What’s The Difference Between A Pouf And An Ottoman?

What Is The Difference Between A Pouf And An Ottoman?

Left – Turquoise Pouf designed by Looping Home / Right – Belham Living Milo Ottoman via Hayneedle

The terms pouf and ottoman are often used interchangeably despite the fact that they’re actually two different things.

What Is The Difference Between A Pouf And An Ottoman?

Left – Puff Daddy DIY Pouf by Pickles / Right – Souffle Ottoman by Kelly Wearstler

What makes a pouf a pouf? Poufs are basically large cushions that are typically meant to be placed on the floor as a foot rest, but can also be used in a number of other ways. For example, if you add a tray or flat piece of wood, they can also be used as small table.

What Is The Difference Between A Pouf And An Ottoman?

Turquoise Pouf designed by Looping Home

What sets poufs apart from their ottoman counterpart is that they’re made of only fabric and stuffing, and they don’t have any legs.

What Is The Difference Between A Pouf And An Ottoman?

Tillary Ottoman by West Elm

Ottomans, on the other hand, are defined by their framework and stumpy little legs.

What Is The Difference Between A Pouf And An Ottoman?

Cavett Ottoman from Crate&Barrel

So here’s the bottom line: if it’s got legs, it’s probably an ottoman. If it doesn’t have legs, it’s more likely a pouf.

What Is The Difference Between A Pouf And An Ottoman?

Left – Knitted Pouf from CB2 / Right – Manhattan Ottoman by MJLFurniture (via Wayfair)

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