Modern living is all about flexibility and making the most of your space, which is where multipurpose furniture comes into its own. With our houses and flats becoming smaller, living areas being more open plan and the home being the place where we live and socialise, make the most of the space with footstools and pouffes. They are sometimes thought of as large cushions placed on the ground. However, they are so much more and can look very different. Some have legs to raise them slightly, making them look very elegant. Another handy feature is the hidden storage they provide. They can also be used as a seat, somewhere to rest your feet, a coffee table, and can even be used as a room divider, as well as being so decorative. So, what should you think about when investing in this key piece of furniture?
What will you use your footstool for?
There are many ways to incorporate footstools into your home, and many rooms they can add to. If your home is on the compact side, a cube footstool fits neatly into a small space and can provide additional seating. Footstools with storage also provide this and help keep your living room calm and tranquil by making them clutter free. Hide away the sofa throws when you don’t need them, but they will be close to hand when you want to snuggle down with a book. Add one to your bedroom, to store your decorative scatter cushions at night time. Or the guest bedroom which tends to be smaller, and creative storage can come in so handy. If you need something bigger for your spare bedlinen, an ottoman or storage bench will come in handy for your spare pillowcases and duvet covers. Do you have a large open space living area? One or two large footstools can be used to divide the room into sections by creating a low wall, which provides your guests with somewhere to sit when you are entertaining. They can also double up as a coffee table and because there are no sharp corners, are ideal if you have kids. The main reason for many though is to have a foot rest though, however they can also add a touch of luxury to your living room and help accessorise it to your own personal style.
Sizes of footstools
The size you choose will depend on your room dimensions, and the other furniture in your room. A handy way of seeing what size will look and work best - use a sheet of paper, newspaper will do, and place it where you want the footstool to be. Does it look the right size? Also, does it work with the flow of the room? Ideally it should still allow people to walk freely, and not block any pathways. Try and gauge the height too. If you are going to use it as a coffee table, then it should be the same height, or lower than your sofa seat so you can easily place your drink or book on it. Another thing to check is how far it is from your sofa set. You should be able to sit right back on your sofa, stretch your legs and easily reach your upholstered footstool. Or add a couple of colourful pouffes to your corner sofa so you can all lounge about and relax!
Another important factor is which material will you choose, which will be closely determined by how you will use it. Any piece of furniture that you will undergo contact will ultimately be prone to wear and tear, making durability of the fabric critical. Velvets look luxurious and are also hard wearing, so you won’t need to compromise practicality with opulence. Cotton fabric footstools are also hardwearing and resistant to bobbling. Another great option is a leather footstool if you want something that is easy to clean, especially if you need a child proof home.
Footstool style and colour
Whether you are going for a traditional or contemporary look, opulent or bohemian, our online range will have something for you. A round Moroccan pouffe, with its panels and colours will give your room a Bedouin feel. If you want a more country like feel, then a knitted pod will work well, and add texture too. And if it is a retro look you are going for, a square footstool with wooden legs will fit right in. Why not treat yourself to a matching armchair for a co-ordinated look and will also collectively act as a statement piece. The colour you choose will also impact the style of your room. Go for a natural tan or brown leather foot stool, or a grey footstool for classic elegance.