Spotlight footstool: Footstools, Ottomans & Bean Bags

Footstools, Ottomans & Bean Bags

Choose The Perfect Ottoman For Your Home With Our Buying Guide

Buying an ottoman is a smart idea, as it provides you with a lovely decoration as well as some additional storage space. But how do you find an ottoman that suits your home perfectly? If you need some assistance during the buying process, be sure to read through our smart buying guide below.

Which ottoman shape is best for my interior?

When you take a quick look at our range of ottomans, you will notice that there are a bunch of different shapes available. So, how do you select the best shape for your rooms. Here are some of the benefits of each shape.

Round ottomans: When you are looking for a little bit more versatility from storage solutions, the round ottoman is a brilliant choice. Contrary to other shapes, the round ottoman is also brilliant for a small space, as you can easily place it in the middle of the room without it becoming a hindrance.

Square ottomans: One should only choose a square ottoman to supplement and enhance existing furniture. While the square ottoman does provide some storage space, it provides less than the longer rectangular and takes up more space than the round options. That being said, square ottomans can certainly enhance your existing interior.

Rectangular ottomans: The rectangular ottoman is a great choice for additional storage in the bedroom and the living room. Of course, an ottoman such as this will need sufficient space, so we recommend only using rectangular versions when you have sufficient space in your home.

Which materials are best for ottomans?

You will find many materials used for ottomans these days. Since there are countless materials that can be used, you can easily find something that matches your existing interior. Below, we have listed the most popular materials and their benefits.

Leather: Evidently, this is a really popular material for ottomans and other furniture. Leather is known for its durability and beautiful look, although it is also more expensive than the average fabric.

Please note that the size of the room you put the ottoman in could have an influence on the colour. If you have a really small room, a lighter beige tends to be better. If you have a bigger room, you can use some darker leathers to create more contrast or a stunning focal point.

Fabric: Leather is a material that fits in almost any room, so some homeowners can struggle a bit more with fabric. That being said, if you have a fabric sofa, then you will have no problems choosing a fabric ottoman to match.

Fabric ottomans tend to be more affordable than their leather counterparts. So, if you want an ottoman but not break the bank at the same time, the fabric option should be best.

Rattan: While leather and fabric ottomans are only suitable for indoor use, rattan ottomans can be used inside and outside your home. If you like the idea of having a little more stylish storage in your garden, then a rattan ottoman could be an option for you.

There are some additional benefits to rattan ottomans aside from being suitable for inside and outside your home. Rattan ottomans are relatively lightweight, and they require little maintenance. On top of that, it is also possible to customise certain rattan ottomans, which makes this a more personal choice.

Do ottomans come in different designs?

You have different shapes and materials for your ottomans, but there are various designs too. The storage design is probably the most widely known, as this kind of ottoman is the most popular. However, you can also get the button designs, pillow-top design and even a table and tray version. As you can imagine, each of these designs has a functional benefit, so it can be advantageous to ask yourself which function you want to take advantage of.

The footstools, ottomans and bean bags from Spotlight

No matter the design or shape of ottoman you are looking for, there is certainly a wide range to choose from at Spotlight. We have ottomans in various shapes and colours, but also different designs with their own range of functions. If you are looking for a functional ottoman, you can find one for an amazing price at Spotlight today!

Ottomans & Poufs – IKEA

Every home can make great use of an ottoman or pouf. It offers seating, storage and style, all in one elegant package. Bring it out when entertaining guests to provide an extra seat. Put down a tray on top and it becomes a snack table for family movie night. A sturdy ottoman can also double as a comfortable footstool (which can help maintain the family peace on sofa chaise lounge seating disagreements).

Check out our wide range of ottomans, pouffes, and footstools to find the one that’s right for your home.

Ottomans in many styles

Aside from being practical and versatile, an ottoman or pouf can be great pieces of decorative furniture.

In our range, you’ll find ottomans in bold colors, distinct textures, and fun shapes that command your attention. For instance, a rattan pouffe can provide great rustic contrast to an otherwise fabric-heavy design. Or a blue velvet satin footstool can add that cool hotel-lounge look to your living room.

We also offer plain ottomans for a more understated look. A plain gray footrest or a black pouffe will blend in with most interior styles and give you no trouble matching your sofa or armchair.

How do you want to use your ottoman or pouf?

When decorating with an ottoman or pouffe, always consider where and how you are planning on using it. The context will determine which kind of ottoman suits you.

Different fabrics do more than convey different styles. They also have different pros and cons. For example, leather is easily wiped down if you have an accidental spill. However, leather or leather imitations can be quite slippery and maybe not the ideal place to put snacks, drinks or tablets.

A cotton or fabric pouffe might be more suitable for creating a soft and cozy extension of your sofa by adding a comfy footrest. However, a harder material, like rattan or wood, might be more practical as a small coffee table. A small ottoman in a harder material also can also make a great under desk foot rest.

Whatever your needs, you’ll find the perfect ottoman in our range.

Ekornes Spotlight: Stressless Recliner LegComfort Powered Ottoman

New Stressless Recliner LegComfort Powered Ottoman. 

Let’s take a minute and check out this amazing new technology in the world of comfort.

LegComfort Powered Footstool Technology

This brand-new concept has been a long-time coming. Imagine the back-aligning comfort of a Stressless Leg Support with the hidden convenience of a leg-rest that folds away underneath your seat. This takes Stressless Comfort to the next level. It doesn’t seem possible to make an Ekornes Recliner even more comfortable than before, but once you try these out, there will be no going back. The LegComfort Technology takes you to new heights of comfort and relaxation.

What exactly is it?

The LegComfort support folds away when not in use. It effortlessly unfolds with the push of a button and can be adjusted to accommodate different leg lengths. This ensures virtually everyone can find that “sweet spot” and get ultimately comfortable. 

How is it different?

There are two primary areas that benefit from a leg rest that can fold away and be hidden underneath the seat. The first is for anyone with limited square footage. If limited space is an issue, being able to fold your footrest neatly underneath your seat allows for a greater range of movement in the area. Also, for our users that are older, being able to completely stow your footrest underneath the seat makes sitting and standing seamless.

Take a look at this informative video that shows the Stressless LegComfort Powered Footstool in action:


How is it the same?

The best part about these “new technologies” is that they are still based on the same successful science that has made Ekornes an international success for more than 40 years. Ekornes has been making the world’s most comfortable furniture and relaxation technology for nearly half of a century. It’s safe to say that the engineers in Norway have a solid grasp on how to make the human body relax and unwind.

Sounds Great- Which Stressless sofa models are available with power?

The Stressless Breeze and Ekornes Lux are currently the only sofa models available for the Powered Leg Rest Option. You can choose 1 seat, 2 seats, or 3 seats with the Electric Leg Rest option. These will be click-able options on the product pages. We strive to make shopping as easy and comfortable as Ekornes’ furniture.

Which Stressless chair models are available with LegComfort Powered Ottomans?

Bliss, Capri, Consul, Crown, Live, Magic, Mayfair, Nordic, Peace, Piano, Reno, Skyline, Sunrise, View, Viva, & Wing are all Stressless Recliners that can be ordered with the Electric LegComfort Leg Rest technology. The Stressless City, Metro, Paris, & London are not currently slotted to have the powered LegComfort option available at this time.  

If you have any additional questions or would like to discuss this article, leave a comment.

I will happily get back to you as quickly as possible.

Until next time… Stay comfortable my friends

Lawyer Spotlight: Emily Seelenfreund

What is your disability? How does it affect you? 

I have Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a congenital disability that causes brittle bones and short stature. I use a manual wheelchair for mobility.

What accommodations do you use in the workplace? Have you encountered any obstacles or challenges from your employers, colleagues, or schools in obtaining accommodations?

In the way of accommodations, I used to try to get by with the bare minimum, wanting to prove to employers, colleagues, and institutions that I am not a burden. Then I realized that by refusing to advocate for accommodations, I was fostering an ableist attitude in myself and others by contributing to the false narrative that people with disabilities should play the role of superhero, and that those asking for accommodations are trying to game the system So each year I get better at asking for accommodations that, while not strictly essential, serve to create a more equitable working environment for me.

Small accommodations,- like asking for a lighter laptop, to work from home on snow days, for a footstool to prop my legs on, or for depositions to take place in a conference room with wider paths of travel – do not pose an undue burden, enable me to more fully participate in office life, and also pave the way for future employees to feel more comfortable asking for their own necessary accommodations.

Do you disclose your disability to employers or colleagues?  Why or why not? 

I have a visible disability so “passing” isn’t really an option. Disability justice is prominent on my resume and cover letter, in part because when I was routinely applying for internships and fellowships, I only wanted to work at organizations that were excited about having an employee with a disability who was passionate about disability rights.

Why did you decide to become a lawyer? Did your disability have an impact on your decision?

When I was a little kid, I wasn’t very mobile. I always had to be careful because moving too quickly, especially around other rambunctious kids, could easily cause a fracture. As a result, I learned to use my voice to effectively act as my legs. My mom always said that other kids could just walk over and get the cookie. I had to learn how to utilize my reasoning ability, logic, and speech to advocate for myself – whether for big or small things!  

As I got older, I came to really appreciate how persuasive speaking, and the law in its idyllic form, is an equalizer.  The idea that I, as a four-foot woman sitting down, could be on an equal playing field with the rest of society in a courtroom was inspiring. I learned more about how the law works in practice, I’ve come to see how it is all too often used as a weapon to oppress, particularly against people of color, as well as against those with disabilities. But I still believe in its ability at its core to empower communities and all forms of advocates.   

What type of legal work do you do, and how did you decide on a field?

I am a staff attorney at Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a legal non-profit that litigates systemic class actions nationwide on behalf of people with all types of disabilities. I was born in 1990 – the same year the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed – so I’ve always been cognizant of the law’s ability to transform lives. Sometimes when I call a rental car company to request hand controls or a hotel to ask for a shower chair, I marvel at how the ADA makes so many things I value, particularly my independence, possible.

This first-hand experience with the power of civil rights law and the desire to continue the work of past generations that fought for my own rights led me to law school. My experiences in law school and interning with various disability rights organizations cemented my desire to work in disability advocacy. I realized that many disability lawyers did not identify as people with disabilities themselves, which seemed markedly different than civil rights lawyers advocating for other marginalized groups. I feel it’s important that people directly impacted by issues have a seat at the table to figure out the solution, which is why I am committed to working as a disability rights lawyer. As the saying goes, “nothing about us without us.”

What advice would you give to fellow lawyers or law students with disabilities?

You should feel empowered to ask for all the accommodations you need to be successful. In some ways the asking is a form of advocacy in itself, because every individual who secures accommodations for themselves makes the process that much easier for future lawyers and students with disabilities to secure the same.

Similarly, don’t be afraid to speak up and offer your perspective. Ableist language and opinions are rampant in caselaw; I’ll never forget sitting in Torts as a 1L discussing a case about how much a newly “wheelchair bound man” who had been injured should receive in damages. The court, and my professor, based part of the discussion on the idea that the man’s life was basically ruined forever, as if using a wheelchair were a fate worse in some ways than death. While (of course) the plaintiff in that case was entitled to recover for his injury, the discussion revealed narrow-minded views about the potential for people with disabilities to live fulfilling lives. As a new and insecure law student I kept quiet, but still wish I had spoken up that day to challenge that troubling and incorrect narrative.

How do you think the legal profession is doing in creating a diverse and inclusive environment for persons with disabilities? What could be improved?

 It’s ironic that a profession that should be rooted in impartiality and equity has such difficulty creating an accommodating, inclusive space for many groups, including people with disabilities. I think a lot of that is based on the legal profession’s rigidity about what constitutes an effective lawyer. You see that rigidity in the reluctance to grant accommodations for takers of the LSAT or the bar exam, even though aspects like logic games or strict time limits cannot fairly measure the advocacy skills of individuals who are blind or have learning disabilities.

I think it’s important for all lawyers to challenge what their idea of an effective advocate is, whether that means considering someone who’s sitting down for an oral argument instead of towering over a jury, or someone who reads cases by utilizing a screen-reader. We all need to challenge our misconception that there is a single mold for lawyers, and that everyone needs to try and fit themselves into that mold. This outdated views harms not just lawyers with disabilities, but everyone, because all of society benefits when diverse voices and perspectives are meaningfully included.

You’ve done a lot of work in getting New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to make its facilities more accessible. Why is accessibility especially important in a place like New York City?

Access to efficient and affordable transportation is key for people with disabilities; the drafters of the ADA described it as the linchpin to societal integration. Access to employment, education, recreational opportunities, and healthcare all depend on a way of getting there. Yet in New York City, individuals with disabilities are effectively excluded from the city’s most popular and convenient form of transportation, as 75 percent of subway stations require stairs to access the train. There are stretches of 10 stations, and several miles, of inaccessible stations in a row. This rampant inaccessibility is especially ironic in a place like NYC, where few people own cars and most rely on the subway as their primary form of transportation.

Subway accessibility, or the lack thereof, impacts every aspect of the lives of New Yorkers with disabilities who need to pick up their kids from school, to attend work meetings, or merely find an affordable, accessible apartment. I moved this past January and finding an affordable, accessible apartment in close proximity to an accessible subway station was the equivalent of a needle in a haystack; the few accessible stations that exist are most often located in wealthier neighborhoods. It’s an extra burden that New Yorkers with disabilities must bear.

How have you approached the MTA reforms, and what success have you had?

One way we’ve approached these cases is with creativity. DRA has several active lawsuits against the MTA, but the case that challenges the systemic exclusion is filed not under the ADA, but under the New York City Human Rights Law. This is because to comply with the ADA, the MTA is only required to make 100 key stations accessible, as well as make stations accessible when conducting renovations. However, the MTA has ignored the renovations requirement and has done little beyond the required 100 station, dooming the system to remain frozen in a state of limited accessibility.

When we filed our city law claim, the MTA immediately filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that state law preempted its application. Our judge disagreed, holding that “there is no license by the MTA, by any other agency to discriminate against any individual by race, minority, ethnicity or disability.” In June 2020 the State Appellate Court affirmed this decision, and the case is now in active discovery.

DRA has also benefitted from activist demonstrations, media coverage and a growing public awareness of subway inequality, which have all complemented our legal efforts.

What impacts have you seen, or experienced yourself, from the COVID-19 pandemic on public accessibility? What has been easier, and what has been more difficult?

One potential positive for people with disabilities is the normalization of remote work. For many reasons (e.g., barriers to transportation, healthcare reasons, lack of accommodations in the workplace), daily commuting is often too burdensome for employees with disabilities. Now that many sectors have realized that employees can be just as efficient at home, hopefully this is an accommodation they will be less reluctant to offer to all employees (but especially those with disabilities) in the future.

One unfortunate byproduct is that in times of limited resources and competing priorities, people with disabilities often get pushed to the back of the pile or become an afterthought. You see that in voting, whereby there has been an impressive push to provide an unprecedented amount of absentee ballots, but little regard for making those ballots accessible for blind voters – though luckily, DRA just secured a preliminary injunction against the North Carolina State Board of Elections ordering them to make their Absentee Voting Program accessible by the November election. The MTA has also been hit hard by the pandemic and advocates fear that accessibility will be the first thing to be cut, though DRA will continue to fight to avoid disability issues being pushed aside. 

Spotlight launches stunning coastal collection of homewares

Spotlight has launched an Ombre Weathered Coastal homewares collection to transform the look of any home into a ‘holiday oasis’.

The Australian department store has selected an array of products that encompass a beach bohemian style, giving the likes of Target, Big W and Kmart a run for their money. 

The products vary in price between $5 to $60 and include a range of quilt cover sets, cushions, throws, rugs, wall hangings, photo frames, footstools, baskets, pots and décor accessories.

Customers should act swiftly if they desire to purchase the new items, as selected stock has already sold out online and in stores. 

Spotlight has recently launched a Weathered Coastal homewares collection to transform the look of any home into a holiday oasis

Complete the décor bedding look by adding warm a $21 or $30 throw as another textured layer or coastal cushions from $8

The products featured in the range are made from natural materials, such as timber, rattan, glass and rope.

Transform the bedroom into a relaxing space starting with the new blue Coastal Zari quilt cover set priced between $15 and $25, and enhance the comfort with the selection of coastal cushions priced at $8 to $18 each. 

Complete the décor bedding look by adding a warm textured throw for $21 or $30, depending on the size preference.

The products vary in price between $5 to $60 and includes a range of quilt cover sets, cushions, throws, rugs, wall hangings, photo frames, footstools, baskets, pots and décor accessories

Spotlight’s latest homewares range 

Mealange Throw – $30

Coastal Square Basket – $25-$30

Beach Typo Sign – $10

Macrame Tassel Wall Art – $25

Coastal Decorative Shell or Fish – $10

Kara Cotton Rug – $40

Ombre Throw – $21

Zari Quilt Cover Set – $15-$25

Coastal Printed Stool – $35

Coastal Cushions – $10-$18

Create further texture on your bedside tables with the unique rope and etched photo frames priced at $10 and $12 each.  

For a touch of elegance, the collection also includes further decorative items such as $12 candlestick holders and a range of stylish lanterns.

Add a contemporary look to the room with a gorgeous $40 Zari Coastal cotton rug to match the blue bedding, or a printed footstool priced at $35.

Add a contemporary look to the room with a gorgeous $40 Zari Coastal cotton rug (pictured left) to match the blue bedding, or a printed footstool priced at $35 (pictured right)

Customers can also purchase decorative seashell, starfish and sea life table ornaments from $10

The range also features a fantastic selection of woven baskets priced between $20 to $60 that are stylish and practical.

Indoor plant enthusiasts will also be happy to know a $15 white wooden plant basket is also available to purchase which will be sure to brighten any dull corner.

To take to beach look to another level, wall hangings are available in a range of styles and prices.

Customers can also purchase decorative seashell, starfish and sea life table ornaments from $10.

Amazon.com: 18 inch Handmade Square Kitten Cat Tuffet Footstool Ottoman Hassock : Handmade Products



This tuffet features adorable kitten panels. The corner fabric is a multi-tone tan that blends with the many colors of kitten fur! It was so hard to choose just one face to spotlight on the button, but I picked an adorable little guy that matches the corner fabric. The four, solid wood, 4-3/4″ legs, are stained with a deep English Chestnut color . This tuffet measures approximately 18″ square and 11-3/4″ tall. This will fit beautifully in your living room, den, game room, or child’s bedroom. Why not travel in style and put this in your RV or summer cottage? It would be the “cat’s meow” if you gave it as a birthday or retirement gift for the cat lover in your life.

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Dalton Bain – Designer Spotlight: Ryland Witt Interior Design

If there is one designer who most embodies Dalton Bain’s mission to bring quality, beautiful
antiques and furniture to the everyday client, it may just be Richmond-based interior design star
Ryland Witt. Known for
her keen eye
and ability to
combine old and new,
Ryland’s
role
as a design
assistant blossomed into her own celebrated interior design firm in record time, and now with Dalton
Bain, she is able to bring her vision and design expertise to a whole new reach of people.

Originally founded in 2006, Ryland Witt
Interior Design has expanded to two offices—one in Richmond
and one in Charleston, South Carolina—which comprise six employees and two designers on staff;
however there are a slew of other successful accomplishments under Ryland’s belt. While running her
booming interior design business, Ryland has simultaneously starred in a popular television design
show, Fix it and Finish it; launched her own designer furniture line; and most recently,
earned
the
title of
House Beautiful’s Next Wave Designer. The latter is something
that fills Ryland with
great
joy. “To go from being a humble reader to being recognized by [House Beautiful’s] editors as
someone
whose work they think is good is an absolutely incredible feeling,” she says. “I have sacrificed
so
much personally in the name of my business because I believe in it so much. House Beautiful
validating my hard work has been indescribable.” She said the honor is doubly rewarding, as it
not
only recognizes her past work but gives her inspiration to keep going. Ryland says, “Chasing
after
your dreams is tough work, so when others recognize it along the way, it helps fan the flame”.

Ryland’s recognition by one of the top decorating magazines in the country could not come at a better
time, as she is busy launching what she calls her current professional passion, her new furniture
line for Belle & Burl. The new pieces are
designed by
Ryland and beautifully crafted in South Carolina to fit into a variety of spaces, and to last
generations. Known for her ability to mix
antique and the latest trend, Ryland took this vision to her furniture line, filling a void in the
market for lasting, upbeat pieces that will not go out of style. “A room should not look like it’s
straight out of a catalog,” Ryland says of her decorating philosophy. “A room should look like it
belongs to the rest of the house, with the client’s personal style in it. You should love every
aspect: from the color on the walls (or wallpaper, which is my favorite!) to the design on the sofa.
A room should be somewhere you want to stop and stay for awhile.”

Sometimes finding a balance between contemporary and classic can be problematic, but there are two
tricks Ryland likes to suggest to clients to bring a personal touch to their rooms. One
of her favorites is using wallpaper to make an impact in an otherwise neutral space, such
as placing bold pattern behind bookcases. It adds a splash of color and design without
being overpowering, and adds a thumbprint you won’t find in everyone else’s house. Here
Ryland adds a pop of orange with Katie Ridder’s iconic Leaf wallpaper.

“Filling your bookcases with personal artifacts is a great way to distinguish your design,” Ryland
says. She herself loves to hunt for the perfect piece for her own home, or for a design job. “Live
with pieces you love. If you love it, it will always make sense in a space,” she often reminds her
clients. Some of her favorite go-to treasure hunts are local to Ryland, including Dalton Bain dealer
Kenny Ball Antiques in Charlottesville.
She can usually count on him to help her score a marble
horse head or an amazing pair of antique bookends, which blend with trendier pieces to make a
special space.

But knickknacks aren’t the only thing that can help make a room stand out. “One of my favorite
things to go on a hunt for is antique lighting. I always have an idea in my head and when I finally
find it I swear I have the same feeling Howard Carter must have had when he discovered King Tut’s
tomb: you know it exists, and you can’t rest until you find it because you know that the piece that
will make the room shine. In this case literally!” I know it sounds a little over the top….but
that is what keeps it interesting.” Below Ryland mixes one such piece of antique lighting with fresh
fabrics and a comfortable configuration to make a room that anyone would love to spend some time in.

But sometimes a treasure hunt doesn’t yield the results you’re seeking, so Ryland decided that there
were some pieces she would simply have to create herself. Her collaboration with Belle & Burl has
yielded unique and exceptional furniture, and aim to help elevate spaces for her clients, and
hopefully other people’s clients as well. “My furniture line is starting to get orders from
household name designers—which is so thrilling for me. I was overwhelmed with emotion when those
orders went through; it was so validating to know that my designs are good enough for other
well-known designers to take notice of.”

But while Ryland is ecstatic to have other designer’s admiring and ordering her furniture, she is
still committed to helping her own clients’ achieve their dream space. She has a knack for telling
her clients the best place to focus their money, and loves mixing in their personal belongings in
with newer pieces and artwork. “An antique in a modern setting gives a sense of worldliness and
warmth to the home or space, and makes it feel complete,” she says, remaining dedicated to mixing it
up. “I love adding antique family pieces into the home because of the sentimental value.” For
instance, a table she acquired from Richmond-based dealer Kim Faison magnifies a home office
and
makes it exceptional. By mixing the 200-year-old faux bamboo Regency table in with a funky
upholstered footstool and bold striped curtains, she is able to create a room that “looks warm and
bright even on the cloudiest of days.” This is the goal for all of her projects, and repeat clients
and referrals remind her that she is for the most part hitting her mark.

Ryland says the key to a successful relationship with her clients is the ability to work together.
“I like to think of designing a space as a complete thought, and I love clients who feel the same
way as I do.” It’s easiest when clients trust that she has their best interests at heart, and
communication is key to getting things done on time and within budget. In fact, poor communication
is what derails this process most frequently, according to Ryland. “Clients (couples, especially)
who do not communicate with each other are impossible to work with. It puts a lot of unnecessary
stress on everyone. When I am designing, it is so nice to have everyone on board.”

A great way to get to know Ryland’s style and approach is through social media, she says. “I love
Instagram because it can be such a positive outlet! It helps my potential clients get a sense of who
we are without leaving the comfort of their home. Sometimes they want to be able to anonymously
“stalk” Instagram and look at my work to determine whether I am the best designer for them.” Below
is a master bedroom that came together seamlessly as everyone involved shared a similar vision, and
Ryland could implement her trademark antique lighting, layered textiles and wallpaper with a few
fine antiques to create a cohesive, calm but anything-but-boring resting space.

Ryland splits her time between Richmond and Charleston, and when not designing, loves nothing more
than spending time with her children, Carrington and Bo. In addition to Dalton Bain, you can find
Ryland’s furniture and portfolio on RylandWitt.com, or follow her on Instagram at
@rylandwittinteriordesign and @belleandburl.

Soft ottomans for feet. Pouf-transformer, pouf-bench

There are independent and independent poufs (ottomans, chameleons, transformers), and there are “satellite” poufs (they are a nice addition to some other seating furniture). The pouf can be sold as a stand-alone item, together with another item, or as part of a modular upholstered furniture program.

In the photo:

Independent poufs

Chameleon. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish such an ottoman from a stool or bench. You can only focus on the classification given by the manufacturer himself in the description of the model. Or design features: unlike the bench – high legs, from the stool – a noticeably more “lush” seat.

Long padded ottomans may well replace traditional rekamye (benches that are usually installed at the foot of the bed). Unlike rekamye, a pouf never has “handles” or armrests. And the pouf differs from the bench only in the place of use.It is customary to call furniture for public areas (offices, hospitals, shops) a banquet. Whereas a pouf, without a doubt, is a piece of home furnishings.

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Poof – like a chameleon – sometimes painfully resembles a stool or a bench, but can pretend to be a suitcase, a bucket and even a champagne cork, with which Gulliver came.

Ottoman. Many foreign manufacturers call the word “ottoman” any independent padded stools, regardless of their size.There are models for four, there are soft ottomans designed for one person: “soccer balls”, ottoman balls, flowers, pears, princess frogs . .. One way or another, an ottoman ottoman is bought without looking back at the sofa or armchair. Just as an extra seat (in the living room, hallway, etc.).

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An ottoman pouf is bought without looking back at the sofa or armchair. Just as an extra seat – for example, in the living room or hallway.

Transformer. Poufs are no less prone to transformations than sofas and armchairs. Most often they are modified into a sleeping place (the folding bed is usually hidden under the seat). Sometimes the transforming pouf consists of three square pillows in a single cover: laid out – got a mattress (you will have to sleep on the floor). On some models, the backrest can be pulled out of the seat and made a chair out of the pouf. Or “turn away” the corner and turn the ottoman into a chair or chaise longue. Some of the transformations of the poufs are invented for fun: just to be able to turn a round model into an elongated one or to twist the seat in a spiral.

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The pouf can be transformed not only into a sleeping place or ottoman, but also turn into a step-ladder or shelving unit.

Poufs – “satellites”

Footrest. This is the largest group. These soft ottomans are loyal companions of armchairs. A symbol of sybarism and laziness, such a set – an armchair plus an ottoman for legs – appeared earlier than others: even in the 19th century it was actively used during ceremonial receptions.Today, the tandem is equally often found in the lines of classic and modern furniture. The shape of the pouf completely copies the design of the main seat: if the chair rests on the crosspiece, the pouf will have the same. If the chair rotates, the pouf is likely to rotate as well. The buyer may well refuse to buy a pouf and buy one chair. But not vice versa.

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The pouf as a footrest “wants” to resemble its “patron” in everything – not only in design, but also constructively.

“Servant of all masters.” The modern collection of upholstered furniture is traditionally made up of armchairs, several sofas and a pouf. In this headset, the pouf is considered the “finishing touch” – a nice addition to the main seats. Often it is installed instead of a coffee table, in the center of the “soft corner”. It is very convenient to put your legs on it, sitting in different places of the sofa: several people can use one object at once! The poufs faithfully copy the characteristic decor of the sofa.Since these poufs are not designed for one pair of legs, they are often oversized (compared to the seat of the same sofa). From time to time, they can serve as an independent seat.

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In modern collections of upholstered furniture, a pouf can be installed instead of a coffee table – i.e. in the center of the “soft corner”. Or, sitting on the sofa alone or in a company, put your feet on it: several people can use one object at once!

Part of a modular system. Modern furniture “constructors” compose their endless sofas from the same blocks. If you do not add a backrest and armrests to the base seat, then instead of an armchair you will get a pouf, and instead of a sofa – a soft bench. This option is interesting in that it allows (within the same program) to order different configurations: to choose legs, the desired seat width, etc.

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In fact, poufs are the basic element of modular programs, but manufacturers include stationary poufs in the series of upholstered modular furniture.

types of ottomans, their pros and cons, current colors and designs. How to choose the best model?

The pouf is a low stool with a soft seat used by the aristocrats of the ancient world. Such pieces of furniture were considered luxury, were very expensive, as they were made from high-quality materials, upholstered with overseas fabrics, and decorated with precious stones. Quite often, the pouf was used as a footrest. In this article, we will talk about how to choose the right product, determine its advantages and disadvantages, as well as its varieties.

Pros and Cons

In modern foot poufs, hard woods or particle boards are used as the base. They are filled with different materials, among which the most popular are:

  • horsehair;

The following points add popularity to this type of upholstered furniture.

  • Multifunctional. The ottoman can be used as a seat, bedside table and footrest.
  • Variety of models. There are products that are equipped with boxes for storing linen or things, a folding mechanism or a box.
  • Small size. A compact piece like this that fits perfectly into any room.
  • Mobility – the pouf can be easily transported to the right place.
  • Availability – almost anyone can buy it.

If we talk about the shortcomings, then, after carefully studying the information from the manufacturer and customer reviews, we can conclude that they are not.

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Large selection is the main advantage of this furniture. The thing is that you don’t need a lot of material to make a foot ottoman, but there is a demand for it. Such types are presented on the modern market.

  • With drawer – this type of ottoman helps to efficiently use space and save it.The thing is that such models are equipped with a special compartment in which you can put anything.
  • Modular are the most popular poufs. Most often they come with other furniture, such as a sofa or armchair. The upholstery of such a pouf is made of the same material as on the element from the set.

Advice for selection

The choice of an ottoman for feet, as well as the choice of any other furniture for the home, must be treated responsibly and every detail must be well thought out. It is necessary to understand that this is not only a piece of furniture that you can admire, but also a piece of furniture specially invented for human comfort. So, when choosing a pouf you need to pay attention to:

  • material from which the frame is made;
  • upholstery fabric;
  • what material is taken as a filler;
  • functionality and ergonomics;
  • style and design in which the item is made;
  • manufacturer;
  • cost.

The main thing when choosing and buying a pouf: it should ideally match the general atmosphere and interior design of the room.

Colors and Design

Considering the fact that many now decorate their home in a certain style, adhering to all the features of a particular concept, it is not at all surprising that a furniture manufacturer produces goods in different colors and designs. This also applies to footstools. They are made in these styles.

  • East is a round or square product with curved legs. The upholstery of this pouf is designed in Moroccan flavor.
  • English – the puff is characterized by elaborate lines and a calm shade of upholstery fabric.
  • Scandinavian – such a pouf is characterized by white or pastel colors, strict lines.Made exclusively from natural materials.
  • Modern is a strict leather product with chrome-plated legs. It is made without decor, screeds and in restrained colors.

If you have not found a pouf in the store that would ideally fit the design of your home, it does not matter – it can be made to order.This service can be provided in company stores.

Interior examples

A modern interior is almost impossible to imagine without various multifunctional attributes of furniture, which are specially designed and manufactured to create coziness and comfort. The footstool can be installed in absolutely any room.

  • In the living room – it is better to install a modular model, any product, the frame of which is made of wood, and at the base there is a storage compartment is ideal. It must be strong and reliable, because it is in this room that it is most often used.
  • In the bedroom – here you can choose a rectangular ottoman along the length of the bed with a rigid frame and a box for storing linen.It can also be used as a bedside table. Delicate round legged products in the same style as the rest of the furniture are also suitable.
  • In the hallway – for this room you need to choose a stable model that will be both compact and voluminous at the same time.
  • On the terrace in cottage , you can put a luxurious leather armchair in which you can have a great time reading or thinking in a comfortable position with your feet on the pouf.

It is very popular today to put special covers on foot puffs, for example, knitted. You can buy them at a furniture store or knit them yourself.

How to make a pouf from plastic bottles with your own hands, see the video.

Soft pouf under your feet

How to clean and care for your frameless furniture.

It is much easier to clean and care for the beanbag (frameless furniture) than for the traditional one, because of the removable cover, which is easy to wash in a typewriter or by hand. A traditional armchair or sofa can hardly boast such serviceability, although its surface also needs regular cleaning. This is especially important for children – since there is practically no suitable living environment in frameless furniture for germs and microorganisms.

But not all frameless armchairs are so comfortable and safe – take, for example, shapeless pear armchairs with interior and decorative covers.Of course, the decorative cover of the bag chair can be removed, but you cannot do anything with the inner cover – WHERE and most importantly HOW will you remove the granules? The inner cover can tear and all the pellets will burst out, posing a threat to life and health if accidentally inhaled or swallowed. Moreover, the inner cover is not able to evenly distribute the granules over the entire area of ​​the bean bag (decorative cover), so you agree in advance for less comfort and convenience, sitting in the center of the “bag”.

Agree, modern furniture simply has to be easy to maintain, light, interesting, comfortable and safe. She, not you, should adapt to you and give the long-awaited rest and pleasure.

All these are the main characteristics of the ambient lounge® designer frameless furniture.

So that you don’t even think about any difficulties, we have invented and patented the Funnelweb® system and the unique structure of the ambient lounge® models. You will not face any of the difficulties described above.The Funnelweb® system is hermetically attached to your ambient lounge® bean bag, making it easy to fill or deflate your chair in seconds. Watch the revolutionary Funnelweb® system in action in the video below. And the empty cover can be conveniently rolled up and put in a typewriter, or washed by hand in the bathroom. All seams are made according to the principle of triple stitching, and the fabric itself in our models is produced exclusively by ambient lounge and has a high density, more than 600g / m2, for example, ordinary furniture fabric not exceeding 200g / m2, increasing durability many times over.

For Interiors ™ (Sofa Weave, PU Bonded Leather) fabrics made from cotton, chenille, polyester, canvas, canvas, denim or chevron fabrics and indoor fabrics can be washed cold or gently Handwash only. If the bean bag is made of vinyl, leather or faux leather, you do not need to remove the cover. Simply wipe the surface clean with a damp sponge or scrub.

If you regularly and properly take care of your ambient lounge® bean bag, it will not only look like new, but it will last much longer. Use warm water, a mild detergent, and a soft cloth to remove dirt. Good examples of mild detergents are liquid dish soap or spray for cleaning household surfaces. Do not use abrasive detergents as they can scratch the fabric. Some household detergents and solutions will remove plasticizers, making vinyl brittle.Use a soft toothbrush to remove stubborn stains. Use a clean dry cloth to wipe the bean bag cover dry. Never immerse a filled bean bag in water.

For the care of fabrics from the Elements ™ series (Outdoor, Elements, Sunbrella) for outdoor use – use a soft sponge and a mild detergent to clean the dirt. Apply the detergent to the stained area and rub in a circular motion with a sponge, then wipe dry.If a mild detergent isn’t enough to remove the stains, use a special car seat cleaner.

Frameless furniture made of such fabrics as micro-suede, microfiber, artificial suede requires special attention. Do not attempt to clean these fabrics unless the label indicates that you can. It is safer to remove dirt with warm water and a mild detergent such as liquid dish soap.You can also use a fabric stain remover. Gently wipe the stained area and wipe dry with a piece of cloth. Remember – do not immerse the product in water. Bean bags such as ambient lounge®’s Roma Sofa ™ can be easily emptied using the Funnelweb® sealed system and can be machine washed or washed gently by hand.

Universal Tips for Using Frameless Furniture:

1. Place the bean bag on a flat and smooth surface such as laminate or carpet.Do not place the bean bags on rough surfaces such as concrete.

2. If you have pets, cover the furniture with a rug or decorative cloth. If you find puffs, gently stretch the braid with a knitting needle or needle to remove the hold. Some animals can pierce, tear or bite through a frameless chair made of interior fabric. We recommend giving your pet his very own Pet Lounge ™ bean bag.

3. All ambient lounge® bean bags have very reliable seams and internal elements, but even in this case, you do not need to jump excessively on frameless furniture – the seams may eventually fail and break apart.

4. Avoid sitting in the chair if your clothing has protruding metal parts. Such elements can pierce or rip the fabric of the bean bags.

5. Buy only frameless furniture with YKK safe zippers, like ambient lounge®. These zippers prevent small children from accessing the filler, which is dangerous to life and health if accidentally swallowed. Legislation in some countries, such as Australia and the United States, prohibits the sale of bean bags without secure zippers.

6. If over time you notice the formation of pellets – use a special machine to remove them, just like from clothes. The reason for their occurrence is the friction of the surface of the fabric or the abrasive effect of rougher surfaces. It is important to understand that pilling is neither a material defect nor a defect, and is not covered by the warranty. Loose fibers have a natural tendency to move to the surface of the fabric, where they are subject to friction.Friction causes the fibers to twist into small balls. Fibers that are still attached to the fabric are twisted together with the loose ones. Therefore, the balls are firmly attached to the surface of the fabric. Friction occurs during any normal use of the material by people, with any contact of the surface of the material with other objects, as well as during washing. The quickest and cheapest way to remove the spools is to use an electric clipper to make the fabric look aesthetically pleasing again. These machines are sold in large sewing supply stores and electronics hypermarkets.Do not use a razor! The blade can cut through the threads that make up the material. You can also use a special hairbrush to remove the pellets.

Square bench footstool Strandmon Strandmon pedestal

5. Product Warranty

5.1. The warranty period for the furniture frame and external finishing elements (seams, molding) is 24 months.
5.2. The guarantee does not cover fabric.
5.3. In accordance with GOST R 16371-93, the seller’s warranty obligations do not apply to the Goods assembled by the Buyer.
5.4. The warranty does not apply to damage incurred in the course of self-delivery and lifting of the Goods by the Buyer.
5.5. Warranty service is not performed in the event of:
– expiration of the warranty period;
– failure to comply with operating conditions;
– the presence of mechanical damage and defects on the product identified by the Buyer after the acceptance and transfer;
– the presence of mechanical damage and defects on the product, traces of extraneous interference with the product resulting from improper operation;
– damage to the product as a result of willful or erroneous actions of the Buyer;
– damage to the product caused by the ingress of foreign objects, liquids, animals, insects, etc.etc .;
– causing damage to the product as a result of changes in its design;
– violations of other conditions specified in the Rules and Conditions for the Effective Safe Use of Furniture (GOST R 16371-93, GOST R 19917-93).
5.6. Upon delivery of the Goods from the Seller to the Buyer, the presence of minor defects that do not affect the functionality is allowed:
– a passing and mild chemical odor;
– Slight chips or scratches on wooden supports;
– slight variation in color;
– insignificant variance of fabric in comparison with samples;
– crease or crease of the fabric pile.
5.7. If, as a result of the examination of the Goods, it is established that its shortcomings have arisen due to circumstances for which the Seller is not responsible, the Buyer is obliged to reimburse the Seller for the costs of the examination and logistics costs.
5.8. The term for eliminating defects of the Goods under the guarantee is up to 40 (forty) working days, not counting the day the Buyer contacts the Seller, if all the necessary components are available from the Seller’s supplier. Otherwise, the Seller must provide an electronic copy of the document from his supplier confirming the lack of the necessary components, and the warranty period may be extended for the time of their delivery to the Seller’s city.

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