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If you've got a kid under five, you've definitely heard of the Nugget couch by now. You know, the notoriously hard to get, Instagram famous play couch? If not, let's catch up.
Part furniture, part toy, the design is simple: Four foam pieces (a thicker base, a thin cushion, and two triangular pieces) that offer little ones countless hours of open-ended play and their (exhausted parents) relief from relentless cries of "I'm borrrredddd!"
Call it brilliant or perfectly suited to spending months on end at home during a global pandemic, there's no denying the Nugget is one of the most coveted kid products on the market right now.
The main reason these mini sofas are so hot? Kids seem to play with them for hours. After all, nothing is more fun than playing with and lounging on couch–and in this case, it's far less annoying than when they do it with your actual couch.
But with the success of the Nugget, an entirely new category has been unlocked. The play couch market seems to have exploded and while we do love the OG, we must say–there's some totally worthy competition out there these days.
If you're looking to join the Nugget couch fan club or interested in all the coolest alternatives, we've rounded up some of our favorite play couches that are worth a look!
This article was originally published in February 2020. It has been updated.