What are pouffe and stools? 4 reasons why they will increase the feel of your homePoufs are ornamental furniture with a big, pillow-like look that is small and light. They lack any metal or wood frame and instead have a square or circular foam core. These padded, upholstered footstools are between 14 and 16 inches tall. Stores generally offer pouffes as individual items since they go well with informal living areas.