Sofas are great and all, but have you ever flopped onto a fluffy floor mattress? It’s overwhelmingly underrated. We came to this conclusion when we discovered Urban Outfitters’s Rohini daybed cushion, a heavenly, tufted mat that’s meant to accompany the retailer’s popular chaise (sold separately) but is infinitely cooler when you put your own spin on it. No matter what you do with it—you can style it on the ground à la this Natalie Portman photo shoot or use a bunch to create a pit-like sectional—this seating staple exudes cozy wherever it goes. And if you do decide to use it as a substitute for a legit sofa, we’ve got great news: It retails for only $139. Read on for four genius ways to make the most of the hardworking cushion.
DIY a Headboard
At the heart of any true chilled-out living room is a sleek, low-sitting sofa that encourages ultimate zen. Literally and figuratively elevate your current seating situation by piling a slew of cushions atop pallets for a semi-industrial look, much like this statement-worthy sectional.
Carve Out Room for Guests
Attics aren’t just good for storing unsightly memorabilia and dusty moving boxes. Freshen the walls up with a coat of paint, hang a plug-in pendant, set the mattress on a low platform, and you’ve got a functional bedroom for visitors. In this Nashville home, a scenic landscape mural sets the scene for a memorable snooze.
Switch Up Your Office Seating Arrangement
Staying put at a desk in a not-so-sturdy swivel chair for eight-plus hours can take a toll on your body. If you have the luxury of working from home, transform a corner of the room into a secondary workstation by stacking two cushions on top of one another—no frame necessary, just add supportive pillows.
Fake an Accent Chair
This brilliant idea comes from none other than the brand itself. By using a constraint of your choosing (colorful rope, bungee cord from your last move), you can instantly elevate the back by folding it and fixing it in place. Instant relaxation.
Craft a Custom Sectional
Ever since we first laid eyes on OkCupid cofounder Christian Rudder’s Roche Bobois sofa, we’ve been dreaming up ways to steal the look. Fortunately, we figured out that if you combine a few Rohini mattresses with Urban Outfitters’s Reema Back Cushion, you can create your own version of this stunning setup with no problem.
This story was originally published on April 19, 2018. It has been updated with new information.
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