Storage ottomans are amazing pieces of furniture. They’re a quick way to tidy a room — just open and toss everything in — and also make for great toy chests, extra seating, foot stools, hallway benches and bed-end chests. Here’s what to think about before you buy one for your home.

Weight capacity

This ottoman is easy to assemble, folds flat when you want to tuck it away and can hold up to 200kg if you use it for seating. simpa

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If you plan to use your storage ottoman for extra seating, be sure to check the weight capacity of the models you like — some are sturdy enough to comfortably hold two adult men, while others should be reserved for kids or one smaller adult.


Soft faux leather is easily cleaned with a cloth and water; this bench also has a high weight capacity of 300 kg. COSTWAY

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Fabric upholstery is cozy and beautiful, but if your household has small children and you expect your ottoman to get heavy use consider leather or faux leather, which is much easier to clean — just wipe up spills or smudges with a wet cloth.

Pop of Color

This easy-clean ottoman comes in several sizes and fashion colors like bright pink, green and turquoise. HomeHarmony®

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Storage ottomans are practical pieces of furnishing, performing the multiple functions of storage, seating and household organization; and many styles reflect this, with subdued colors and neutral upholstery to go with any decor. If you’re interested in making more of a statement with your furnishings, there are snazzier options out there, with graphic prints and bright colors. Practical and fun.