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Know How: Choosing The Perfect Footstool


A footstool can be a great addition to the living room for those wanting to bring in a multi functional element, adding extra style, colour, comfort and an extra storage. So, how do you go about choosing the perfect footstool? You might be surprised to hear but there are a few crucial factors to consider – here’s our top tips to help you along the way.

pembroke & bounderby


Style and Colour

The first thing to think about when picking your perfect footstool, is the style and theme of your living room. Do you have a modern space or a more classical style? For contemporary spaces, angular footstools can be a great choice, for country themes, the more traditional deep buttoned options can be the perfect accompaniment.

Another point worth considering is whether you want it to match your sofa or armchair. For traditional homes it can be nice to opt for a style which complements the furniture you already have, whether this be through choosing a matching colour or similar shape and style. For a more eclectic and modern look we suggest introducing a brightly coloured or patterned footstool. Our velvet Paprika Otway is great for those who are wanting to introduce a pop of colour and texture to the room.

Otway in Paprika


Size and Shape

Next it’s important to take into account your room size and how much floor space you have. A larger footstool works beautifully propped in front of the sofa in an open and spacious living room. For small or tricky shaped rooms, footstools of a smaller size work well accompanying an armchair or as a focal feature in the corner of the room.

With an array of footstools in different sizes and shapes, it’s worth thinking about its primary function. Larger pieces, for instance our Otway, can be used as a small coffee table by simply placing a stylish tray on top – a perfect spot for books, candles and a cup of tea.
To add a quirky dimension to the room, why not choose a unique rounded shape like our Dalloway with its elegant wooden feet. For those after a traditional look, choose a classic rectangular shape, one that perhaps reflects the style of sofa or armchair in the room.

Knightley with Otway footstool



Looking for a spot to rest those weary legs? Then it’s worth choosing a soft and cushioned footstool top for extra comfort. A deep buttoned option is a great choice and our Bounderby offers a sumptuously comfortable spot to pop your feet on. If you have a large family or regular guests, pick a spacious footstool that can fit several sofa slouchers, our large Gardiner would be the perfect choice.

Darcy and Bounderby footstool



If you’re looking to add a footstool to your living room but space is an issue, it’s worth opting for one with hidden storage. Perfect for hiding away magazines, toys or throws, you can pop your feet up after a busy day, safe in the knowledge all that unwanted clutter is tucked neatly inside. Try our sleek and modern Scandinavian-inspired Fairfax footstool or our rounded Watson which offers an ideal space for tidying away toys.

Fairfax footstool



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