Footstools through history

The soul of the home in Ancient Egypt

Footstools were already known in Ancient Egypt, when they were present in homes and temples in various forms. The Ancient Egyptians believed that the soul rested on a footstool. Different symbols were carved into the footstools of emperors, telling their family’s stories or past events. They were considered a family heirloom and were passed down from one generation to another.

Re-born as a multifunctional gadget

The footstool was reborn in the 16th century when it was used for different purposes - as a footrest, child's seat or a convenient and easily transportable chair. Footstools were usually between 30 and 50 centimetres high. They were made from wood but their design often differed depending on their use and the owner's financial and social standing.

A footstool at the heart of every home

In the 18th century the use of fireplaces increased and so footstools were widely used since they were usually placed next to them. They also served as a handy place for keeping water - kept nice and warm by the fire - or for keeping other items that were often required.

Emphasis on design and perfection

The footstool's design was becoming more and more perfected, and it was now also being used as an accessory. Some footstools were upholstered and velveted, others were covered in leather and thus even softer and more comfortable. Children's footstools, decorated with playful scenes and multi-coloured symbols, were very much in demand.


Fusion of tradition and innovation
The modern footstool combines tradition and innovation, decoration and functionality, and is an object found in almost every home. It brings together warmth and practicality as it returns to wood as its material.


Designer: Matic Treven
Made from Slovene wood in Mizarstvo Florjančič