It's DEFINITELY back-to-school time. While trolling through my local Target yesterday, I noticed at least a half a dozen dazed-and-confused teens (aka soon-to-be college freshmen) being led around the "Home Improvement" aisles by their parents, adding the essentials to their carts.
While not essential per se, these storage ottomans can add a lot to both the form and function of that first dorm room. Creating space in cramped quarters is a must, and students can use these padded ottomans as footstools, for extra seating or even for tray dining. And the best part is that they also allow for extra storage. At left is just an example, but Target has a wide range of storage ottomans....from this faux-leather brown cube for just under $60 to this more traditional one in tan velvet to this mod round one in faux-suede for just $24.99.