wheel Ottoman
Height:
15” | 38 cm
Width:
36” | 91 cm
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Depth:
36” | 91 cm
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Materials
Polished aluminum legs; MDF structure with polyurethane foam cushion; fabric upholstery
Designer
Alexander Girard
Year
1967

Drawings include:
Girard Color Wheel Ottoman front elevation, plan

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