Okay - show of hands if you’re currently using a subwoofer for a footstool. Alright, that’s most of you and until recently, it was me too. Today, we’re looking at a much better option with a premium PU leather footstool from AKRacing. Buckle up because it’s time to kick back and relax.
- Pricing: $129.00
- Durable PU leather upholstery
- Lockable wheels so the footstool stays in place
- Adjustable height so you can get it just the way you want
I’m going to level with you guys: I’ve damaged two expensive subwoofers because I’m terrible with my feet. I fidget. Always have, since I was a little kid. When I’m at my PC, I like to have my feet up and spent years resting them on the edge of my ‘woofer. After I fell in love with Sound Blaster X Katana, it also became my footstool. In a single month after the review, the black veneer started to peel off revealing the ugly particle board underneath. I chalked it up to the subwoofer itself, but when I swapped over to the Logitech G560 speaker set and the same exact thing happened, I knew I had a problem.
Then there’s the whole “it’s too small to put your feet up when you’re reclined” thing. I want a gaming chair that’s also a recliner. Is that too much to ask for?
Fast forward to last month when I reviewed that sweet camo chair from AKRacing. Not only did it make me feel like a burly hunting dude, but our contact also revealed to me that AK also had a footstool in the works! I had to try one for myself.
Unsurprisingly, it’s a lot like a tiny gaming chair. The cushion could double as a baby seat cushion and is very soft. In fact, my son will sometimes use it to sit next to me or climb up to my desk to play with my microphone (it’s a footstool, not a step stool, Theodore). I digress.
The fact that it’s a lot like an AKRacing gaming chair is in fact a great thing. The cushion is thick and comfortable to kick your feet up on, offering lots of support even if you want to spread your legs a little bit. The PU leather upholstery is also the same, offering the same easy to clean finish as found on their chairs. The stitching is also very well done. The pricing isn’t settled yet but it’s safe to say it’s going to cost a pretty penny and I found nothing to complain about here.
Since the footstool will be paired with a height adjustable chair, it also features a gas lift with a moderate amount of adjustment.
On the bottom, you have your standard five-star base that you’d find on an AKRacing gaming chair, as well as similar nylon casters. They’ve used locking wheels here, though, so you won’t have to worry about it rolling around. As it happens, this is very important. Once you’re sitting, having your chair and footstool roll at the same time can be a bit frustrating.
Overall though, I have to say, this is way better than a subwoofer. Yes, yes… I know. Do you need a footstool? Some of you probably don’t, but as a guy who spends a lot of time at the PC and wants it to be the most comfortable experience possible, this is a massive upgrade to what I’d been working with before. It’s comfy, let’s me kick back with a controller or just cross my legs without wiggling back in the chair first. It’s just impeccably made. There’s not a loose string on this stool, so kudos to craftsmanship.
A lot of it is going to come down to price, which we don’t yet have. But, when it finally comes to market, you can rest assured knowing that your tootsies will have as delightful an experience as they ever have.
Update: The footstool is available on Amazon and will likely be on the AKRacing website by the time you're reading this. It is priced at $129.
- Very well made, quality upholstery job
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Height adjustable and includes a roll lock
- My feet have never been so elevated under my desk and they’re officially becoming spoiled. Which reminds me, I really need to cable manage down there.
- None to speak of - possibly price but we don’t have that yet.
- Quite expensive
The product discussed in this review was provided by the manufacturer.