Why Kids Play Couches Are Worth the Hype

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To a child, a sofa is simply indoor playground equipment. You can make forts, build obstacle courses, create slides and more! But not every parent wants the communal couch used for horseplay. Kid play couches let little kids use their imagination with built-for-them sofas. From the original Nugget to a new Insta-favorite The Figgy, here are the best play couches for kids. Tumble away!


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Nugget

The Nugget

The first. The original. The gold standard! The Nugget arrives in 4 simple pieces: 2 wedge pillows, a sturdy base pillow and a soft cushion. It’s a straightforward approach that lets you bend, fold and rearrange this play couch into (at last count) 25 or more configurations. Likely the most adaptive piece of furniture you’ll own, the Nugget morphs from fort to lounger with ease, and its supportive base means it easily converts into a bed or naptime cozy corner. It comes in 15 colors, so you can blend this chic piece in with your decor.

Available at nuggetcomfort.com, $229.

The Figgy

The Figgy

Marketed as a “home adventure kit,” The Figgy currently comes in five colors and features four base cushions and two rectangular cushions. You can build on this play set/sofa set by ordering extra rectangular cushions separately or adding wedges to your set. The Figgy has a super soft touch with a waterproof lining for extra protection (but if it does get dirty, just pop it in the wash) and is made from low-VOC foam.

Available at figgyplay.com, $359.

Foamnasium

Blocksy by Foamnasium

Similar to the Nugget, the Blocksy comes with two foam wedges and two folding bases. You can order the Blocksy in 12 colors directly from Foamnasium (the fun makers of this gymnastic-like play set). You can also order the Blocksy at Pottery Barn Kids in authentic PB textiles for a seamless living room look. The stand-out addition to this set are pillars you can purchase separately.

Available at foamnasium.com, $249.

Sam’s Club

Member’s Mark Kids Explorer Sofa

Kids play couches can come at a hefty price, which is why we love the Explorer as a more affordable option. With two triangle pillows to lean on (or build with), a base level and a “comfort” level, this set comes in five muted hues plus a vibrant blue and features a secret pocket. If you’re looking to fill a playroom or build a bigger lounge area, you can’t beat this price tag! 

Available at samsclub.com, $180.

Leo Mat

LeoMat

This foldable sofa set distinguishes itself from the competition by billing itself as a mat. Its unique trifold design means it folds up more compactly than its competitors (ideal for families with limited space!). Each set is sold in two pieces (the trifold mat and a foam wedge pillow) in five solid colors and nine patterns. The bold patterns in this line help hide dirt and stains between washes.

Available at theleomat.com, $399.

The Joey

Modeled after the oversized loungers used in private home theaters, The Joey Theater Set is great for school-aged gamers but still offers fun shapes and sizes for younger kids in the house to build with. You can get a similar effect by adding a Rocker Set to a regular Joey. The Joey comes with a half-moon armrest, perfect for the family that needs a little buffer between siblings. 

Available at rooandyou.ca, $445.

—Meghan Yudes Meyers

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