The secret to making the most of any living space? Multipurpose pieces with built-in organizing potential. Case in point: the hardworking storage ottoman, which serves as a spare seat, a footrest after a long day, and a coffee table (especially with the addition of a tray), all while providing a place to stash overflow within easy reach. To keep it from becoming the upholstered equivalent of a junk drawer, devote your ottoman to a single type of item, such as extra throws, electronic devices, or spare shoes.
Here are 10 of our favorite functional finds—so good-looking, you'd never dream they had a hidden use.