The ottoman is a simple piece of furniture that has a dual purpose: seat and storage. It is aesthetically pleasing in any living or bedroom. When I need extra seating for guests, it’s very easy to bring this out and use it as a chair. In the meantime, I can store papers or linens without adding bulk to the design. Historical background: The ottoman traces its roots back to the Ottoman Empire. It was the central piece of seating with a low wooden platform covered in cushions. It was first designed as sectional furniture but then it evolved into smaller versions that fit into the corner of a room or surrounding a column/pole. The ottoman was eventually brought to France from the Ottoman Empire in the late 18th century. As ottomans became more popular, they began to have hinged seats underneath to hold storage.