There are a few different names for footstools including pouffes, ottomans, hassocks and one you might not have heard of, crickets. Crickets were a small footstool no more than a foot high and provided a footrest for adults and seating for children in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Many examples can be seen in portraits of the time with people posing with one foot on a low footstool. Fender footstools were much longer than a normal footstool and very low to the ground. They were designed to sit in front of an open fireplace and provided a footrest to help warm a number of peoples feet. There were also compartments for ceramic bottles which were filled with hot water to aid in the warming of toes.
If its use as a footrest or as seating is not sufficient relaxation, ottomans come in many different sizes, and double sized version can be used for relaxation or to cuddle up to your favorite person. They are armless loveseats, so the only way to avoid falling off the edge is to hold onto each other - or so you can claim! Ottomans are child friendly - if a small child falls off an ottoman he or she is unlikely to come to any harm. They can be upholstered in child-friendly fabrics, and can offer them a playing surface when they are sitting on the floor. They can be used to sit in front of the TV with a games controller and used as a hurdle in the hall for racing, or as a horse when riding!
Large or small footstools with visually intriguing cowhide patterns can be used as accent furniture in a foyer or hallway. Place the footstool against a wall, put some cowhide pillows in a complementary color or pattern on the footstool and youll have an impressive statement piece for any room. These stunning footstools are more than just a pretty part of a room design. They are a practical, useful piece of furniture. When placed in a childs room, they can be used as a footstool to help a small child climb into their bed.
Ottomans are armless, upholstered seats or benches. They are available with a solid base or with decorative legs. Ottomans are most often used as a footstool, but they have other uses as well. Some ottomans are made hollow to provide room for storage, a feature that is particularly useful in small homes and apartments, where storage room are always welcome. Ottomans are available individually, as a component of sectional seating, or as part of an easy chair, sofa or loveseat set.
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