This pouf makes the perfect spare seat in your living room, whether you’re having friends over for cocktails and conversation, or need a spot to kick up your feet. It showcases a classic cube silhouette that’s not overly padded, so it’s a great option to serve as a side table or nightstand, as well. This floor pouf is wrapped with polyester blend upholstery that showcases a colorful, Persian-inspired motif, giving it the look of a fun market finds. Pair with neutral, French country furniture for contrast!
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.
In function, a pouf, and a boho ottoman are very similar. Both are variations of low stools and can serve as footrests. Using them for extra seating or as side tables may be more contemporary uses, but both can also serve these purposes (especially in small spaces that require multi-tasking furniture). Many ottomans can also double as hidden storage, with a hollow center that can be used to organize blankets, games, books, and more, while poufs generally don’t have storage space.
The two mainly differ in appearance. Ottomans are almost always firmer and less pillowy, whereas some poufs are more like oversized pillows than anything else. Some ottomans have legs that raise them slightly, while most poufs sit flat on the ground. Larger ottomans can easily work as coffee tables, but most poufs are slightly too small to do so. (Ottomans tend to be larger than poufs.) Either can be round or square in shape. A good rule of thumb is to call anything that looks more like a cushion than a table a pouf and calls anything that is more table-like and ottoman.