How to Fill My Velvet Moroccan Pouf?

Moroccan poufs are one of the most iconic interior accent pieces you can find. From the standard round leather stubby to more modern colorful options, one thing any authentic Moroccan ottoman has in common is that they're sold with no filing!

That means you can select from various fillers available to make your pour ideal for your intended use. Don'y shy away, the task is easy and fun. In this article we're going to go over our 5 favorite options for filling a Moroccan pouf.


Before getting started, take a minute to think about how you intend to use your new ottoman. The main thing you want to consider is weather you're planning on using it as extra seating or just a decorative foot rest. The reason is because you'll need to go with a firmer filling if you want to use it as accessory seating so that it is able to easily support the weight without losing its shape. If you're not sure, just go with the  firmer options.


Essentially, a Moroccan Pouf can be filled with with pretty much anything you have available. Each type of filling will have it's own characteristics and appearance. Here are your 5 favorite options:

    1. NEWSPAPER BALLS (our favorite secret filler!)

      Crinkled newspapers or flyers are by far our favorite all-around filling option. It yields the firmest core while remaining lightweight enough for you to throw around. I definitely recommend this option if you're planning on using your pouf as seating. It might take a bit more time to fill but it's worth the effort. For the best results, line the inside of your pouf with fabric such as an old blanket or towel. This will give your Moroccan pouf just the right soft outer feel with the ideal firm core. As you use the pouf the newspaper will compress and shrink in volume. When this happen open it and add more crinkled paper to it.  Bonus: It gives a really discrete and soft crinkling sound you'll adore.

      Watch our how-to video below where we walk you through this method for one of our popular oversize velvet Moroccan poufs.

      • Medium weight
      • Very firm
      • Keeps it's shape well
      • Eco-friendly
      • Easy to fill evenly


      This is the most popular filler in Morocco. You can use literally any old (clean) textile-based item you have laying around that is not being used. Clothing, bed sheets, curtains, throws, even that old coat you never wear. Be sure to pack the items one-by-one in even layers. You want your pouf to be as even as possible with no empty corners.

      • Heavy
      • Firm
      • Keeps it's shape
      • Eco-friendly
      • Prone to uneven filling


      Using pillows or pillow stuffing to fill your Moroccan pouf is probably the easiest option. Sleeping bags or duvets are another possibility. You can even find cheap pillow inserts at Ikea.

      • Lightweight
      • Soft (not for sitting)
      • Semi-resilient
      • prone to uneven filling

    1. POLYSTYRENE BEADS (bean bag filler)

      Many Moroccan ottomans sold pre-filled use polystyrene beads as filler. It is cheap and very lightweight, making it ideal for shipping. You can easily find it online too.

      • Very lightweight
      • Surprisingly firm
      • Ecological hazard
      • Fills evenly
      • Keeps its shape


    This synthetic option is is also readily available like the bean bag filler, but with less of the ecological footprint.

    • Lightweight
    • Soft (not for sitting)
    • Semi-eco-friendly
    • Fills evenly
    • Resilient


Once you’ve picked your filling material for your ottoman, it’s time to get filling. The main mistake people often make is they don’t fill it enough! The secret to a good looking Moroccan pouf is a tightly packed stuffing. Make sure your pouf is overflowing before you zip it closed. As you use it the first few times the stuffing will compact.

Another secret: work the material in! This is another mistake many people make; they don't actually place the items strategically. You need to make sure that all the edges and corers in particular are well supported so your pouf stays us strong. Pus the filling to these regions as you go along.

If ever you're not happy with how your pouf look, just open it back up and work the stuffing around or add material. Do this until your pouf looks just like you want!


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