The 10 Best Folding Stools

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This wiki has been updated 24 times since it was first published in October of 2016. Whether you need seating for unexpected guests or just a few extra inches to reach those high places at home, having one or more of these folding stools on hand could be useful. They are sturdy and durable, with some holding up to 600 pounds, and are easy to tuck out of the way when not in use. We have also included a few that are so portable and light, you can take them practically anywhere. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Linon Home Decor Keira

2. QQXX Portable

3. Acko 2-Step

Editor's Notes

August 04, 2020:

At this time, we have taken an especially close look at safety, since a weak or poorly designed folding stool can cause injuries. It is for this reason that we ultimately decided to remove the popular Handy Laundry Lightweight. The chance of it collapsing may not be huge, but it's enough of a risk to be worrisome, nevertheless. We also decided not to include any disc-type telescoping stools at this time. Models of this type struggle to be sturdy enough to justify their use, even though they are admittedly very portable. But no matter how strong and reliable a folding stool is, remember that you need to use it correctly by following all the safety rules and weight restrictions offered by the manufacturer.

With that said, we still think the Linon Home Decor Keira remains a great option for a barstool type, while the Acko 2-Step is a good choice if you need a stool that's a step ladder. If your budget is a bit more expansive, there's also the QQXX Portable, which is more eye-catching than much of the utilitarian competition. At the opposite end of the aesthetic spectrum, the Vigar Compact is plain but efficient, but be sure to watch your fingers when you fold it up, or you might find them pinched. The Zimmer Heavy Duty and the MityLite Flex One are also quite simple, both with an integrated carrying handle for your convenience.

July 22, 2019:

Many people count folding stools as one of those must-have items that just make life a little bit easier. Easy to stow away when you don't need them and quick to set up when you do, they are perfect for small apartments and those who frequently entertain guests.

You'll want a stool that is durable, easy to set up and take down, and reasonably comfortable. In a step stool, you should consider how high you can comfortably raise your foot because some provide as much as 18 inches of lift. For some people, the item's folded dimensions are also important because storage space is limited.

In this update, we evaluated our selections for strength and ease of use, favoring items that are either pre-assembled or that are easy to put together. Added the QQXX Portable as a clever dual-use item whose double practicality helps justify its relatively high cost.

Special Honors

Molo Softseating Folding Paper Stool There aren't many models out there like the Molo Softseating Folding Paper Stool. This eye-catching choice has an accordion-like design that stretches to become a stool, bench, and more, when you connect multiple pieces with the magnetic end panels. You'll probably need a place to sit down when you see the price, though.

Nordic Style Natural Teak The Nordic Style Natural Teak is no boring utilitarian model, as the solid wood construction is handsome in addition to strong. A water-resistant choice, it can be used in the shower and boasts sustainably-harvested wood for your peace of mind.

ThingDesign Abstract Minimal 23 Although the ThingDesign Abstract Minimal 23 is dainty and attractive, it's no delicate flower. The polyester top is robust and complete with UV protection, while the frame is solid wood for longevity. Each stands 12 inches tall.

4. Coleman Rambler II

5. Vigar Compact

6. MityLite Flex One

7. Alera Plus IL Series

8. Wee's Beyond Padded

9. Zimmer Heavy Duty

10. TravelChair Slacker Tripod

Melissa Harr
Last updated by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.

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