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Punch Up Your Décor With A Pouf

Handmade Moroccan poufs designed by John Derian.

Handmade Moroccan poufs designed by John Derian.

You’ve probably noticed these whimsical, slightly Bohemian, tuffet-like pieces popping up in stores and home magazines in the past few years, but have you considered introducing a pouf (or pouffe) into your home? Used for ages as low seating and accent tables in Morocco, soft-sided poufs are available in endless color choices and patterns, and come covered in every type of material — from silk to cowhide.

Shaggy pouf from Better Homes and Gardens.

Shaggy pouf from Better Homes and Gardens.


Poufs also have been glorified in vintage Hollywood films where they provided seating at elaborate vanities.

And while you could spend hundreds of dollars on hand-embroidered leather poufs made in Morocco, there’s no need. Shop around and you can snap up an accent pouf for around $100. Beware, however, that some poufs sold online come without stuffing.

Think of a pouf as a pop of color in just about any room in your house.

Bold splash of red from Houzz.

Bold splash of red from Houzz.

They’re ideal for nurseries, as extra side tables in your living room or a foot stool in the den. You can even group them, place a serving tray on top, and end up with a clever makeshift coffee table. Note that if you do use your pouf as a table, make sure that it’s firm enough to handle any weight you might place on it, without wobbling.

Poufs fit into any decorating style.

Old Bengali patch pouf ottoman, $149.95, from Pier 1 Imports, measures 24 inches in diameter by 11 inches high. It offers a casual quilted look from Indian textiles and sari fabric.

This cozy Threshold cable knit pouf, $49.99 from Target, boasts a 100-percent wool exterior and measures 14 inches high by 20 inches wide. However, if you have cats, you might want to steer clear of this tempting over-sized ball of yarn. Available in blue or purple.

Poufs provide just the right dose of color in a monochromatic room.

Have you fallen for the pouf? Do you have a fab pouf you’d like to share? We’d love to see how you’ve used poufs in your décor. Send your photographs to socialmedia@ajc.com or post them on Instagram with the hashtag #AJCdiy.

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