Decorating ideas showing how to add pretty step stools and small wood stools to the furnishings in any room in your home. Decorating with step stools can be both stylish and functional. Find out how to decorate them using paint, wallpaper and more, plus where to find them no matter what your home decorating budget is.
When it comes to furnishing our homes to make them comfortable and functional for our needs, we often focus on the big pieces of furniture like sofas, beds, a chest of drawers and dining tables.
But there is one small piece of furniture that you may not have, a piece that every home can benefit in having.
It is the often underrated wood step stool. This small, but versatile household item can come in very handy and it doesn’t have to be utilitarian. It can add both decorative style and functionality to your home.
Read on to find out the reasons why I know every home can benefit from having a decorative wood step stool or two around the house.
If you have ever found yourself struggling to reach high shelves or cabinets in your home you may already have a step stool.
I have been using this IKEA Bekvam step stool for the last 10 years. It serves as both a practical assistant and a visually pleasing prominent accent placed between my living room and kitchen. It’s like having a functional piece of art right at my fingertips!
If you are a long time reader you may remember my post about how I used decorative duct tape to cover the stool’s steps. At the time, a few readers commented that the tape would never last. Well it has been 10 years! I use it a few times every day and it still looks good, but I am ready to give it a new look.
Decorative Wood Step Stools
Over the years, when needed, I take this step stool upstairs when I can’t reach the top shelf in a guest room closet where I keep all my linens.
When my 4-1/2 old granddaughter, Zoe was visiting over the holidays, I found myself taking the stool upstairs every day so she could reach the top of the sink vanity in the bathroom to wash her hands and brush her teeth.
To make the sink tasks easier for her since she was staying with us for 5 weeks, I figured it was finally time to go in search for another step stool to keep on the second floor.
I have had my eye on this Serena & Lily Teak Step Stool for a long time. It is a lower style step stool – (13″ high). It comes in 3 finishes, but it is pricey.
To save money, Zoe and I took a trip to my favorite thrift store to find a more affordable option. We were in luck. We found this one for $4.00.
Zoe thought it was perfect just as we found it. I didn’t, but waited until she went home after the holidays to paint it to fit the color scheme I use in the rooms on the second floor.
To paint the step stool, I used Fusion Mineral Paint in the color Liberty Blue. I had a jar leftover from when I used an allover stencil to make the walls in the bathroom look like blue and white floral wallpaper.
I distressed the edges of the stool and used both dark and clear wax to seal it. If you would like to know the painting and sealing steps I used, see this post: Step By Step – How to Paint Furniture With Chalk Paint
As I mentioned above, step stools do not have to be utilitarian or hidden away when not in use. They can be a charming little helper prominently displayed, not only to provide a boost for reaching high places, but also to double as decor or an accent element in any room.
The blue paint color on the thrift store find step stool also coordinates with the blue plaid guest room where I will be using it from now on to give me a boost to reach the top shelf in the closet.
Another Wood Stool – The Kind You Sit On
If you have no need for a wood step stool in your home, you may want to consider having one or two low wood stools that are dining chair height which is around 18-19 inches high. These types of stools come in very handy around the house.
I have three vintage round wood stools that I have had for 40 years. That alone tells you how nice they are to have and I have never gotten rid of them, only updated them as my decor changed.
I have given them many a makeover over the years from sponge painted, striped, and even did a Trompe l’oeil painting of a just baked pie on a dishcloth on the seat. My daughter, Mandy has this one in her house.
On one of the stools, I DIY Monogrammed the top to use at my sewing machine in my previous house.
When we moved to the lake house in SC, I removed the monogram and it became a place for Ed to sit in his closet so he could easily put his shoes on.
Other Uses for Decorative Wood Stools
Decorative wood step stools and sit-on-stools are very versatile. Their use can go beyond helping you reach higher.
A step stool can also be used next to a high bed in the room to help you climb up and get in.
Both step stools and chair height sit-on-stools can become:
- a place to hold books or magazines
- a plant stand
- a side table to hold a stack of books
- a nightstand
A wood sit-on-stool is easy to carry from room to room. Since it is small it can fit in tight spaces and provide extra seating when needed at a crowded dining table or around a coffee table in a living room.
Decorative Finishes To Add to Wood Stools
This IKEA Bekvam Wood Stool is the one I have. It comes in natural or white. I like it best because it is sturdy, dependable and affordable.
Any wood stool can be stained, painted, stenciled, wall-papered or embellished in any way you come up with to fit your style and coordinate with a room’s decor.
Opt to make a statement and let your personality shine.
Where To Look For Wood Stools
If you see either a wood step stool or a sit-on-stool at a yard sale or thrift store, don’t overlook it as I am sure you can find many uses for one in your home.
If you can’t find one you like when out and about, you can also find many stylish step stools online.
Stylish Wood Step Stools
Whether you’re stepping up your decor game with a wooden stool, embracing the casual charm of a low stool, or simply wanting to elevate the style of a room, remember that decorating is all about expressing your personality. Do what feels right.
Now that you know you don’t have to hide a step stool in a closet until you need it, look around your home and consider adding a decorative and functional wood step stool or sit-on-stool to a room or rooms in your home.