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The footstool or ottoman footstool is an understated part of a sofa set.  You may not need a footstool in the house the same way as you need a sofa, but once you have one there’s no going back.  Soon enough, you’re wondering how you ever lived without it.

But how do you decide which footstool is for you?  Hopefully our guide can provide the answer.

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Footstools are available in all manner of shapes, styles and sizes.  We’ll take you through your options below.


Our selection includes fabric and leather footstools depending on your preference.

  • Fabric footstools like the Almira and are often cheaper than leather footstools and can include patterns, too.
  • A corrected leather footstool is easier to clean, making it a good choice for homes with children and pets.  Leather can also give your lounge a sophisticated look.  The Raynor leather brown footstool is a testament to this.
  • Some footstools combine leather and fabric, fusing prestige with colour and comfort.

Standard or storage?

Would you prefer a standard model or an ottoman stool with storage?

  • Since standard footstools don’t have any additional functions, they are free to focus more on style, which means they are available in more shapes and sizes and with more design features.
  • You might prefer the idea of a storage footstool.  Simply lift the lid of the ottoman stool to access that extra storage space – perfect for keeping the living room tidy.


Size is also important when selecting your footstool.

  • A small footstool is ideal if you just want somewhere to rest your feet.  It’s also useful if you don’t have much room in your lounge.  Because it’s small, it will also be lighter, making it a good choice for anyone who would prefer to avoid straining themselves with heavy lifting.  The disadvantage of a small stool is that it most likely won’t include storage.
  • A large footstool can be used to rest books and magazines and serves as extra seating if you find yourself with one too many guests.  It’s also easier to find a large footstool with storage if storage is a priority.


Decoration adds extra flair to any footstool.  Here we’ve listed some of the most common design features.

  • Button tufting is a common feature of classic furnishings.  Historically used to make upholstery less lumpy, it’s still used as a design feature to this day.
  • Nailhead trims add a touch of opulence.  They can be found across both traditional and contemporary sofa ranges.
  • Welting around the seams adds texture and interest, but it’s not just for show.  It also boosts the longevity of the upholstery by holding the seams together more securely.


Stools are available in different shapes to suit your style.

Many of our stools are square, but modern retro sofas may use unusual or angular shapes for a more unique look.  For example, the Lottie oval cuddler stool is designed to perfectly match the shape of the Lottie cuddler – stunningly stylish and a space saver.

Accent stools

Footstools generally match the colour and pattern of their corresponding sofa range – for example, the Jessica grey footstool matches the Jessica grey sofa.  However, there are exceptions to this rule, such as with accent stools.

An accent stool comes in a colour which complements the rest of your furnishings.  This adds a splash of definition and excitement to your décor.  The accent stool may be upholstered in a bold patterned fabric to achieve this effect.

A good example of an accent stool is the Callula feature footstool.  The Callula stool’s fabric can be matched to the bolsters of the Callula range, tying the room together beautifully.

In the same way, the Lynette ottoman can be matched to the Lynette range’s cushions and swivel chair.

A leather sofa set may include a fabric accent stool for a contrast in texture.  A tartan footstool works well with a classic leather sofa design.


Feet are the finishing touch on your footstool and come in a variety of styles.

  • Casters can be a useful feature for larger or heavier stools, since you don’t have to lift the stool in order to move it around.
  • A bun or turned foot is more common on classic or traditional style furniture.
  • Square and tapered feet are popular for contemporary and casual style ranges.

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Now you can explore our range of footstools with all the facts in front of you.  Find the perfect place to put your feet up.

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