It can be a hard task to find the right foot stool – it has to be comfy, not too flashy and certainly helps if it’s cheap.
Which is why it’s no surprise that many customers have been taken by a $49 Scandi-style padded bench from Kmart, except for the fact that it’s actually a dog bed.
Shoppers shared in the Kmart Hacks & Decor Facebook group how they weren’t just using it as a bench for their pooch but also as a “lounge” for toddlers or a foot stool at the end of their bed.
“My puppies love them. I have one in the lounge room which we also use as foot stool,” one shopper commented.
“Our daycare bought these and they make a perfect reading lounge for the children with some comfy cushions,” another wrote.
“I teach kinder and also have one as a seat in the classroom cos it’s sturdy and just as nice,” one customer also commented.
Others were stunned to find out it was actually a dog bed, with one person writing: “I was thinking a matching foot stool for my couch! Didn’t realise it was a dog bed.”
“I was thinking ottoman,” another wrote.
“I didn’t realise it was a dog bed!” one shopper commented.
“That’s the beauty of it when people come over they don’t know it’s a dog bed,” one woman wrote.
But some warned that the bench wasn’t suitable for all uses as it only could carry a maximum weight of 50kg, while another person joked it was “not Jack Russell proof”.
“That’s awesome I want one……. oh wait I need to buy a dog,” another person quipped.
Shoppers go crazy for $35 shoe rack
It’s not the first time customers have co-opted a Kmart item for something else – back in 2017 a shoe rack went viral for being used as everything from a hallway bench to a bedroom seat.
“I need this in my life,” one shopper wrote on Facebook at the time, while popular Kmart accounts @Kmartgrapevine and @Kmartlover also posted about the furniture piece.
Shoppers labelled the stool “amazing” and it became one of the store’s most in-demand items for the year.