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How To Choose The Right Outdoor Ottoman?

Outdoor ottoman is the finishing touch to your outdoor seating area. It turns a simple seating area into a space that comfortably seats a few people, adds extra storage, and pulls in the conversation when you want to invite friends over for a lazy afternoon or when you want to entertain.

It can be in any style or fabric, so it fits in with the rest of your outdoor décor. You can even have an ottoman with a textile, synthetic, or leather seat so it works for your lifestyle and budget.

Ottomans are great at accentuating the existing outdoor living furnishings while keeping the space clutter- and piece-free. Here’s a complete buy guide that takes you through every aspect of buying an outdoor ottoman – from the best materials to the most popular shapes available in Sydney.

Read on to learn how to get the most out of your buying experience!


How Will You Use Your Ottoman?

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When it comes to ottomans, there are many different types to choose from. When you’re buying an outdoor ottoman, you want to find one that will serve a purpose for your use. Some ottomans are designed to be used as outdoor seating, while others are meant to be somewhere to relax and put your feet up. Some are even built to be table space for drinks and food. The purpose will help you narrow down your choices so that you can find the one that best suits your needs.


Choose the Size & Shape of Your Ottoman

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Choose the shape and size of your ottoman to best suit your needs and style. Some are built to be small and compact, while others are built to be larger and more versatile. If you want to bring your ottoman inside during the winter, a smaller ottoman may be better for you.

Choosing from so many options can be confusing (but also fun!). A wide variety of options are available, such as square, round, rectangular, bench style, bean bags, and even ottomans that fold away like camping chairs.

Some outdoor stools are large and are meant to be used as a space for outdoor seating and lounging, while others are small enough to use as a side table.

You can choose a traditional ottoman that looks like a chair with a footrest, an ottoman that looks like a couch that has a footrest, an ottoman footstool that looks like a recliner that has a footrest, and even ottomans that look like an armchair that have a footrest.


Outdoor Ottomans in Your Style

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With ottomans available in an array of styles, shapes, materials and sizes, you can cover all these styles, from beachy to boho to sharp edged to contemporary. The growing popularity of ottomans in Sydney is reflected in the increasing number of styles, shapes, materials and sizes available. It is natural to select an outdoor stool that compliments your personal taste and other furniture, but you don’t have to limit yourself. A boho ottoman could work well with contemporary furniture and vice versa.


Choose Your Ottoman Colour 

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Ottomans can add a splash of color to any room. You might consider choosing a brightly colored ottoman for your space, since there is now such a large selection of ottomans available. If you choose a natural or light brown color for your ottoman, it will appear more earthy. White is a good choice for an outdoor ottoman stool because white is a very neutral colour that can work with many different styles.

If you’re buying an ottoman that is a lighter colour, such as a beige, then it will look better in a space that is mostly white or cream. If you choose a darker colour, such as brown or black, then it will look better in a space that is mostly neutral or brown.


Choosing the Right Material for Your Ottoman

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The choice here is crucial, depending on whether your outdoor space is fully exposed or whether it is al fresco, such as a covered deck. Currently, outdoor ottomans are a relatively new option, a response to the increased demand for an adaptable, practical piece of furniture. 

You have a few options to choose from when deciding on the material for your outdoor ottoman: rattan, metal, composite, wicker, and rattan wicker. Consider which one best suits your outdoor space, your budget, and your needs.


Buying an outdoor ottoman can be a daunting task. You have a lot of options to choose from, so it can feel like your search for the perfect ottoman is never-ending. However, once you understand the different types of outdoor ottomans, it becomes much easier to narrow down your choices and find the one that best fits your needs. We have covered the different ideas, including the most popular shapes and sizes, so you’ll have an idea of what to look for when you head to the store.


For your outdoor seating needs, Instant Furniture Outlet is your go-to source in Sydney. We offer stylish and functional ottomans in a variety of styles, so you can find the right ottoman to complement the style and function of your seating area. You can see a full selection of the best ottomans for poolside, outdoor and porch settings here.

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