Choosing the perfect footstool or ottoman

Footstools, sofa tables, pouffes or ottomans… just a few names to describe this versatile addition to a seating area. If you’re having difficulty deciding on a footstool style here is a guide to help you choose.

  • If storage is tight, opt for a storage version of a footstool or ottoman, ideal for stowing away children’s toys, magazines or DVDs.
  • Smaller square-shaped footstools set on castors help with manoeuvrabilit or mini cubes can be pulled up to an armchair as a footrest or used to provide an additional seat for guests.
  • Fender stools tend to be long and thin and as the name suggests would traditionally have been used close to the hearth. We think they look wonderful pushed up close to the foot of a bed as a convenient place to sit.
Round buttoned stool
Round buttoned stool
Small square shaped stools provide extra seating
Mini cubes
Ottomans at the foot of a bed provide storage and seating
Fawler ottoman
  • A round footstool or small pouffe made up in a fabric to coordinate with your colour scheme but in a pattern or stripe is an ideal way to introduce a fun mixture of styles. It is also a great method to add individual character to your room scheme using tailored details such as piping, buttoning and fringing.
  • Sofa tables can be a cost effective way to provide you with an alternative, softer look to a coffee table. The perfect surface to pile up favourite ‘coffee table’ books, place trays onto for drinks or again can double up as additional seating. Unlike the wooden surface of a coffee table, sofa tables won’t get scratched and when the fabric does wear they can easily be reupholstered.