1 October 2012

Searching for a Living Room Ottoman

Hey everyone! I haven't posted in a few weeks but I've been working on a bunch of projects that I'll hopefully shoot and post very soon, so stay tuned :)  

One of the spaces I've been updating is our living room, and lately I've been thinking of swapping out our center table for an ottoman. We got our coffee table set for free from some awesome friends just after we got married. I knew I wanted to change it eventually but it hasn't really been a priority. Now I'm thinking rather than getting a different table, I really want to do an ottoman. I've always loved the idea of having a comfy place to kick your feet up, and I feel like it'll make our living space that much cozier. 

I loooove this space from Vanessa Francis of decor happy.

as well as this one on Houzz by Domicile Interior Design

A simple tray makes it totally functional as a table surface too. Here are some other ottomans I've been crushing on as of late.

I think something rectangular in a solid fabric will work best in our space, given the size of the room and all the other patterns I've got going on, but I kind of want to do a fun colour. Clearly I'm also drawn to the look of casters - plus they just seem so practical. How easy would it be to move the ottoman around for extra seating, or move it closer to the sofa when you want to get really comfy :) 

Pretty much all of these ottomans are beyond our budget though, so I'm thinking of a DIY. Building the ottoman shouldn't be too hard, and with some cute furniture legs and castors like these I could totally recreate the look. 

Sources: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

So should I go for it? Between our place and my parents house I have way too many projects on my to do list at the moment, but I may just have to bump this one up the list! 


  1. Go for it! I've seen what you can do, this may take a while but in the end, it will be worth it! I am crushing on ottomans no. 2 & 3!!! Good luck Samaa!

  2. Yes, do it....and then let me know how to do it! : )
    I have pinned so many DIY ottoman's and I even found the perfect square coffee table to use as the base. That's as far as I have gotten though.
    I can't wait to see yours!!!

  3. Hi Samaa, I just saw you mentioned in today's Toronto Star and loved your penny mirror, so I followed you here. For a round ottoman try Pier 1 Imports, they are having daily deal sales you can ask about when ottomans will qualify. Corinne

    1. Hi Corinne, thank you so much! I'm so glad you stopped by :) And thanks for the tip, I'll definitely check out Pier 1, I even have a gift card there I've been waiting to use :)