Trends That Stick: The Chinese Garden Stool

Lorri Dyner explores the diverse allure of this Asian interior design favorite.

If you’ve turned on HGTV or glanced at an interior design magazine lately, chances are you’ve spotted a Chinese garden stool. Seems like every time I turn around, there they are staring back at me. It’s the trend that keeps on giving!

My absolute favorite part about a garden stool is that all kinds of high-end, über-expensive homes have them, but anyone can access them thanks to a wide range of prices. Garden stools provide great versatility (need some quick seating or a place to put your drink?), not to mention they’re handsome. Below are some of my favorites.

A blue-and-white garden stool is pretty traditional, but here it fits so nicely in an otherwise modern space.

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Courtesy of Elle Decor

Here’s another great blue-and-white version. You don’t always have to rely on throw pillows to inject some color.

Credit: Elle Decor

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If you look closely, you can see that this white stool is very expensive. The knobs are pronounced and the holes are cut very cleanly.

Credit: The Well Appointed House

Sisal rug, Ikat print, and a chrome garden stool…makes my heart go pitter pat.

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Credit: Elle Decor

See how the stools provide a nice, small spot to rest your drink or iPhone?

Credit: House Beautiful

I have to admit, my favorite style is the drum stool.

Credit: The Painted Hive

The price tag for a garden stool varies widely. Check out this beautiful orange lacquer version, for a whopping $418.

Credit: The Well Appointed House

One Kings Lane often sells high-quality garden stools for about $120, which would otherwise retail for about $300.

Credit: Yellow Garden Stool, $119, One Kings Lane

This is a pretty blue-and-white version, and the price is nice at $119.

Credit: Lacquered Floral Blue & White Porcelain Garden Stool, $119, Oriental Furniture

I purchased a chrome garden stool at none other than Yes, it’s true! I loved the price tag ($112, which includes tax and shipping), and I love the way it looks.

Credit: Chrome Garden Stool, $112,

It’s fun to think I could have bought basically the same stool for $300 or $400. Ha! I so love a good bargain. Happy garden stool shopping, everyone!

Lorri Dyner is an interior designer and blogger who believes in the power of “decorating for the rest of us.” Using clever, accessible, and affordable ideas, she brings us insider tips and tricks that make our living spaces feel pulled together. Lorri resides in Westchester with her husband and two small children. Visit her at

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Westchester Magazine editorial staff.

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