Furniture Glossary: Seating
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The simplest of furniture, these armless, backless multi-person seats probably date back to the beginning of civilization. While couches and chairs take the lion's share of attention in the furniture world, benches are versatile, which makes them an excellent answer to many decorating needs at home.
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.