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Can Ottomans Be Used for Sitting?

December 20, 2019

Yes, there are many Ottoman cushions, furniture, and pillows that can be used for sitting.

Besides just sitting on them, there are many other uses such as using it for decoration, footrest, coffee table, for camping etc.

There are different types of materials, sizes, and shapes for you to even choose from. Compared with traditional chairs though, the only drawback is that you don’t have back support, so you might have to hunch down and your back might ache after prolonged sitting.

However, Ottomans are minimalist designed furniture that can enhance a room’s aesthetic while providing many other functional uses. Let’s discuss some of the most comfortable Ottomans for sitting.

Ottoman Poufs

Pros: Comfortable, affordable, simple design.

Cons: Get dirty easily, harder to clean

Poufs are great for relaxed environments and most suitable for playrooms, living rooms, and kids. These can get dirty easily, so don’t take them outside.

Usually the material is made out of cotton and is very soft, but poufs still remain firm and provides good support for someone sitting on them.

Depending on the size, you can also use them as a footrest or even a coffee table if it’s big enough, but be careful.

They are not that expensive, usually ranging from $30 to $70 on Amazon.

Also Read: Best Outdoor Ottoman Poufs

Upholstered Ottoman With Cushions


Pros: Aesthetic, easier to clean, formal, firm and better support

Cons: Not as portable as poufs, more expensive

Ottomans with cushions are not as comfortable as poufs, but they look a bit more formal and has a better aesthetic appeal.

It definitely is a good firm support for your buttocks, but not as soft and comfortable.

Though the biggest advantage is the multi-functional use. From a coffee table depending on the size, to footrest, and even as a storage, these can be used in a variety of different situations.

Final Note

Ottomans not only serve as a viable sitting cushion or a chair, but it has its multi-functional use, so if you are looking for a piece of furniture with great value for the price, then you can’t go wrong with Ottomans.

Read: Best Ottoman Furniture for Your Home

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