Best Storage Ottomans — This Affordable Edit Looks Luxe and Helps You Declutter

A convenient footrest, storage area, seating solution, coffee table, and more, nothing maximizes space quite like a storage ottoman. Plus, learn the best spots to put them, according to experts

Best storage ottomans, according to interior experts.
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The best storage ottomans are more than just a style statement — they're a way to help you declutter, too. They work as a coffee table, a foot rest, and a place to store your stuff. They're an essential part of modern decor.

"Storage ottomans are one of man’s greatest inventions. Who doesn’t like a piece of furniture that not only looks stylish, but does double-duty as a side table, extra seating for guests, and hidden storage?," says Taos-based interior designer and professional organizer Nicole Cullum. It really is true — storage ottomans are a godsend.

Combining function and style, choosing a storage ottoman is always a win-win. However, if you need a little assistance, look no further than the following edit. Hand-selected from the best home decor stores, each of the following storage ottomans was either chosen by me or recommended by some of our favorite interior experts; rest assured that these are the best living room storage options around.

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Where should I position my storage ottoman?

Well, according to interior experts, the answer is — anywhere and everywhere! “I personally like to place storage ottomans as a pair in a living room opposite the sectional to create extra seating without taking up too much space. They also double as a great storage spot for extra blankets in the living room,” suggests interior decorator and owner of Viv & Tim Home, Vivianne Chow. But the versatility doesn’t stop there. “Storage ottomans are also great to use as a makeup vanity chair, under console tables, or in playrooms,” she adds. Rayana Schmitz at Firefinish Interiors recommends “placing them in versatile locations such as the living room for quick access to blankets or magazines, bedrooms to store extra linens, and even entryways to keep shoes or seasonal accessories neatly tucked away.”

Kendra Hagerman, CEO of the popular budget and lifestyle design blog Kendra Found It, has an unexpected favorite location: her closet! “I use it to store all my shoes so they don't get dusty and they stay out of the way. We live in a townhouse and we are super short on space, so this is a great way to maximize small spaces.” So, whether you're looking for extra seating, stylish storage, or a clever space-saving solution, it seems the storage ottoman has a place in every corner of your home.

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Formerly covering fashion at L’Officiel USA, style maven Julia Demer brings her love of design to Livingetc’s world of interiors. As the title’s Style Editor, Julia's work reflects a sharp eye for detail and an innate passion for aesthetics. Her journey began with a strong foundation in design, honing her craft at renowned establishments like The Row and even establishing her own eponymous fashion brand. Julia’s design background is evident in the way she thoughtfully curates shopping edits, always maintaining a focus on emerging trends while preserving timeless sensibilities. For Julia, fashion and interiors go hand in hand, reflecting her lifelong commitment to perfecting the art of style.