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The Complete Ottoman Size Guide

The Complete Ottoman Size Guide

How big should an ottoman be? The ideal ottoman height is generally within an inch or two of your seat, but ottoman dimensions range from petite footstools to sprawling cocktail ottomans. You can dress up your craft room with a colorful set of storage cubes, or set off your sofa with an elegant rectangular ottoman. Whether you need to outfit a cozy man cave or punctuate an open concept living room, the right ottoman size helps you put a polished, practical spin on your decor.

Small Ottomans: Pint-Sized and Practical

Working with a compact space? From a student’s dorm to a small living room, small ottomans let you make the most of every square inch. Think of a compact ottoman next to your sofa, where it can keep your coffee mug handy or hold a table lamp to brighten your reading corner. A small square ottoman can store files and office supplies, helping you streamline your home office and present a professional appearance. Set off your loveseat or futon with a storage ottoman, and take advantage of the extra space to stow remotes, electronic media, or even a spare throw blanket. Tucking a pouf or small cube ottoman under a console table gives you extra seating that’s ready to pull out at a moment’s notice.

Using your small ottoman as a footstool? See our guide on How to Match an Ottoman and Chair.

Medium Ottomans: Mid-Sized Appeal

Standard ottoman height is about 15-22 inches. Medium-sized ottomans offer stylish multi-purpose functionality that extends beyond the living room. Craving a little private space? Create a glam vanity setup with a plush medium ottoman. Look for shag or velvet upholstery for that extra touch of luxury. Snug a long, lean rectangular ottoman against the wall for an instant bench anywhere you want it. Or set it in front of your sofa for a clever new take on your coffee table. Curves and circles suggest a comfortable, informal vibe, so deck out the media room with round ottomans to make movie night more inviting. Look for a tray-top ottoman and keep a few serving platters handy, then load them up with popcorn and finger food for effortless snacking.

Large Ottomans: Thinking Big

Nothing makes a statement like a large ottoman. Oversized ottomans shine with details from elegant wooden legs to rich leather and deep tufting. Picture a velvety oval ottoman in front of an inviting Chesterfield sofa, or a long storage ottoman as a bed bench in your master bedroom. Perfect for entertaining, cocktail ottomans are a classic take on large ottomans. Their broad, open surface has ample room for snacks and drinks, and their square shape makes them easy to get to while your guests are mingling. See How to Use an Ottoman as a Coffee Table for tips.

Big ottomans don’t always need big spaces. Try centering a loveseat and two accent chairs around a broad ottoman. Sleeper ottomans unfold to create extra sleeping space, making them ideal for small apartments and tween bedrooms alike. Or you can move on to the playroom and create an inviting book nook for your little one with a plump cocktail ottoman and a canopy net.

Check out our Ottoman Buying Guide for more details to consider before purchase. Or get even more inspo in our guide to Ottoman Placement Ideas.