Is there any better feeling than kicking back with your feet up after a long day? Whether it’s paired with your favorite chair or sofa, it’s the ottoman that makes it easy to relax and unwind.
Yet, the often-overlooked ottoman can provide so much more than just a comfortable place to prop up your feet. It can enhance the functionality of your space, serve as an elegant storage solution or add a layer of sophistication and style to the design of a room.
And with a custom-designed ottoman, you can have it all.
“Custom furniture is about buying a piece that fits your lifestyle and your space rather than buying what is available,” says Kelsey Spicer, retail store manager of u-fab interiors, a custom upholsterer with locations in both Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia. “Having those few extra inches to make the ottoman fit perfectly or choosing a custom fabric that enhances your current color palette can make all the difference in a room.”
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An ottoman can substitute as a coffee table, serve as a bench at the foot of the bed or act as a shared footrest with occasional chairs. Larger ottomans can also provide additional seating when entertaining guests.
“Ottomans can really ground a living space,” says Spicer. “And a custom ottoman from u-fab can be the perfect puzzle piece to solve any number of design dilemmas in the room.”
u-fab consultants work with clients to create pieces they’ll love for decades by identifying a number of important details like intended use, family lifestyle, design details, functionality and more. Customers are encouraged to stop by the store to browse a large sampling of ottoman styles on display for ideas or even submit a photo found online.
“Our craftsmen are able to look at a photo and re-create something from scratch, which is incredibly difficult, but it speaks to their artistry,” says Spicer. “We have incredible talent in our workshop.”
Ottomans have seen an increase in popularity in recent years thanks to their relatively low cost compared to other furniture updates. They give buyers a simple way to change or update the look of a space quickly, and the recent pandemic has pushed many to finally invest in their comfort at home.
“People are looking to bring a certain softness and coziness back into their homes,” says Spicer. “We’re seeing people wanting to create that homey, comfortable feel again and adding a custom ottoman to the mix means another texture and fabric in your room that can help you achieve that.”
Color palettes have also shifted since people have started spending more time at home.
“Gray is on its way out and we’re getting more into taupe as a neutral instead,” Spicer adds. “We’re also getting more into color with the greens, purples and teals and textiles like boucle and chenille.”
Regardless of color or fabric, a custom ottoman can provide a timeless solution.
“If you’re just wanting to get a quick, disposable fix, that’s not us,” says Spicer. “But if you’re going for craftsmanship — something that is built to last, just for you — we invite you to stop by and we’ll bring your vision to life.”
u-fab interiors has two locations: 7921 W. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia (804-888-8322) and 2171 Ivy Road, Suite 5, Charlottesville, Virginia (434-245-8322). Appointments are recommended for personalized services. For more information, visit u-fab.com.