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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Wing | Oculus Ottoman
Elevation illustration of the Wing | Oculus Ottoman with a sitting woman for scale

The Wing Oculus Ottoman consists of a beech frame and stainless steel legs with the option for either fabric or leather upholstery. It is one example of the 500+ chair designs Hans J. Wegner conjured up during his career. His intent resided in creating comfortable seating that highlighted materials and connections.

The Wing | Oculus Ottoman has an overall height of 15” (38 cm), width of 24.75” (63 cm), and depth of 19.5” (49.5 cm).

Dimensioned drawings of the Wing | Oculus Ottoman with measurements for height, width, and depth
The Wing Oculus Ottoman consists of a beech frame and stainless steel legs with either fabric or leather upholstery. It is one example of the 500+ chair designs Hans J Wegner conjured up during his career. His intent resided in creating comfortable seating that highlighted materials and connections.

The Wing | Oculus Ottoman has an overall height of 15” (38 cm), width of 24.75” (63 cm), and depth of 19.5” (49.5 cm).

Dimensioned drawings of the Wing | Oculus Ottoman with measurements for height, width, and depth
Wing | Oculus Ottoman
Height:
15” | 38 cm
Width:
24.75” | 63 cm
Length:
Depth:
19.5” | 49.5 cm
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Materials
Solid beech frame; stainless steel legs; molded foam; fabric or leather upholstery
Designer
Hans Wegner
Year
1960

Drawings include:
Wing | Oculus Ottoman front elevation, side, side (person), 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
Length:
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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Crosshatch Ottoman
Side elevation illustration of a woman sitting on the Crosshatch Ottoman

The Crosshatch Ottoman features four legs of natural walnut and a soft fabric cushion. Designed by the Vienna-based studio EOOS, the ottoman showcases a simple and minimalistic style. Due to this, it fits in a variety of environments from office buildings to living rooms. It is typically paired with the Crosshatch Chair, made distinguishable by its back support of lightweight parachute cords.

The Crosshatch Ottoman has an overall height of 13.75” (35 cm), width of 23” (58 cm), and depth of 16” (41 cm).

Elevation and plan drawings of the Crosshatch Ottoman with dimensions for height, width, and depth
The Crosshatch Ottoman features four legs of natural walnut and a soft fabric cushion. Designed by the Vienna-based studio EOOS, the ottoman showcases a simple and minimalistic style. Due to this, it fits in a variety of environments from office buildings to living rooms.

The Crosshatch Ottoman has an overall height of 13.75” (35 cm), width of 23” (58 cm), and depth of 16” (41 cm).

Elevation and plan drawings of the Crosshatch Ottoman with dimensions for height, width, and depth
Crosshatch Ottoman
Height:
13.75” | 35 cm
Width:
23” | 58 cm
Length:
Depth:
16” | 41 cm
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Area:
Materials
Solid walnut frame; foam cushion; felt or leather upholstery
Designer
Martin Bergmann, Gernot Bohmann & Harald Gründl
Year
2014

Drawings include:
Crosshatch Ottoman front elevation, front (person), 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
Length:
Depth:
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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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
Length:
Depth:
26” | 66 cm
Weight:
Area:


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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