How An Ottoman Approach Keeps Everything Tidy

When it comes to interior design and furnishings, there is always the potential for reality and aspirations to clash.

Whether it is the dimensions of a room, the amount of natural light it receives, the available budget or even the practical considerations of having pets and small children, there can often be factors that will place real-life constraints on the idea of recreating that beautiful image seen on Pinterest or Instagram.

Often this reality is simply down to the fact that those perfect looking pictures are of rooms that have been arranged in an unnaturally neat and tidy fashion. Only the most fanatically house proud will easily maintain things that way; most people will not, especially, once again, those with kids.

Even so, while a perfectly tidy room is a myth for most, it can at least be less messy than it is. Often the problem is a lack of storage space, either because the property is small or the necessary furnishings are absent.

This is where Ottoman furniture comes into its own. An Ottoman itself offers both an item to sit on and storage space, and it lends itself to a wide array of design possibilities.  But this can be extended much further with a king sized Ottoman bed. This enables you to own a very spacious place to sleep and stretch out, while at the same time enjoying a copious space for storage underneath.

Such combinations of space are what makes Ottoman furnishings the most versatile and convenient of additions. This is exactly why they are so popular with those living in studio flats and other places where there is a need to maximise the available space to maintain a comfortable residential situation.

At the same time, there is far more to Ottoman furnishings than just the practical and efficient use of space. The very style offers a wide array of possibilities and aesthetic elements, not to mention the historical connection with a cultural tradition and an empire that lasted until the early 20th century.

During those days of empire the cultural influences included the introduction of this style into Europe, with the first known references in the west coming from France in the first half of the 18th century.

However, even the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica reference to it noted that the size of the typical Ottoman in use in the west became considerably smaller over time. Even back in days of yore, it seems, the practicality of these furnishings as items that made the most of limited space was starting to be one of their defining features.

 These aspects of Ottomans mean they can be ideal for any room, as they can go in relatively small spaces and fit with whatever the configuration of other furnishings is, extending the range of potential interior design options.

Having an Ottoman bed is another matter, of course. The Ottoman one sits on is ideal for those who don’t need a back to rest on, which by definition is at odds with the purpose of a bed.

All this might make a king size bed in this style seem incongruous. But that would be to forget both the stylish qualities and exceptional utility of it. And with so much space to store things, perhaps that perfect picture is possible after all.

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