Seating Meets Storage with Otto Storage Stools

This year I was very fortunate to be asked to review a set of storage stools by GitaDini. As soon as I learned they were combination seating and storage, I knew I had to try them out! I was sent a set from GitaDini and quickly fell in love...so much so that I even bought some additional ones from Target!

I wanted to share how these stools have worked out in our class so far, as well as an opportunity for you to win a pair for your classroom!

The stools do require some assembly when you first get them...but the process is pretty quick and GitaDini has a video to help you on your way. Once the stools are assembled, you can simply take the off to store any materials you would like:

One of the things I love the most about these stools are their dimensions. They are the perfect size for upper-elementary students (and for adults as well!). There is ample space on the top for students to sit comfortably and the height is perfect for my fourth graders.

The inside of the stools has enough space for my students to store their backpacks, jackets, and lunch bags:


This really is ideal for our classroom, as we do not have any cubbies or hooks for our backpacks and jackets. It's amazing how tidy the room becomes once all these items are tucked inside...I wish I had a class set of these stools so all of my students could stow their materials!
 

The plastic surface is very easy to keep clean with a damp cloth or cleaning wipe (especially now that we are tracking in New England salt from the icy roads!):

These stools would be a great option for those of you who use flexible seating. I do not use flexible seating in my class, but do I let my students choose whether they are more comfortable working in a stool or chair. The Otto storage stools fit in so nicely in with the other furniture options at our tables:

My students also love to use the stools as a tabletop surface when working on the floor or our couch:

There are 12 different colors and two surface options to choose from. I went with the ovals because I love the design (and I can see the contents inside!). There is also a smooth surface, where you cannot see the contents:
As for durability, the Otto storage stools have held up well...both students and adults have used them in my class and the stools have supported them nicely. I have found some small chips of plastic missing near the ovals, but I think this is due to my students hooking their feet into the holes while working. In the future, I would love to try the smooth surface as I believe it will hold up better to daily use since do use them for seating all day, every day. I also believe if these were used for small group instruction or in a reading area, there would be less chipping near the ovals, as the students wouldn't be using them all day. 

I really can't tell you enough how much I do love these stools! They have such a beautiful design and can store so many things in an elementary classroom...they really are incredible space savers! And my fourth graders adore them as well, which is the most important part (they literally spent the first two weeks of school showing them off to anyone who visited our class!).

Would you like to try these out in your classroom?  GitaDini is kindly offering a pair of Otto Storage Stools to one lucky winner! Please see the Rafflecopter below to enter for your chance to win...

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