Chinese garden stool

It’s always a good idea to have seating in your entrance if you have the space for it.

I have an obsession with Chinese garden stool. They’re all over our house, inside and out. They can be used for so many different things, mostly decorative but they’re fantastic for extra seating too.

I have a small collection that I started maybe about 8 or 10 years ago and to be honest if I could I’d have a room dedicated just my stool collection!

Today, I thought I’d like to share how I use them around our house. We have them in every room!

They’ve been around for centuries and were first used in China about 1000 years ago in the garden.

Outdoor living was prominent in Chinese culture and homes were designed with a central courtyard. These stools were used for extra seating inside and out.

Today you find them everywhere and the available options are amazing!

Our Chinese Garden Stool Collection

I know I fell in love with them when I first discovered them and I love to find new beauties to add to my collection!

Chinese garden stool collection

I love this stool. It’s a really neat piece to greet guests in our home. I love that it tells a bit of a story too. It’s intriguing!

This is our entrance and this stool is one of the favorites of my whole collection. I think I paid about $32 for it at HomeSense.

Can you believe that? I love it for the colors and textures bust mostly for its unique shape. I think it’s a great conversation piece.

bright lamps on living area

These two white ones help lighten up this spot.

Our dining room is tight on space so we keep the buffet here in the family room, facing the dining room, These stools are perfect for extra seating in the dining room – especially because I still don’t have enough chairs in there!

I’m still on the hunt for my vintage Chinese Chippendales!

vintage Chinese Chippendales

Another angle looking down the hallway to our son’s room.

Honestly, I have stools in almost every corner – sometimes it’s tricky in an open concept home like ours – but this is an example to show you that you can pull it off!

kid's bathroom

This is the kids’ bathroom. I love this bit of gold under the sink.

A garden stool is a great alternative to a step stool, when you’re kids are a little bigger but still need to prop themselves up sometimes – my daughter will sit here when I braid her hair – it’s very convenient!

master bedroom bathroom

Our master bathroom – you’ve seen this shot in my previous post.

I love having my stool here – I use it when I do my nails, which is almost every day!

small night table

A small night table next to our son’s bed.

I love this stool that we put in my son’s room – it’s the perfect little side table for a small lamp and alarm clock.

two colorful stools

I love the pop of color these two stools provide in our daughter’s room.

These stools are really handy in our daughter’s room. They serve as chairs at her desk.

Her room is small so they don’t take up the visual space that a chair would and I love how they look nestled under the desk.

gold stool in the master bedroom.

Another gold stool in the master bedroom.

I keep this stool here for decoration rather than function. It balances the gold mirror on the dresser.

patio gazebo

Here’s the patio gazebo. These are perfect for extra seating and side tables.

In the summer I bring these outdoors onto the patio. In the winter the white ones go down in the basement and the red one travels around the house!

colorful patio stools

A few extras!

That’s a roundup of my Chinese garden stool collection…next will be some blue and white chinoiserie stools, which are available anywhere.

If you don’t have any of these stools, I promise you that when you get one, you will most definitely want more!

They’re beautiful, add interest and character to a room and most importantly, functional.



  1. Pascale
    July 17, 2015 at 10:23 PM (6 years ago)

    Hi Tamara ,

    Hope all is well and you are having a great summer !

    I just love your post and enjoy them every time !

    I love your style and taste in decoration and often get inspired by your posts!

    I especially like all those CHINESE STOOLS !!
    Can I ask you where could I get some similar ones? ( loooooove the gold , red, and white!!)
    Thanks so much and keep on inspiring us !:)

  2. tamaraanka
    August 13, 2015 at 11:17 AM (6 years ago)

    Hi Pascale! So great to hear from you…I apologize for my delayed response! I hope you’re doing great! I got all of my stools from HomeSense and most of them on markdown…I am a bargain hunter! Thank you for your wonderful feedback, I am truly grateful!
    Tamara xo

  3. Pascale
    September 7, 2015 at 4:38 PM (6 years ago)

    Hi again !
    Thank you so much for the tips !
    I know where I am going this week !!!! Homesense , here I come ! Lol !
    Enjoy the beginning of FALL , even though , it feels like summer !! :)
    Looking forward to your future posts!!
    Take care for now !
    Pascale :)

  4. tamaraanka
    September 23, 2015 at 9:35 PM (6 years ago)

    Hi Pascale – I’m so sorry for the late reply! Today marks the first day of Fall – crazy! I hope you are well and have been enjoying some shopping trips :)) Keep your eyes open for them in the early Spring! Take care, Pascale, so good to hear from you!!

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