12 Best Ottomans and Poufs (for Seating, Storage, and Even Sleeping)

12 Best Ottomans and Poufs (for Seating, Storage, and Even Sleeping)

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Katie Holdefehr
Nov 18, 2016

Don't let its small size fool you, the ottoman may be one of the hardest-working (yet under-appreciated!) pieces of furniture. Especially if you live in a small space, a single stool that acts as an extra seat, a side table, a storage unit, a place to prop your feet, and maybe even a bed is the kind of do-it-all multitasker you're going to want to keep around.

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Ideal for a small space, this affordable ottoman doubles as storage and an extra seat, while the 17-inch base lets it slip into a corner or under a desk when it's not in use.


This little ottoman has everything we're looking for: Luxe tufted velvet, hidden storage and a price tag that's less than $200.


These soft knit poufs were designed to be used in a child's room, but they would also work well in a Scandinavian-style grown-up apartment.


A concealed hinge hides the fact that the top of this ottoman flips up so you can stash blankets and pillows inside.


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No artful bohemian home would be complete without a Moroccan-style pouf. We've been eyeing this gold-studded brown leather one from Lulu & Georgia, but it also comes in 13 other colors.


Brown leather in an antique crackle finish warms up the steel base on this handsome stool.


If shabby chic is really making a modern comeback, it's time to start loading up on antique floral prints. This wallpaper-inspired pattern is nostalgic and fresh at the same time.


If you have the space to house this 44-inch-long ottoman, it will store all your extra blankets and throw pillows, plus serve as extra seating for a crowd. Casters on each corner make this piece a breeze to move wherever you need a seat or serving table.


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This sleek 20-inch-tall ottoman can slide under a coffee table or desk when it's not serving as a seat or standing in for a side table.


A romantic combination of blush pink linen-velvet upholstery and skinny brass legs, this is the ottoman our 5-year-old selves probably would have designed for our grown-up dream homes.


A sleek gray ottoman that folds out into—surprise!—a bed. This splurge of a seat will prove indispensable when out-of-town guests come to visit your tiny apartment.


This square dark leather ottoman would make a stand-out addition to a stylish bachelor pad.


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