Easy Ottoman Tray Styling Tips and Ideas that Really Work

easy ottoman tray styling tips
One of our favorite things about ottomans is that they're the perfect place to stash shoes or extra blankets. But we've also found that they work great as a tray for holding drinks, snacks, and other decor items. They're especially handy when you need to make last-minute changes to your space! We've rounded up some of our favorite ottoman styling ideas below—plus how-tos on getting them done yourself.

Why Use an Ottoman Tray?

Ottoman trays are a versatile addition to any home. They are perfect for serving drinks, food and more!
  • Use an ottoman tray to serve drinks at your next party or get together. Place your beverage on the tray and place it in the living room for easy access by all of your guests.
  • Serve appetizers or desserts on an ottoman tray instead of using plates or bowls that will just get in the way of conversation while you're eating.
  • Use an ottoman tray as additional storage space in small apartments, where there isn't enough room for large pieces of furniture like dressers and bookshelves but still need somewhere to put things like blankets or toys (or even just when you need some extra storage).

Ottoman Tray Materials

Ottoman trays come in a variety of materials. The most popular are leather, fabric, and wood. Leather is the most durable material but tends to be more expensive than other options. Fabrics can be made from cotton or linen and are often used for decorative purposes only--they aren't ideal for heavy use, because they may not hold up well over time. Wood is the most versatile option; it's lightweight enough to carry around easily but sturdy enough to withstand daily use without breaking down too quickly (unlike fabric).

How to Style a Tufted Ottoman

You may have a tufted ottoman that you are looking to style. This is one of the easiest ways to do it! The key is finding the right tray.
  • Use a tray with texture and interest: If you have an unconventional or textured tray, this can be really fun for styling your tufted ottoman. You want something with some pattern or color, so it doesn't blend into the background too much.
  • Add color and pattern: An oversized white ceramic bowl would also work well here, because it's neutral enough not to distract from other elements on display but still provides some visual interest with its curves and edges (and maybe even a little bit of shine).
  • Create an interesting shape: Lastly, if all else fails just go ahead and use whatever random object happens to be lying around in your house at any given moment--a piece of driftwood found while walking along the beach might make for an interesting base beneath a colorful rug!
tufted faux leather bench ottoman

How to Style a Rectangular Ottoman

The first step is to find a tray that will fit your ottoman. You want it to be big enough to hold things, but not so big that it looks awkward or takes up too much space.

The second step is to decide how you want to style your tray. Do you want to go for an all-in-one look? Or do you have multiple uses in mind? If so, consider adding more than one tray on top of or underneath the ottoman (or both).

How to Style a Round Ottoman

If you have a round ottoman, here are some great ways to style it:
  • Style your round ottoman with a tray. A tray brings an element of organization to the space and can be used as an extra surface for serving food or drinks. It also helps keep things looking neat and organized by holding books, magazines and other items that need to be kept out of sight when not in use.
  • Style your round ottoman with pillows. When styling a sofa or chair with pillows on top, make sure they're all roughly the same height and size, so they look balanced (and don't fall off!). If you're going for an eclectic look with mismatched colors or patterns but want them all on one piece of furniture -- then consider using different shapes instead of just different sizes! That way each cushion will stand out more individually without taking away from another design element within its vicinity.

How to Style an Ottoman with Storage in It

If you have an ottoman with storage in it, here are a few ideas on how to use that space:
  • Place a tray on top of the ottoman and use it as a place to store your phone, keys and other items. You can also use this area to hide away clutter and organize things like magazines or books that may be lying around on the floor.
  • Place toys and games inside, so when you have friends over for game night they won't get lost underfoot!

Use Ottoman Trays in a Perfect Way

Trays are the perfect way of hiding unsightly things. If you want to create a more polished look, use trays to hide whatever is underneath them.

Another option is using trays as storage spots for items like magazines or books--this can be especially helpful, if you need extra seating but don't have enough room for chairs around your coffee table or end tables. A tray for the ottoman will provide additional space without taking up too much room on its own (and they usually come in handy when guests stop by).

I hope that you enjoyed this guide to styling your ottoman tray. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!

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