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The New Ottoman Empire

<em>“Don’t put your feet on that coffee table!”</em> A comfortable life lived is one that has never been exposed to this shrill command, or some version of it – as if coffee tables weren’t designed for that very purpose! But, the crazy thing is that some of them aren’t. A lot of <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/coffee-tables_1021.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">coffee tables</a> are designed to hold drinks, flower arrangements, magazines, doilies, remote controls and pretty much anything else you can think of <em>except for</em> your feet. <strong> </strong> Now, imagine a world where you can put your feet up there if that’s what you want to do. You know what they call that? Freedom! This, ladies and gentlemen, is the birth of the New Ottoman Empire. It’s a place where you can have your cake warm and eat it, too, maybe even while sitting on an <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/ottomans_1006.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">ottoman</a> – because they’re good for that as well. In the battle of ottoman vs. coffee table there really is no battle. It’s a blowout. Let’s look at the facts: <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>1.       </strong><strong>Firm Fluffiness</strong></li> </ol> Ottomans are sturdy and durable, but still cozy and snuggly – like a sleeping lumberjack. All you have to do is put your feet up and the cushion will do the rest. Need an extra place to sit? Boom. There you go. Try <em>that</em> on a glass coffee table. [caption id="attachment_9979" align="aligncenter" width="126"]<a title="Square Leather Cowhide Ottoman" href="http://www.atgstores.com/ottomans/country-road-furniture-1800ott-bunkhouse-ottoman_g945603.html?isku=7498638&amp;term=country-road-ottoman&amp;linkloc=searchProductItemsImage" rel="attachment wp-att-9979" target="_blank"><img class=" wp-image-9979 " title="leatherottoman" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/leatherottoman1-300x300.jpg" alt="Leather Ottoman " width="126" height="126" /></a> Pictured: Lumberjack ottoman.[/caption] <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>2.      </strong><strong>Dust Dodger</strong></li> </ol> You know why you never have to dust an ottoman? It’s either because it’s upholstered in fabric or because you’ve been rubbing your feet all over it – or both! Glorious. There’s also a reason why you’ve never heard the phrase “ottoman rings.” That nonsense is for the birds … and coffee tables. [caption id="attachment_9987" align="aligncenter" width="130"]<a title="Leather Tufted Ottoman" href="http://www.atgstores.com/ottomans/butler-specialty-4064260-modern-expressions-bunching-ottoman_g1293009.html?isku=9540296&amp;linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage" rel="attachment wp-att-9987" target="_blank"><img class=" wp-image-9987" title="tuftedottoman" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/tuftedottoman-300x300.jpg" alt="Tufted Ottoman" width="130" height="130" /></a> Dodging dust with cuteness.[/caption] <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>3.      </strong><strong>Functional Flexibility</strong></li> </ol> It used to be that you needed a <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/decorative-trays_734.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">service tray</a> to accompany your “<a href="http://www.atgstores.com/cocktail-ottoman-ottomans_1006.html?&amp;option0=optionA=162662|9694~Valu" target="_blank">cocktail ottoman</a>” if you wanted to put drinks on it, and that’s still a very classy option, but now many ottomans come with trays built in – either as part of a two-way top or on the underside of the cushion. This is the kind of versatility that makes furniture legendary. [caption id="attachment_9989" align="aligncenter" width="129"]<a title="Oval Ottoman" href="http://www.atgstores.com/ottomans/thayer-coggin-1096-0006-1574-clip-ottoman_g1026581.html?isku=7813088&amp;term=thayer-coggin-ottoman&amp;linkloc=searchProductItemsImage" rel="attachment wp-att-9989" target="_blank"><img class=" wp-image-9989 " title="polyesterottoman" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/polyesterottoman-300x300.jpg" alt="Oval Ottoman " width="129" height="129" /></a> Awesome tray not included.[/caption] <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>4.      </strong><strong>Hidden Hideaway</strong></li> </ol> There’s no disputing the fact that coffee tables can also store things, and some of them do have drawers that provide total concealment, but <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/storage-ottoman-ottomans_1006.html?&amp;option0=optionA=162663|9694~Valu" target="_blank">ottomans that have storage</a> go all out. Many even have room enough for bulky items like blankets, all of which gets tucked neatly away and out of sight.<span style="text-align: center;"> </span> [caption id="attachment_9994" align="aligncenter" width="130"]<a title="Large Tufted Storage Ottoman" href="http://www.atgstores.com/ottomans/signature-design-by-ashley-5240011-dixon-ottoman-with-storage_g976489.html?isku=7612047&amp;linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage" rel="attachment wp-att-9994" target="_blank"><img class=" wp-image-9994" title="storageottoman" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/storageottoman-300x300.jpg" alt="Storage Ottoman" width="130" height="130" /></a> Feed me.[/caption] <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> invites you to choose a side in the battle between ottomans and coffee tables and tell us why you have a favorite. (Note: We’re merely instigators in this conflict and are partial to both coffee tables <em>and</em> ottomans.)
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