Small and sometimes as funny as its name, the pouf has become an object any respectable living room can’t do without.

Although small, this piece of furniture has even made its way into other rooms of the home. You can now find it in the bedroom and – why not? – even in the bathroom. In fact, it’s a versatile piece of occasional furniture that always has a purpose, both in terms of design and functionality.

What’s your favourite pouf? Let yourself be inspired by its very original story and by some tips to help you choose the best pouf for your requirements.

The pouf’s noble story

As usual, there isn’t just one story about the origin of the pouf but there are various, more or less legendary, versions.

The simplest, and most probable, is onomatopoeic. In fact, this word comes from the French language and it simply describes the sound this object, usually as soft as a cushion, makes when you sit on it….pouf!

There is also quite a funny, historically-based French legend attached to the pouf. Apparently, during the second half of the 18th century, the French queen Mary Antoinette’s hairdresser invented a very complicated hairstyle for her that was double the height of her head and required a metal frame and some small cushions to support it.

The imaginative hairdresser Leonard Autié called his creation “pouf” and it became very fashionable amongst the European noblewomen of that time. The name of the current-day piece of furniture may therefore come from this hairstyle because it resembles its padded shape. As fascinating as it may be, this legend sounds a bit far-fetched to us.

No matter whether this is a true story or a tale that has been touched up by the imagination of storytellers, the pouf is still a greatly appreciated piece of furniture because of the comfort it adds to any home.

How to choose your ideal pouf

If you are looking for the ideal pouf for your living room you can follow these simple tips:

  1. Choose a pouf coordinated with the style of your furniture. Although it is small, it would be a mistake to make it clash with the style of the design that surrounds it.
  2. Weigh up how much space is available so that you can choose a pouf that is neither too big nor too little but in proportion with the rest of the room.
  3. Ask yourself what you will use it mainly for because its functionality is as important as its design: some poufs are perfect to put your feet up on, others are more comfortable to sit on and there are even storage poufs.

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