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In defence of the footstool

More than a place to plonk your legs
   Hannah Caton  |  written on: 13-08-2019 10:00am

Before you dismiss them to the realms of cheesy toes. Take a moment to consider how footstools have more uses than you might think.

1.       Zoning

It’s becoming increasingly popular to have open space for living environments. Nobody wants to be holed away in the kitchen or laundry room whilst the rest of the family are having fun in the next room. But with the rise of the open space, it’s more important than ever to leave subtle markers to indicate where one zone ends and another begins. Although you’re likely to move a footstool around, their larger siblings - the ottoman - are more permanently placed. Both functional and aesthetically pleasing they work perfectly. Whilst not being too solid, like a sofa, they are large enough to be a clear divider.


2.        Surface space

We’re always a fan of clever new ways to gain surface space – usually it’s in regard to the kitchen – but no area of the house is perfect. Footstools that are hard-topped work well as an impromptu extra coffee or side table. But if you like your furniture a little plumper, then deep-cushioned footstools double up well as an improv place to take off shoes in the hallway.

3.       Sneaky storage

Like the having more surface space, extra storage space makes us happy. Especially when it’s subtly hidden away. Many interior manufacturers like Neptune now create stools that have cushioned lids that open to reveal cubby holes. Seats are designed to store everything from shoes to television controls. We won’t say you’ll never lose the remote again, but now you have an extra place to check.

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Hannah Caton


Hannah is the online writer for KBBArk, providing the latest scoop on all things interior. She's always on the lookout for the latest trends and most beautiful re-designs.