Fabric, Trim, Legs & Finishes

Ordering Your Fabric Couldn't Be Simpler

Fabric Designers

If you're not sure where to begin when it comes to fabric, here are just some of the designers we work with on a regular basis. Click the logos below to view the designer's own websites and order through us for ease. We can also work with your own antique or global textiles.

Choosing Fabric & Trim

Keep it simple, or be as creative and original as you like. Choose a combination of two, or even three fabrics, depending on whether your stool has a border or piping – or both.

There are lots of trim options to choose from too. We’ll include double piping, studs, scroll gimps and up to ten float buttons all in the price*. View our STYLE DICTIONARY below for border and trim options.

Please bear in mind most fabric companies require a minimum order of one metre, plus a small fabric delivery charge which varies by company. We use a wide range of designers, and you can view some of their most popular collections at the top of this page.

*Studs are charged at an additional 10% of the base footstool price.

Fire regulations
Due to fire regulations, we can only supply fabrics that are 75% or more natural fibres. We use a barrier cloth under all fabrics which is a wool mix variety (we include this in the price of the footstool). If you choose a fabric which is less than 75% natural fibres, we can honour this on the basis that you are responsible for providing us with the fabric and that you take full responsibility of any associated risk.

Check out our design tips to help get you started.


This guide will give you an idea of the quantity you’d need for certain types of stools listed in our gallery page:

The size and style of your footstool, as well as any pattern repeat, will determine the amount of fabric you’d need. Once we’ve received your footstool order, and you’ve made your fabric selection, we’ll advise you on quantities.

100cm x 60cm
Rectangular narrow border wrapover stool measuring

Required 1 metre of fabric
(double piping if required optional in contrasting fabric, 1 metre)

80cm diameter
Circular bordered to floor

Required 1 metre for the top and 2.75 metres for the border (if run lengthwise)

120cm x 100cm
Rectangular medium bordered roll top

Required 3.5-4 metres
(1.75-2 metres for the top run lengthways and 1.75 metres for the border and piping)

Style Dictionary



This is a simple design where the fabric is neatly wrapped over the stools with the corners pleated. It’s a neat, uncomplicated look which, if needed, can be finished off with double piping or studs around the bottom edge.


This universal design is popular for large table stools and gives quite a substantial look, although it can also be used for smaller stools where the roll is finer. The hair pads we use are doubled up to form an "over the edge" roll, which can be bordered with a separate fabric for the border piped or double piped, if required.

Bordered (piped) top

This has a look of crisp sophistication. It’s great for piano stools, or for a wow factor piece as the fabric pattern or image on the top of the piece almost appears framed. This works well with a combination of different fabrics for the border and piping, especially a symmetrical pattern running lengthwise around the stool.


Scroll gimp

This is another name for this type of braid with two scrolls running opposite one another. You can choose from the wide selection of colours we have available in this beautiful design.  This can be added to any of the footstools above at the bottom edge, and even around under the roll-top border top too.

Pom pom trim

This fun trim is available in pink, lime green, red, white and blue, or duo blue and white.  This is a superior cotton durable trim direct from the Keralan cotton fields and the soft bobbles are perfect for edging stools for a child’s room.  (Not suitable for children under 3).


Otherwise known as decorative nails, studs come in several shades, speckled gold, chrome and antique. They’re individually hammered in usually around the entire bottom of  a stool, although they can simply adorn the four corners for more traditional look.

Double piping

Double piping using a contrasting fabric, or the border fabric, can bring your design together into your existing furnishings and give it a contemporary and pretty look. Velvets, and cottons with a sheen work very well as double piping to accentuate a colour in the main fabric.

Fabric panel trim

We do sometimes sew on a plain piece at the bottom of the border fabric to create an aesthetic style of border, which again works well with velvet. Contact us if you wish to consider this option. 

Design Tip 1

Why not go for contrasting piping, double piping or buttons, picking colours and textures from the fabric or your decor? For example, double piping in a silky velvet such as Designer's Guild Moyarta frames this silk perfectly.

Double Piping

and the silk on these buttons picks out the silk threads woven into this Designers Guide fabric, Hirschfeld.

Design tip buttons blue

Design Tip 2

Although our design tool will only allow you to create finished pieces that aesthetically "work", you have the freedom to style the piece to suit your decor. For example, through the choice of traditional or contemporary leg styles, trims (gimp or double piping) and through the choice of castors. So bear in mind the era and look of your existing furnishings and create your perfect stool!

Design Tip 3

When we receive your fabric choice we may suggest you tweak your stool measurements to better display the pattern, as the results can be fantastic even with small changes. We can even build the stool to the exact pattern on the fabric for an eye catching result.

Design Tip 4

Running fabric lengthwise can create a highly original and fresh look especially if a stripe is used lengthwise around the border. Don't be scared to experiment with the pattern on your fabric and we may suggest options to you when your order is placed.

Design Tip 5

Your stool can of course be any height, as it is entirely bespoke. As a general rule of thumb however, large table stools work well at around 15 inches, side table at 18-20 inches or a low footstool at 12 inches.

Design Tip 6

If you go for the turned leg option, please bear in mind we use a variety of turned legs determined by the size and style of the stool. In other words we ensure the very best possible turned leg for the stool and they are not all identical. Once we have received your order you will receive clarification of the exact turned leg we will be using.

Scroll Gimp Colours

Pom Pom Colours








Red, white & blue

Red, white & blue

Stud Colours

Speckled Gold



Leg Styles

Turned with castors

Turned without castors

Sabre leg

Mid-century splayed

Square tapering

Round tapering

Bobble legs

Block feet

Bun feet

Leg Colours

Raw, no finish

Shellac only

Light oak



Brown oak

Antique mahogany

Dark oak


Castor Colours





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