11 best pouffes

Not got enough space for all your guests to sit? Sally Newall finds decorative pieces to solve your seating problems (or somewhere to put your feet up)

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Whether you're after a stand-out piece or a subtly stylish bit of furniture, we've found pretty and practical pouffes for your home. Here's our selection.

1. Graham and Green Moroccan Leather Pouffe: £130, grahamandgreen.co.uk


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There are lots of Moroccan-style pouffes out there but these ones are the particularly eye-catching; hand-stitched in Marrakech, they're made using hand-dyed leather and decorated with embroidery, they come in a range of vibrant colours as well as silver and gold tones.  

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2. Voyage Gregor Pouffe: £180, johnlewis.com


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Somewhere between a floor cushion and a low pouffe, this handsome Scottish-made stag-print piece looks as if it's made to be plonked down in front of a roaring log fire - preferably accompanied by a dram of whisky. The price reflects the fact it’s larger than most on the list at 75cm diameter.

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3. Fun Makes Good P Geometric Patchwork Pouffe: £120, etsy.com/uk



We love these eye-catching geometric-patterned pieces from the independent Scottish designer. The patchwork is made from soft leather and hand-dyed cotton satin and you can choose from a range of colour combos. You can remove the bean bag liner and top it up with more polystyrene beans if you like your seating extra firm.

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4. Anthropologie Large Diamond-Weave Pouffe: £248, anthropologie.eu



Created in India and handwoven from recycled fabrics, this vibrant piece will add some colour to your room without  being over-bearing. At 65cm square and 25cm high, it's taller than a cushion but still fairly low to the ground.

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5. Leila Small Pouffe Eva Print: £179, made.com



If you want something studier than a polystyrene-filled pouffe (as most on this list are) Made’s upright Leila has a birchwood frame with soft padding. You can choose between this spring-like floral print or a woven cotton piece in sunset colours.

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6. Kaikoo Chunky Knitted Pouffe: £60, tesco.com/direct



Anyone who likes the look of a knitted cotton pouffe but don't know how to choose from the many there are around, these ones, available in eight vibrant colours, are good value for their 50cm diameter. Our pick is this attention-grabbing mustard.

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7. George Home Pouffe: £39, direct.asda.com



Inject some on-trend geometrics into your sitting room for not much money with this chevron-pattered piece from George's good-value home range. It's softer than some but makes a decent extra seat or footrest.

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8. M&S Diamond Print Pouffe: £99, marksandspencer.com



Here's another low pouffe that will work just as well as a foot stand as an occasional seat. Made from a wool mix in a contemporary diamond-print design, it's a quality, sturdy piece for under a hundred pounds.

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9. Habitat Lowe Pouf: £80, habitat.co.uk



From Habitat’s latest collection, this multi-coloued pouffe was handwoven in India and will add a bit of texture to your sitting room set up. 

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10. 727 Sailbags Solo Pouf: £191, amara.com



Now for something completely different, these large white pouffes are made from recycled sail covers which means each one is unique. Hand-sewn in France, you get a label with it telling you’re the sail and boat where it came from. Makes a good pressie for sailing fans. Handily, you can easily unzip the bag to be refilled.

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11. Orwell and Goode Badger Round Pouffe: £115, notonthehighstreet.com



The kids will love Orwell and Goode’s animal print pouffes, but they’re stylish enough to go in an adults’ sitting room, too. The come in badger, fox and owl designs in deep, rich colours. The outer fabric is a heavy cotton so this one feel sturdier than many on the market.

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For a piece that will add texture and colour without dominating, we like Habitat's well-priced Lowe. If it's leather your after, try Graham and Green for a traditional Moroccan pouffe in super-modern colour ways. 

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