Needlepoint Wishlist: Footstools

I won’t claim to be an expert on home decor but I like to think that I have good instincts that guide my impulsive nature. Truth be told, my apartment is a rather eclectic collection of items that have caught my eye over the years.

My parents are doing some redecorating this summer so I’m making more of an effort to understand why I like certain things in order to contribute to the process. As I began to sift through home decorating sites to better understand my style this week, a pattern emerged and what I will refer to rather broadly as ‘footstools’ kept catching my eye.

Throughout history, footstools, ottomans and benches have always had a place in people’s homes. I imagine this is because people like to quite literally ‘put their feet up’ at the end of the day. Or perhaps it is because I’m not the only one who likes to have somewhere to dump piles of my clothes at the foot of my bed. Regardless of the ‘why’, footstools are not going anywhere.

Needlepoint furniture has been around for centuries, dating back to 13th century Europe. Over the years, the craft has been honed and pieces like footstools now reflects how versatile needlepoint in general can be. From Jonathan Adler’s playful and modern designs to Elizabeth Bradley’s more traditional floral patterns, there is a needlepoint footstool for everyone’s taste and style.


Footstools in clockwise order starting from the top left corner:

  1. Needlepoint Turtle Footstool, Jonathan Adler
  2. Dahlia Needlepoint Ottoman, Anthropologie
  3. Needlepoint Footstool, Elizabeth Bradley Home
  4. Pineapple Needlepoint Stool, 123 Creations
  5. Greek Key Needlepoint Stool, Jonathan Adler
  6. Modern Coral Bench, 123 Creations
  7. French Country Rooster Stool, 123 Creations
  8. Magnolia Entryway Bench, 123 Creations