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7 Wonderful Ways to Use a Vintage Stool Around Your Home

Do you have a vintage stool or two around the house? I’ll show you how to make the most of a vintage stool and the 7 ways to use them around your home.

cottage bedroom with vintage stool table
  • The definition of a stool: 1. a seat without back or arms supported by three or four legs or by a central pedestal. 2. a low bench or portable support for the feet or knees.

I have a thing for vintage stools.

I take a stool home every single time I see one in a thrift shop or antique mall. They are all over my entire house and even in the garden and greenhouse.

I’m joining some blogging friends today for a fun blog hop, hosted by one of my favorite bloggers, Cindy of County Road 407. A Lifestyle of Love is where we take a specific theme every other month and share how we use it in our homes and lives. This month is all about vintage stools and chairs and I’m sharing the many ways I use my stools around the house.

If you’re coming from Debra of Common Ground, welcome! I’m so glad to have you here! Don’t you love how Debra uses vintage chairs for decorating? She has such a great sense of style.

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white vintage stool with dried hydrangeas in galvanized bucket

My collection of vintage treasures includes stools that are…

  • rusty
  • wooden
  • metal
  • wood and metal combo
  • covered with old peeling paint
  • covered with fabric
  • short, average and tall


Here are some of my favorite ways to use my vintage stools in my home.

white slipcovered chair and vintage stool with picnic basket

1. Vintage Stools as Side Tables

Any vintage stool that has a level top can be used as a side table for…

  • Placing home decor
  • Setting books or magazines on
  • A spot to set your favorite drink down
cottage bedroom with plantation shutters and built-in

Here’s an example of placing an old stool next to the bedside when a regular-sized nightstand will not fit in a space.

This stool is used whenever we have company so drinks or a plate of hors d’oeuvres can be set down.

flowers in a wicker and glass vase on vintage stool

2. Display Flowers on Your Vintage Stool

There is nothing more beautiful than a vase or container full of flowers sitting on an old vintage stool. And it’s really my favorite way to use a stool.


black cabinet with turquoise decor

Adding a stool to the room is also a wonderful way to add height to a container of flowers.

mini Christmas tree on vintage stool

3. Show Off Your Christmas Tree on a Vintage Stool

Here’s another idea when flowers are out of season and Christmas trees are in.

I have a small house that really doesn’t have much room for a large tree so I am always placing Christmas trees on my vintage stools to create the idea of a much bigger tree filling the space.

cottage kitchen with island and stool

4. Sit on Your Vintage Stool

I know. This seems a bit obvious, but I’m adding it to the list just the same.

I use my vintage stools for sitting…

  • at the kitchen island while prepping for a meal
  • in the bathroom when drying and curling my hair
  • when we have more people over than we have places to sit.
  • in the greenhouse while sowing my flower seeds
wooden vintage stool in kitchen

5. Use Your Stool for a Work Space in the House

A vintage stool makes a convenient extra workspace for flowers, holding clippers or scissors, and linens.

plant and bowls on vintage step stool

6. Add Height to Display Home Decor

Vintage footstools can create a great foundation for any home decor vignette that needs a bit of height.

vintage wicker basket on step stool

A little stool is perfect for displaying a lamp, plant, or a stack of books.

coffee bar
dog in the greenhouse with vintage metal stool

7. Extra Work Space for the Garden

I don’t know about you, but I am constantly trying to find extra space to set my plants on in the greenhouse and garden.

cut flower garden

There just aren’t enough spaces to place plants, seedlings, and tools in the garden where you won’t lose them later.

cut flower garden

Having this metal vintage stool next to the workbench in the garden really helps me to keep track of my seed packets, twine, scissors…you name it.

And if I really get tired enough, I can take a little break and sit while taking in the gorgeous view.

tulips in an enamelware container

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to incorporate a charming little stool into your home.

Make sure to check out the other vintage chair and stool inspiration below.

Until next time,

A Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop

More Vintage Stool and Chair Inspiration

Now it’s time to visit my friend Ann from Dabbling and Decorating where she shares 4 things you need to know about her old chair. And don’t forget to check out the rest of the ideas below!

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  1. You thought of some ideas that I didn’t; I think I need to keep one in the garden now! Your collection has me beat. Now I won’t feel bad when I find another; thanks for that<3 <3 Always love seeing your beautifully decorated home!

    1. I didn’t even think to share my towels on a stool in the bathroom. That was a great one. Thanks for the kind words, Lora.

  2. Wowza, your ideas and displays are seriously gorgeous and your stools amazing! I can’t get over (okay, it’s a lot of jealousy) how many you have! I will never pass another one by thinking I have too many! Loved each idea. Thank you for joining in. Such a great post.

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy. I don’t think you can ever have too many stools. My husband thinks otherwise though. Thank you so much for hosting. So much fun!

  3. You have the best stool collection!!! I love how you have used them throughout your gorgeous home!!! I adore your style!!!!!

  4. So many beautiful ways to use stools, Kim! I love every single one in your collection and I never realized how easy they were to incorporate into your home and garden. They’re all just amazing. I’m definitely going to be on the hunt now. Big hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you CoCo! I don’t think I even realized how many I really had until I started this post. Hugs back.

  5. Kim, I love all your stools. Especially those little short ones. I don’t have any of those, but thanks for sharing all the great ideas. I have a few vintage ones that I just pull out for extra seating. I will now look at them in a different way.

    1. I’m so glad to hear that you will think of your vintage stools in a different way Mary. Thank you for visiting.

  6. SOOOO many fun and functional ways to use your old stools. Love them all and all the places you’ve used them for decorating. Love that metal one next to your island. perfect! Have a fun weekend, Kim.

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