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Modular Style: 10 Handy Uses for the Pouf

Call it a cushion. Call it an ottoman. Yet a pouf is so much more! A versatile furnishing that can be round, cylindrical or cube-like, the pouf is often used for extra seating, and it can pull table and footrest duty as well. But you may not realize how many other perks a pouf can bring home. In fact, we’re often much more bold and daring when it comes to our accent furnishings than large pieces like the sofa. Today’s post is dedicated to the multi-faceted pouf and all of the ways it can enhance your interior… [from CB2]

Colorful poufs from CB2

Extra Seating

Let’s start with an obvious use for these little gems: extra seating! Some poufs tuck right under the coffee table so you can pull them out as needed. Others are a lot more than “extra” seating. They provide key seating for small spaces! Below we see the Knitted Graphite Pouf from CB2:

Black pouf from CB2

Because they are compact, poufs can be clustered or stashed in the place of your choice, and you can bring them to the forefront as needed. Some people love keeping them near couches and chairs so they can double as ottomans (but we’ll get to that later…) [from Jessica Helgerson Interior Design]

Extra pouf seating in a modern eclectic interior

Side Table Solution

Poufs make excellent tables. Stash one or two of these versatile furnishings in a seating area, and they soon become handy surfaces for trays, plates and other essentials. Below we see the weather-resistant Outdoor Square Mineral Pouf from Crate & Barrel:

Blue pouf from Crate & Barrel

Many poufs are woven, braided and crocheted. Their softness makes them perfect for kids’ rooms. Use them to hold books, toys and other items regularly loved and used by active children. [photo by Portraits to the People for Emily Mughannam Design Interiors]

Braided pouf in a modern nursery

Modular Coffee Table

More and more design lovers are using poufs as a coffee table solution. Pair two of them as a focal point for the middle of the room, then split them apart if the need for extra seating arrives. You could even combine four small poufs to create one modular coffee table! [from Hudson Interior Designs]

Pouf coffee table in a modern family room

Then again, one large pouf can make a grand statement and add texture to the sitting area of your choice. [from Jamie Keskin Design]

Pouf coffee table in a wallpapered room

Fancy Footrest

Poufs are ideal footrests, especially since they can easily be moved around the room and placed as close to (or far from) the chair as need be. [photo by Lincoln Barbour for Jessica Helgerson Interior Design]

Pouf ottoman can serve as a footrest

Stash the pouf near the couch, the chair, or in between so it can easily move a few feet here and there to accommodate the furnishing of choice. Below we see a textured ottoman in a modern living area. [from The Room Illuminated]

Pouf footrest in a modern living room

Outdoor Lounge Essential

Thanks to a whole new crop of outdoor-safe poufs, you can use these cushy furnishings to enhance your outdoor lounge! In the next image we see the Cris Knitt Black Pouf from CB2:

Outdoor-friendly pouf from CB2

Poufs have the power to add an earthy element to your outdoor space, which is perfect for the current tropical style trend that shows no sign of diminishing. This Braided Hemp Pouf can be used as seating or as an extra side table!

Braided pouf from CB2

Bedroom “Bench”

For an eclectic look in the boudoir, try adding a pouf or two to the foot of the bed rather than a traditional bench. This Lurex Braided Pouf from West Elm will introduce a hint of metallic shine:

Braided cylinder pouf from West Elm

In a room styled Emily Henderson (and featuring items from Target), we see a patterned pouf at the foot of the bed. It adds a lot to the space without overwhelming it and provides a place to rest a robe, or to sit while putting on shoes for the day.

Patterned pouf at the foot of the bed

Sculptural Focal Point

We’ve seen the power of poufs when it comes to multi-purpose furniture. But did you know that these design wonders can also add sculptural interest to the room of your choice? Why not create a stylish cluster with your poufs while they’re waiting for their next practical use? [from Reed Design Group]

Trio of textured poufs

In the kids’ room below, there are many objects of interest. These patterned poufs are two of the most intriguing… [from Chris Snook Photography]

Patterned poufs for a child’s room

Pattern Player

Since poufs are smaller than your sofa, they’re the perfect way to introduce bold pattern into your home. For example, you may not be brave enough to purchase a couch featuring the design on this Boho Wool Pouf from West Elm, but in small doses, isn’t it divine?!

Boho pouf from West Elm

And if you’re shy about mixing patterns, throw in one more design without pushing the room over the top. This Multi Texture Wool Pouf features a large eclectic pattern that has the potential to blend with both solid fabrics and patterns:

Patterned wool pouf from West Elm

Boho Flourish

Because so many pouf patterns have a hint of earthy, eclectic flair, they’re an easy way to add Boho style to your interior. This Sawan Pouf from Anthropologie is as stylish as it is comfy:

Patterned pouf from Anthropologie

And check out the metallic fringe on this Paillette Pouf, also from Anthropologie. Shimmer and texture are an unbeatable combination, don’t you think?!

Metallic pouf from Anthropologie

Comfy Cozies

Last but not least, we’re loving the textural potential of poufs. If your space needs a hint of cozy, furry style, you can add a shaggy accent to the mix. These Mongolian Lamb Poufs from West Elm are a popular choice, and there are a range of faux options out there as well.

Mongolian lamb poufs from West Elm

Will you be adding a pouf to your interior this season? Tell us about your favorites from the post by leaving a comment below…

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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