There are just so many different types of folding stools you can get nowadays, the task of searching and buying one can be daunting. You might see stools that can be used for multiple purposes while in other cases, you'll see stools that have specific intended usage. For example, with a folding bar stool, aside from sitting on it, you can place small items on the seat as temporary holding spots. However, a folding shower stool on the other hand is designed only to be used for sitting while the user takes a shower. Therefore, if you wish to choose the right folding seat stool for yourself and as a gift for someone else, you need know a few important things prior to spending the money on it.

The first thing to consider is the environment of usage. That is, where are you thinking of using the stool? Indoors, such as in your home or in a school gymnasium hall? Or perhaps outdoors, such as on a camping trip in the outback? In the former case, you probably just need additional temporary seats to sit a large group of people so folding stool chairs is likely to be sufficient. If you're going on camping outdoors, a folding camp stool, which comes with a canvas seat and a storage bag would be more appropriate.

It should be noted that regardless of the particular application, a folding stool should at least be compact and light. When the stool isn't used, it should be able to collapse into a neat, relatively small package for storage. This way, they won't take up too much space. Such a feature becomes of greater importance if you have several folding stools such as in a school where many seats are required during school-wide assemblies. Being lightweight is also important as this makes a folding stool easy to set up and put away.

Another question to ask yourself is for what purpose do you intend to use the folding stool? Is it just as a temporary extra seat? So if you are having the occasional dinner party at your home, there might not be enough sitting space on the sofa, couch and dining chairs. A practical and relatively cheap solution is to purchase folding stools.

If however, the purpose is much more specific then this will impact on your decision. For example, if you are caring for an elderly person who has difficulties using his/her legs, then doing something simple like taking a shower is going to pose a challenge. Instead, they can sit on a folding shower stool while cleaning themselves.

Now that you have some idea on the different kinds of folding stool available, you should be able to make a more informed decision. It's possible that after reading through this article, you may feel that folding stools are inappropriate for what you need and you perhaps need something completely different like leather bar stools instead. This is why knowing more helps you choose better.