10 Floor Seating Options for When You Just Don’t Have Room for One More Chair

updated Sep 20, 2019
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Traditionally speaking, chairs and sofas are the go-to living room seating options. But can we please make a case for alternative seating like poufs, pillows, and cushions? Besides being budget-friendly and perfect for small space dwellers, they’re especially useful when your guests decide to bring over guests and suddenly every empty surface in your apartment is fair game (do not sit on that glass coffee table!). Even better, many of these comfy options also double up as side tables or coffee tables, and they can easily be stashed away when not in use. Here are 10 of our favorites.

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1. Black Gabbeh Kilim Floor Cushion

This gorgeously bright, oversize floor cushion is inspired by traditional Peruvian gabbeh textiles and comes with a side handle for easy maneuvering. Pair it with a grey, cream, or equally light-colored couch to let it shine. If you prefer a black and white option, this one gets our vote.

Buy: Black Gabbeh Kilim Floor Cushion, $79.99 $63.99 at World Market

2. Moroccan Wedding Pouf

If you love a piece of functional furniture with a beautiful backstory, then this pouf is for you: It’s made from woven panels sourced from traditional Moroccan wedding blankets. This large pouf can fit seamlessly into many decor styles, and its size makes it great for use as seating or a coffee table—whatever you choose.

Buy: Moroccan Wedding Pouf, $298 at Anthropologie

3. Small Cooper Velvet Lounge Chair

While the name says it’s a chair, we think this seat just looks like a giant cushion with a supportive back. Covered in sumptuous velvet, it’s an ideal statement piece that’s both classy and cozy. Style it in an empty corner and place a tiny side table next to it to create a reading nook, or get two in contrasting jewel tones (hello, gold!) and place them side by side for a totally eclectic look.

Buy: Small Cooper Velvet Lounge Chair, $249 $239 at Urban Outfitters

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4. Striped Alia Square Leather 24-inch Pouf

If you’re in the market for a multi-functional piece of furniture, try this gorgeous woven leather pouf. It’s large enough to be used as a coffee table, and the perfect size and height to seat your guest or comfortably rest your feet on. There’s also a charcoal and light grey version to choose from.

Buy: Striped Alia Square Leather 24-inch Pouf, $480 $163.59 from Overstock

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5. Better Homes & Gardens Corduroy Tufted Square Floor Cushion

This simple tufted cushion is so on-trend for fall. It’s sleek enough to slip under the couch or coffee table when not in use, and thick enough to serve as a comfortable seating option for game nights. If you’re not feeling the burnt orange, there are eight other colors to choose from.

Buy: Better Homes & Gardens Corduroy Tufted Square Floor Cushion, $29.99 at Walmart

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6. Mahao Japanese Style Knitted Straw Seat Cushion

You’ve probably spotted straw pillows all over Instagram and we bet you’re wondering if these are actually comfortable to sit on for long hours. As someone who owns two of these, let me assure you that they are very cozy seating additions to the living room. The sturdy seat gives your lower back and tailbone ample support while the neutral, natural finish adds a lovely texture.

Buy: Mahao Japanese Style Knitted Handcrafted Eco-Friendly Flat Seat Cushion, $39.99

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7. Lush Velvet Pouf

Here’s another bold, dramatic velvet seating option that’s giving us major heart eyes. Style it to match an existing velvet couch, or layer it in if your living room needs some added visual drama.

Buy: Lush Velvet Pouf, $149 at West Elm

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8. Deny Designs Iveta Abolina Rose Floor Pillow Gray

If you love vintage-inspired decor, check out this cozy floor pillow. With a floral pattern in colors inspired by the English countryside, it’s an eye-catching addition to your living space. Pair it with an accent chair as the perfect footrest or use it to stack your fall reading list.

Buy: Deny Designs Iveta Abolina Rose Floor Pillow Gray, $89 $71.20

9. Harbor Island Floor Pillow

So what if it’s going to be winter soon? You can pretend it’s summer all year long with this beachy, preppy floor pillow. We love the airy, fresh vibe it can bring to a space, and brownie points for added handles that make maneuvering easy.

Buy: Harbor Island Floor Pillow, $188 $128 at Serena & Lily

10. Reema Floor Cushion

DIY seating courtesy or floor cushions? We are so into that. Add the back cushion to create a cozy chair, or stack two-floor cushions and one backrest together for an interesting lounging space. Or add another back cushion and create a low-lying couch. Well… you get the point. Get creative.

Buy: Reema Floor Cushion, $229 $199 at Urban Outfitters