Published on July 29, 2019

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 

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

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

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

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

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 

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

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 

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

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

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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