Pouf and ottoman: The words are often used interchangeably, but they do, technically, refer to two different pieces of living room furniture. The differences may be small, but knowing those differences could make future furniture shopping missions a little easier and even prevent an online furniture shopping snafu.
Choose between modern poufs and ottomans : the former is a more casual and softer solution that sits directly on the floor, whereas the latter is a more versatile option with legs, a frame, or even some hidden storage. Find the right shape for your room: round and cylindrical are the most popular ones, cubes can emphasize your décor’s clean lines, and rectangles or squares result in a more practical top surface.
To style your cheap poufs and ottomans, think about how you use your space, and the function the piece performs. As extra seating, placing two or three smaller poufs around the opposite side of your coffee table will facilitate conversation. A larger pouf next to the couch offers comfortable seating while watching the TV.
For use as a coffee or side table, add a top that is stable enough to support a variety of items such as a tray or tempered glass pane. Add a vase of flowers or a potted succulent alongside a scented candle to add style while leaving enough room for a cup of coffee. Remember that poufs and ottomans aren’t just for the living room. Add an extra-long rectangular ottoman to the end of your bed and style with different sized throw pillows. Use as a vanity table seat. Or place a plush pouf in the corner of your child’s bedroom to create a cozy reading nook.
Keep your ottoman proportionate with your armchairs and couch. For a subtle effect, choose a shape that matches the lines of your living room furniture. To add drama, select a contrasting shaped ottoman or pouf. The color should reflect the scheme of the room. Contrasting colors make the ottoman or pouf stand out while matching shades allow the piece to blend in seamlessly.
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