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What Is a Pouf and How Is It Different Than An Ottoman?

Have you been wondering what the difference between and ottoman and a pouf are? Read this blog post to become an expert on all things pouf and ottoman!

An ottoman is a low, upholstered stool. It is very versatile, can be used as a foot rest or, sometimes, for storage. There are a variety of ottoman styles!

A pouf is a cushioned footstool or low seat with no back, and it's origin is French. Poufs can vary in proportions and firmness and function as chairs, footstools, or even side tables.

Both poufs and ottomans can be used as a small coffee table, but carefully! Adding a small tray will help hold all of the items on the pouf or ottoman in place. If you would like to know how to decorate your tray, read my blog post about decorating a coffee table here.

Functionally, a pouf and an ottoman are very similar. Both are different variations of small stools that 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. Many ottomans can also double as hidden storage, with a hollow center that can be used to organize blankets, books, and more, while poufs generally don’t have storage space.

The main difference between the two is their appearance. Ottomans are almost always firmer and have less cushion, while some poufs look more like oversized pillows than anything else. Some ottomans have legs that raise slightly, while most poufs sit flat on the ground. 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 call anything that is more table-like an ottoman.

Because both are currently trending, you can buy them almost anywhere, in any different style and color. Linked below are a few great options for your home that are very versatile!

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