10 Top Tips For Buying a Fabric Ottoman Blanket Box

An Ottoman is a practical, space saving option for any bedroom or living room. As with any furniture, choosing the ideal fabric Ottoman or blanket box for your home is an important decision with many factors to consider, so we’ve created a guide with 10 top tips to help you find the ottoman perfect for you and your interior space.

Top Tip 1 – The Padding

Tip 1 - Check the padding of the fabric ottoman

Upholstered ottomans feature padded tops or lids, making them a comfortable seating option. When choosing your ottoman or blanket box, consider what you will be using it for and whether or not it will be doubling up as a seat to help you determine how much padding you would like. Many ottomans feature streamlined padded tops for a smooth contemporary look whilst a buttoned top upholstered ottoman offers traditional style with added comfort. Companies like Just Ottomans will also send you a free fabric sample too making selection easy!


Top Tip 2 – Opening Mechanism

Fabric ottoman opening mechanismThere are many different types of opening mechanisms which we will discuss in a future blogs. When choosing your ottoman ensure that it has a safe opening mechanism. Hydraulic lifting mechanisms enable easy opening and closing the lid of your fabric ottoman, meaning no heavy lifting for you! Not only do hydraulics open the ottoman up with ease, they also keep the top open whilst you store or retrieve your blankets, therefore stopping it from slamming shut, reducing the risk of trapped fingers or accidents. Lift off tops on blanket boxes, have been designed for children and allow lids to be completely removed also reducing the chances of any trapped fingers or accidents.

Top Tip 3 – The Upholstery

Upholstered ottomans and blanket boxes are available in a variety of choices from fabrics such as chenille-style fabric and linens through to faux leather and suede. When deciding on your preferred upholstery, opt for a style that complements your existing décor to make your ottoman blend seamlessly with the rest of your furniture. Alternatively, opt for a contrasting style to make your ottoman stand out and make a striking statement. Whatever you decide, request a free fabric sample to ensure the fabric is to your liking before going ahead and placing your order.

Top Tip 4 – The Strength

The strength and build of your new blanket box is an important point to consider- especially if you plan on using it as bench or seat. Look for resilient base materials to ensure your ottoman has the strength to withstand prolonged or repetitive use as a seat and if in doubt, get in touch for more information.

Top Tip 5 – Size up your Space

Measure the space for your fabric blanket boxDon’t make the mistake of placing an order without measuring up your bedroom or living area first (believe me, you wouldnt be the first!).

Decide on the area you want to place your new ottoman and then be sure to choose one slightly smaller than the space to ensure a good fit, whilst measuring the length of the space, then the depth and also dont forget the height.

All of our fabric blanket boxes are available with these dimensions in centimetres ensuring you can easily ensure the ottoman will fit correctly.


Top Tip 6 – Choose Complementary Colours

Choosing the correct colour is just as important as choosing the right size, material and style. Your new ottoman is going to bring style to your home, as well as practicality and convenience, so be sure to choose an ottoman finished in a colour to complement your style. Consider the colour of your walls, bed or lounge room furniture to ensure you get the perfect fit.

Top Tip 7 – Flat Pack or Ready Assembled

Flat packed furniture can be a nightmare – missing screws, complicated instructions and the need for tools you can’t find can all cause chaos when trying to assemble a flat packed item. However with ottomans and blanket boxes there aren’t too many parts and building ottomans should be a breeze. However if DIY is not your thing then choose a ottoman blanket box that comes delivered fully assembled. An assembled ottoman delivered straight to your door means you can place it in your preferred space and start using it straight away without having to spend time constructing it first.

Top Tip 8 – Have it made to Order

Have something in mind but can’t find a perfect match? Why not have your ideal ottoman made to order to your personal specifications. Choose your style, size, fabric and colour and have your perfect ottoman handcrafted just for you. Handcrafted pieces are not only bespoke to you but also exceed the quality of mass produced factory manufactured furniture, so you can be sure your new ottoman is going to be premium quality. We offer a selection of ottomans which can be made to your specification, why not contact us today to find out more.

Top Tip 9 – Delivery

When making a purchase in store or online, you’re going to want something available as soon as possible – after all, we rarely spend our money on products we can’t enjoy quickly. With this in mind, opt for a company that offers an express delivery option so you can have your new ottoman in no time.

Top Tip 10 – Buy British

Buy a British manufactured fabric blanket boxBuying from local manufacturers and suppliers not only improves and maintains the British economy but also ensures your new furniture has been meticulously manufactured by qualified craftsman using only quality materials in an ethical workplace.

By following our 10 top tips for buying fabric ottomans, you’re sure to find the ideal ottoman to perfectly complement your bedroom or home. Browse the wide range in a variety of styles and sizes and discover your ideal ottoman today.




What is an Ottoman Blanket Box?

An ottoman is a low, upholstered or wooden footrest or bench that can often be used for storage or as extra seating when necessary. Generally without back or arm rests and with a lot of padding – the ottoman is diverse in its uses, and is often referred to as a blanket box. Coming in many sizes, ottomans can be small; pouffe-like which make great footstools, whilst the larger versions can often be used as boutique-styled seating areas or even a unique coffee table!


The history of the ottoman is an interesting, yet debated topic – the Encyclopaedia Britannica states that they were introduced to Europe in the late 18th Century from Turkey. At the time Turkey was part of the notorious Ottoman Empire… So you can certainly see the connection there! The ottoman started life as a large seating area, so large in fact that it could fit around 3 walls in a room. It was only in later years that the ottoman reduced in size and could fit neatly into a corner… Allegedly the Turkish version was used as family seating and was constantly covered in cushions to provide extra comfort.
Another theory goes back even further – In the 13th Century Turkish people of the Ottoman empire took to covering stools in vibrant, brightly coloured fabrics, yet it wasn’t until early 1800’s Europe that the word ‘ottoman’ was actually used to describe an upholstered stool.
Or could it have come from closer to home? Another theory is that the word ottoman was derived from the French word ‘ottomane.’
-Whatever its origins, the ottomans rise to popularity has been great.  They can now be bought in every home store; whether in a shop or online – they’ve certainly come a long way from their exotic beginnings.


The Classic – Simple, box-like ottoman, with a hinged top that can be opened and used as a storage tool. Some may not open at all – these make great stools or even tables (try a wooden classic ottoman for this).
Others also have little legs which add to the boutique feel – allowing you to pick from a whole range of finishes; from dark wood to light. There is always bound to be a leg finish to match your interior style.

The Pouffe – Smaller, more compact version of the classic. Can be storage or a stool, but both are equally useful in small houses or flats where floor space is at a minimum. Why compromise on comfort or style?

The Workbox – Similar to the pouffe, but as a general rule is not padded for comfort and is more for storage than anything else! The Workbox is as versatile as it is handy – this little box will work well in any room in the house.

The Drawers – Developed from the classic, the drawers have all the style of the ottoman but with drawers for storage. Essentially just low chest of drawers, these would look great in a bedroom setting.


As we previously stated, the Ottoman is diverse in its uses – from simply just a storage tool to a cute window seat (Tip: Always make sure that the ottoman you purchase is able to be sat on, otherwise you could end up with a broken ottoman on your hands!) Another great use of an ottoman is as a blanket box, placed at the end of your divan or bed frame, these ottomans will provide ample storage for your quilt covers and extra bed linen. Some ottomans come with drawers (example shown in the fabric ottomans illustrated in the image above) another useful way of adding storage drawers in your bedroom which is both aesthetically pleasing and practical.
Larger, flatter types make ideal coffee tables – just place in the middle of the room and watch the transformation. Less padded versions, with wooden or metal finishes tend to be sturdier and so would make great little side tables in a living area too.

The possibilities are endless with an Ottoman!


Encyclopaedia Britannica
– http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/434994/ottoman
The Classic Ottoman
– http://www.justottomans.co.uk/upholstered/plain-top-upholstered-bedroom-ottoman.html
The Classic Ottoman with Legs
The Pouffe
The Drawers
The Workbox
The Wooden Classic



Brand New Children’s Toy Boxes Exclusive To Just Ottomans!

Just as it’s getting too cold for your little ones to play outside, to help keep your home in order and free of clutter and children’s toys, we offer you a brand new and exclusive selection of fantastic children’s toy boxes in a wide variety of fabulous fabrics!

Not only are these lovely toy boxes perfect for storing a large number of toys, games, books or even shoes, with rounded corners and soft top padded lids, they double up as comfortable and funky stools. These affordable toy boxes feature lift-off tops preventing any potential injuries from hinged lids found on other ottomans thus making them the perfect accessory for any child’s bedroom or playroom.

With small or large toy boxes available in a vast array of fabric colours and patterns, we are certain we have something to suit every child, whether a boy, a girl, a keen gardener or a cake lover! Why not view them now in our Childrens Toy Box Section.

Wipe Clean Toy Boxes

For added practicality, some of our new children’s toy boxes are upholstered in a wipe clean PVC material. Children’s toys and furniture often suffer from daily wear and tear leaving rips, marks and general damage. However, this PVC material not only increases the resilience of the ottoman, but prevents any lasting marks or staining and keeps it looking fresh and bright year after year.

Our wipe clean collection includes the wonderful World Map Toy Box. Featuring labelled countries, oceans and quirky illustrations representing certain areas, teaching your child basic geography, this fantastic toy box is educational as well as colourful and practical.

For those with a sweet tooth we have the deliciously decadent Fairy Cake Toy Box. This baby pink ottoman boasts a mouth watering selection of beautifully decorated cup cakes and could be the ideal place to store your little chef’s first baking bits and bobs.

Fabric Toy Boxes

This exclusive collection of children’s toy boxes also includes a variety of lovely fabric ottomans. The Home Sweet Home Upholstered Toy Box is ideal for any little girl’s bedroom. With a baby pink background, multi coloured houses and fluffy clouds, this charming toy box will take pride of place in your princess’ bedroom.

Any young explorer will love the Around the World Upholstered Toy Box. In striking blues, greens and yellows, this lively toy box boldly illustrates world famous landmarks, from the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben to the Pyramids of Egypt, and is sure to stand out in any adventurer’s bedroom.

Head over to our children’s section to take a look at the rest of this brilliant collection of lovely children’s upholstered or wipe clean toy boxes. If, like us, you love this exclusive collection of toy boxes and are looking for something extra to set off your child’s bedroom, we are keen to let you know that we have matching headboards for a number of these ottomans which can be found at http://www.justheadboards.co.uk/childrens/





New England Ottoman Featured in Ideal Home – April 2010!


Fantastic news for Just Ottomans! We’ve just featured in the April 2010 edition of popular interior style magazine, Ideal Home.

Our lovely New England ottoman steals the show as an alternative for creating a classic Scandinavian look at home on a budget. This country inspired ottoman has a timeless cream painted finish which highlights the charming tongue and groove panelled sides. The New England ottoman is sure to add character, as well as practical storage space, to any room.

View the Article Here!