Designing a Matching Chair and Footstool Designing a Matching Chair and Footstool

What You'll Need
Drawing colors
Blank A4 Papers
A Small Ruler
Set squares (those used in technical drawing or a smaller version)
Fashion Magazines
Home Magazines
Garden Magazines
Internet Connection

It’s not that difficult to design a matching chair and footstool. If you intend to undertake such a project, there are some wise tips you may want to adhere to before starting to design the matching chair and footstool. The most important thing to keep in mind is to consider the theme of the room. The matching chair and footstool have to blend in with the rest of the room. This article will guide you on how to design your own matching chair and footstool.

Step 1: Making a Sketch

You don’t have to be a professional artist or interior designer to do this step. The important thing is to try to sketch a simple design of your intentions. It doesn’t need to be very accurate. This is very useful if you want to show it for advice. Make use of the tools mentioned above to try to make a good sketch. Set squares are very useful to draw corners. Try to use scale sketching so that you will have a good idea of the actual measurements for future reference. 

Step 2: Size Of the Chair and Footstool

First you have to decide how big the chair and footstool will be. If the room is relatively small then you should opt for a small matching pair, such as 3 feet by 1 1/2 feet. If the room is bigger than you can choose to create a bigger chair and footstool. The chair and footstool can be as bulky as 3 feet wide, for example the size of an armchair. A standard size would be a basic table chair for an adult.

Step 3: The Basic Wooden Design

After choosing the right size, it’s time to choose a basic material and design for the matching chair and footstool. The material is normally wood and and you can find lots of different chair and stool designs to choose from. Among such designs are the normal outdoor garden chairs which consist of small wooden panels for the seat and back. An example of a more complex design is the Adirondack chair. If you are going to build them yourself try to find a simply design such as a beach chair. If you are not a beginner at DIY wood work, you can opt for a more complex design.

Step 4: Choosing the Upholstery

This step is optional. You can leave the matching chair and footstool in their natural wooden state or just stain or paint them to your desired color.

If you are to upholster your chair and stool make sure to consider this in conjunction with the theme of the room. There are different designs available such as check designs, stripped design or plan design. If the room has a rustic theme, the matching chair and footstool should be made out of brown leather upholstery. On the other hand if the room has a modern look then the upholstery should include black leather with silver linings. Upholstery should always be fitted with foam. Foam can be either whole pieces of foam or small chucks of foam. 


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