It’s no secret (I mean, it shouldn’t be) that multi-tasking furniture is essential in smaller spaces, but just plain smart in any sized space. Why kill two birds with two stones? Or three stones? Why kill birds at all?
The storage ottoman or bench provides you with a place with stow various belongings, while also doubling as seating. So you can put stuff in it, and then sit on your stuff without squashing it, and you can’t say as much about any other storage containers. I don’t think.
Not to mention the fact that they work in almost every setting: at the foot of a bed, as accent furniture in the living room, or office, etc. They can work particularly well as camouflaged toy storage in areas where advertising “CHILDREN LIVE HERE” isn’t desired, and lend themselves equally well to storing linens and extra blankets, shoes and workout gear, and whatever other weird things comprise your collection of material belongings.
If Martha was here she’d be all, “They’re a good thing.”
Get ’em! Get ’em while they’re hot! Or don’t, whatever, it’s cool!