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Ideas: 6 of the
Best Uses
for a Footstool

Here at Arlo & Jacob we never overlook the importance of a footstool. A footstool is an incredibly versatile and functional piece of furniture that has multiple uses for all over your home. We love seeing people get creative with our footstools, which come in a vast range of shapes, styles, heights, and sizes. Here we discuss five of the best uses for a footstool, giving you ideas for how you can work them into your home.

Childs Seat

A footstool makes the perfect perch for little ones. It’s the right height from the floor for little legs and will help them feel especially important having their own spot to sit in the room! Our favourite footstool that doubles as a child’s seat is our Tommy. Upholster it in a brightly coloured, durable fabric, or even place a few at either side of a little table for those requisite ‘tea-parties’. Plus, they’re useful to keep in the playroom or to have on-hand when friends with children come over to visit.

Upholstered Coffee Table

Our new exposed natural wood collection blends the best of both worlds in functionality and style. Tailor can come with a soft top, in a fabric of your choice or keep it simple with natural oak all over. You can even choose a 50/50 split, with half wood and half fabric topper!


It’s the obvious choice, but our footstools make the perfect partners to our sofas and chairs. If you haven’t got enough room for a chaise sofa, a footstool is a great way of providing a footrest at a slightly lower level to your seat. They can be pushed out of the way when you need more floor space, and if they’re small enough, can even be stored underneath a sofa out of sight.

Side Table

A footstool also makes a smart side table. Pop on a coaster and a couple of books, and you’ll find a footstool like our Bee, Drum or Cube act as gorgeous side tables. Match with your sofa’s upholstery or choose a fabric that will stand out. What’s more, when you have extra people come to visit, you can clear the top which serves as a comfortable place to sit!

Storage Coffee Table

The larger, ottoman style footstools make an ideal coffee table. Plus, with the option of storage, you can easily store sundries out of sight, keeping your space clutter-free. Our Pip footstool is an excellent choice if you want both storage and a coffee table-style footstool.

Pet Bed

We love the idea of using our footstools as a posh pet bed for your furry friends! Upholstered in a resilient fabric that can withstand dirt and fur, our footstools will have your companions feeling like royalty. We think the Bingley, with its luxuriously textured top, is the perfect size and shape for a pet bed.

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