Antique joint stools and their different uses

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Stools are the seating options that come without arms or the back rest and are usually suitable for one person. Joint Stools were one of the most common form of sitting in the early times. These were made in bulk quantities during the 16th and the 17th century. The joint stools were one of the most versatile pieces of furniture and were used for a variety of different purposes. They came in varying sizes and heights and saw different uses accordingly. Even today these are used for a number of purposes.

Like we have dining chairs in sets, in the earlier times had joint stools in sets for small tables as well. These joint stools were also reserved for the family heads of the time. The stools with average height were used for dining tables. Stools slightly lesser in height were reserved for other common uses. The average height of the stools was around 22 inches at the time. The smaller versions, the 12 inch to 16 inch ones were also used as foot stools. These foot stools were used to rest the leg comfortably when seated and were also commonly used for children whose feet did not reach the ground.
Apart from these everyday domestic uses, during 19th century these joint stools were also used in church uses as coffin stools where two or more joint stools were used to support the coffins during the funeral services.

Even though the use of these joint stools deteriorated in the later periods, their demand has surfaced yet again and now days these are quite sought after. The antique versions of these stools are all the more appealing. These joint stools predominantly have four legs that are joined at the top by rails and are also joined just a few inches above the floor with long stretchers and usually have intricate beautiful carvings. We have some great options available with us. Have a look at our collection!