The word “ottoman” comes from the Latin “oume” and “manner,” which means, “a couch.” Footstools, similarly, are available as day couches. The reason they were originally called ottomans is because many people used them to sit on the floor during the hot summer days, as well as to sit on when attending formal indoor events where seating was restricted. Footstools are extremely useful pieces of furniture, but why is a footstool considered a couch? What do these two items have in common?
The first thing that most people consider when sitting on a footstool is comfort. They may be right! After all, most of the time, a footstool is just a stool that you can sit on to rest your tired feet, or to use as a footrest at a computer station when working on a report.
Many footstools look a bit less classy than the more upscale and expensive sofas and recliners, but at least they provide comfort and support. So why exactly is a footstool considered a couch?
The footstools and ottomans are relatively small in size, especially compared to contemporary sofas and recliners. If you have a large family or group of friends visiting over the weekend, you’ll probably want to have extra seating space available for everyone. You can easily put more ottomans or footstools out on the floor, so that you have room for everyone. A small sofa or chair is also much more comfortable than trying to fit a number of people inside a larger area, such as a daybed.
People who spend a lot of time sitting at a desk or computer are prone to poor posture habits. Sitting down all day can lead to bad backs, neck problems, fatigue, and even pain in the knees if you are not properly supported by your desk. A footstool or Ottoman can take care of this problem by giving your lower back and hips some relief. While some people may prefer to have a regular sofa or chair instead of a footstool or Ottoman, the added comfort of a footstool is much more beneficial than having a couch or chair.
For some reason, people often confuse a footstool with a daybed. Basically, a daybed is another type of furniture that is designed to look and feel like a sofa or chair, but will not provide the added comfort of footstools or ottomans. However, daybeds do provide more support to the back and legs, which can help someone get into a better position for sleeping. A footstool provides additional seating, which is helpful when watching television or reading a book. Footstools are also helpful for getting up from a seated position to reach a table or other items around the house, so they are much more versatile than a normal couch or chair.
A footstool or Ottoman can be found in many different styles and colors. You can purchase one that matches the decor of your home office, or you can choose one that is very unique and different from your usual furnishings. When shopping for your new Footstool or Ottoman, you will probably notice that there are several different shapes of Footstools or Ottomans to choose from.
Some of the most common shapes are rectangular, circular, and square. There is also a large variety of styles, including those that have upholstered tops, those that have built in drawers, and those that only have a raised surface for sitting.