The Small Stylish Furniture Piece that We All Want Right Now

The Small Stylish Furniture Piece that We All Want Right Now

Nancy Mitchell
Apr 2, 2017

Can a piece of furniture be a trend? Chris Phillips, our Vice President of sales development and a man of exceptional taste, has called it: 2017 is the year of the footstool. From Chris: "Hemlines may rise and fall, but a footstool is forever. My friends, the lowly footstool — that holder of TV dinners, yesterday's newspaper, and your socked feet, is trending big time."

It's not hard to see why the footstool is right for right now: this helpful, humble piece of furniture, besides being a great way to prop up your feet and cozy up your living room, is also incredibly versatile. Footstools can serve as an impromptu table or as extra seating, and their small size makes them easy to move around to wherever you need them. A footstsool is both accessory and workhorse — the perfect finishing touch you never knew your living room needed.

Above: A couple of stools offer additional seating in this living room from Cup of Jo, and add a fourth side to the conversational grouping without visually breaking up (or blocking off) the room.

(Image credit: Better Homes & Gardens)

Footstools can also slip under a coffee table, so that they take up essentially no square footage at all. This example is from Better Homes & Gardens.

(Image credit: Alvhem)

Here's a great example of footstool-as-coffee-table, from Alvhem via Decouvrir l'Endroit du Decor. The perfect solution to a compact living space.

(Image credit: Elle)

The footstools in this room from Elle Decoration are being used as end tables, but they could just as easily be pressed into service as seating.

(Image credit: Nuevo Estilo)

The two little stools (in the background of this room from Nuevo Estilo) function as a small and very versatile coffee table.

(Image credit: My Scandinavian Home)

The little yellow pouf in this living room from My Scandinavian Home definitely draws the eye, and can easily be moved around the room to fulfill its multi-tasking destiny.

(Image credit: Desire to Inspire)

Meanwhile, the two footstools in this space from Desire to Inspire are perfectly unobtrusive — happy to help out whenever needed, quietly rolling off to the side when not.

(Image credit: Design*Sponge)

From Design*Sponge, a reminder that a footstool doesn't have to match the chair — contrast can be (and often is) quite nice.

(Image credit: Domino)

From Domino, here's another footstool that adds a dimension to a conversational grouping while not breaking up the room.

(Image credit: Pelle Lundquist)

Want to add just a little bit of pattern to a room? A footstool can do that. It doesn't have to be matched to anything else in the room — maybe a little contrast, like in this space from Pelle Lundquist, is just what your space needs.

Add some style and functionality to your own home with one of our favorite footstools:

  1. Theo Show Wood Ottoman at West Elm, $299
  2. Monet Footstool at Danish Design Store, $283.22
  3. Velvet Willoughby Ottoman at Anthropologie, $498
  4. Wonky Grid Ottoman at Urban Outfitters, $219
  5. CH53 Stool at Design Within Reach, Starting at $655
  6. Ox Stool at Danish Design Store, $463.25
  7. Fabric Vintage Footstool at Maisons du Monde, £110.00
  8. Mongolian Lamb Stool at West Elm, $399
  9. Threshold Small Tufted Turned Leg Ottoman at Target, $69.99
Apartment Therapy supports our readers with carefully chosen product recommendations to improve life at home. You support us through our independently chosen links, many of which earn us a commission.
moving--truck moving--dates moving--dolly moving--house moving--cal Created with Sketch. moving--apt