Side tables are a must in any bedroom or lounge area. However, if you consider that a stool can souble as side table too, then they just about are needed in every space in your house! That is why my favourite one at the moment are these square wood ones. They are flat on the surface so can be used as a table but are so strong with their chunky bodies that easily work well as sitting stools. As these are solid and made from real wood they are pricer than a footstool but I think the difference is worth it. And if you are looking for a deisgner look I would buy a whole cluster of them. Whilst the one I found at Maison de Monde is pricer at 130chf each, I do think the difference is worth it against the Micasa 90chf one. But if you are looking to get many probably the later one may be a better option. Either way this is a must buy!