Anyone who’s ever tried to throw a dinner party in a small space can attest to its trickiness. Suddenly, every surface becomes fair game: The coffee table turns into an impromptu buffet, the arm of your sofa transforms into seating for two, the box your IKEA shelves came in converts into a makeshift stool. What you need is a good pouf or floor pillow. Or both.

These squishy seats are particularly handy because they don’t take up much space—simply slip them under your sofa or into a corner when they’re not in use—but they’ll still help you squeeze in extra guests. You can even bring yours out to your patio or balcony for cozy summer get-togethers alfresco. Whether you choose a traditional cushion or a more sculptural pouf, this is one of the most functional pieces of decor you can bring home. Here are 10 of our favorites. 

The two-toned statement 

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Leo Ottoman, Maison Sarah Lavoine ($60.2)
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Add some sharp contrast to your living room with this ochre-and-black piece—perfect if your style errs toward the eclectic and you’re not afraid to go bold. 

The investment piece

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‘PF2 Tancredi’ Pouf, Marta Sala Éditions ($3880)
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Pierre Frey linen paired with a polished brass frame makes this mustard yellow pouf worth the splurge. You’ll get use out of this for years to come. 

The classic cushion

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Linen Floor Cushion, Pop & Scott ($414.78)
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For when you just want to lay on the floor—in style, of course. Linen covers elevate the simple circles; pick up a couple in various sizes to stack. 

The artistic touch

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Light Blue Pouf, Lorenza Bozzoli Design ($1670)
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If you need a focal point for your living room, this is it. With its color-blocked, hand-painted fringe and vibrant palette, you’ll want to redesign your entire space around this ottoman. 

The (mini) architectural feat

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Bingo Pouf, Softline ($352)
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The curvy silhouette is only one perk of this pouf: It also unfolds into a mattress, so your guests will have somewhere to sleep if they stay over. 

The luxe accent 

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Velvet Pouf, Anthropologie ($248)
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If you want somewhere super plush for your invitees to rest their feet, you can’t do much better than this velvet number. 

The non-nautical stripes

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Brenham Pouf X, Shoppe Amber Interiors ($875)
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This striped accent is anything but cliche. The vintage fabric and leather trim make it seem as if it was plucked from a Moroccan market—which is exactly what you can tell inquiring guests. They’ll never know. 

The functional art 

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Curved Pouf, Kristina Dam ($523.93)
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This arched leather piece looks more like a sculpture than a seat, ideal for when it’s sitting on its own in your bedroom between parties.

The maximalist masterpiece

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Textured Wool Pouf, Chandra ($164)
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This one is not for the print-averse. In fact, it’s best suited for an equally color-saturated space, where it can find its place among bright yellows and blues. 

The matching set

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Trillium Ottoman Set, Gus ($788+)
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Can’t make your mind up? Don’t. This set is acts as a colorful coffee table until your happy hour get-together when it comes apart into three ottomans. 

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