10 Ways to Work a Pouf

From ottoman to table to impromptu seat, this must-have accent matches artful adaptability with irresistible style.


They’re perfect for sitting, stacking, setting, and serving, and our love affair with poufs is in full force. We’re not alone in our obsession, either: The au courant accent piece is dominating design magazines, trade shows, and style blogs, turning up in rooms of every function and aesthetic. From cottage-chic knits, bohemian kantha embroidery, and exotic Moroccan motifs, these domestic do-it-alls have worked their way from the den to the nursery to the foyer and beyond.

Just how does this simple shape boast so many uses? Take it from the stylemakers themselves: Here,  several past Joss & Main curators showcase ten creative ideas for incorporating this of-the-moment accessory into your home décor.

how to style a pouf
To complete your palette.

DecorChick! blogger Emily isn’t one to shy away from bold patterns or vibrant accents. Use a pouf to unite an eclectic color scheme—as she does in this eye-catching living room—or to add a burst of your favorite hue.

knitted pouf in nursery

For a youthful touch.
A sophisticated take on cushy bean bags, this cozy knitted pouf exudes playful whimsy. Brimming with modern silhouettes and plush touches, this fashionable nursery—styled by designer Emily Mughannam—is perfect for the young and young at heart.

use pouf as a coffee table

As an alternative coffee or cocktail table.
With the addition of an elegant tray, Garrison Hullinger transforms a button-tufted pouf into a stylish coffee table. Center it between couches and side chairs to hold magazines, wine glasses, and more.

how to style a pouf blue and white bedroom

To repeat design elements.
Use patterns, colors, and motifs in different areas and scales to achieve a cohesive look. Here, the team at Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design subtly evokes the bedding’s golden accents and mosaic-inspired wallpaper with a lovely window-side pouf.

how to style a pouf

As a stylish display.
Dress up forgotten corners with a pouf and your favorite objets d’art. Here, designer Sam Allen accents a seating area with coffee table books and trinkets set on a pouf with delightful texture, providing an easy-to-alter space for showcasing your of-the-moment finds.

lucite coffee table with gold poufs

For low-profile flair.
Adding chic seating options without creating clutter, Sam Allen positions head-turning metallics beneath a sleek Lucite table, ensuring an airy, open look with a touch of exotic glamour. The poufs can be pulled out when cocktail parties call for extra sitting space.

how to style a pouf in a closet

As a dressing bench.
Lay out accessories, plan your outfit, or sit down to slip on your pumps with a perfectly-placed pouf in your bedroom or dressing area. This nailhead-studded style picked by the team at the California-based firm sfa design transforms a traditional closet into a fashion-forward retreat.

how to style a pouf in a living room

For visual balance.
In this cozy living room by Sarah Lederman Design Studio, a slate-hued pouf works with artfully arching accents to soften the furniture’s clean lines. The result? Perfect harmony.

how to style a pouf

To define an area.
Square-off an oversized space to create cozy ambiance. Here, sfa design partitioned a conversation-worthy sitting area with this coordinating pouf trio, infusing it with intimacy while maintaining an open plan.

how to use a pouf in home decor

To add dimension.
Pared-down palettes shouldn’t be boring, proved here by Home Stories A to Z blogger Beth Hunter. She layers similarly-toned accents—a floral pouf, flokati rug, and crisp white linens—to create subtle depth and drama.

–Lindsey Canant