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Ottomans and blanket boxes

Ottomans and blanket boxes are stylishly versatile pieces of furniture, and make a great addition to bedrooms, living spaces and home offices. Whether it’s a functional storage ottoman, a low bench stool for the foot of your bed, or a footstool for the living room - these multipurpose furniture pieces offer a great way to bring the room together. Explore our range of fabric ottomans, velvet blanket boxes and stylish buttoned stools to clear up that clutter in style - and once you’ve picked your favourite, complete the look with a cosy rug, smart bedroom furniture or even a brand new bed, all right here at DFS.

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What is the difference between a footstool and an ottoman?

An ottoman is a low upholstered seat without a back or arms, often with lidded storage space under the seat, while a footstool is a low stool for resting your feet on when sitting. The main difference is the storage function - although, you can also buy storage footstools, so there is a lot of crossover between the two!

Footstools are typically used in the lounge, while ottomans are often found in the bedroom at the end of the bed. They’re ideal to sit on while you are putting on your socks and shoes and provide extra storage capacity for those items you don’t want on display. They can also be a great place to store your bedding such as duvets, sheets and pillow cases.

Is it okay to sit on an ottoman?

Yes, you can definitely sit on an ottoman - they work well as seats, footstools and storage furniture. However, if you are looking for something to sit on for long periods, we recommend investing in a proper armchair or accent chairs, which will be more comfortable and do a better job of supporting your back.

Can you put an ottoman in the living room?

Absolutely, ottomans can be great additions to a living room, offering a place to store extra blankets, cushions, or even used as a toy box. They can also be used as an extra seat or footstool, making ottomans great living room furniture options.

Are ottomans good for storage?

Many of our ottomans include built-in storage to keep your space tidy and clutter-free. Because accessing the storage inside is as easy as simply lifting the lid, they’re ideal for storing extra blankets, bedding, towels and out-of-season duvets, clothing, or even kids toys.

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