A pouffe is a comfortable and decorative seat for both the living room and the terrace. However, you need to choose between the available models: round or pear shape, small or XXL size, cotton or leather upholstery, foam or polyester filling? We’ll tell you all about it so you can choose the right pouffe for you.
Main criteria for choosing a pouffe for the living room
Although initially, a simple extension of the sofa and used as a footrest or auxiliary seating, the pouffe has become a fully-fledged piece of furniture that is used both indoors and outdoors, whether on the terrace, in the living room, or in the bedroom. Whether it takes the form of a small organiser box to sit on or a cover filled with polyester balls invented in the 1960s by three Italian designers (Piero Gatti, Cesare Paolini, and Franco Teodoro), there are now numerous models of poufs to choose from depending on their design, their use and their level of comfort.
So, to find the right pouffe model for you, you will have to choose the shape: from the most classic models, square or pear-shaped, to the most surprising ones, in the shape of a watermelon or a cupcake, for example. You will also have to choose the size: from the smallest ones for children to the XXL ones, in which you can cuddle up.
Don’t forget to pay attention to the lining materials used (wood, fabric, PVC, leather, cotton, or even knitted) and the filling materials, whether foam or particularly enveloping polyester balls. You can choose between three main types of pouffe:
- The pouffe made with a rigid structure: with or without legs, it often has a storage space which is very practical as extra storage space;
- The soft pouffe: it is both a cushion and an armchair and consists of a fabric or leather cover, for example, and a filling of polyester or foam balls;
- The inflatable pouffe: this is a little less comfortable, but is practical as an auxiliary seat when the need arises and, once deflated, is discreet and easy to store.
Choosing the shapes and colours of a pouffe for a room
The pouffe can take many shapes to become a fully-fledged decorative element: round, square, rectangular, pear-shaped, heart, star, watermelon, cupcake, with or without organiser box… There is something for everyone. The colours and motifs are equally varied, from the golden pouf to the zebra-striped pouf, while some models even have a light thanks to an LED bulb that is concealed inside the cover.
Choosing the size of a sofa pouf
Obviously, the size of the pouffe should be chosen according to its use and the space available. While the size of the seat will depend on its diameter, the comfort will depend on its height (if it is a soft pouffe), bearing in mind that a high backrest will allow you to rest more comfortably. For a child, a kid’s pouffe with a diameter or width of 40 cm and a height of 50 cm will suffice.
After that, the size can be increased up to XXL format, with poufs that can reach 180 cm in height and 150 cm or more in diameter or width. However, be careful not to choose one that is too large so as not to overload the space too much if the size of the room does not lend itself to it.
Choosing the materials for a floor pouffe
The aesthetics of the pouffe will depend on its materials, as well as its limitations of use (indoor or outdoor), its maintenance, and its price.
Pouffe upholstery – Pouffe upholstery can be made from a wide variety of materials. Models intended for outdoor use must be waterproof to withstand the weather and UV rays so that they do not lose their colours. In a child’s room, it should ideally be resistant to stains and knocks. If the covers are removable, the pouffe will be easier to maintain, especially if the cover is machine washable.
Wooden pouffe – The rigid pouffe can be dressed with a wooden structure, chosen from different varieties, from pine to exotic wood such as ipé or teak, which is more expensive but also more resistant to humidity and can therefore be used in a damp room or outdoors. But it is still an imitation of a stool.
PVC or polyester pouffe – The PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or polyester pouffe, perfect for outdoor use, is water resistant and can be maintained by simply sponging or machine washing if the covers are removable. It is also available in many colours.
Fabric pouffe – The fabric pouffe allows you to make any fantasy come true, both in terms of colour and decoration. Some models can also be transformed into a small auxiliary bed. Depending on the fabric chosen, the pouffe can be used outdoors (cotton for example) or not (velvet, synthetic leather…) and will not be resistant to stains (if it has not undergone a specific treatment) or scratches from animals.
Knitted pouffe – The knitted pouffe is a fully-fledged decorative element that has come back into fashion. It is a type of rigid auxiliary seating that should, however, be reserved for indoor use.
Leather or faux leather pouffe – The leather pouffe has a more upmarket look, is hard-wearing, and easy to maintain. However, it comes at a higher price and is particularly sensitive to scratches. If it is made of synthetic leather, the price will be lower, but the material may tend to stick to bare skin.
What material is inside a pouf?
Your pouffe can be filled with almost anything you have to hand, polystyrene balls, scrunched up newspapers and plastic bags, or old clothing and fabrics such as sheets. It is an eco-friendly way to use up materials you may have stored at home for recycling. When it comes to the filling of a soft pouffe, you can usually choose between foam and polyester balls.
- Foam filling – Foam filling, which is often in the form of flakes, is comfortable but tends to become compacted over time.
- Polyester filling – Polyester filling, which is in the form of balls, allows the pouf to adapt perfectly to the shape of the body. It is also more shock-resistant and more durable than foam.