Cube It: 10 Reasons Why You Need This Versatile Piece of Furniture

There are chairs, there are ottomans, and there are tables…but have you ever stopped to consider the fact that there is also a piece that can be all three of these things at once? I’m talking about the cube stool – that classic (or not-so-classic) squarish box of many sizes and materials that can be more than just one thing in your home.

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Although the cube is extremely versatile and, really, could serve any function you want or need it to, here’s a look at just ten ways to use a cube in your space. Let’s celebrate its usefulness and stylish appeal, shall we?

Cubes add color.

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Because they tend to be smaller than other furniture bits, cubes serve as an excellent source of “color pop.” Not too big, but not too wimpy, they can spice up neutral spaces with ease.

Cubes add geometric structure.

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In an airy space where lines go in all directions, chunky wood cubes add a lovely sense of balance and structure to the space overall.

Cubes double as ottomans.

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Pull a cube up to the foot of your chair, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic footrest. (When it’s upholstered in cowhide, even better.)

Cubes add size diversity.

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Often found in the living room, cubes keep all things right in the furniture size equilibrium. Where larger pieces (e.g., sofa, coffee table) exist, cubes can help to keep things from feeling oversized.

Provides storage.

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This particular cube stool is on casters to provide even more storage flexibility. Bonus: A full DIY tutorial is included.{found on site}.

Cubes add pattern.

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Although in a decidedly small dosage, the striped cube stool here carries through the horizontally linear design of this space. Adds a nice pop of smaller scaled pattern.

Cubes add texture.

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Texture is not lacking in this gorgeous entryway (hello, nailhead wallpaper), but the cubes provide a lovely bit of softness that is otherwise lacking texturally.

Cubes double as side tables.

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Side table, coffee table, end table…any table, really, falls under the cube replacement arsenal. Push several identical-sized cubes together to create a larger single table.

Cubes provide hidden seating.

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Store a pair of cubes under a table, and pull them out when you need a couple of extra seats.

Cubes make a luxurious shower seat.

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by Peter Dressel Photography

So this one’s not exactly a cube, but the idea is the same – pop a (waterproof) cube seat into your shower, and that hot-water will never feel so relaxing.