5 Ways To Use An Ottoman For More Than Your Feet

So far this week we've tackled bookcases and coat racks both and we're still loving the idea of lessening the amount of specialty furniture we have in our home by thinking outside the box and simply finding new ways to use existing items or Craigslist finds. Check out our latest 5 ideas after the jump!

1. Side Table or Coffee Table: Add a piece of wood or plastic to the top to help balance drinks and keep moisture away and you're all set. Look for cool cutting boards or something you have around the house. If you'd like to take it a step further, add a piece of felt to the inside to help catch drips.

2. Dog Bed: If your space is small, a blanket on an ottoman works just as well as bringing in an additional bed from a retail store. Although they're nice, in a small space you might not have the area, plus most dogs will love the blanket that smells like their human more than a bed.

3. Extra Dining Room Table Seating: Some ottomans might be too short for this function, but with the addition of a board across the top (if they're extra squishy) or even a few throw pillows, you have extra seating without having to shove a few folding chairs under your bed.

4. Baby Changer: Although a true changing table can be a luxury, the truth of the matter is, you're going to end up changing a diaper pretty much everywhere. Keep a small box of supplies where your family actually spends time and plan on making it the place to be. They're usually soft enough to keep them supported without rolling off (for awhile) and it will be slightly easier on your back than always changing them on the floor.

5. Hidden Items: Sure, we might use an ottoman that opens for small things like blankets or pillows, but you can put them to work with an even bigger purpose like this work bench or even a home office (which means you can pay bills and watch Modern Family at the same time! Score!).

How do you use your ottomans? Is there one we left off the list? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: From Frame To Fabric: Making An Ottoman From Scratch

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