Folding Step Stool

One Step Up for UtilityAcko step stool folding compact red with black surface and white dots

  • What: Acko Super Strong Folding Step Stool
  • When: Two years and up
  • Why: Affordable, compact, good for kids and adults
  • Where: Amazon

Living in a small space with four other people and lots of pets, I obsess over anything that offers lots of use but stores compactly, like the ball pit or tunnel. This folding step stool tops the list in usefulness and compact size.

It folds flat by simply lifting the handle. I don’t even know why we got it originally, but we started using it with my eldest because of his train obsession. We attended multiple model train shows, and got tired of lifting him up to the counter height tracks to watch for hours on end. Even at age two, he could carry, set up, and fold this stool himself. With the addition of a Toogli hook on the stroller, we could keep it handy and move through crowds as needed.

Step stool acko folded flat for storage with red base and black top with white dots

Our folded step stool

Now that my youngest child can help out in the kitchen, we use it there as well. At 13 inches high, it offers just the right boost to put him at counter height, yet it’s not so tall it needs an additional step. He can climb on all by himself with one big step up, and move it around easily. When not in use, I can tuck it in between cabinets and the fridge or behind the trash can for easy access without taking up much space.

Acko step stool red and black set up next to toddler bed

My son uses it to step into his toddler bed (even though he doesn’t need a step to accomplish that).

My son loves it so much he now has it set up in his bedroom. He uses it to launch himself over the railing of his toddler bed, and won’t let anyone else touch it or move it without express permission.

Warnings on side of folding step stool

We’ve never had our stool tumble or move on its own

The wide base makes the entire set up super stable. Our 13 inch high version holds 250 pounds. Since it works for adults, I have no concerns about my kids going over the weight limit. It has never collapsed with them, nor toppled over unexpectedly. It won’t set up incorrectly, so even if a young child opens it, it folds into the correct flat stepping surface without a hitch. The rubber-type spots on both the standing surface and the feet of the stool keep kids from slipping off, and the stool from moving around unexpectedly.

Step Stool folded up as seen from side view no thicker than two fingers

It folds into a very narrow column

It comes in 13, 16, and 18 inch versions to fit a variety of heights and uses for indoors, outdoors, and on the go. The stool weighs about six pounds, making it easy to take along as well as move around. The surface itself unfolds to about the size of a standard sheet of paper, and the folded 13 inch stool reaches about 16 inches when flattened.

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