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The Best Step Stools With Convenient And Versatile Designs

Step stools are really useful for reaching high shelves or other usually inaccessible areas and they come in very handy especially if you have kids. Some are even designed to be extra safe and appealing to children so there are definitely lots of different models to choose from. We were interested to find out a bit more about step stools in general and the ones available right now so we looked at some examples. Here are some of the best step stools you can buy right now:

Melissa & Doug Wooden Step Stool

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This wooden step stool has a simple and elegant design which allows it to fit into all sorts of interiors without looking out of place. You can get it in white, natural, espresso and grey and assemble it in just a few minutes using only a Philips head screwdriver. The stool is safe to be used by kids of ages 3 and up which makes it a nice addition to playrooms, bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms.

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Melissa & Doug Wooden Step Stool
Melissa & Doug Wooden Step Stool

When assembled it's 14'' high and has a flat back and a cutout under the top step for easy handling.

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IKEA BEKVAM Wooden Utility Step

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This Ikea step stool is 19 5/8” high which makes it great for reaching those top shelves that give you trouble. Also, it’s something that kids could make use of as well. The stool is made of solid beech wood and has a strong and durable construction. You can get it in beige, black or white, all versatile neutrals that go really well with the simple overall design. The width of this piece is 16 7/8” and the depth is 15 3/8” which gives the stool nice proportions. The cutout at the top serves as a handy hand-hole so you can easily maneuver and move the stool whenever needed.

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IKEA BEKVAM Wooden Utility Step
IKEA BEKVAM Wooden Utility Step

Solid wood is a durable natural material.

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Antique Revival Goya Wood Step Stool

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The design of this step stool is really lovely which definitely helps to increase the overall appeal. The stool is made of mahogany wood and has a very strong and sturdy construction which complements the design perfectly. It’s also super versatile and can be used in a variety of different ways and contexts, not just as a step stool for reaching high shelves but also as a companion for a comfy armchair or a cute kid’s stool.

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Antique Revival Goya Wood Step Stool
Antique Revival Goya Wood Step Stool

Its dimensions are 10.2'' w x 10.2'' d x 10.2'' h.  

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WOOD CITY Wooden Toddler Step Stool for Kids

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A simple design and a series of well thought details make this a really nice step stool for kids. It’s made of wood and it’s durable and sturdy and it also has anti-slip mats attached to the bottom which prevents it from moving around and causing injuries. The gap between the two steps is covered up with a wooden panel so there’s absolutely no chance for kids to just slip through and get hurt. There are also two holes in the sides for easy grip.

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WOOD CITY Wooden Toddler Step Stool for Kids
WOOD CITY Wooden Toddler Step Stool for Kids

The stool measures 13" X 13.4" X 13.4" and can hold up to 200 lb. 

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Porter Slotted Top Step Stool in Walnut

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This looks a lot like a miniature version of a traditional chair, the kind without a backrest or armrests. It’s shorter and smaller and that gives it a cute look. The overall dimensions of this step stool are 12″ D x 12″ W x 12″ H and the design is simple and a bit old-school but also quite versatile and elegant. We can picture this fitting in a variety of different decors and spaces and being used in all sorts of situations. 

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Porter Slotted Top Step Stool in Walnut
Porter Slotted Top Step Stool in Walnut

The little hole at the top makes it easy to grab and move the stool wherever and whenever needed. 

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Solid Wood Step Stool-Foot Stool

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Step stools are ultimately useful for kids and adults alike which makes designs such as this one very versatile and very practical. This wooden step stool is really strong and sturdy, being able to support up to 500 lb but it’s also space-efficient thanks to its folding design. The bottom step can slide in and be pulled out as needed and there’s also a built-in handle at the bottom so you can easily carry this around the house. You can get this with a natural or a burned wood finish.

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Solid Wood Step Stool-Foot Stool
Solid Wood Step Stool-Foot Stool

You can get this with a natural or a burned wood finish.

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Wooden Two Step Children’s Stool with Handles- White

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Here’s another rather classic-looking step stool and this one was designed with kids in mind. It’s made of solid wood and MDF which makes it sturdy and able to withstand heavy use and anything kids throw at it but it also gives it a clean and elegant look which adds versatility to the design, especially in combination with the white finish. It has cut outs on the sides and underneath the top step which serve as handles.

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Wooden Two Step Children's Stool with Handles- White
Wooden Two Step Children's Stool with Handles- White

The KidKraft wooden two step stool brings kids two steps closer to independence.

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Jiodux Foldable Wooden Stool

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This step stool is designed specifically for adults, with the focus being on space-efficiency and practicality more than anything else. It’s strong and durable but at the same time it’s foldable which allows it to become considerably smaller and flatter when not in use for easy storage. When unfolded it measures 11” L x 8.6” W x 8.85” H and has non slip pads on the surface and the bottom. The main structure is made of solid beech wood and the design has a bit of a retro twist. Thanks to the folding design you can easily store this in a drawer or a cabinet and always have it around in case you need to reach a high shelf in the kitchen or anywhere else in the house.

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Jiodux Foldable Wooden Stool
Jiodux Foldable Wooden Stool

This highly durable folding step stool is made for Adults

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Winsome Wood – WW Stool

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This wooden step stool has a really cool and also unusual design. It has a strong antique vibe and that doesn’t interfere in any way with its functional side. If anything, this step stool allows you to reach quite high. Its overall dimensions are 18-1/2-inch wide by 15-inch deep by 21-1/2-inch high and it’s able to support up to 250 lb. It has a solid frame made of wood and while you won’t be able to store or hide it as easily as you would other models, the design is actually quite elegant and allows you to leave this in plain sight. 

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Winsome Wood - WW Stool
Winsome Wood - WW Stool

Folding step stool with two levels for low and high reaches

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2 Step Stool for Kids

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If wood is not your favorite material or if you don’t think it would suit your needs, another option is to get a plastic step stool. There are lots of different designs and models to choose from, like this one for example. It’s a nice little companion for toddlers which you can keep in the bathroom, the kitchen or their room so they can reach all of the things that they require. The stool is durable but also lightweight thanks to the plastic frame. It has a reinforced base which allows it to support up to 175 lb. It’s portable, versatile and even stackable for easy storage in case you have more than one step stool.

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2 Step Stool for Kids
2 Step Stool for Kids

iLove 2 step stools use thick slip resistant rubber feet for floor grip

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Folding Step Stool 

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This would definitely have to be one of the most practical types of step stools. It’s a folding stool and similar version made of different materials are available. This one is made of plastic which allows several different color options to be available in case you want to match it to your existing decor. It has pads on the bottom which add grip and prevent it from slipping on polished surfaces and it conveniently folds away for easy storage.

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Folding Step Stool
Folding Step Stool

Unique, grip-dot textured surface makes the folding step stool safe for everyone, including kids.

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SDADI Kids Kitchen Step Stool with Safety Rail

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While a typical step stool can be very useful, it doesn’t really rise up to the occasion if you want a toddler to be able to reach the kitchen counter for example. That’s when a different type of step stool can solve the issue, one such as this. When assembled, this step stool measures 18″L x 18.1″W x 34.8″H which makes it high enough to help kids reach the kitchen counter or the bathroom sink. 

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SDADI Kids Kitchen Step Stool with Safety Rail
SDADI Kids Kitchen Step Stool with Safety Rail

The stool also has four-sided railings for added support which makes this piece suitable for kids of ages between 18 months and 3 years old. 

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Folding Step Stools & Faucet Extenders for Kids 2-Pack

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A big advantage that plastic step stools have over others made of wood and other materials is the fact that they’re lightweight and thus better-suited for kids. Something that toddlers struggle with is reaching the sink in the kitchen or the bathroom and that’s exactly where step stools can help. This version also has the advantage of being space-efficient thanks to its folding design. You can easily store it underneath or inside a cabinet, behind the door or even in a drawer. Although made of plastic, the stool is very strong and durable. It also comes in some very attractive colors.

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Folding Step Stools & Faucet Extenders for Kids 2-Pack
Folding Step Stools & Faucet Extenders for Kids 2-Pack

The folding stool and kitchen extender are made from high-quality and durable material.

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ACSTEP Acko Folding Step Stool for Kids

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Speaking of attractive colors, there’s a whole range of them available in this case. This step stool uses the same type of folding mechanism as the previously mentioned model but comes in more quirky colors, including purple, pink, blue, khaki as well as the more common black and white. They all have a cute polka dot pattern on the surface and a very convenient built-in handle.

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ACSTEP Acko Folding Step Stool for Kids
ACSTEP Acko Folding Step Stool for Kids

The maximum load capacity of the folding step is 300 pounds, which is mainly used for children and adults indoor sitting.

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