Friday, March 06, 2009

Name That Furniture Item!

A few updates on the remodel: I DID of course get the kitchen and the rest of the house cleaned up, and it didn't even take a year. It just felt like it. Then I quickly got a picture of the view from den to kitchen before anyone came along and messed up the acceptably tidy vision you see here:


Alas, a sassy three year old managed to find her way into the shot. Three year old then helped me demonstrate these lovely new (to us) ottomans/coffee tables/storage units which my parents handed down in lieu of our wobbly glass topped coffee table.


I'm really quite in love with these... things. I don't know where my parents got them originally, but if you're unhappy with your current coffee table (glass needs wiped on an HOURLY basis, for example) or your den needs more storage space or you sometimes wish for a footrest near your sofa, then LOOK NO FURTHER.


The tray tops flip to convert to a micro suede ottoman, and inside is roomy storage (we are using one for balls and the other for spare towels which we use to wipe our dog's muddy paws off when he returns from the backyard- these towels' previous location was "thrown somewhere on the floor by the door.") They are sturdy, but are not difficult to move around, so you can pull them up closer than a coffee table would normally be. You can also easily move them into another room for vacuuming. The... things also work well as extra seating in a pinch, at least for small kids who aren't worried about lumbar support.

Just don't try to figure out what they're called. Stools? Footrests? Large fabric covered boxes? Help me out here. (And also, try to avert your eyes from that mystery spot on the sofa cushion in photo #3. Yikes. I hope that's just weird lighting.)

9 comments:

LoriD said...

ooo... I like those too. I would call them Storage Ottomans, but I'm kind of practical that way. I'm kicking myself because I saw some of those last year in red leather and they were on sale for $39 each. I keep hoping I'll come across them again.

Kelsey said...

I would second the title of storage ottomans - that's the first thing that came to mind.

Mimi said...

Whatever they are called... they are awesome!

Saly said...

Ok, I need some of those whatevertheyarecalleds! How practical! And awesome!

And I know you think sassy 3-year-old looks like the hubby, but she totally looks like you in these photos. Maybe it's the sass. :)

jen said...

I always called them storage ottomans because that's what I saw them listed as on some web site, maybe target? They are awesome, I hope to have one someday!

Anonymous said...

I believe LoriD has named them correctly . . . or I've seen them called storage cubes. I originally bought them at Walmart. They have smaller ones in bright colors now, but I haven't seen the bigger ones.
I KNEW you would want them even though you declined my "whatevertheyarecalled"s at first :)

Jess said...

I've seen those things at Bed Bath & Beyond and at Target, and at both places they were called storage ottomans. So I concur with the other commenters.

d e v a n said...

I like those things!!

Lisa said...

we bought similar ones and they were called cubes. Very handy.