Expert tips for buying new footstools

Despite being considered a non-essential piece of furniture in most UK households, the humble and non-imposing footstool is now making a comeback. Increasing numbers of people are recognising the benefits of having somewhere comfortable to put their feet while relaxing during the evening with that all important glass of wine. So we have decided to give you a little helping hand on how to choose the best one for you. Be it a multi-functional statement splash of colour in your living room or a highly coveted shrine for tired feet, here is our guide on this sort after piece of homeware.

Shape and size

While the footstool’s primary function is as a resting place for feet at the end of the day, you should also consider what other purposes it can serve in your home. If you’re looking for another ‘side’ for resting magazines and books on and double up as a coffee table then your footstool needs to be large, and in my view, if you have the space the bigger the better.

Smaller stools can be a lot more versatile and give you many more options of where you can rest your feet (or bottom) with the additional benefit of being neatly tucked under a sofa or chair. There is also something quite special about having your very own footrest.

Unlike other pieces of furniture in the home footstools are incredibly versatile and flexible for any room so start by identifying what you want it for you will certainly be able to refine your search and make your choices accordingly.


It is important to choose a durable fabric for your stool as it is likely to have to deal with a considerable amount of use. Velvet’s, heavy cottons and broad weave linens are all a good choice due to their high resistance.

Matching your style

There are so many options when it comes to choosing the fabric design of your foot stool it can often be baffling. My advice is to first decide what you don’t want. If vintage and floral just isn’t your thing or plain muted colours are not for you then you your search is a lot easier. Also look at where in the house it might go or if it will possibly move from room to room. A plain fabric that will seamlessly integrate itself into the existing décor is often a good bet if you already have lots pattern in the fabrics of your home, alternatively your footstool can provide a bold statement splash of colour if you wish it to.  


Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Then why not get a footstool made especially for you. Here at Deja Ooh HQ we have a selection of foot stools that we can make in a fabric that you send over to us.

Please do get in touch if you have any specific size or height that you are looking for and we will be happy to give you a quote to your specifications.

At Deja Ooh, we pride ourselves on providing vibrant and fun handmade homeware products. For more information, please contact us, or view our seasonal collections online.