The 10 Best Footstools/Ottomans for Small Spaces We Could Find

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My husband and I recently traded in our sectional for a regular sofa, and while we're not complaining about the new one, we definitely realized we needed some type of footrest. The problem #1? Shifting our large coffee table left of center didn't leave room for a big ottoman. Problem #2? We blew our budget on the couch. So, I set to scouring the internet for small and affordable ottomans/footrests/stools. Here are my picks:


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West Elm Modern Stacking Stool, $99

This West Elm stool definitely wins in the budget category, and the friendly mustard hue is positively on-trend.

Castelry Kit Stool, $149

This Castelry stool is the one we ended up purchasing. It's not my favorite of the bunch, but was affordable enough that I felt like we could use it elsewhere in the house if we ever decide to upgrade.

Pottery Barn Danish Leather Sling Stool, $199

There are WAY more expensive versions of this leather sling stool out there — Pottery Barn's offering is decently priced and looks quite handsome. I actually maybe regret not getting this one.

CB2 Outdoor Basket Ottoman, $149

I love a good outdoor-comes-indoor piece. You'd never know this was part of a patio set.


Kardiel Dot 18" Fabric Ottoman, $296

Kardiel's cute ottomans come in a variety of colors and the metal frame makes them feel high-end.

The Inside X Bench (in Cinque Terra fabric), $329

You're sure to find an option in one of The Inside's several stool offerings — and their fabric selection is on-point. Although I have a couple patterns already going on in my living room, I thought this trad motif might fit in.

Blu Dot Bumper Small Ottoman, $249

Simple. Basic. Comfortable. Could double as a side table.

France & Son Jeanneret Cane Stool, $279

God, I cherish a good cane moment and it's kind of insane that I have zero cane items in my house despite my fervent love. This stool would look so good even as a non-functional accent in any room.


Industry West Hemlock Pouf, $182

Industry West's Hemlock pouf has been marked down to under $200, which is a pretty sweet deal for the brand.

Mercer41 Round Fringe Ottoman, $113.99

Add a bit of French boudoir-esque whimsy to your living room — pourquoi pas?

Honorable mention:

Lulu and Georgia Lindsay Square Ottoman, $470

This was my favorite ottoman ... alas the budget didn't allow for it, even though it's not as pricey as some ottomans out there.


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