How to Easily Refluff a Pouf or Ottoman

May 22, 2020

How to refluff a smashed ottoman or pouf at home.

Well this seems to be a tips and tricks week here on TDC, so let's keep that going! 

If you missed the other posts from this week, you can see how to make a window private for super cheap here and how to dress up a ceiling fan with a lamp shade here.

I shared this ottoman refluffing tip on my Instagram stories the other day and had so many people respond, I figured I should share it here! It's a pretty easy fix.

I got these ottomans for our family room last year and we LOVE them:
How to fluff up a sad, flat ottoman
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You can find the neutral poufs/ottomans here!

We keep them under the coffee table and I've been really happy with them. But like anything that's filled with foam, they start to lose their fullness over time. The foam gets crushed, so a full ottoman or pouf will start to shrink. 

I like mine as fluffy as possible, so I wanted to fill them back up! 

Our ottomans have a nice cover with a zipper at the bottom. There's an insert with the foam inside that I had to open up: 
seam ripper to open seams

A seam ripper is super helpful for this part! It makes quick work of opening this up. 

I ordered foam filler online here -- you can pick the amount you'll need. I have plenty left for future use: 
Foam pellets to fill ottoman or bean bag

We used a cup and scooped it into the insert...slowly. This stuff will go all over if you're not careful. 

These larger foam pellets were pretty easy to work with though: 
How to refill ottoman with foam pellets

Once I had them as full as possible, I hand sewed the inserts closed. That's it! 

Just look at the difference! 
how to refluff ottomans or poufs

SO much better! These decorative poufs are usually not cheap -- refluffing will give them a much longer life. 

It took me about an hour to fill them back up. Now they look like they did when we got them!:
ottomans under coffee table living room

This fix works on any ottoman, cushion or pouf filled with foam pellets. And of course, bean bags! 

In a couple years I'll probably have to do it again, but as you can see, we have plenty. ;) 

Do you have a sad, flat ottoman that needs some fluff? 

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  1. Where did you get the cute little remote holder?

    1. I got it at Target but it was years ago. They don't seem to carry it anymore. :(

  2. If you have a ottoman with more traditional filling that is starting to look a little un-poufy give it to your kid to kick around. We had a woven leather ottoman that was filled with something more than the foam pellets. When it started to look a little squished I'd have my boy kick and flip it all over the house. He loved this usually forbidden activity and it fluffed that ottoman right back up!

    A tip for re-filling the bean bags and poufs--use a flexible cutting mat or poster board to create a large funnel. Makes it a smidge less messy and a whole lot faster to fill!


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