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About Ottomans and Poufs
Ottomans are one of those small pieces of furniture people sometimes overlook when they’re redecorating. We buy the couch and the end table, sure, but at the end of the day, what good is a couch if there’s nowhere to put your feet up? That’s where a great ottoman comes in.
Most of our ottomans and poufs match couches and loveseats from collections we carry. But don’t worry---if you already have a couch you love, you’ll be able to find an ottoman that looks great with that too. That’s because our collection features almost every size, color, and fabric you’re looking for.
Ottomans give you a place to truly unwind. They let you lay back and settle into your family room without worrying about scuffing up your coffee table. And, of course, if you’re short on chairs, they’ll work in a pinch.
Ottomans, Poufs & Floor Pillows
Poufs and ottomans are a wonderful way to add interest to rooms where you like to relax. These plush, upholstered cushions are the perfect place to put up your feet, and larger versions can provide versatile extra seating for guests. We have an excellent selection of poufs, ottomans and comfortable floor pillows to add to your living room, den and bedrooms. We offer poufs and ottomans in a range of colors and sizes, and you won’t find a better selection of on−trend patterns anywhere else. We also specialize in textured poufs and ottomans covered in wool knits, natural grass fibers and more for a totally unique look.
History of Poufs and Floor Pillows
While traditional Western furniture is largely built around a wooden frame and incorporates lots of right angles, poufs are something completely different. That’s because they hail from the Ottoman Empire, a region that covered Turkey, Northern Africa and the Middle East in from the 1300s through the early 20th century. In fact, the pouf ottoman was named after the Ottoman Empire in a nod to its origins. These cushions were used in the Middle East as casual seating for cozy family get−togethers, probably as a way to upgrade from simple floor mats. Along with large floor pillows, they formed the backbone of beautiful but portable decor for Turkish families.
Moroccan poufs −− those backless, dome−like seats covered in rich fabrics −− were brought to Europe in the late 18th century, along with other coveted trade goods like spices and silks. In European salons, a series of floor poufs were used to line the walls. This allowed people unaccustomed to backless chairs to rest against the wall for additional comfort.
Using Ottomans & Pouf in Your Home Decor
Traditional rounded poufs provide a great way to add curves that contrast with the rectilinear forms of most rooms. Choose a large round pouf as a foot stool for an accent chair, or use a few for extra seating. For a more modular look, you can combine two to four cube−shaped poufs into a casual coffee table by grouping them together with a large tray.
When choosing ottomans for your home, you can choose fabrics that blend in or stand out. Ottomans make a great focal point when you select a bright color to contrast with neutrals in the rest of your room. Conversely, you can choose an ottoman that complements a monochromatic color scheme and focus instead on adding texture. Knit ottoman and covers made of sisal or a nubby fabric will add more subtle interest to your space. If you’re short on space, floor pillows with a lower profile will store easily in a large basket or in your hall closet when not in use.
Styling Ottomans & Poufs
Ottomans and poufs are living room furniture essentials; versatile in size and shape, they can be moved around with ease while providing extra seating as needed – but make sure to think about the overall style you want out of the piece and your room as a whole.
There are a few considerations to make when looking at ottomans and poufs. Choosing the perfect style, you'll want to look at material (faux leather? fabric? leather?) and shape (round ottomans vs. square provide different looks and feels!). You'll also want to make sure you have the right size; a small ottoman may look out of place next to a large sectional, but so may a big ottoman in an entryway or other small space – it's all about the context of the room's design.