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Different Types Of Footstools

Footstools have been used for centuries all over the world. They are commonly used for comfort to support one’s feet while they sit but also as functional tools, and can be split into these two separate categories to describe the different types of footstools. Throughout the ages, they have evolved in and out of many different styles, ranging from simple wooden Spartan stools to elaborate and decorative Ottoman creations.

Footstools For Comfort

These are short and wide four legged stools which are used to support a persons feet as they sit. They are often upholstered in a fabric or hide for added comfort and this can be anything ranging from cushion to leather. They support a persons feet at near horizontal level as they sit, allowing the person to lie right back. They are also commonly called ‘footrests’. While their main purpose is just to make sitting more comfortable, they also increase the blood circulation in the legs more than sitting would, making them ideal for those who have trouble with blood clots or the elderly.

Footstools For Function

These are more simple and less decorative footstools, which act more as a small stepladder, allowing people to reach things just out of arms length or to get into doors that are raised high off the ground. These are especially useful if there are small children and can reduce the risk of accidents and injury by making it easier to get to those higher places. These footstools are ideal for the kitchen or garage, allowing storage in higher shelves. They also reduce the risk of injury in getting heavy objects down from hard to reach places. Indeed, they can also be used as a mini staircase such as on a caravan, allowing the residents to get inside more easily.

Both of these different types of footstools are extremely common and it’s easy to find the one you are looking for. You can also get footstools custom made to match the other furniture in your room. For this, and the health benefits they can bring, they also make great gifts.