Furniture Glossary: Seating

Seating is a catchall term for furniture pieces that can be used like a chair but also have a dual purpose. Back to Furniture Glossary

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An ottoman consists of a padded, upholstered seat or bench that lacks a back or arms. This piece of furniture can be used as a stool or footstool and can also serve as a stand-in coffee table. Often sold coordinating with armchairs or gliders, ottomans are sometimes referred to as footstools, tuffets, hassocks or pouffes. Some ottomans are hollow and can be used as storage. Image courtesy of Erinn Valencich

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