Top 10 Well-Designed Stools That Are The Smarter Alternative To Chairs

Top 10 Well-Designed Stools That Are The Smarter Alternative To Chairs

I’m at a point in my life where I’m a stools over chairs team, and I truly believe that stools deserve more credit than they get. Stools are often overlooked, perhaps because they take up minimal space and aren’t really overbearing. But these traits are what make stools so great in my opinion! I mean, they are compact and a great space-saving furniture option in our modern homes. They are also super portable. And we’ve rounded up a collection of stool designs that not only provide a healthy seating experience while promoting good, stable posture, but most of them are also created from sustainable materials. From a sculptural multifunctional stool made of wood to a wild stool that invites nature into your space, these well-designed stools are the furniture you need to add to your home.

1. The Plastic Translation Stool

Called the Plastic Translation Stool, this intriguing stool design attempts to reinterpret the lines of a plastic stool, creating a shape that is similar and yet completely unique, allowing the wooden stool to possess its own unique character.

Why is it remarkable?

However, the wooden legs alone will not be enough to offer the same stability as the plastic counterpart, so an additional element had to be added. This element is presented in the form of buttresses made of birch plywood. These buttresses distribute part of the force evenly between the beechwood legs which, in turn, hold the buttresses together. The result is greater architectural stability and visual amplification, giving the design an enhanced look.

What we like

  • Does not require screws or nails to be assembled
  • A more sustainable option to the plastic stool
  • It’s like a fun designer puzzle.

what we don’t like

  • There are currently no options to customize the stool

2. The Fels stool

OUT’s Fels Stool stands out from most stools on the market because they are quite aesthetically pleasing. They are a stark contrast to the boring wooden stools we usually see in homes. They have sculptural appeal to them and are multifunctional too!

Why is it remarkable?

The Fels stool is excellent for a variety of reasons. It has been made from wood, which makes it a sustainable and ecological piece of furniture. Secondly, although it is built out of wood, it looks as if it was carved out of stone! This instantly gives the stool a rather sophisticated and luxurious look, despite being made of a simple material – wood. It looks more like a sculpture than a piece of furniture, to be honest.

What we like

  • It also works as a side table.
  • It looks like it has been carved out of stone.

what we don’t like

  • The stool may be too bold and quirky for some people.

3. The CONECTO Stool


The CONECTO stool looks like a fairly ordinary stool when it really isn’t. It consists of two semi-cylinders joined by their flat face. These halves can be used in a modular fashion, allowing you to create larger stools that can accommodate and hold more people.

Why is it remarkable?

The union of the two halves on their curved side allows a square “lid” to be placed on top for a more traditional stool. Putting half a cylinder on one side spreads it out a bit for a more comfortable arrangement, but adding another half on the opposite side creates an oblong bench. If instead you put three full cylinders together in a triangular formation, you can have a bench that can accommodate up to three people.

What we like

  • Modular and flexible design
  • A mix of brutalism and minimalism.

what we don’t like

4. The Balanco Stools


Balanco Stools were designed during the pandemic to give kids and adults alike something to play and engage with! In addition to being interesting toys, stools are great seating options, inspired by rocks and boulders. You can stack the stools in different shapes and patterns, creating art in the process.

Why is it remarkable?

The idea for the Balanco stools arose from the Japanese practice of stacking pebbles to create towers. Traditionally pebbles consist primarily of rounded shapes, designers Lisa Lai and Joel Wong decided that chiseled rock-like shapes would create more visual dynamism while offering a variety of flat surfaces that are ideal for stacking and layering.

What we like

  • The poufs are deceptively light.
  • The individual surfaces stay relatively flat, so they stack on top of each other quite beautifully.
  • Inspired by rocks and boulders.

what we don’t like

  • Made of felt, there is a higher chance of staining this design.

5. Wild stool


Spanish designer Jorge Herrera and Spanish company Greenarea created a low cylindrical stool with a transparent base that supports a miniature natural landscape. The unique stool brings nature into interior spaces without the need for maintenance. It allows you to enjoy nature indoors!

Why is it remarkable?

Fitted with a natural wood base, the Wild Stool is available in three different seating options: birch, oak, or seat upholstered in sustainable Gabriel fabric for added comfort. The minimalist design draws attention to the small garden within the stool and also allows the seat to blend seamlessly with the existing furniture in your living room. Simple yet unexpected, this terrarium-turned-stool enlivens the space with the wonders of nature while also providing you with a comfortable seat.

What we like

  • Adds an element of nature to your living space
  • Natural objects such as rocks and seashells can also be added to create a terrain that gives you a sense of comfort, tranquility and inspiration.

what we don’t like

6. The Tie Stool


The Tie Stool is made up of three bent strips of plywood that effortlessly hook together, creating a tripod shape that’s comfortable to sit on. In addition to its unique design, the sheer simplicity of the stool and the use of minimal materials make the stool a real beauty.

Why is it remarkable?

Making the Tie Stool would require a few simple steps. The three strips of plywood can, in fact, be divided into 6 parts in total (you can see the parting lines). The individual parts are formed using high pressure and temperatures that cause the plywood to bend and hold its shape, and cutting/finishing processes are done on the parts to make them snap together.

What we like

  • The whole stool can be packaged and shipped to customers.
  • is stackable

what we don’t like

  • Its compressed design means you need a tabletop to add more stool space

7. The Flying Closet


The Flightable Closet is quite an interesting concept, as it is not just a suitcase, but also a mini closet (as the name implies) with a coat rack. It can even double as a step stool in case you need one while at the airport or in the room where you’re currently staying.

Why is it remarkable?

The idea is to make your carry-on suitcase more than just an accessory in which you try to carry as many clothes and toiletries as possible. It is conceptualized both for frequent travelers and for those who live in small spaces and need extra space for their things.

What we like

  • The telescopic handle of the suitcase can also serve as a coat rack
  • multipurpose design
  • Perfect for frequent travelers and those who live in small spaces and need extra space for their things.

what we don’t like

  • You need to test the actual weight it can bear when creating a real life size prototype

8. Rubik’s stool


The Rubik Stool can be rotated, flipped and combined to create a versatile furniture design that you can use for any purpose you have in your home. It is specially designed for homes that do not have space for a sofa or shelves to store magazines, books and other items.

Why is it remarkable?

If what you need is a place to sit, you can have it upright with the seat up. But you can also use the underside as storage for things like shoes, magazines, or whatever you don’t mind being under your seat. If you want it to become a mini shelf, just flip it over and now you have two layers where you can place books, toys, plants or even some decorations. It’s not exactly modular, but it can serve multiple purposes.

What we like

  • Unique seat + shelf concept
  • The furniture is specifically designed for spaces that cannot accommodate a sofa or shelves.

what we don’t like

9. The bond

Bond 2022 stool
Voucher 2022 Designer

This is just a stool, but its particular purpose is to make two people live in unity. I eat? You open the stool system and separate the parts to seat two people. Some people probably won’t get the point because the stools are too close together, but the Bond may be perfect for couples who change residences frequently.

Why is it remarkable?

If you and your partner love to go out, you can sit together on the stools while you put on your shoes and before heading out the door. Bond is just about being closer to each other because, you know, some couples can just get enough of each other. The Bond stool system also features some storage space inside. You can put anything inside, like maybe your shoes or your laptop. Likewise, you can probably put your bag in there or just about anything you don’t want to forget.

What we like

  • The Bond is made primarily of wood material, so you know it’s durable enough to stand the test of time.
  • space saving form
  • It allows you to get closer to your partner.

what we don’t like

  • Independent design that cannot be added or increased

10. Rice Husk Stool


This reading stool is ‘rice inspired’, which basically means that rice husk became the designer’s inspiration and material for this product. Farming is not something that is often associated with furniture, so this stool is really very special. The round shapes of the actual chair seat and the stand itself give off a “harmonious emotion” between the bionic design and the human being who will be sitting on it.

Why is it remarkable?

When it comes to sustainable materials, he proposes using a mixture of rice hulls and charcoal, breaking them down and blending the materials, and then using perfusion molding to shape the chair’s final design. The seat surface itself is made of woven straw but with the rice husk used as the base for the cushion. At the bottom of the stool, the straw is also used. This brings the idea of ​​sustainable design full circle, so to speak.

What we like

  • The stool looks like a sculpture with an agricultural touch.
  • sustainable + ecological design

what we don’t like

  • As a reading chair, it seems uncomfortable to sit for a long period of time.

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