Furniture Glossary: Seating
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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.