Design Details: Pepper a Space with Poufs
Keep Cushy Seats On Hand for Unexpected Guests and Casual-Chic Style
You can never have too many seating options around the house — a fact I always seem to realize right before a big group of company comes a-calling. Rather than investing in a bunch of expensive armchairs or worse, pulling out some unattractive folding metal seats, I'm pondering adding a few poufs to my pad. Sprinkled here and there, they let off a laid-back casual vibe, take up little space and provide extra seating whenever its needed. They're also quite on trend at the moment, popping up in well-designed rooms all over the place. Here are just a few of them.
Here's a great furniture arrangement. Two low poufs provide extra seating, but they don't block the focal point of the room that's just out of frame to the right (see next photo).
Any furnishings larger than a pouf would have obstructed the view of the fireplace — a big no-no in my book.
Same goes with TVs. If you do a fairly steady mix of watching and entertaining, these low seats will really suit your lifestyle. When friends are over, there's depth to the sitting area, and the focus doesn't have to be so obviously on the boob tube. But when it's time to veg out, nothing's blocking the view — no furniture rearranging necessary.
They've employed the same trick in this comfortable living room.
This nursery is a popular one on Houzz, I suspect in no small part due to that eye-catching yellow Moroccan pouf. New moms and dads definitely deserve a spot to kick up their dogs, and this accent piece delivers on that front dutifully.
In an open-concept home, a few poufs keep the living and dining spaces accessible to each other while at the same time ever so slightly delineating the seating area.
For smaller spaces, a deconstructed pouf like this one gives the illusion of taking up less space. It also adds a sculptural element to the room.
Two poufs work together like a bench at the foot of this room and can be easily moved around when an extra seat is needed.
There are plenty of seating options in this room, but I bet that pouf still sees its fair share of action. It breaks up the pattern of paired chairs and opens up the seating area by not completely filling in the "square" of this arrangement.
Pull up a low-lying natural fiber pouf to dip your feet in this hot tub. No hot tub? Use as extra outdoor seating when friends are over instead.
When extra seats aren't needed, stack them to create a small side table.
This pouf looks like an extension of the coffee table, but pull it out and there's a spot for one more person.
Ideabook published on April 21, 2011.
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