There's nothing like coming home after a long day and putting your feet up, but did you know that the act itself is also proven to relieve stress, improve circulation and lower blood pressure? Whether beside your sofa or your bed, a footstool is a great way of adding some style to your home while bringing you plenty of comfort.
Halo and Habitat have designed some beautiful leather and fabric ottomans to complete your lounge look, while HNN Home offers unique cushioned pouffe stools with storage. To help you find your match, we've ranked the 8 best footstools in the UK on Amazon, John Lewis and Argos, including everything from large round grey options, to small, knitted stools. Moreover, we partnered with interior designer Belen Dakak to review and fact-check the article to deliver the best information.
Belen is an interior designer (residential and retail design), having worked for top retail brands including Estee Lauder, Seasalt and John Lewis, as well as working with private clients on residential projects and RoomLab, an online interior design platform.
Belen is also a landscape garden designer with an RHS Level 2 in Principles and Practical Horticulture.
Just about every footstool on the market can be broken down into two distinct types. Historically being matched to an armchair or a particular set of furniture, an ottoman usually refers to any footstool on four legs – bar the classic stool types, which are just plain old stools, that is.
Ottomans are typically low-set in stature and rectangular but can also be square and round from time to time. Offering a sturdy platform to rest your weary feet, they can also moonlight as a seat when required and are the most likely style to provide storage space.
On the other end of the sturdy spectrum, pouffes are synonymous with a more soft and workable design that will see your feet soothed for hours on end. Due to their simple, legless structure, pouffes are almost always cheaper than ottomans and more likely to be round or square. A good rule of thumb is to call anything that looks more like a cushion than a table a pouffe and call anything that is more table-like an ottoman.
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Now that you've narrowed down your footstool search to the style that's got your feet singing, it's time to take a look at its material. Again, for the most part, this is easily split down the middle with leather on the left and fabric on the right.
Leather is an icon of the furniture domain as it offers a durable, flexible, desirable layer of protection that's built to last. If you like the leather look but don't like the real leather price tag, faux or 'synthetic' leathers are significantly cheaper, however, their longevity is often lessened considerably.
Fabrics feature heavily in footstool designs, ranging from the soft, breathable and all-natural vibes of cotton to the smooth feels of velvet, with the synthetic microfibres of polyester all about practicality and price watching.
Choosing really depends on what aspect of design you put worth in, your budget and how a particular footstool catches your eye. If you have a busy household, stay away from delicate or textured options, like silk, which could pull and aren't as forgiving when it comes to stains.
Footstools need to be strong enough to withstand your household's seating needs. This means they need a solid base to create a platform to handle feet and backsides when required.
Having no leg to stand on, pouffes are excluded from the leg and frame debate. Instead, this line of questioning is directed toward the ottoman style. Ottomans are most frequently equipped with wooden frames and legs for a natural design that still brings the strength; hardwoods like beech and oak are best.
Steel, iron and aluminium legs are a little less common, however, when put in the right lounging environment, they can really bring a stamp of the contemporary or capture the sophistication of the old. They also give your footstool incredible strength to see you through years of use, while plastic legs only feature in budget footstools that put price before longevity.
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Who doesn't love a sneaky spot to shove the sprawled out lounge bits before guests arrive? With a storage-equipped footstool, you'll be sitting pretty with your feet up when the doorbell rings.
Ottomans are the style of stool that's most likely to feature storage through a hinged seat that lifts open to reveal a big empty box of filling potential. Unfortunately, pouffes tend to exclude themselves from the storing ways of stools. This is because they're often already filled with some type of bead, bean or foam by the thousands.
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 4:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 8 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of footstools available and understand how our ranking was determined.
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
John Lewis & Partners
John Lewis & Partners
Chester Leather Footstool
The Sixty Five Footstool
Chunky Knitted Pouffe
Bean Bag Pouffe
Velvet Round Footstool
Faux Leather Ottoman
Classically Upholstered in Exquisite Natural Leather With a Birch Framework
Practical and Stylish With Storage, Padding and a Round Design With a Wooden Frame
A Plush Pillow Footstool With a Premium Touch and Hardwood, Durable Legs
Timeless Details Fused With a Modern Design and a 10 Year Frame Guarantee
Creating Warmth With This Hand Knitted Pouffe Made From 100% Cotton and Available in Several Colours
Moroccan-Inspired Faux Leather Filled With Foam Beads, Perfect for Chilled Out Spaces
Patterned Pink Velvet With Gold-Painted Iron Legs for a Contemporary Air of Style
A Budget Buy Made of Faux Leather to Give Your Lounge a Modern Edge
|Legs||Brass-capped LDF & birch||Wood||Hardwood||Hardwood legs and frame||-||-||Iron||Plastic|
|Fabric||Leather||Microfibre fabric||Fabric with foam inner||Cotton||100% cotton||Faux leather||Velvet fabric||Faux leather|
|Frame Material||LDF & Birch||Wood||Hardwood and man-made boards||Hardwood Rails and fibreboard||-||-||Metal||Solid wood|
|Dimensions||H 25 x W 120 x D 58cm||L 45 x W 45 x H 41 cm||H 40 x W 65 x D 65 cm||H 44 x W 49.5 x D 62.5 cm||H 35 x W 50 x D 50 cm||D 48 x H 28 cm||L 34 x W 34 x H 42 cm||L 37.5 x W 27.5 x H 23.5 cm|
|Colour(s)||17 colours||Beige, charcoal, yellow, grey, navy, light green, lava||Endless colour combinations||18 colours||Cream, grey, tan, teal, red, silver, black||Arizona black||Pink||Black|
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|Legs||Brass-capped LDF & birch|
|Frame Material||LDF & Birch|
|Dimensions||H 25 x W 120 x D 58cm|
|Dimensions||L 45 x W 45 x H 41 cm|
|Colour(s)||Beige, charcoal, yellow, grey, navy, light green, lava|
|Fabric||Fabric with foam inner|
|Frame Material||Hardwood and man-made boards|
|Dimensions||H 40 x W 65 x D 65 cm|
|Colour(s)||Endless colour combinations|
|Legs||Hardwood legs and frame|
|Frame Material||Hardwood Rails and fibreboard|
|Dimensions||H 44 x W 49.5 x D 62.5 cm|
|Dimensions||H 35 x W 50 x D 50 cm|
|Colour(s)||Cream, grey, tan, teal, red, silver, black|
|Dimensions||D 48 x H 28 cm|
|Dimensions||L 34 x W 34 x H 42 cm|
|Frame Material||Solid wood|
|Dimensions||L 37.5 x W 27.5 x H 23.5 cm|
Written and researched by Connor Macanally
Our ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
We partner with specialists across various fields to proof-read our buying guides to deliver accurate and reliable information. Our specialists do not endorse any products that we recommend.
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