Styles of Vanity Stools
Vanity stools are found in both the bedroom and the bathroom, although they're intended for use in the bedroom. If you opt for a bathroom vanity stool, choose a wood or wicker stool that will resist damage from humidity. For a bedroom stool, you can choose a fabric upholstered or leather seat for additional comfort. Before you choose the materials, however, you must choose the style that's right for your room. Stools are usually round or rectangular, or you may prefer vanity chairs.
Round Vanity Stools
If you watch an old film, you'll probably see a round vanity stool with a thick upholstered cushion and fabric draped around the legs. Round stools may also have visible wooden or metal legs and range from ornate to simple and contemporary. Most round stools have fabric seats, unless the stool is wicker. You'll only rarely see a round stool with a leather seat.
Round stools are convenient because they tuck completely under the vanity while not in use. They're also usually small and lightweight, so they can double as extra seating in a pinch. Round seats are often small, however. If you have a wider behind, a rectangular stool might be comfortable.
Rectangular Vanity Stools
Rectangular stools come in a wide variety of styles. Some are flat with no arm rests or handles, some have side rests, some have low backs. Contemporary stools may dip in the center, almost like a saddle. You'll see stools upholstered in a variety of materials, including leather, tapestry, velvet, and basic cotton.
When shopping for a rectangular stool, consider two factors: the style of the room and the size of the vanity. Your vanity should also match the style of the room, so choosing a similar stool will maintain the overall design. The stool should also be small enough to tuck under the vanity completely when not in use. A stool that's too wide will block your path as you walk through the bedroom.
Vanity chairs aren't seen as often, but they are available. They're almost always wooden with fabric upholstered seats and are painted to match the vanity. Although a chair provides a great deal more back support, it won't tuck all the way under the vanity when you need to get it out of the way.
When choosing between a stool and a chair, consider the amount of space available and which is more comfortable. They're only used for a few minutes a day, but you have to live with them twenty-four hours a day.
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