Make The Most Of Your Ottoman With These 8 Uses

If you’ve been looking to buy an ottoman, chances are you already know just how convenient they can be. Perfect as a stylish storage solution, ottomans and blanket boxes come in a huge variety of different shapes and sizes, meaning they can fit into any room in any odd spot without too much trouble. All that’s really left to do is decide what you want to store inside. If you don’t already have a designated  We’ve got eight potential uses to help you get started.

An Organiser

Need a bit of extra storage in your living room or office for those important documents? Whether you work from home or just have a lot of paperwork you need to store, an ottoman could easily be fitted as an organiser or filing cabinet. Whether you add files, boxes or baskets to add segments to the space or just pop your paperwork directly into the space, it can be a great way to keep things all in one place and not laying about cluttering your home.

A Toy Box

What better way to tidy away all the clutter and toys your kids leave laying around than with a convenient ottoman? Doubling up as a seat for them to perch on, an ottoman toy chest makes it easy to tidy up at the end of the day with one place to put all of the toys and teddys to keep things clear as much as possible. What’s more, they can be set up in a nursery or bedroom, or in a living room for convenient toy access throughout the day.

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Pictured: Jungle Upholstered Toy Box

Craft Boxes

Whether you’re a crafty person yourself or your kids have a love for all things arts and crafts, ottomans make for a great place to tuck away your supplies when they’re not being used. Whether it’s boxes of beads or sewing stuff, or balls of yarn, papers, glues and frankly anything else you can think of, an ottoman can help give you a place to tidy away all of the clutter if you don’t have the space for a craft room in your home.

Dress Up Boxes

Dressing up is undoubtedly one of the most fun things a kid can do, embarking on make-believe adventures dressed up as their favourite characters or animals to spend the day as someone else. At the end of that day or when they’re done and want to move on to the next activity, you can pop the costumes back into the ottoman and they’re tidied away ready for the next make-believe adventure.

Shoes

Whether you’ve got loads of shoes, or just have nowhere to put the few pairs you have, an ottoman offers a useful storage solution to keep them from cluttering up the hallway. Set up the ottoman by your front door for easy access to shoes as you leave, and somewhere to pop them on your way back in. There’ll be no more manic searches for your shoes when you’re already late and if you have kids, you can even double it up as somewhere for them to sit while they put their shoes on and get ready to leave.

Double Up As A Coffee Table

Multi-use furniture is becoming more and more common, from storage beds to footstools that double as temporary spare seating – they all offer more than one use and save on space at the same time. Larger ottomans can make perfect coffee tables that not only offer you a solid surface for drinks or remote controls, but will provide ample storage for anything from magazines and books, to cushions and throws. Our Selma Two-Tone Solid Wood Blanket Box, for example, provides plenty of storage space and a unique design for any living room. Pop a runner over the top for a softer finish and to protect the wood top. 

Store Bedding

One of the best places to keep an ottoman is at the end of your bed, and where better to store your bedding? Whether it’s spare sheets, a spare quilt or even an extra blanket or two for the particularly chilly nights, ottomans are ideal. They also provide a more solid surface to perch on when getting dressed or even an alternate bedside table, with room to place books, laptops and more.

Store Memories 

Finally, if you’ve stored all that needs to be stored, why not use the ottoman to store your more precious items that won’t fit on the shelf? You can use your ottoman as secure and safe storage for photo albums, letters, significant clothing items or anything else you hold dear that needs a place to sit. They’ll be safe and organised in a blanket box, and easily accessible any time you feel like a trip down memory lane.

For more information about our blanket boxes or what you can use them for, feel free to get in touch with our team or have a browse of our full range and see what suits you and your home best.

Caring For Your Wooden Blanket Box

Wood is one of the most versatile and unique materials available today but like any, can always benefit from a little TLC throughout its lifetime. Properly maintaining any wooden furniture can help it to withstand the test of time and keep it looking brand new for longer but if you’ve never cared for wooden furniture before, knowing where to start can be daunting. We’ve compiled a few tips to get you started.

Protect It From Heat

If you’re planning to use your brand new wooden ottoman as a coffee table, it’s important to make sure you use coasters for hot drinks and other protection such as placemats or potholders for other hot items. Tablecloths can also be used to protect from spills and simply removed if you want to access whatever you choose to store inside the ottoman.

Consider Potential Environmental Damage

Sunlight is one of the last things we think of when it comes to environmental damage, particularly on furniture we have indoors. When wood is subject to light and heat for prolonged periods of time, the colour can fade and the material can be damaged and even become dry and brittle, ultimately leading to breakages. Keep your ottoman away from the window where possible, or cover it up on particularly hot or sunny days if you can.

Keep It Clean And Dust-Free

Regularly dusting and cleaning off your ottoman is a must if you want to keep it scratch and smudge free. While it doesn’t seem like a particularly corrosive substance, dust can lead to scratches on the surface of your wood and build up a film layer that can discolour and damage it too. For this reason, it’s important to keep on top of dusting your wooden ottoman with a soft cloth, ideally microfibre or cotton. On the occasions where dusting isn’t quite enough, cleaning the wood can keep it in top shape. Use wood-specific cleaners or even a mild dish detergent, but avoid all-purpose cleaners, as this can damage the finish on the wood.

Treat Any Wear And Tear

No matter how much care we take with wooden furniture, scratches and general wear do happen but it’s how you deal with these that matters. Liquid polishes can hide any scratches or abrasions and have things looking good as new providing that the damage isn’t too bad. If the scratches or damage are too deep for the polish to handle, you could give the furniture a new lease of life with a coat or paint.

Oil Or Wax As Needed

Wooden furniture can get dry over time, which is where oiling comes in. All of our ottomans are treated, but you can re-oil or re-wax in the future to improve the longevity. For oiling, you’ll need to first clean the surfaces with an appropriate oil soap or cleaner, then liberally apply whichever furniture oil suits your ottoman best. For waxing, this will need to be done at intervals over the years to build up the protective coating where it may otherwise have worn down.

Keep On Top Of Stains

The longer a stain sits, particularly on wood, the harder it is to remove and it’s for this reason that it’s important to clean up any stains or spills as quickly as possible after they happen. If the spill or damage has already been done, you can look into different ways to remove particular marks, such as vinegar for dark water damage spots, and a toothpaste-baking soda blend for white rings created from a wet glass.

Wooden furniture offers a unique and undeniably stunning addition to any home and ottomans are one of the most convenient and useful furniture pieces available.  Take a look at our full range of wooden blanket boxes to find the perfect one for you.

Tidy Home, Tidy Mind: Why Tidiness Is Important While Working From Home

If you’re in the unusual situation of having to work from home under the current situation, you’d hardly be alone if you’re struggling to get into the swing of things. For those of us who aren’t used to setting up at our dining table for a full day of work, you’ve probably already fallen into the trap of taking a ‘break’ from work to tidy something, put the washing on or run the hoover round. The pressure of keeping things organised while we’re supposed to be working can build stress, anxiety and reduce productivity which is why tidiness is a must when working from home.

Our Logan Pine Ottoman Blanket Box makes for stylish storage of clutter to keep things neat and tidy around the home.

It’s Good For Your Health

Keeping things clean and tidy can do wonders for your health, not just during the work day but during everyday living too. A tidy bedroom, for example, can help you sleep better and a home office that’s kept clean will limit the potential spread of germs. Keep clutter to a minimum to limit places for dust or grime to build up by tidying away documents or supplies that you don’t need. Give your keyboard and mouse a regular clean too just to make sure that things are kept as clean as possible. 

You Can Focus Better

A tidy space is a must-have if you want to be able to focus throughout the work day. With too much clutter or mess around you, it can be difficult to focus on one thing at a time. Your mind is always looking for the most important thing to focus on and it can be too easy to drift towards frankly anything that isn’t your work. Whether it’s organising paperwork, cleaning a mug, making a coffee or taking the time to tidy up, they can all distract you from the task you need to get done first. Take the time in the evening after work or at the weekends to have a complete top-to-bottom tidy of your work space and try to keep things down in the evenings or before work throughout the week to promote better focus.

Reduce Stress

Stress and fatigue are two of the biggest problems for people working from home, particularly for those who have never done it before. Working in a messy or unclean environment gives you something else to worry about on top of your existing workload and the accompanying stress of working in an unusual environment in the current situation. Clutter can also cause fatigue simply because your mind is never really at rest. Even if you’re taking a ‘break’ from work for the day, your eyes will be drawn to clutter and will be constantly working, leading to fatigue over long periods.

Increase Efficiency

There’s nothing worse than not being able to find the one thing you need to complete a task. Whether it’s a particular document or a form to fill out, or even just a pen, a messy home office can make efficient working shockingly difficult. The more organised your workspace is, the less time you’ll spend trying to find things when you need them most. With easy access to what you need and minimal distraction, efficiency and productivity have the potential to be at an all-time high.

Whether your home is in need of a good clean out or you just need to tidy things up to keep them workable, ottomans provide a useful storage solution to keep clutter down. Take a look at our range of ottomans or get in touch for advice on where to start.

How to Declutter Your Child’s Bedroom

If you have small children, you’ll be well aware of just how tricky it can be to keep their bedrooms nice and tidy and free of clutter. Teddy bears, toys, books and blankets are strewn across the floor on a daily basis and you may find that you have accumulated more toys and accessories than your current storage plan can handle!

Children’s bedrooms are usually a lot smaller than other rooms in the house but are often home to the most bits and pieces. Coming up with a quick, easy solution to declutter and free up space creates a tidier environment for plenty of stress free playtime.

So how do you declutter your child’s bedroom and keep things in order without compromising on space, time or convenience? Follow these simple tips to have your child’s bedroom or playroom clear and clutter free in no time.

Child Friendly Storage

A crucial aspect of decluttering and tidying a child’s bedroom is ensuring you have good storage solutions to cope with the sheer amount of toys and books a child will accumulate.

Quite often child storage can be found in the shape of bookcases, shelving units, cupboards and other bulky fitted or standalone furniture.

City Life Padded Childs Toy Box

There is another option though. Children’s toy boxes can be a fantastic, fun storage solution for your childs bedroom as they keep things neat, tidy and in one place. Children’s ottomans and toy boxes with lids keep toys and clutter completely out of sight. Mostly supplied in attractive designs which your child will love, they will complement your childs bedroom, creating a much more pleasant atmosphere and most importantly help make tidying up, fun! To be even more organised, you can opt for more than one and store your child’s cuddly toys in one and train sets, trucks, dolls etc in another.

Ottomans and toy boxes provide an easy way to safely store away your child’s toys for the day and are available in soft fabric finishes with cushioned tops to keep the bedroom as hazard-free as possible. Children’s ottomans needn’t look misplaced in the room either- they are available in a variety of styles and finishes so you can find one to perfectly complement the décor of the bedroom or play room. You can also find playful printed ottomans to add an extra fun element to your child’s room or opt for a traditional wooden toy box for a charming timeless look.

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Ask your Child to help you Tidy

Young children tend to enjoy repetition and there are few activities more repetitive than tidying up countless toys!

Having your little boy or girl help to put their things away in their very own toy box or ottoman encourages them to tidy up after themselves, a skill which you’ll surely appreciate once they reach their teenage years.

To give the tidying up a fun angle, you can turn the decluttering into a game to keep your child interested.

Store Away

Ask yourself – does my child really need all of these toys and bits of pieces cluttering up their bedroom? The answer is probably no and that means it’s time to store away some items that your child may have lost interest in. Clothing and toys that your child has outgrown can be safely stashed away as keepsakes or kept somewhere safe.

Planning on having another baby? Store the clothing and toys somewhere other than your child’s bedroom (like your attic or closet) in preparation for your next child.

Grab a Rubbish Bag

Throwing away or donating toys can seem daunting to a child so rather than simply telling your child that some of their toys have to go, try discuss the reasons behind it, in the most child-friendly way possible of course! Some suggestions include:

  • Let your child know that by getting rid of some toys will leave them more space to play.
  • If you’re donating toys to a charity shop, explain that the toys will go to a child who will love them just as much and more importantly who may need them more.
  • Decide with your child which toys and bits and pieces should be donated or given away.

Your child may find it tricky to make the tough decision without a little help from you. Chances are, once you’ve decluttered and organised your child’s bedroom, they will have a renewed interest in a lot of toys and books that they may have forgotten about! Decluttering gives them a chance to rediscover some toys they may have forgotten about, resulting in hours more playtime and a bit of well deserved ‘me time’ for you.