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How to Choose the Right Footstool for Your Sofa?
A footstool can be a playful addition to any living room. However, if you are apprehensive about how and where exactly they can be placed without compromising the intended style of the room, rest assured, we can help.
Footstools were initially made as a companion piece for armchairs and sofas, with the obvious purpose of resting your feet. However, with time, footstools have risen from this single ‘luxurious’ purpose to something more versatile and exciting. With some broad understanding of your room and footstools in general, you can choose the right ones for your sofas, and add an interesting new piece of furniture to your home.
What are Footstools?
Footstools are mostly considered as the middle child among the stool family, others being the ottomans and pouffes. These small pieces of furniture are usually upholstered and designed to offer comfort and some styling elements to a home.
They double up as extra seating when there are more guests than you may have expected. Besides, they are perfect candidates for use as side tables, where you can leave magazines, books or remote controls, or can be an alternative to coffee tables where you can place a tray of drinks.
Since footstools are smaller, they are a great choice for hallways, end of beds and libraries or a study.
The Ideal Size of a Footstool
Footstools are versatile. For this reason, they are often paired with the other furniture of the house. Make sure they blend well with the aesthetics of the room. Footstools should scale with room size and proportions, and with the other furniture in the room.
Traditionally, a footstool should not be higher than the seat of a lounge chair or sofa in your room. But they would be perfect at about two inches shorter. So, to begin with, measure the sofa or the seating you intend to pair the footstool with. Next, consider the size and proportions of the room where you want to place it. A footstool should never disrupt the flow in the room. You should be able to move freely around the footstool and the sofa. You could opt for a taller footstool design if you have plans to use your footstool as an additional side table.
Don’t Let Colours and Varieties Intimidate You
Footstools are available in various sizes, shapes and colours because of their multifunctional role. From compact to designs which store a single bed within, you are sure to find a footstool that suits your existing décor. A compact design is perfect if you want to move your furniture around often and put it away in a discreet corner when not in use.
The easiest way to choose a footstool colour is to pick something that matches the upholstery of the existing pieces of furniture in the room. Choose a complementary shade from the colour palette of the room to ensure smooth blending. For instance, a brown footstool would work perfectly well with a beige sofa. However, if you would like to be experimental, a bold, stand out colour for the footstool could do wonders for your décor. Incorporate contrasting colours or patterns to make a statement.
Choosing the Material
A lot depends on what you are most likely to use your footstool as. If it is going to be extra seating, go with leather or fabrics like cottons, linen or velvet footstools. However, as a coffee table, it is likely to catch spills; so, choose leather or durable fabrics that are easy to wipe stains off. It is also important that if your footstool is going to be both a footrest and a coffee table, you go for one with a firm top to prevent wobbles.
Keeping it Clean
To maintain your footstool, vacuum or brush the upholstery every week to get rid of dirt and crumbs. To clean leather, use a damp cloth to wipe, with or without soap, and wipe again with a dry cloth. Velvet footstools need frequent cleaning with a brush to maintain their luxurious look. Fabrics will, of course, need reupholstering every few years. You can get them done along with the rest of your sofas to get a complemented look.
Footstools have had a makeover. They have become so much more glamorous. Use these ideas to make them a part of your home and add unique charm and value to your interiors.