Ottomans Vs. Footstools

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When you're searching for that perfect piece to finish off your living room or bedroom, you may come across two similar-looking pieces of furniture - the footstool and the ottoman. So, what's the difference between a footstool and an ottoman?

The main difference between a footstool and an ottoman is that a footstool is a general category of furniture that can include other pieces of furniture under its umbrella, including ottomans. Ottomans are a specific type of footstool that usually have a hard surface and are used as additional seating or for storage.

So, when it comes to choosing between a footstool or ottoman, it really depends on what you’re looking for in terms of function and style. But what exactly is a footstool used for? How high should a footstool be? These are all valid questions that we’re here to answer!

What is the Purpose of a Footstool?

Most of us are guilty of sitting for too long during the day, whether we're working at a desk, watching TV, or surfing the internet. But did you know that all that sitting can actually have some pretty serious effects on your health?

When you sit for long periods of time, your blood flow slows down and your legs retain more fluids, causing lower leg discomfort and swelling. One way to combat this is to use a footstool. While at first glance a footstool may seem like a place to prop your feet up and relax, it actually has some benefits.

Elevating your feet while sitting helps to counter the effects of gravity and encourages blood to flow back up towards the heart. Leg elevation can help reduce swelling and pressure on your lower body, as well as improve overall circulation.

So next time your feet are feeling swollen or fatigued, try sitting on a footstool for a bit – your legs will thank you for it!

A woman sitting on a CordarRoy's Bean Bag and Footstool

How High Should a Footstool Be in Relation to a Chair? 

One question that many people have is how high the footstool should be in relation to their chair. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as it will vary depending on the height of the person using the footstool and the type of chair. However, a good general rule of thumb is that the footstool should be slightly shorter than your couch for the most comfort.

The slight height difference will position your body in a straight reclined position which is similar to your body being in a standing position. Standing actually puts the least amount of strain on your spine, so putting your body in a similar posture will prevent strain on the discs in your spine.

Experts have even found that sitting in a reclined position reduces muscle activity, meaning your back muscles will feel less tired as they are able to fully relax. By adding a footstool to your chair, you'll be able to support your back and comfortably rest without putting too much strain on your back.

At CordaRoy's, comfort is always our top priority. Our footstools are 26-inches tall and 17-inches wide, making them the perfect height and size to use with our chairs. Plus, they make a great addition to any room's décor. So go ahead and put your feet up on a CordaRoy's footstool-your back will thank you!

How do you Match a Couch with a Footstool? 

A footstool is a perfect way to add a little extra flair to your living room. Not only do they provide a place to put your feet up, but they can also add style and comfort to your space. When it comes to finding the perfect footstool to match your couch, look for one that complements the style of your couch.

You can either match your pieces together or go for contrasting colors, textures, and patterns to create a look that's all your own. If you're not sure where to start, we've got some tips to help you find the perfect footstool for your couch.

First, take into consideration the material of your couch. If it's upholstered in a plush fabric like chenille or chinchilla, you'll want to choose a footstool that has a similar texture. On the other hand, if your couch is covered in faux leather, you might want to opt for a footstool with the same material or a softer finish, like faux fur.

Next, take into account the colors in your room. You'll want to choose a footstool that complements the overall color scheme. If your room is already pretty colorful, you might want to opt for a neutral-colored footstool to help ground the space. For example, our Faux Fur Footstool in white would look fantastic paired with our Faux Fur Queen Classic bean bag chair in cow print.

On the other hand, if your couch is a plain color, you can tie your furniture pieces together by choosing a footstool in one of the same colors. Our Chenille Footstool in charcoal would go great with our Chenille Queen Classic bean bag chair in charcoal for a more classic and cohesive look.

Whatever route you choose, just remember to have fun with it! After all, your home should be a reflection of your personal style. By following these simple tips, you're sure to find a couch and footstool duo that is both stylish and comfortable for your space.

A CordaRoy's bean bag chair and footstool in a living room.

Benefits of a CordaRoy’s Footstool

CordaRoy's has been designing and manufacturing unique products that surpass our customers' expectations for over 20 years. And now we've taken comfort to the next level with our footstools collection! 

Manufactured in the United States, our footstools are designed to provide both comfort and style, and they come in a variety of colors, fabrics, and sizes. Plus, they come with a 100% Lifetime Guarantee, so you can be sure that your footstool will last for years to come. Here are just a few more reasons why our customers love our footstools:

  • They're comfortable: Our footstools are made with 100% eco-friendly polyfoam that does not compress over time for comfort that lasts. Additionally, the quality stitch pattern not only looks great, but it also provides extra support. And because they're lightweight and portable, you can move them from room to room with ease.
  • They're stylish: These amazing footstools come in a variety of fabrics, including chenille, chinchilla, corduroy, faux fur, faux leather, NEST bunny fur, plush fur, and terry corduroy. They even come in various colors so you can mix and match your footstool with your furniture to complement any décor.
  • They're easy to clean: Our footstools come with removable covers that are machine-washable so you can keep them looking their best.

As you can see, there are many reasons why CordaRoy's footstools are the perfect addition to any home. So if you're looking for a comfortable, stylish, and long-lasting footstool, CordaRoy's is the way to go!


Now that you know the difference between a footstool and an ottoman and the benefits of owning a CordaRoy's footstool, it's time to choose one for your home! With so many colors, fabrics, and styles to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect footstool to complement your home. So what are you waiting for? Put your feet up and relax in style with a CordaRoy's footstool!


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