Now the days are getting a little shorter and we’re starting to spend more time indoors, most of us are starting to think more fondly of long evenings on the sofa, complete with some hot chocolate and a favourite film. If you don’t already have one, footstools can really help the whole ‘lounging’ experience – if there are two of you on the sofa, it means you can both put your feet up comfortably! If you have lots of guests round, footstools can also double as temporary chairs.
We’ve picked out 10 of our favourites in a range of shapes, sizes and styles, suitable for any decor no matter how little – or how much – room you have.
1. Folding Amberley floral footstool in purple, Lemon Made
This wooden footstool is actually designed for garden use, but we’ve included it as we think it’s perfect for use in small rooms when you don’t want to have a footstool on show all the time. Get it out for movie night, then fold it up and put it in a cupboard or under the sofa if you’re tidying up. The design is by Eleanor Bret-Day, printed onto robust and water-repellent polyester canvas. The frame is made from FSC certified hardwood. £45, available from Lemon Made.
2. The Footstool in teal, Snug Sofa
If you have more room and after something more permanent to form part of your decor, what about this upholstered footstool? Available in a range of colours and leg options, the material is durable and spill-resistant. Prices start at £429 from Snug Sofa.
3. Marie footstool in midnight blue velvet and brass
Add a little 1920s Art Deco chic to your living space with this simple round footstool in an eye catching blue and brass colourway. Use it in your living room as footstool, or as a bedroom stool in front of a dressing table. Available in a choice of colours, it costs £99 from Cult Furniture.
4. Kensington footstool, Rose & Grey
This Kensington footstool has the perfect companion of a matching sofa or armchair if you’d like a coordinated look. The classic, traditional design features an upholstered top and slender wooden legs, and the stool is available in a wide range of colours and finishes. £275, available from Rose & Grey.
5. Alverea footstool in brass and bottle green, MYFurniture
Here’s another unusual design with a hint of the 1920s about it. This semi-circular footstool fits neatly against an armchair to maximise space. It has a steel frame with laser cut hexagonal detailing and velvet upholstery fabric, available in a selection of colours. If you’re looking for something to make a statement in your living room, this is a distinctive design that could be a real focal point. £269.99, available from MYFurniture.
6. Tree trunk style footstool, The House Office
If you like your furniture to be a bit of fun, then this round wooden footstool might fit the bill. It is handcrafted using 100% solid fruit wood with no veneers or lamination so each one is slightly different. £199.95, available from The House Office.
7. Knitted cotton tall footstool, Homescapes Online
For a cheap ‘n’ cheerful option, how about this knitted footstool with a 100% handmade cotton cover? Available in a wide range of colours, it costs just £39.99 from Homescapes Online.
8. Wilma the woolly mammouth footstool, Red Candy
If you have pets, we’re not sure what they’ll think of this new addition to the living room – but we love it! Made from synthetic fur with wooden legs, ‘Wilma’ will prove a quirky talking point in your lounge. Was £108, now £89, available from Red Candy.
8. Velvet storage footstool, Sue Ryder
If you’re tight for space, then this storage footstool will double up as a stool and somewhere to store clutter. You can even use the removable lid as a tray. £44.99, available from Sue Ryder.
9. Evesham storage footstool, The Dormy House
This beautiful Evesham footstool (above and main image) is an investment piece you’ll keep for years. It offers generous space perfect for tucking away magazines, blankets, cushions, throws and a multitude of other things and is available in a range of options. Prices start at £570, available from The Dormy House.
10. Bespoke footstool, Tori Murphy
If you can’t find quite the right thing to fit your decor, then how about one of these little round footstools covered in the Tori Murphy woven cotton fabric of your choice? Finished with a piped trim, accent button detail and the signature Tori Murphy tag. £250, available from Tori Murphy.
Main image shows the Evesham footstool by The Dormy House.