Sometimes you want to have seating in your living spaces and you don't have enough room OR don't want another armchair. I find that poufs or ottomans are awesome ways to mix up the seating options in a room AND add a little splash of color and dash of fun. They are ALSO a lot more affordable! Here is a list of ten great solutions. Tell me your own ideas in the comments below.
- Frank Pouf in Zig Zag - £465
An offbeat favorite. Spotted originally when they came out at Maison Objet, Donna Wilson applies her love of traditional Scottish textile and pattern to the lowly pouf: "Each pouffe is made from a Calico bag filled with recycled polyester fibre. They are upholstered with panels, reminiscent of orange segments."
Want a deal? Go to eBay. Here is a full on leather pouf at a remarkably low price. From Crafts of Egypt (an eBay store) they offer a wide range in many colors and patters, but all with a slightly disheveled look.
- Plum & Bow Chunky Knit Pouf - $39.99 On Sale Now
The knit pouf craze was started by the lady right below here, Christien Meindertsma, when she first pulled out huge knitting needles and knit ginormous things with ginormous wool. Her stuff is amazing (I have two) and a bit hard to get these days, but there are a ton of cotton knit copycats that are great too. This is just one.
The original 100% New Zealand wool Urchin Pouf by Christien Meindertsma is still available from Thomas Eyck. The Urchin comes in three sizes and many colors. Collect all of them!
- Faux Mongolian Lamp Pouf - From $99
From West Elm, this is a great update on the low, hard pouf. A little bit of a cross between a pouf and a bean bag, this shaggy thing is made of 85% acrylic and 15% polyester with a recycled polystyrene bead insert which is removable.
- Mochi Stool - $1,075
I just had to add this for a bit of variety! From the amazing Hella Jongerius, this collection was made for Vitra in 2013. Mochi comes in a number of colors, is made of high contrast polyester outside, polyurethane beads inside and a polyamide bottom: "The form-fitting knit cover was specially developed for Mochi and is easy to remove and clean. Thanks to the robust bottom surface, the pouf can be used everywhere."
- Wool Shag Pouf - $425
Handmade in India for Calypso Home, this is a step up in price for something that is all natural and long lasting. The Wool Shag pouf only comes in this one color and is 30" diameter and 18" height.
- Jodi Wool Pouf - $189
One Kings Lane has a great selection of poufs in many styles and patterns. This one is my favorite. Bright, happy and fun, the Jodi is 100% wool on the outside and 100% wool and cotton on the inside. The square shape and flat top is also a plus in my book - set a tray on this and it's an extra table.
- Four Kilim Pouf - $150
Handmade in Morocco and apparently a vintage piece from the late, great 1980's I love this different spin on the pouf. Also part bean bag, this wide, generous and colorful low seat would be great by itself or stacked in a pair. Check out the pool in the background too.
- Real Leather Moroccan Poufs - From $345
From our good friend Jonathan Adler, this line of handmade poufs is a great quality resource with many color and shape options. Here's the whole story: "Made in Morocco by skilled artisans, this leather pouf is an essential for adding a pop of handcrafted color to your home. Each pouf is dyed to exact color specifications and hand-sewn for superior durability. Filled with dense cotton, this versatile piece is perfect as an ottoman or decorative accent."