Here's why I propose everyone have at least one cocktail ottoman in their lifetime (and why I should take my own advice): Every night, I sit down on my sofa and I put my feet up on my wood coffee table. It's hard as a rock, and it certainly does not offer a comfy spot to cushion my heels which leads me to clear the table top to make room for a pillow so I can finally be comfortable. Just imagine if I were to instead buy a coffee table that is also an ottoman and therefore already has a plush, pillowy surface for me to kick back, relax, and rest my feet? And it can serve as additional seating when I need it to? Win-win. (Contrary to popular belief, your guests shouldn't sit on your coffee table. But they can sit on your coffee table if it's also an ottoman.) Here are a few top contenders if you're in search of a cocktail ottoman like I am.
Here's a little touch of glam for your space thanks to the velvet cushioning and gold base. I'm partial to the aqua hue, but the fabric comes in a few other colors if this isn't your cup of tea. It's big enough for a tray but small enough that you could theoretically get two and use side by side or in different parts of the room.
The neutral fabric, tufted detailing, and oval shape give this classic ottoman slash cocktail table a tailored, sophisticated presence. I feel more studious and regal just looking at it.
Round coffee tables and ottomans are wonderful picks for smaller spaces as they are much easier to move around and take up less visual space. I particularly like the turn spindle legs here that give this piece a transitional feel.
If you're one to go totally modern (and the chrome legs will get you there), check out this gray, shape cocktail ottoman from City Furniture.
Our Previous Lists:
- If You Think You Don't Have Room For a Coffee Table, Think Again
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- Why Round Coffee Tables Always Work (and 15 Great Ones to Consider!)
Go on, give your space some personality. If you're onboard the boho chic trend, this mango wood and shag wool ottoman will do just the trick! It's currently on sale for $249.99 (reg. price is $329) so if you love it, be sure to scoop it up fast!
Here's another square cocktail ottoman that has more of a mid-century modern vibe. That teal fabric is gorgeous if you ask me, though it does come in more neutral hues should you prefer. (Article also offers a matching sofa, loveseat and armchair if you're the matching type.)
The Briar from Ballard Designs is perhaps the most coffee table ottoman of this whole list as it has a solid shelf for storage. Here, you truly get the best of both worlds.
Other Good Resources:
- Which Would You Choose: Ottoman vs. Coffee Table — Tobi Fairley
- 33 Ottomans That Can Do Double Duty as a Coffee Table — Style by Emily Henderson
- Cocktail Ottoman Roundup — Elements of Style
This large ottoman is cool and modern with its chrome base, but the mustard-y, camel-hued leather really warms it up.
Here's a special pick to jazz up a neutral sofa. There are tons of colors to pull from this printed fabric, which should make building a palette from it (or bringing it into an existing one) should be a breeze.
I envision this leather number from Article in a sexy Brooklyn loft . The tufting softens the look while the brass legs keep it sharp and elegant. There are a few more leather color options, but you can't go wrong with black and gold.
If you're truly the entertaining type, pay attention to this one, because there are stools that nest underneath the main ottoman. There is no return or exchange on this item, so just be sure before you order. Luckily, you can ask for fabric swatches and customize the material and wood finishes to fit your style and aesthetic. (I'd get the ikat—er, Autumn Glow Canvas 9—and grey wash finish.)
Shag rugs may be all the rage, but we'd love to turn your attention to a slight alternative: the shag ottoman. It brings all the same warmth, character and texture, but without worrying about your pet or people's feet soiling it.