Your dad's favorite cushioned spot to rest his feet can be referred to as an ottoman — it's also known as a hassock or a footstool.

This word may conjure anything from a vast empire to a footstool — it's all the same word, ultimately from the Arabic personal name Othman (which loses a lot, soundwise, in translation). The puffy footstools known as ottomans were allegedly originally a component of said empire's comforts.

Definitions of ottoman

n a low seat or a stool to rest the feet of a seated person

footrest, footstool, tuffet
Type of:
a simple seat without a back or arms

n thick cushion used as a seat

hassock, pouf, pouffe, puff
Type of:
furniture that is designed for sitting on

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