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There's nothing better than sinking into a comfortable armchair after a long day's work, and what better than doing it in a pouffe that adapts ergonomically to your body. Have you already bought yours? We'll tell you everything you need to know about this practical and versatile product!

Pouffes are sealed bags made of different materials, filled with small polyethylene beads that give them a soft, fluffy and ergonomic consistency. In addition to being extremely beautiful and ornamental, these armchair variants are very comfortable and functional - discover their various models!




Summary

  • Pouffes are sealed bags made of different materials, which are used as armchairs due to their comfort and softness. You can find them in a wide variety of designs, sizes, materials and formats adapted to different uses and styles.
  • In the market you can find different variants of pouffes, among which we can highlight the children's, elegant, rustic and modern models. These varieties differ from each other mainly in their designs, formats, materials, costs and places of use.
  • It is important that when buying a pouffe you take into account certain relevant factors, such as their different types, sizes, materials and formats, among other particularities that will influence when making the best purchase.

The Best Pouffes: Our Picks

Buying guide

The main objective of this buying guide is to offer you useful and necessary information about the product you are interested in buying. That is why we will tell you about the main characteristics of pouffe armchairs, including their advantages and those aspects that are not so positive.

Pouff chairs are extremely comfortable and adaptable to different uses and styles. (Photo: Olena Yakobchuk / 123rf.com)

What are pouffes and what are their advantages?

Pouffes are sealed bags of different sizes and materials, filled with tiny polystyrene beads that give them a soft and comfortable consistency. Due to their comfort and aesthetics, these objects are used as armchairs to decorate different spaces, and to enjoy a relaxing rest.

On the market you can find an infinite number of variations of pouffes, with different designs, formats, sizes and materials, adapted to different uses and styles. One of the main advantages of this product, in addition to its great variety and assortment of models, is its ergonomic format that adapts to the weight and size of our body.

On the other hand, these furniture elements are much cheaper than traditional furniture and fulfil similar functions in terms of comfort, making them an excellent alternative if you don't want to spend a lot of money. Moreover, you can easily move them from place to place.

Advantages
  • They are comfortable
  • You can move them easily
  • There is a great variety of models
  • They are cheaper than traditional armchairs
  • They are very ergonomic
Disadvantages
  • Some are too rigid
  • The ones that are too soft tend to sink

Children's, elegant, rustic or modern pouffes - what should you look out for?

On the market you can find a wide variety of pouffes with different designs, among which we can highlight the children's, elegant, rustic and modern ones. Below, we will detail the characteristics of each of these styles so that you can choose the one you like the most.

Children's: They are characterised by having colourful formats and prints with children's themes, such as footballs, animals and animated characters, among many other varieties. Try to look for a size that adapts to your child's build, preferably rounded (as they are more comfortable).

Stylish: Elegant pouffes have formats more similar to conventional armchairs, as they try to be replicas or copies of them. In the market you can find different models, normally made of materials such as leather, synthetic leather, corduroy, etc.

Rustic: The rustic variants of puff are characterised by having a more country or handmade style, which provide warmth and harmony to the environment. You can find different variants made of wool, hessian, thread, etc., in ochre, corn, bone, cream and brown colours, among other shades of this range.

Modern: Modern pouffes tend to have more minimalist or avant-garde designs, in plain colours such as black and white, or with abstract designs, letters, etc. The most common is to find these varieties in square or round formats, without too many curves or additional appliqués.

Children's Elegant Rustic Modern
Designs Children's objects or characters Plain, usually Plain or with textured latticework Plain or abstract figures
Formats with themed formats, usually Similar in shape to conventional armchairs Variable Square (usually) or round
Materials Fabric, plastic Leather, faux leather, corduroy Variable Fabric, plastic
Main places of use Children's rooms Living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, offices, lounges Living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms Lounges, bars, offices, etc.
Comparative costs Variable High, usually Medium to high Variable

Which pouffes convert into beds?

There are varieties of pouffes which, as well as acting as comfortable lounge chairs, can also be converted into beds, making them extremely practical, comfortable and versatile. Here we will describe the most common varieties so that you can take them into account when buying.

Sofa-bed pouffe: This is the pouffe variant with a format more similar to that of a sofa, which, like several models of armchairs, can be folded out and turned into a comfortable bed. It is a very practical and versatile option, although you must have enough space to place them as they are usually quite large.

Mattress-bed pouffe: This type of pouffe, widely used in gardens due to its functionality and resistance, has the format of a wide and soft mattress with the dimensions of a bed, which in many cases can be folded to optimise space. It is a very practical variant, although not as comfortable as the sofa-bed puff.

There are countless models of pouffes on the market that are extremely comfortable, versatile and functional. (Photo: Maxim Lupascu / 123rf.com)

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate the different models of pouffes

In this last section of the article we will tell you what are the buying criteria that you should not lose sight of when buying a pouffe, since there is a huge variety of models with particularities according to the different uses, styles and needs of users.

  • Types
  • Materials
  • Formats
  • Sizes
  • Recommendations

Types

In addition to those mentioned in the comparative table, there are other types of pouffes designed to be placed indoors or outdoors. Here we will detail the differences between one variant and another so that you can get to know their particularities and choose the most suitable one for you.

Indoor: Indoor pouffes are the most varied, as you can find resistant fabric or plastic models, and more delicate variants such as leather, corduroy, wool, etc. Try to look for a material according to the use, as the pouffe you put in the children's room will not have the same wear and tear as the one you place in your bedroom.

Outdoor: Outdoor pouffes usually have a firmer structure and are made of resistant materials such as polyester, which can also get wet and can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. In any case, we recommend that when you are not using it, you store it inside your home so that it is better protected.

Did you know that there are shops that make personalised pouffes with the format and design that you ask for, such as the image of the music group you like, the shape of your favourite animal, etc.?

Materials

Pouffes are made of a wide variety of materials, which determine their quality, appearance and style. Here are some of the most common raw materials used in the production of these low armchairs, so that you can choose the one that suits you best.

Fabric: It is one of the most common materials for pouff, especially cotton, as it is soft, resistant, hypoallergenic and easy to wash, so it can be an excellent option, especially for children. In addition, you can find an infinite number of designs and colours of fabric pouffes.

Plastic: Plastic pouffes are very practical, mainly for outdoors (they are usually made of polyester), as they are very weather resistant. There are also modern indoor plastic pouffes that are very aesthetic and easy to clean, although they are not as comfortable and soft as those made of fabric, leather, cloth, etc.

Wool: Although they are not the most common, you can also find variants of rustic pouffes made of wool, which are not only soft but also beautiful and ornamental. However, this material can be quite hot in summer and is not recommended for people with a tendency to skin allergies.

Leather: Leather pouffes are characterised by being very aesthetic, so they will look fantastic in the living room, dining room, bedrooms, office, etc. Although this material is very resistant, it is more delicate to maintain, so you can choose a synthetic option that will be more practical and ecological.

Polystyrene: Most (if not all) pouffes are filled with tiny polystyrene beads that give them a soft and ergonomic texture to these low armchairs (as they move when you sit down and mould to your body). You can also buy them separately if you need to fill the pouff.

Formats

Pouffes can also come in different formats adapted to different uses, styles, preferences and needs. Below, we will mention the different shapes that these picturesque armchairs usually have so that you can choose the one that is most suitable for you.

Round: The most common format of pouffes is the round one, which normally has a shape more similar to a pear (round at the base and elongated upwards to act as a backrest). These variants are extremely comfortable and practical, as you can easily adapt them to the different spaces available in the room.

Square: Square pouffes, which tend to have a more modern style, are very eye-catching but not as comfortable, as they are not as soft as the rounded variants. For this reason they are more recommended for offices, lounges, bars, etc., and not so much as a comfortable armchair for relaxing.

Sofa-shaped: There are pouffes that have a design very similar to conventional sofas, with a backrest and armrests. These variants, which are usually more elegant, are very decorative and comfortable, but they can take up more space due to their format, so you should first check the available space to place it.

Themed: Themed pouff formats usually have children's designs in the shape of objects (balls, cars, food, etc.), animals or animated characters for children. You can find them in an infinite number of models adapted to the tastes of the little ones, and in resistant and hypoallergenic materials (such as cotton).

Did you know that you can make a pouffe yourself using a tyre and wood as a structure, which you can then decorate with recycled elements such as ropes, fabrics, etc. ?

Sizes

You will also find different sizes of pouffe, according to the height of the person using it and the dimensions of the space where you place it. Here we will tell you the approximate measurements of these armchairs depending on the size of the people who will be sitting on it.

Children up to 1.30 m tall: You can find pouffe sizes from 60 x 60 (for very small children) to 75 x 75 cm (for children up to about 10 years old). We recommend that you don't look for a very tight variant as children grow quickly, and can outgrow it quickly.

For children and adults up to 1.70 cm tall: For this size, round versions of 90 x 90 cm or pear-shaped versions of 80 x 80 cm are ideal (as they have the additional support). If you choose a pouffe with a backrest, we recommend a minimum of 130 to 135 cm so that you can rest your head on it.

Adults over 1.70 cm tall: For people who are taller than 1.70 or 1.75 cm, the ideal size is 85 x 85 cm (if they are pear-shaped) or 100 x 100 cm (if they are round). It is also important that you take into account your body build as well as your height.

Recommendations

To conclude this article, we will give you some additional recommendations that may help you when choosing the perfect pouffe for you. Take your time to learn more about the particularities of the product and evaluate the best option for you.

Construction: It is very important that you pay attention to this aspect in order to maximise the useful life of the pouffe. Ideally, you should choose a model that has double internal or external stitching so that it does not tear, especially if it is going to be used by people with a larger physical build.

Zips: It is advisable for the pouffe to have a double zip to prevent the stuffing from coming out, especially if it is used by children who tend to throw themselves forcefully on the sofa to play. Look for models with airtight fasteners that can be easily opened and closed without getting stuck.

Materials: Although we have already touched on this point, it is important that you do not choose materials solely on the basis of their aesthetics. Try to also evaluate the quality, resistance and durability of the raw material, as well as how easy it is to clean, the softness of its texture, if it can cause allergies, if it is too hot, etc.

(Featured image photo: Natthapon Nagamnithiporn / 123rf.com)

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