Stools can be a handy form of occasional seating to have on hand. Not only can they be used as seats for guests, they often can be used as handy risers to reach that difficult top shelf. The design of the stool can easily be coordinated with a particular furniture style, such as vintage, French, retro and modern. When you have created a furniture design in a room that you love, but know that you will eventually need more seating, for guests or residents, invest in a series of stools that can be easily stored, saving a lot of money in the process.
Wooden stools are perhaps the most durable of them all. Made in a variety of styles, from the hand worked, hand turned classic footstools in French design; to the blocky African natural drum seats. Vintage stools are often made out of either wood or metal, and stools that swivel are a popular throwback to the diner era, with faux leather upholstery and chrome legs.
Durable oak stools can be used as both seating and as a stepladder to reach high shelves. Reclaimed and recycled materials can be merged into an environmentally conscious household without a problem, and with some considerable style. For kids, a stool made out of industrial thick cardboard, and decorated with popular icons is a must; for both seating and as storage and step ladders.