Versatile cowhide or leather ottomans for storage, coffee tables and extra flexible seating
Most living rooms can only fit a limited amount of furniture, so each furniture piece should be stylish, comfortable and versatile to justify the space that it takes up.An ottoman or upholstered footstool is a wonderful alternative to a coffee table or flexible additional seating solution. Ottomans are smaller than other seating and light enough to be easily re-positioned as needed. Use a storage ottoman or toy box to tidy up your living space.
"I found an amazing cow skin ottoman in one of Sydney's chicest designer furniture stores, the price tag, however, was horrifying. I searched on line for an alternative and came across Gorgeous Creatures. While it was a quite a significant investment to be made across the seas, the team at GC were incredibly helpful and open. It gave me the confidence to place the order, pay the money and cross my fingers. I could not be happier. The resulting Ottoman is far better than the one I saw at the original retailer at about 1/3 of the price. I've only had it a week (very fast, well communicated delivery) but everyone that walks into my home is bowled over by how chic it looks. It is a beautiful piece that I'm sure will give us many, many years of pleasure. Thanks GC.
Dale - Sydney - Australia."
Fun and stylish ottomans
''A room can be given a greater sense of style and uniqueness by the addition of an ottoman covered in an interesting fabric, leather or animal skin.''Ottomans are a low risk way to inject pattern, colour and texture into the room without the worry of “going too far”. Be brave and have fun with the ottoman covering. The ottoman cover can easily be changed in a few years when fashion or your décor style changes, or if you move house.
Quality ottomans last the distance
The best thing to do is to invest in a good quality ottoman to start with; this will last for many years.A strong well made frame and quality legs are very important. An ottoman needs to stand up to the weight of adults sitting on it and children jumping on it. The soft rounded corner of an upholstered ottoman means that children won't hurt themselves when running and falling over.
When used as a central coffee table an ottoman or foot stool excels in adaptability. Firm enough to rest a cup of tea or dinner plate, coffee table books, board games or a tray, an ottoman is a welcoming centre piece that doesn’t create a hard barrier between you and your family or guests. After dinner everyone can put their feet up and relax. Ottomans and foot stools are also low profile and will not obscure a view out a window, to a TV or fireplace or make a room feel blocked in and cluttered.
The cowhide, leather or fabric ottoman design processThe best height to make an upholstered ottoman is between 35cm and 40cm from the ground to the top of the foam cushion. Anything taller than this will feel awkward to sit on and look unbalanced. A popular average height is 38cm tall but it depends on the height of your sofas.
We generally start the ottoman design process by choosing the legs and then work out the finished height and depth of the upholstered ottoman body from the leg measurements. So if we choose a leg that is 15cm high and our desired finished height is 38cm, the body will be 23cm deep by default.
If a cowhide is going to be used to cover an ottoman, a hide the right size is important. We will look at all the options in your chosen colour range and make a suggestion for the best cowhide to use. We have a nice range of New Zealand leathers and upholstery fabrics in the showroom and can source something special for you if needed.
Photograph above by Anil Dumasia from xybrands
Ottoman pricing, quotes and freight
Because each ottoman is custom made and unique we can not give an instant quote.But an average sized ottoman covered in cowhide or leather usually falls around the NZ$1600 - NZ$2000 price range. If a fabric is selected then it could be a lot less. This is all dependent on a lot of individual factors like the covering and legs selected and the above price range is an indication only.
Quotes: If you would like a quote for an ottoman or footstool please let us know what size, finished height, length and width you would like. Also what type of covering your prefer and what kind of leg option e.g. wood legs, aluminium or chrom plated metal legs, straight wood or metal legs, curved metal legs . We can help you to work this out if you give us a call ph 09 522 1050 or send us an email or visit us in the Auckland showroom.
Freight: Ottomans can be couriered to many countries and is based on weight. Shipping or delivery will be quoted on a case by case basis. The maximum length is 1.5m and the maximum weight is 30kg. The last time we sent an ottoman from Auckland to the South Island of New Zealand it was only about $115.
Freight for an average sized ottoman that is 25kg and 110cm x 60cm x 40cm will be:-
Australia estimate NZ$250
USA estimate NZ$450
Canada estimate $450
Singapore estimate $450
Hong Kong estimate $450
France estimate NZ$550
Italy estimate NZ$550
UK estimate NZ$550
Please tell us if you will need the ottoman freighted out of Auckland. Quotes are time consuming so please only ask for a quote if you are seriously considering an ottoman in the near future.