There’s nothing like being a kid and having a morning full of play and then lying down on one of the most fun and comfortable pieces of furniture in existence: the pouffe. If you haven’t introduced your children to a pouffe you are missing out on an amazing experience. Little ones love them and are able to lie on them for hours. They can have fun from a very young age, right through to their teenage years, and the best thing is that it can work for their millions of daily activities.
Children’s pouffes are low pieces of furniture that are usually made of a padding material that makes them adaptable to different bodies and postures. They come in different sizes, colours and can be used indoors and outdoors. You can find variables of this product, such as the pear-shaped, the armchair and the pillow-shaped. Each of these provides different characteristics. The pear, for example, is the most common type of puff and is usually filled with polystyrene foam. The others can vary in materials.
The outer manufacturing materials, the filling used, the size of each one and the design and appearance of the children’s puff are the factors that will allow you to buy the best model on the market.
What are children’s pouffes and what are their advantages?
Pouffes for children is furniture that is made with materials that give them the ability to mould to the body of the user. As the main user is children, these poufs tend to have smaller dimensions and somewhat risky designs that not everyone would be able to use in their living room.
The conventional pouffe does not have back support, but as it is for children, this is considered a safety element for good development and it is usually added in many of the products. You can add a touch of joy to your child’s room or use it as outdoor furniture.
Children’s pear-shaped pouffe, armchair, and pillow – what should you pay attention to?
There are variants of all kinds of things, and the children’s pouffe is no exception, and there are certain advantages of each type that will make you choose one or the other. That’s why we think it’s necessary for you to get to know them before making your purchase.
Pear – The pear-shaped children’s pouffe is perhaps the best known of all. It is so called because of its shape which resembles that fruit. These children’s poufs are made of polyester or nylon canvas to protect the inside of the polystyrene or polystyrene balls. The “pear” moulds to the shape of the user giving maximum comfort.
Armchair – If you want something with a defined shape without losing the “puff” you can find the armchair type. These are made with the design of a conventional armchair to provide better posture for children. They are excellent for taking outdoors and serve as inflatables in swimming pools, although they are more prone to breakage.
Pillow – There is an unconventional type of children’s pouffe, which is called a pillow because it is shaped like a pillow. The child can lie down completely if desired. They are filled with unicell and are more expensive, although they do not provide the desired posture.
How to identify a safe children’s pouffe?
When it comes to children, safety comes first and when it comes to a piece of furniture that is so movable and so catchy, you will need to be 100% aware of its safety when used by children. The first thing you should look for is a recognised manufacturer. This provides security because of their quality control.
Check that the materials they are made of are reliable polyester, nylon, polystyrene, vinyl and that they are all hypoallergenic, so you can avoid allergies and scratches. Look for one that fits their age and size, where they can’t get stuck. If you have children under 3 years old, always keep an eye on them.
Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate the different models of children’s pouffes
Our secret to making a top-notch purchase is not as complicated as it sounds, nor is it locked away in a vault. It’s all about using our knowledge about children’s pouffes to our advantage. If you consider the following aspects before you buy them, you are guaranteed a quality product.
If there is one thing that marks the quality and durability of a product, it is the materials they are made of, not to mention the workmanship. For this reason, the materials are one of the first things you should think about before buying a pouffe for children, taking into account that they have soft coverings such as plush.
Nylon – Nylon is undoubtedly the strongest and most resistant material for making pouffes for children and adults. This textile is not only able to withstand high temperatures, but it also has the ability to be waterproof, drying very quickly. As not everything is perfect, this synthetic polymer is the most expensive.
Polyester – This material has the ability to stretch without deforming, i.e. it returns to its first state, making it ideal for this furniture. It repels moisture, keeping harmful bacteria away from children, while resisting heat. Highly used in pouffes and is less expensive than nylon.
Vinyl (PVC) – This plastic derivative is a versatile material that in the world of children’s pouff is used to create the famous inflatable furniture. It is highly resistant to heat and is totally water repellent. However, it does have problems with punctures as it is prone to tearing when stretched.
There is nothing more special about a children’s pouffe than the stuffing it is made of because that’s where the magic really happens. If pouffes weren’t stuffed as they are they would end up being any other kind of furniture. Definitely another thing to consider before buying them.
Expandable polystyrene – EPS or expandable polystyrene is the best filling for children’s pouffes. Not only do they mould better to their bodies, they are also hypoallergenic, antibacterial, and non-flammable. Higher quality pouffes often have it and you can even buy bags of it separately.
Recyclable polyurethane – Recyclable polyurethane is another great option. It is the most durable of all the fillings, although it is also one of the most expensive. It moulds fairly well to the body and is anti-bacterial, the downside is that it is flammable.
Air / Paper strips – Some of the children’s pouffes have an air filling when it comes to inflatable pouffes, and this does not mould to the child’s body. A cheap option for stuffing is paper strips, although they do not mould to the body and are of very low quality, they are not recommended at all, beware!
The dimensions of children’s pouffes are another very important factor when it comes to buying them. If you don’t want to spend too much money on adult size, we recommend that you know the measurements of the children who will use it and buy it accordingly.
From 1 to 3 years old – Younger children will need a piece of furniture to fit them. The sizes of children’s pouffe most suitable for these ages are 50 x 50 x 90 cm up to 55 x 55 x 100 cm. Remember that this can vary in position, depending on whether it is a pear, sofa or pillow design.
From 4 to 11 years old – Children who can already stand up for themselves in terms of their motor skills can use a puff with dimensions between 60 x 60 x 60 x 100 cm and 80 x 80 x 120 cm. As above, it all depends on the design of the puff, although these are general measurements.
Design and appearance
When a product is decorative it is not enough to choose a comfortable and good-sized one, you also need that element of appearance and design that increases our happiness and improves the room or the exterior where it will be placed. The best thing is that here you can give yourself life by choosing the one you like the most without thinking about anything else.
Consider the type of children’s pouffe you will buy. If it’s a pear, armchair or pillow, will you use it outdoors? Is an inflatable or waterproof one better? Better in the child’s room? Vibrant colours, personalised with your children’s name, you choose where and how – bring joy to your children, yourself, and your home!
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