Poufs entered the design world by storm and they’ve become quite a popular decorative item. If you don’t already know what a pouf is, it’s similar to a small ottoman and is typically a softer material, but it can also be made of wicker bamboo. These gorgeous little things come in a variety of materials, sizes, and shapes and can go pretty well in almost any room of your home. This is also probably a large part of why they’ve gained so much popularity.
In addition to their aesthetic versatility, they also serve quite diverse purposes. The function and fashion of these adorable little poufs make them a staple home decor piece. You may be asking yourself how to use them in your home. Don’t worry your sweet little heart, I’ve got you covered.
Poufs With A Purpose
Now, this isn’t to say that all poufs will serve a purpose but some do! It’s also okay for its only purpose to be for decoration, but there are some super functional reasons to incorporate these pieces into your space to make it both pretty & practical. Don’t just take my word for it though, check out these four practical ways to use your pouf.
Add More Seating
It’s always nice to have some extra seating options for your space, but sometimes adding another chair can make the space feel tight and cluttered. When you look into other options like a bench or ottoman, they may not fit well into the room or they might also take up too much space. If this sounds like your current dilemma, then a pouf may be your perfect solution.
Poufs provide a comfortable, yet unobtrusive seating option for practically any space. They don’t interfere with your sightline, they are easy to move, and many of them are actually quite comfortable. If you’re using it as an additional seating option, look for one that’s a bit larger and also has some structure and a little bit of cushion.
Looking for a good pouf to use for sitting? Here are a few of my favorites:
- Cilo Mist Gray Ottoman from Article
- Milo Pouf from Serena & Lily
- Astoria Weathered Ivory Leather Hide Pouf from Lamps Plus
- Wool Wrap Natural Pouf from CB2
- Leather Square Poufs from Etsy
There are a million other gorgeous options so feel free to keep looking for the right one for your home.
Kick Your Feet Up
Ottomans are cute, but poufs are far cuter! It’s just a joke, but poufs are an excellent option as a replacement or alternative to a more bulky ottoman. Granted, the line between poufs and ottomans is starting to blur a little bit as poufs have gained popularity but most poufs or pouf-like ottomans provide a great decorative footrest for your accent chairs.
Whether it’s in a living room, seating area, or bedroom, it’s always nice to relax and put your feet up. Unlike a pricey, matching ottoman, a pouf gives you the opportunity to find an affordable way to class up your space. You can mix in a new texture, color, or pattern to help elevate the room. Try to find an ottoman that’s at the same height as the seat of your chair or 1-2 inches lower to make sure it’s a comfortable place to rest your feet.
An Extra Hard Surface
Do you have a space in your house that lacks a little hard surface space? An ottoman provides the perfect opportunity to give things a little extra room to rest. Whether it’s a place to house a few extra drink cups or display a couple of spare towels in your guest bathroom, poufs give you just enough space to house them. It may seem silly, but just think about how many times you’ve looked around for a place to put your drink when you’re seated and the coffee table is just too away and the floor puts you at risk of a major accident.
This does mean that you need a little bit more structure or at the very least find a good tray to put on top of your pouf for more stability. Either way, you will have plenty of great options and some may even come with built-in storage!
Finding Your Picture-Perfect Pouf
Since you now know three beautiful ways to utilize poufs, the question becomes how do you find the perfect one? First, think about how you would like your pouf to function because that will determine what material or type you should get. Then think about how much room you have to work with, measure it out, and find one that fits your space. Last, poufs come in a variety of colors, materials, and patterns, find one that adds a special touch to your room and ties in with your other pieces.