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Put Your Feet Up: All About Footstools

28th February 2020

Footstool decor ideas add comfort to interiors as well as being practical. They can also tie into interior design schemes. This can be done in plain or patterned fabric for a stylish addition to any room. Here's the different types and how to use them.

The History of Footstools

According to the history books, footstools were first introduced in Ancient Egypt where they were used to help one climb onto chairs. Instead of people perching high off the ground with their legs left to dangle down they could rest them on the stool.

Today footstools are used in a similar way. They are generally used to put one's feet up and are therefore also known as footrests. They are most commonly used whilst relaxing on the sofa or in a comfy armchair.

There's also different types of footstools and different ways to use them in interiors. Here's how to tell the difference and pick the perfect one for a room.

Footstool Decor Ideas

Types of Footstools

Footstool Decor Ideas

A typical footrest has short legs and have enough room for one person. Then there's larger sizes. A footstool bench can have longer legs and can fit two or three people. A flatter top can make these into footstool coffee tables.

An ottoman, on the other hand, doubles as storage. The top lifts open and can make a handy and decorative solution in shared spaces. This is particularly true in smaller rooms, living rooms, and children's playrooms.

Finally there's the pouffe which is often a small round and legless place to pop your feet. All of the above are now available in a range of designs. They can be made in a wide range of upholstery fabric. Buttons, trimmings like fringes, types of legs (wooden etc.), wheels, and an array of shapes are now available.

Different Ways to Use Footstools

The Footstool Bench

A footstool with legs suits smaller rooms as it can double as seating. Floor cushions can be stored underneath and add even more spots to sit down.

Alternatively, a cube can be used for a single seat that can be moved around the room at a moment's notice.

Like any other piece of furniture, a footstool can be picked or even made to match the interior. This includes the size.

When it comes to footstool decor a good rule of thumb is to treat it like an accent chair. Pick a complementing fabric that isn't overly matching. Picking out an accent colour or the same pattern in a different colour is ideal.

This way a footstool bench can be a focal point in the room and will suit its placement. This is often directly in people's eye-line and immediately underfoot.

Footstool Coffee Tables

Footstool coffee tables are a popular choice as they have a dual purpose. It can be difficult to manouvre both a table and a stool in a space; by putting two in one it's easier to move through the room.

These footstools can be used to rest your legs or put drinks on, display books or even hold ornaments. Performance fabric is then especially useful for this upholstery if anyone (or anyone's pets) are prone to scuffs and spills.

Either way, the trick here is to use a complementing fabric in a classic or plain pattern. Like a coffee table, it's the things that sit on it that matter most. It's better not to regret covering it up because it's too loud in the room. Instead, it should blend seamlessly.