A footstool can be much more than a place where you put your feet up at the end of a long day.

While its primary function is to offer some necessary comfort, reduce stress and generally make your living room a nicer place to be, they are also incredibly versatile items that can be used for multiple purposes.

Child's Seat

If you have a little one that gets drowned by your sofa, or a niece or nephew that regularly visits your home and can’t find a good place to sit, a footstool is a good alternative to buying a child’s chair, which will very quickly become redundant when your child gets bigger.

This can also make them feel especially important with their very own spot to sit in the room.

Side table

A footstool makes a great side table. There are times when you might really need an extra surface to place your books or laptop, and a footstool table is perfect for this!

When you don’t need it, you can also move it aside or place it next to your sofa to reclaim its usual position as a standard footrest.

Coffee Tables

Footstools can also take a more central position as a coffee table when needed, when paired with a nice tray. This can be great for unexpected gatherings where several guests visit your home and your kitchen or dining room simply aren't big enough to hold everyone.

Hidden Storage

Many footstools come with compartments that can be accessed by lifting up the seat lid. This is a great way to add some storage to your living room, without the need for extra shelves or cupboards. They will also keep your clutter out of sight if you need to tidy up quickly when guests come around.

At Footstools and More, we find that the larger, ottoman style footstools make a good choice for this, as you can easily store several magazines, DVDs, books and magazines and more. However, even smaller footstools can be used to keep bits and bobs and general items you don’t want to display.