Remember when ottomans were as frumpy as footstools? No more: The surge in minimalist, boutique-hotel style for the home has made them indispensable. These faux-leather and -suede footrests are as stylish as they are affordable (similar pieces at Soho boutiques cost upwards of $200). Use ’em for extra seating; pile a few books on top and you’ve got a side table; push several together to make a bench for the foot of your bed or a fab coffee table, with a snazzy cocktail tray on top. And if you spill a drink on one—hey, you’re out 50 whole bucks ($49.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond, 410 East 61st Street, 646-215-4702; and 620 Sixth Avenue, at 18th Street, 212-255-3550).