Cassandra Stone also contributed to this post.

If you're a mom you've probably heard once (or a million times) about the Instagram famous Nugget couch. In case you haven't, Nugget is a play couch made of four foam pieces that can be used to build forts, tunnels, lounge, watch TV or for quiet time with a favorite book. Nuggets come in several beautiful colors and became a hot-ticket item when the pandemic started, as parents were looking for more ways to keep their children entertained at home.

Oh, and it's not just kids who love the Nugget, because apparently, there is a Facebook group of parents sharing their fun times (cough cough) with the play couch. (No judgment!)

The reason these mini-sofas are so popular probably has a lot to do with the fact that they're like having a live-in babysitter (I can attest to this). Who knew lounging and playing around on some foam squares could be so entertaining? No complaints here.

I have two (which basically makes me like Nugget Royalty) and I cannot tell you the number of hours we've spent playing with or on it with my three children. My twin babies learned how to carefully get off of it by practicing over and over and over again during a snowstorm.

If you're looking to join the Nugget fan club or want to shop around and see what alternatives may be out there, here are my favorites from around the web.

The Nugget

The Nugget
$229

1. The Nugget

The OG, the sensation, the one that started all the internet memes. I have two (because if there’s something I’m really good at is the internet and buying online) and my kids absolutely love them. We use them every single night for storytime right before bed, and during the winter they’re the source of endless hours of fun.

Foamnasium Blocksy Kids Couch
$249

2. Foamnasium Blocksy Kids Couch

The Foamnasium comes in six muted colors and Pottery Barn ships immediately (this product is not available for pick up, so you still depend on your mail carrier to deliver on time). Made in the USA (Indiana to be specific) and GREENGUARD certified so you can be sure that your kids will be playing safely on it.

Foamnasium Mega Wedges
$239

3. Foamnasium Mega Wedges

If you are looking for even more fun, these wedges are the perfect add-on for whichever play couch you get. They come in sets of two, and in three different colors.

Jaxx Zipline kids modular loveseat ottomans fold out lounger
$169

4. Jaxx Zipline Kids

This play couch goes from a children’s loveseat to a table or a sleeping surface. Perfect to set up games on top of it for quiet time or even as a puppet theatre. It comes in eight colors and price ranges from $169-$199.

Softscape Toddler Playtime Corner Climber indoor active play structure for toddlers and kids
$119.99

5. SoftScape Corner Climber

This four-piece set is perfect for babies and toddlers to learn how to crawl up and down, and do steps. Ideal for a corner, it can be rearranged in different ways for endless playtime. It comes in five different color combinations. Plus, it has over 1,300 five-stars reviews and comes with free shipping!

Crash Couch
$399

6. Crash Couch

Made by a brand that provides crash mats for professional climbers and athletes, the Crash Couch is super safe and excellent quality. The Crash Couch is a four-piece collection made in a women-owned family factory in Ohio.

Yogibo
$269

7. Yogibo Max

The bean bag that you had in college comes nowhere near the comfort the Yogibo Max will give your family. The best seller of the Yogibo family is a couch, a bed and everything in between. Ready for kids’s to use it as a fort or to lounge and read a book on. It will be an all family favorite.

Cushy Couch
$319

8. Cushy Couch

The Cushy Couch is made in Canada and looks pretty similar to the OG. With four pieces (two for the base and two triangles) it comes in 11 colors (including some limited editions).

Children's Factory The Whatsit Kids Couch or 2 Chairs, Gray & Gold
$299

9. The Whatsit Kids Couch

The cool thing about the Children’s Factory Whatsit Couch is that it can also be split into two separate chairs, helping you avoid sibling fights over what type of fort they get to build. They come in four different color options and covers are machine washable (always a win in my book).

Delta Children Cozee Flip-out 2-in-1 convertible sofa to lounger
$89.99

10. Delta Children Cozee Flip Out 2-in-1 Convertible Sofa to Lounger

With an extra cozy sherpa cover and room for two, this kid-sized sofa turned lounger is perfect for everything from playtime to movie night. Just flip out the seat cushion when they want to kick back and stretch out. The lightweight foam is easy to cart from room to room and makes it easy to ship in an impressively small box!

Member's Mark Kids' Explorer Sofa
$179

11. Member's Mark Kids' Explorer Sofa

The Kids’ Explorer sofa is a brand-new item sold exclusively online at Sam’s Club. It comes in four colors: Sidewalk (gray), Flamingo (pink), Denim (blue), and Emerald (green). I was lucky enough to snag one of these myself recently, and I can attest to the awesomeness of this couch. The quality is fantastic, and after the foam pieces fill out (it takes less than a day), it looks amazing. My little ones entertain themselves for hours on this thing!

LUCID 4 Inch Folding Sofa and Play Mat - Comfortable and Durable Foam - Washable Cover - Twin
$109.99

12. Lucid folding sofa

This folding foam sofa doubles as a play mat, providing comfortable seating and a safe play area. Perfect to use for sleepover guests, camping, cabins, dorm rooms and children’s playrooms.

This article was originally published in February 2020. It has been updated.

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