It's hard to underestimate the utility of a good storage ottoman: You can put up your feet, use it as an extra seat, and store your junk inside when guests appear. I particularly like the cute cube-shaped varieties, since they also don't take up much room. Here are three great storage ottomans to suit your budget.
Good: The hip, mod pattern on this Urban Outfitters Teardrop Storage Ottoman (on sale for $39.99) distracts from its utilitarian double-life. The padded lid slides off for storage.
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Better: This very versatile Crate and Barrel Nomad Storage Cube ($379) goes a step further, with a lid that flips over to serve as a drink tray. As if that weren't enough, the microfiber footstool also has wheels.
Best: Add a tray on top, and this edgy, metal-studded Each Leather Storage Cube ($619) is sturdy enough to serve as a table, too. Available in four colors; I particularly love the bright begonia shade.