Benches and ottomans have been hot this summer. Their casual, versatile designs are easy to add to any room while enhancing both the look and functionality of the space. In most cases, contemporary ottomans and benches provide both auxiliary storage and seating in an attractive package. Most of the time, these pieces are merely accents set off to the side of the room, but when additional seating is needed for a get-together or other occasion, simply pull them out to use for extra seating. Many pieces, particularly ottomans, also make great footrests or temporary tabletops for setting items like a book or TV remote.
Contemporary ottomans and benches are popular in the living room, family room, bedroom, and even the dining room. The function of these pieces changes slightly depending on the room, with them serving primarily as footrests and accent pieces in the living and family room, as a seat and storage solution in bedroom, and as a fun seating option and auxiliary storage piece in the dining room. The shared nature of the bench adds a fun and casual mood to a dinner or social gathering, without damaging the prestige of the event by eating dinner on a couch. It is this focus on functionality and design that makes contemporary ottomans and benches embody the modern ideals. In the bedroom, benches and ottomans often end up as a place to sit when getting dressed in the morning (rather than sitting on the edge of your bed) while providing storage either inside or out. Internal storage pieces can offer a good solution for tucking away seasonal bedding, additional pillows, etc., while in many cases ties, belts, and other frequently used clothing items and accessories end up being stacked on top of the bench or ottoman for convenient access. As mentioned previously, contemporary ottomans and benches usually serve the dual purpose of auxiliary seating and a stylish accent piece in the living and family room. So if you are looking to augment the style and functionality of your modern home, contemporary ottomans and benches can be an easy and effective way to do so.