How to choose the perfect footstool

How to choose the perfect footstool

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make a big difference, and this definitely applies to the humble (or not so humble) footstool. So, if you’re in the market for one of these unsung heroes of the living room, then read on...

Form and function

Just like there are many names for a footstool (think pouffes, ottoman, storage ottoman etc.) there are also many functions for a footstool, so bear this in mind when you start browsing as this will determine what style is best for you.

We’ve put together the most common function-combos below, so choose which one suits you best:

The coffee table + footrest footstool

If you want your footstool to function as a coffee table and a footrest, it will need a nice firm top cushion so that items won’t wriggle when you prop your feet up. 

TIP: To function effectively as a coffee table, your footstool should sit between 30 and 40cms away from the seat of your sofa. If you have a small living room, lay newspaper on the floor in the shape of your footstool to see if you will be able to easily walk around the furniture.

The spare seating footstool

If you’re a bit of a social butterfly and like to have guests over, having some spare seating on standby is never a bad thing. We’d recommend our Tuft footstool as this is just the right height for sitting on and can easily be move around.

TIP: Don’t make your footstool too heavy with large books and magazines, as this will make it difficult to move when you need to use it as seating.

The ultimate relaxation footstool

If going into full relaxation mode is more your thing, we recommend one of our comfortable armchairs such as Anderson or Gormley with a matching footstool which can be easily moved about, so that you can choose your favourite spot and prop those feet up after a hard day’s work. These styles will comfortably seat one person, so they can also function as additional seating too.


Finishing touches

Once you’ve chosen the perfect style, give careful consideration to the fabric that it is finished with. Your footstool may acquire a few crumbs if used as a coffee table, so we recommend durable fabrics and leather that are hardwearing.

If your footstool will be regularly used as extra seating, we recommend leather or fabrics like cottons and linens, which are less likely to pill.

We hope you’ve found our top tips helpful. If you’re ever in need of any styling advice or tips on what sofa to choose for your living room, regardless of whether it’s big or small, our sofa experts are just a phone call away on 0800 599 9318.