Poufs vs Ottomans What’s the Difference?

Posted by Matthew Ressler on

Move over, coffee table. It's time to make room for something to put your feet up on. But what? A pouf, of course! Poufs are all the rage right now, and for good reason. They're versatile, they come in a ton of different styles, and they can add a touch of personality to any room. But what exactly is a pouf? And how is it different from an ottoman?

First things first: both poufs and ottomans are great for adding a little extra style to a room. They're both usually stuffed with soft materials like polyester or foam, and they can both be used as makeshift tables in a pinch (just add a tray!).

So, what's the difference? The main distinction is in the height. Poufs are usually shorter than ottomans, which makes them more versatile. Ottomans, on the other hand, are taller and often have storage space inside. This makes them great for storing blankets, pillows, or anything else you want to keep out of sight. Let's dive deeper into the world of poufs and ottomans, shall we?

What is a Pouf?

Poufs are often called "ottomans," but that's not entirely accurate. Poufs are more like The Little Black Dress of home decorating: versatile, stylish, and always in fashion. A pouf can serve as a footrest, end table, or simply a decoration. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they are typically round or square.

And thanks to their compact size and multifunctionality, poufs are a great way to add a touch of style to any room in your home. If you're looking for a pouf that will blend in with your decor, choose one that is the same color and fabric as your couch or bean bag chair.

If you want your pouf to stand out and complement your interior design, choose one with a different fabric or bold color. Poufs are not meant to take the place of other furniture; they are meant to be an accessory that adds to your space. So whether you use it as a footrest, end table, or decorative element, a pouf is the perfect way to add personality and style to any room. 

A women sites on a cow print CordaRoy's chair with a white pouf.

What is an Ottoman?

When looking at ottomans and poufs, you may think they're pretty similar; however, unlike poufs, ottomans typically have a firm surface and do not provide much cushioning. 

Some ottomans have legs that raise them off the ground while poufs sit flat on the ground. Ottomans are usually upholstered in leather or fabric, and they can be used as standalone pieces or part of a larger furniture set. Additionally, many ottomans come with hinged tops that can be used as extra storage.

When shopping for poufs or ottomans, it's important to keep in mind that anything that is more like a pillow is a pouf and anything that is more like a table is an ottoman. So, if you're looking for a little extra storage or an extra seat in the room, an ottoman is probably what you're looking for. However, if you're just looking for something to prop your feet up on, a pouf might be more your style.

Do Poufs hold their shape?

You might be wondering, do poufs hold their shape? The answer is... it all depends. Some poufs are stuffed with polyester fill, the same material that can be found in your couch cushions or bed pillows. As you can imagine, over time this type of filling will become compressed, resulting in a less-than-inviting place to rest your weary feet. Other poufs are filled with fabrics like old t-shirts or blankets. These materials may provide a softer landing, but they'll also lose their shape more quickly.

At CordaRoy's, we know that a lot goes into a good pouf. It's not just about the style or the fabric - it's also about the filling. That's why we stuff our poufs with 100% eco-friendly polyfoam, the same material used in pole-vaulting mats. In fact, this high-density foam provides long-lasting comfort that our customers have come to love. This durable foam holds its shape well, meaning your pouf will stay looking full and fluffy for years to come. 

And if it does start to look a little flat, all you need to do is give it a quick flip and fluff to bring it back to its original shape. So go ahead and use your pouf as much as you want - we guarantee it will stand the test of time!

Can You use a Pouf as a Seat?

There's nothing like coming home after a long day at work and plopping yourself down on a cozy chair. But is a pouf the best option? Poufs are one of the most versatile pieces of furniture you can own. They can be used as a footrest or even a makeshift table. However, there is one use for poufs that is often overlooked: as a chair.

While it may not be the most comfortable option for long-term sitting, a pouf can be a perfectly comfy chair in a pinch. Whether you're having a friend and family get-together or you're expecting last-minute guests, having an extra seat is always helpful. And if that seat just happens to be a colorful and stylish pouf, all the better!

Just don't forget to get up and move around every once in a while. After all, poor posture can wreak havoc on your health, especially after long periods of time. When you are slouched or slumped in a chair, your muscles and joints do not have the support they need, resulting in circulation problems, back pain, and even headaches. So next time you're looking for a quick place to sit, don't underestimate the power of the pouf!

Pair a Pouf with a CordaRoys Bean Bag Chair

At CordaRoys, we believe that comfort is key - which is why we offer a wide variety of lounge-worthy bean bag chairs and poufs. Our poufs are made of the same high-quality material as our bean bag chairs, so they coordinate perfectly. Plus, the removable cover is machine washable, making it easy to keep your pouf looking as good as new.

Whether you want to pair our Sueded Denim pouf with our Chenille Convertible Bean Bag Chair or match your Bunny Fur NEST Bean Bag with a NEST Bunny Fur Pouf, we have looks and styles to fit in seamlessly with your home decor.

Want to update your look? We even offer a variety of extra covers that you can purchase separately and swap out as often as you’d like. With so many colors, fabrics, and textures to choose from, it’s easy to find the perfect pouf for your space. So go ahead and put your feet up - we won't tell!

Grey CordaRoy's bean bag chair with a grey pouf in a living room.


So, what’s the verdict? Poufs are great for putting your feet up and adding an extra seat in a pinch. They’re also built to last with our Lifetime Guarantee. Ottomans on the other hand are perfect if you need extra storage or a standalone piece in your living room.

Both are great options depending on your needs, but we think the pouf is a clear winner. It's versatile, stylish, and built to last - not to mention it comes with our Lifetime Guarantee. So if you're looking for a piece that does it all, look no further than CordaRoy's pouf!

10 Ways Poor Posture Can Harm Your Health | U.S. News & World Report

Foam Performance | Polyurethane Foam Association


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