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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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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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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Jens Ottoman

Jens Ottoman displays a Scandainavian style fitting for both modern and traditional spaces. The ottoman features an oak or walnut frame and textured fabric upholstery. It was designed by Jens Risom, one of the first designers to bring modern Danish furniture to the United States, for the Caribe Hilton Hotel in Puerto Rico.

The Jens Ottoman has an overall height of 15” (38 cm), width of 23.5” (60 cm), and depth of 21.5” (55 cm).

Series of measured drawings of the Jens Ottoman labeled with height, width, and depth in plan and elevation
Jens Ottoman displays a Scandainavian style fitting for both modern and traditional spaces. The ottoman features an oak or walnut frame and textured fabric upholstery. It was designed by Jens Risom, one of the first designers to bring modern Danish furniture to the United States.

The Jens Ottoman has an overall height of 15” (38 cm), width of 23.5” (60 cm), and depth of 21.5” (55 cm).

Series of measured drawings of the Jens Ottoman labeled with height, width, and depth in plan and elevation
Jens Ottoman
Height:
15” | 38 cm
Width:
23.5” | 60 cm
Length:
Depth:
21.5” | 55 cm
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Area:
Materials
Solid oak or walnut frame; plywood under cushion; fabric or leather upholstery
Designer
Jens Risom
Year
1949

Drawings include:
Jens Ottoman front elevation, side, plan

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Dennie Footstool
Illustration of a woman sitting on the Dennie Footstool

The Dennie Footstool features a chromed steel base and fabric upholstery. Designed by modernist Nanna Ditzel, the Dennie Footstool is an accompaniment to the Dennie Chair and also showcases Ditzel’s best-selling Hallingdal fabric (1965). Both the chair and footstool were not put into large scale production until a re-launch orchestrated by her daughter Dennie following Nanna Ditzel’s passing in 2006.

The Dennie Footstool has an overall height of 13.75” (35 cm), width of 15.75” (40 cm), and depth of 15.75” (40 cm).

Dimensioned drawings of the Dennie Footstool measuring height, width, and depth
The Dennie Footstool features a chromed steel base and fabric upholstery. Designed by modernist Nanna Ditzel, the Dennie Footstool is an accompaniment to the Dennie Chair and also showcases Ditzel’s best-selling Hallingdal fabric (1965).

The Dennie Footstool has an overall height of 13.75” (35 cm), width of 15.75” (40 cm), and depth of 15.75” (40 cm).

Dimensioned drawings of the Dennie Footstool measuring height, width, and depth
Dennie Footstool
Height:
13.75” | 35 cm
Width:
15.75” | 40 cm
Length:
Depth:
15.75” | 40 cm
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Materials
Plywood shell; polyester foam; chrome steel structure; fabric upholstery
Designer
Nanna Ditzel
Year
1956

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

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Burrow Nomad Ottoman
Elevation drawing of a woman sitting casually on the Burrow Nomad Ottoman

The Burrow Ottoman along with and as part of the Nomad collection was designed (by the furniture company BURROW) with adaptability and durability in mind, featuring a modular design for expansion. It features a three-layer foam, fabric upholstery that is scratch and stain resistant, and a birchwood frame.

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

Plan and elevation drawings of the Burrow Nomad Ottoman measuring height and width
The Burrow Ottoman along with and as part of the Nomad collection was designed by BURROW with adaptability and durability in mind, featuring a modular design for expansion. It features a three-layer foam, fabric upholstery that is scratch and stain resistant, and a birchwood frame.

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

Plan and elevation drawings of the Burrow Nomad Ottoman measuring height and width
Burrow Nomad Ottoman
Height:
17” | 43 cm
Width:
26” | 66 cm
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Depth:
26” | 66 cm
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Materials
Fabric or leather upholstery; hardwood legs; plywood and particleboard frame
Designer
Burrow
Year
2019

Drawings include:
Burrow Nomad Ottoman side elevation, side (woman sitting), plan

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