Ottoman with lifting mechanism
If your apartment is not huge in size and you need functional and comfortable furniture, then an ottoman with a lifting mechanism is the best fit for these criteria. In general, the ottoman is a low and compact hybrid between a bed and a sofa, and it came to us from eastern countries.
Advantages and disadvantages
The advantage of such furniture is its comfort and small size. Thanks to the lifting system, you can store bedding or other items in its spacious drawer. Also, when buying, you will save on the purchase of a mattress.
Another advantage is the combination of two functions in it at once: during the day it is a sofa for guests, at night it turns into a full-fledged double bed.
This type of furniture will allow you to always quickly and easily clean under it. Also, a double ottoman is an excellent replacement for such a bed, and at the same time it costs less.
For the most part, an orthopedic mattress is used in such furniture, able to take the shape of the body, which serves as a useful healing property. It should be said that such a mattress reacts to the ambient temperature and provides a comfortable sleep. On the one hand, such mattresses are quite high in cost, but this disadvantage is paid off by their reliability and durability.
Perhaps the only significant drawback is that if springs are used in the ottoman, they will eventually wear out and weaken, and they will have to be replaced. And also the mattress in such furniture cannot be replaced when it wears out.
Varieties of ottoman-sofa
One of these varieties is the classic model. It has a traditional design and is upholstered in fabric or leatherette. It should be said that the traditional ottoman has a soft back. And there is a product on small legs.
The corner option is the most relevant for a small area and will free up the central part of the room. The side back protects you from the cold wall surface while sleeping and is comfortable to lean on when sitting on the ottoman.
It should be said that the ottoman is a kind of ottoman. Instead of a back, it uses soft pillows and side bolsters.
Features of lifting mechanisms
Such mechanisms are distinguished by the following: manual, coil springs and gas shock absorbers. The manual mechanism in the form of loops is used most often in single sofas, which are rarely used for unfolding. After all, if the furniture is heavy, then, for example, it will not always be easy for an elderly person to lift such an ottoman. The mechanism on gas shock absorbers is the most expensive, but ease of use and durability should be highlighted among the advantages.
The most common systems are spring and gas shock absorbers. The disadvantages of the spring system can be called low carrying capacity, in contrast to gas shock absorbers.
You should also pay attention to the quality and material of the frame and frame. The thickness of the wooden parts of your furniture, for strength reasons, should be at least 60 mm.
The transformation mechanisms of the ottoman are various. Here are some of them: roll-out, clamshell, "book", etc. One of the simplest and most comfortable is the roll-out system. It is important that such furniture is easy for you to dismantle on a daily basis.
Also, by the type of lifting, mechanisms are vertical and horizontal. In a double ottoman, a vertical rise is always used.
The usual sizes are as follows: length up to 200 centimeters, but the width is 80-180 centimeters. Therefore, the ottoman is subdivided into single (with a width of 80-90 cm), one-and-a-half (with a width of 100-150 cm) and double (with a width of 160-180 centimeters)
In general, there are the following standard sizes for an ottoman-sofa with a lifting mechanism: 90x200, 140x200, 120x200 and 160x200, in centimeters and 1200x2000 in millimeters.
Standard sizes for a single ottoman are: 80x190, 90x190, 80x200 and finally 90x200, in centimeters. The advantage of this model is its various lifting possibilities, both horizontal and vertical. Mostly suitable for children and teenagers.
Typical dimensions for a one-and-a-half ottoman are: 140x190, 140x200 and 120x200 cm.
And, of course, it should be added that you can always order any model according to your individual dimensions according to your taste and requirements.
Upholstery and filler
It should be noted that such indicators as the durability of the ottoman and, of course, a beautiful appearance depend on the choice of upholstery. It is better to choose a material that is easy to clean and does not attract dust, especially if the color of the furniture is light.
You should pay attention to the following nuances. The finishing seams should not show any irregularities. The upholstery fabric should not be exposed to sunlight. It is better to choose the densest and least stretch material.
A spring block or foam rubber can serve as a filler. For example, layers of burlap and batting are placed on top of the spring block. On such an ottoman you can relax as comfortably as possible. But an artificial filler - foam rubber - is gaining more and more popularity. Components supplied from Europe are used for its manufacture.
How to choose?
Currently, there are many models of this exquisite type of furniture on the market, because its number of variations is incomparable with any other. Let's try to figure out how to choose the right one.
First, you need to decide for which room in your home an ottoman is required: for a nursery, a bedroom or a living room. For example, for a small studio apartment, an ottoman will be one of the ideal options. Secondly, you have to imagine in what style of the interior you will fit it. Next, you need to decide what size you need.
The size of the storage niche will depend on the height of the legs. To maximize this space, the legs should be as low as possible.
When choosing, you should pay attention to such a factor as fixing the ottoman at the top point. If your furniture has this function, then it is very convenient in order to search for or put things in a drawer.
For example, a compact folding model would be a good choice for a living room. She can decorate with herself both the interior in a modern style and in a classic one.
When buying directly, you need to fully check the furniture for quality and ease of disassembly. Also inspect the folding mechanism in action. Attention should be paid to the upholstery material. Better that it is easy to clean.
It should be noted that the price range of such furniture also depends on the material of manufacture. As such, they use natural wood or leather, artificial materials or, for example, chipboard.
Shown here is a corner couch in the interior. Its color is light gray and the upholstery is made of textiles. In addition to the inner niche for linen and clothes, there are shelves built into the armrest. Also, the set of the ottoman includes pillows, and in the top corner there is a shelf, for example, for a clock. In general, everything is beautiful and functional.
Here is a single bed ottoman. It is made of dark brown wood. At the bottom there are two drawers for storing things. In general, the style can be called classic.
In the next version, everything is done in light colors. There is a backrest. The legs are small and chrome-plated.
For information on how to assemble a sofa ottoman, see the next video.