Trend Report: Puffy Coat Furniture (aka Channel Tufting)

By: Sarah Beaumont

January 16, 2017

Photo via Frederickielemoes.be / L.L. Bean


When it’s zero degrees Fahrenheit and snowing outside, there’s one thing we can always count on — the puffer coat. Lately, we’ve seen the puffy coat not only stake its claim on snowy streets but also in chic homes, restaurants and bars in the form of couches, banquettes, pillows and more.

Though this plush and bulbous furniture style can easily be compared to the puffy coat, it’s better known as channel tufting in interior design terms. And we’ve seen the style reemerge in more ways than one. Whether it’s decorating restaurants with Old Hollywood charm or it’s chilling on sofas with ’70s glam and ’80s decadence, the plump and padded look of channel tufting is back with a puffy new twist.


Channel-Tufted Banquettes & Sofas

Thick and sumptuous horizontal tufts add linear dimension to a room by drawing the eye upward. Whether in a plush, buttery shade of suede or a structured pop of pink leather, these modern channels pair perfectly with shiny metallics and strong silhouettes.

We love a puffy, red jacket… er, we mean banquette to cozy up in on a cold, cold night.

The 70s-Cool Togo Sofa

The classic Ligne Roset Togo sofa was not only the world’s first all-foam sofa, but it was also the world’s first piece of furniture that really had the puffy coat look down. Designed by Michel Ducaroy in the ’70s, the Togo is seeing a resurgence in popularity. How do we know? It’s completely flooding our Pinterest feeds.

Just like the puffer jacket, the Togo is durable, versatile and comfortable. Some come in suede or leather while others are upholstered in soft, supple velvet. And then there are those that are made with the same type of shiny, synthetic outer shell as the puffy coat itself.

Puff Power
Trend Report: Puffy Coat Furniture (aka Channel Tufting), Laurel & Wolf, via CB2

via CB2

The puffer look has gone beyond banquettes and couches. So if you’re not ready to embrace the trend with a large piece of furniture, opt for throw pillows with soft channels of buttery saddle leather to add an extra layer of puff to sofas, beds, and chairs.

Channel-tufted headboards offer the best of both worlds — they look glam and feel good. The tufting visually adds dimension and softness to a space while creating a well-padded headboard that’s perfect for leaning back against with a good book.

The best part about channel tufting and puffy coats? Their simplicity. Loose and unbuttoned yet stuffed and seamed, puffy furniture makes a chic statement in any style of space.

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