When you live in a small space, an ottoman can be your BEST friend. (Ahem...Ashley, go get one ASAP!) And a storage ottoman is EVEN BETTAH!
I have this beautiful ottoman as my coffee table (well, almost the same - from Target!). A silver tray from eBay sits on top of it with a variety of tchotchkes and remotes. It also provides an excellent source of additional seating when I have guests over...granted, I don't make them sit on the silver tray. : )
I'm a HUGE fan of these ottomans (from Living Spaces) because they also provide major storage solutions. The first has a top that flips over and serves as a tray. The second has drawers. AWESOME!
You can also find some great options that are super colorful and fun! This one is from Bed, Bath, and Beyond and is SUPER reasonably priced!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this ottoman. It has a sleeper in it's belly. What a perfect option for small homes or studio apartments. If you've got a one bedroom (like me), this is a GREAT option!
In college, I babysat for a wonderful couple. They had one of the first gliders and glider ottomans. I LOVED them. And I'm not ashamed to admit that I fell asleep in that chair just about every time I babysat and didn't wake up until I heard the gate open. One day, when I have a child, I'll have one of these bad boys!!!
And, if you're looking for an ottoman that just makes a statement (or is totally obnoxious and for laughs), you can always find bizarro stuff like this at the Targ!
What are your thoughts on ottomans? Do they take up too much space? Provide good form AND function? A fad that won't be around much longer? I'd love to hear your thoughts!!!