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/