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If you live in a small space, you know the importance of multi-purpose pieces of furniture—and the importance of hidden storage. That’s where the handy dandy storage ottoman comes in. Not only can you use ottomans as a place to kick up your feet, extra seating, or a spot for a tray full of drinks and bites, but if you opt for a storage ottoman, you can have a hideaway for anything from extra blankets to board games to cleaning supplies to magazines.
Storage ottomans come in all shapes, sizes, and materials, from teeny velvet poufs that maximize space in apartments to elegant upholstered benches to leather coffee-table-size behemoths that can tuck away a full bedding set for a pull-out couch.
Here, the best storage ottomans you can shop now.
Simple and elegant, the rectangular Tre Storage Ottoman from AllModern ticks all the boxes. Its long, slender form sits atop tapered legs, providing ample surface area without taking up too much square footage. It works equally well as a coffee table-ottoman combo in a living room or as a bench in an entryway or at the foot of a bed. Depending on its location, the roomy interior could be used to store electronics, shoes, or linens.
This ottoman has a light polyurethane fill for padding, meaning it’s soft but not overly plush. It’s upholstered with poly-blend fabric in navy blue, beige, or gray.
Unlike most storage ottomans that have padded and upholstered tops, West Elm’s Storage Base Ottoman has a flat walnut-veneer surface, making it an ideal side table on which to place drinks or plates. The body of this circular ottoman is upholstered in your choice of fabric—you can pick from 40 different color and material combinations, from twill to velvet to linen. Underneath the lid you'll find space for throw blankets, extra pillows, or even seasonal décor.
For traditional or modern farmhouse homes, go for a tufted ottoman in a neutral or pastel hue, like the Better Homes and Gardens Round Tufted Storage Ottoman. The tufting not only makes the surface of this piece a very comfortable place to sit, but it also serves as an appealing design detail.
Another aesthetically pleasing design element: the ottoman’s tapered body, which adds visual intrigue and a touch of contemporary style. The ottoman comes in gray, cream, navy, and a soft teal to complement a number of color palettes.
Pottery Barn's Big Sur design is certainly an investment piece, but thanks to a hidden pull-out table you're actually getting two pieces of furniture for the price of one.
This storage ottoman, which includes two semi-attached cushions, is perfect for those in small spaces who need extra seating, a dining area, or both. Plus, there are over 30 fabric and color options to choose from, so you can design the perfect piece to complement your space.
If your living room needs a pop of color or pattern, The Inside's Skirted Storage Ottoman has got you covered. With over 100 fabrics to choose from—like leopard, palm leaves, and stripes, to name just a few—you can create a custom storage ottoman that complements your space perfectly. The best part? There's a 30-day return policy, so you can live with the custom piece for a bit before committing to it.
Joybird’s Hughes Storage Ottoman is designed to complement the other pieces in the brand’s Hughes line, turning the standard sofa into a chaise lounge or creating a footrest for the armchair. But it can work just as well with pieces by other brands, too. The rectangular mid-century style ottoman sits on tapered wood legs, and it comes upholstered in your choice of dozens of hardy (and even pet-friendly) fabrics.
While the lid of the ottoman lifts on a hinge to reveal the storage below, it’s a shallower space than you might expect, given the furniture’s size. With that said, it offers plenty of space for books, guest linens, and an extra throw or two. Plus, the lid is quite thick—and plush!—so your guests will hardly be able to tell that this piece even offers hidden storage.
For those who have plenty of space for an ottoman—and a penchant for mid-century decor—the Foundstone Elle Square Storage Ottoman is a perfect addition to a living room, a home office, or even a bedroom.
At 36 by 36 inches, it’s by no means a small piece, but it does offer plenty of storage beneath its hinged lid. The padded ottoman comes upholstered in faux leather in a variety of colors, and sits atop a wood base with tapered, angled legs for a streamlined, modern look. You can also opt for a distressed finish for a more rustic touch.
Not into upholstered ottomans? The Alina Storage Ottoman from Urban Outfitters offers a different look altogether. It’s made from woven seagrass inside and out, creating a more organic look that would fit well with a bohemian or coastal-style space—and with that round form, it looks far more like a woven basket than a plush ottoman.
As such, it doesn’t make the greatest seat, but it does serve its purpose well as an additional surface in a room, as well as a storage unit.
Anthropologie’s signature bohemian look shines through in its Burnout Velvet Louise Storage Ottoman. The lid is cushioned for comfort, so you can use it in a living room as extra seating for guests or as your main seating option around a low-profile table. This pick, which comes in sky blue, navy blue, and orange, has a much more intricate design that you'd expect from such a utilitarian piece of furniture, and would work especially well in a boho or vintage-inspired space.
Designed as an accessory to CB2’s Movie Sofa or Movie Sleeper Sofa, the Movie Storage Ottoman is an extra-plush, rectangular piece of furniture that’s all about convenience. It’s set on casters, meaning it’s quite easy to move around a room, and its lid is set on a hydraulic hinge that makes opening and closing a breeze. Store extra sheets, blankets, and pillows inside to transform your sofa into a guest bed.
This ottoman’s upholstery is also highly customizable, and you can choose from more than 50 patterns, colors, and materials to pair with any decor style.
Furniture brand Interior Define is all about customization, and that definitely applies to its Charly Storage Ottoman, which is part of a collaboration with Chris and Julia Marcum of popular home design blog Chris Loves Julia.
This ottoman can be upholstered in a number of fabrics in a range of colors, but customers can also choose the color of the wood legs, the size of the ottoman, and even the fill of the ottoman. With a simple rectangular form and straightforward block legs, the Charly Storage Ottoman can truly fit into any decor style once you customize its finishes.