12 Best Ottomans and Poufs (for Seating, Storage, and Even Sleeping)

12 Best Ottomans and Poufs (for Seating, Storage, and Even Sleeping)

Katie Holdefehr
Nov 18, 2016

Don't let its small size fool you, the ottoman may be one of the hardest-working (yet under-appreciated!) pieces of furniture. Especially if you live in a small space, a single stool that acts as an extra seat, a side table, a storage unit, a place to prop your feet, and maybe even a bed is the kind of do-it-all multitasker you're going to want to keep around.


Ideal for a small space, this affordable ottoman doubles as storage and an extra seat, while the 17-inch base lets it slip into a corner or under a desk when it's not in use.

This little ottoman has everything we're looking for: Luxe tufted velvet, hidden storage and a price tag that's less than $200.

These soft knit poufs were designed to be used in a child's room, but they would also work well in a Scandinavian-style grown-up apartment.

A concealed hinge hides the fact that the top of this ottoman flips up so you can stash blankets and pillows inside.

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No artful bohemian home would be complete without a Moroccan-style pouf. We've been eyeing this gold-studded brown leather one from Lulu & Georgia, but it also comes in 13 other colors.

Brown leather in an antique crackle finish warms up the steel base on this handsome stool.

If shabby chic is really making a modern comeback, it's time to start loading up on antique floral prints. This wallpaper-inspired pattern is nostalgic and fresh at the same time.

If you have the space to house this 44-inch-long ottoman, it will store all your extra blankets and throw pillows, plus serve as extra seating for a crowd. Casters on each corner make this piece a breeze to move wherever you need a seat or serving table.

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This sleek 20-inch-tall ottoman can slide under a coffee table or desk when it's not serving as a seat or standing in for a side table.

A romantic combination of blush pink linen-velvet upholstery and skinny brass legs, this is the ottoman our 5-year-old selves probably would have designed for our grown-up dream homes.

A sleek gray ottoman that folds out into—surprise!—a bed. This splurge of a seat will prove indispensable when out-of-town guests come to visit your tiny apartment.

This square dark leather ottoman would make a stand-out addition to a stylish bachelor pad.

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