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12 Nugget couch alternatives for parents who want one now

Today's Parent logo Today's Parent 2021-03-03 Jessica Pollack and Kevin John Siazon
a person sitting in a living room: Photo of a family lounging and reading books on a modular play couch © Used with permission of / © St. Joseph Communications. Photo of a family lounging and reading books on a modular play couch

If you’ve got kids in the house and an Instagram addiction, you’ve likely heard of the elusive Nugget play couch, the unicorn of the children’s furniture world. The versatile, modular sofa lets little ones get creative by building elaborate forts and gives them a comfy spot to lounge on movie nights. Once the pandemic hit, you probably even considered trying to get your hands on a Nugget—only to discover that securing one depends on winning a lottery and the competition is fierce. But  guess what? There are other versions available that are just as fun and far less stressful (virtual school aged us enough for one year, TYVM). Check out our favourite Nugget alternatives below:

The Whatsit Kids Foam Sofa

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Photo: Wayfair

Let your kids get creative with this modular sofa, and when they’re done playing, they can configure it into their own separate chairs for quiet time. Plus, the slip covers are machine washable!

$520, wayfair.ca

My Puffin Play Couch

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Photo: My Puffin

This play couch is made to last with durable fabric covers that are meant to withstand the hard knocks of playtime. Plus, the strong zippers are covered by fabric to stop kids from getting hurt while they play.

$499, mypuffin.ca

The Joey

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Photo: Chew Chew Baby Roo

The half moon pillow that comes with this set is the perfect arm rest, and if you want to give kids even more options, Chew Chew Baby Roo offers extra cushion sets with different shapes like half-circle rockers, trapezoids and triangular wedges.

$300, chewchewbabyroo.com

The Nest

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Photo: Stylized Nest

This luxury play couch is 100% made in Canada and comes with two extra large rainbow bolsters that are super versatile. You can use them with the stacking cushions for all kinds of builds, but they’re just as good on their own as a seat, a footrest or a super fun rocker!

$598, stylizednest.com

My Couchy Couch

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Photo: My Couchy Couch

The cushions on the My Couchy are shaped like flat-top trapezoids rather than full triangles, which are great for added comfort and versatility!

$349, mycouchy.com

The Cushy Couch

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Photo: Cushy Couch

Available in eight chic colours, the Cushy Couch goes perfectly with any decor. They also offer an expansion kit for even more cushy fun!

$399, cushycouch.ca

The Figgy

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Photo: Shenanigan Kids

The cushions on this play couch easily velcro together to create all kinds of configurations. Plus, the cushion covers have built-in waterproof liners for mess-free play. Keep an eye out for Canadian shipping to become available later this year.

$279 US, shenanigankids.com

Jaxx Zipline Playscape

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Photo: Jaxx

The perfect addition to any playroom, the Zipline Playscape is available in eight vibrant colours that will have your kids’ imaginations running wild!

$295 US, jaxxbeanbags.com

IGLU Soft Play Shapes Activity Toys

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Photo: Amazon

These anti-slip blocks are as easy to clean as they are likely to stoke the creativity of your little ones, who can climb, build or just lounge around.

$290, amazon.ca

SoftScape Climber

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Photo: Wayfair

What kid doesn’t love crawling through a tunnel? This play set is the perfect way for little climbers to get their energy out in a soft and safe environment.

$422, wayfair.ca

Milliard Tri-Fold foam folding mattress

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Photo: Amazon

Available in four different mattress sizes, this clever design folds to create a couch with a back cushion. Kids can use it as a play mat or a sofa, and when guests pop by the larger sizes double as a bed.

$63-$206, amazon.ca

IKEA SLÄKT folding mattress

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Photo: Ikea

This easy-to-store mattress is perfect for movie night and doubles as a mattress for sleepovers. We suspect crafty kids could also MacGyver some kind of fort with a few extra props.

$99, ikea.com

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