What’s a play couch and how do we use it?

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Are you looking for ways to keep your kids busy indoors (without pulling out the screens)? As a parent, you know better than anyone that little imaginations are always dreaming up new ways to play. So, why not give them the ultimate indoor playground to bring their wildest ideas to life?

That’s where a kids play couch comes in. With infinite configurations and a soft yet durable design, a play couch is perfect for open-ended, imaginative indoor play.

Want to make sure you’re getting the most fun out of your kids play couch? Keep reading to discover how to use a kids play couch and what creative builds your little ones can create.

What is a kids play couch?

In case you haven’t encountered one before, a play couch is part-toy, part-furniture, and one of the most versatile toys to hit lounge rooms since the cardboard box.

But let’s talk specifics. A kids play couch is made up of modular cushions, each in different shapes and sizes. The aim is this: to encourage your kids to build, climb, roll and slide their way through the afternoon....without deconstructing your adult couch.

Each cushion is made from lightweight but super durable materials, with non-slip, machine-washable covers that allow kids to configure each piece into a fort, castle, ship, obstacle course or anything else they want to create. It fosters the kind of imaginative indoor play that we all spent hours of our childhoods engaging in, but with a household item that is now custom built for this.

What makes a kids play couch an all-round winner is its unique ability to replace all those small toys that are cluttering your living room floor. Instead, a stylish play couch can live in your home year-round (yep, even when guests come around) and keep the kids entertained for years to come.

What makes a kids play couch an all-round winner is its unique ability to replace all those small toys that are cluttering your living room floor.

Possum Play Couch  in Bush Campfire mode

Why kids love play couches

We reckon every kid deserves to have a custom-built toy made for endless, imaginative play. And that’s exactly what a play couch delivers: a modular design that transforms into whatever creation your kids can dream up.

Here what your kids adore about a play couch:

1) It's perfect for rainy days: skip hours on the computer or swiping on the iPad. Instead, a play couch will keep little minds occupied as they sail the seas, whizz through a race track or venture into the jungle. A play couch suddenly turns the indoors into a whole playground.

2) They can throw themselves at it: soft cushions mean that kids can throw themselves on and at a play couch without hurting themselves or breaking household items. This means Mum and Dad are more willing to let them run and jump and do all those sorts of fun things indoors that usually are reserved for outside

3) It's all theirs!: Instead of getting in trouble for pulling apart the adult couch AGAIN, or being nagged to be careful not to spill something near the cushions, having a kid-dedicated play couch that is easy to clean means your children can truly make it their own and play with far fewer adult interruptions.

Possum Play Couch in Hidden Fort mode

Why parents love play couches

It’s not just little ones that are going crazy for play couches. Parents are also falling in love with this versatile toy for many reasons, including:


1) A play couch saves your actual sofa: A play couch gives your adult couch a well-deserved break! Ever gone to sit down and realised your couch cushions are already busy being critical parts of a fort construction? A play couch will take care of that problem for you and ensure your adult sofa is finally left in peace.

2) A play couch encourages inter-sibling play: Play couches foster the kind of sibling play and family time that almost all parents are looking for. While many small toys are hard for siblings to play with at the same time, a play couch really comes to life when you have someone to help hoist cushions, crash down walls, or snuggle into a nook with. Suitable for play for all ages, from babies to teens, a play couch helps set the stage for inter-sibling play, and some peace for parents from squabbling along the way.

3) A play couch can get dirty... and clean again easily: A well made play couch (like The Possum!) has easy cleaning as a key product feature. We're talking stain-resistant covers that are mostly spot cleaned with a damp cloth, while also been removable and machine-washable. Because no parent wants to be stressing about the inevitable spills and stains that come with play.

4) You'll find yourself using it a lot too!: Many parents are surprised by how often they end up using a play couch, as well as their kids. Movie nights, a spare bed, or just an incredibly comfortable spot to lounge on at the end of the evening (with a cup of tea or glass of wine in hand), the play couch has no age limit and many parents report getting incredible use out if it themselves, both with and without their kids around.

5) It's a kids toy that actually looks good: No plastic parts, primary colours, or high pitched music coming from this toy. As well as being a seriously fun item for your kids, a play couch can be a stylish piece of furniture when it's not in play mode that can live happily in shared family spaces. The Possum comes in 7 stylish colours carefully selected to be interior and adult friendly.


Possum Play Couch in Halfpipe mode

Why we built The Possum, Australia & New Zealand's ultimate kids play couch

Building forts and castles out of couch cushions and sheets has been part of Australian and New Zealand childhoods for generations. But until kids play couches came along, it meant deconstructing beds, linen cupboards and pulling apart the adult’s couch. This and all of the wonderful reasons above, is why our Co-Founders Renee and Giorgia created the ultimate kids play couch, The Possum.

Suddenly realising that your home needs a play couch in it? Check out The Possum Play Couch to get yourself sorted!

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Based on 1314 reviews
Armrest Set

amazing design, my son loves it, is always jumping around it, trying to move it ( he's 15months)

Thick Base Add-On
Kylie W.
Comfortable and fun play couch

The kids love this, its super versatile, sturdy and comfortable. Definitely recommend for active, creative play. I think this will grow with the kids and get loads of use.

Beautiful colour. My baby loves crawling and climbing on the couch every day.

So versatile and good quality

I hadn't appreciated just how good the Possum Play Couch would be. My daughter uses it every day - building dens, jumping on it, making obstacle courses, and so on - plus it doubles up as extra seating in our living room for guests, and is super comfy used as a bed! We've used it for 'movie nights' downstairs many times now. We're so pleased we invested in a Possum Play Couch - such good quality and copes with everything we throw at it. I think even as my daughter gets older she will get a lot of use out of it.

The perfect gift!

The Possum Play couch was a Christmas gift to my grandchildren, aged three and a half, and 20 months. They were thrilled with it, and use it daily. Some days they'll build with it, or use it to tumble on. Others times they'll recline across it sharing a book, or even fall asleep on its cushions. The colour choice is excellent, too. All in all, it was money well invested - it invites creative and active play, which can change as they grow.


I bought this as a Christmas present to my 18 month old and 3 year old. It’s a great feeling to say they have used it daily and used their imagination on what is was (ramps for a monster truck course, cubby house, slumber parties with cousins, wrestling mat, the list goes on!).
To be honest from a parent side of things I have nothing but positive comments, thank you!

Great product

I bought this for my bestfriends 6month old for Christmas and he absolutely loves it as do the parents. Been doing tummy time on it even rolled over. Mum loves it also as it’s comfortable and easy place to bottle feed her bubba and lay down together. Cant wait for when he’s older and can start playing with it properly.

Love it!

The Possum Play Couch was a Christmas present for our 18 month old granddaughter and we couldn't be happier.

In the short time we’ve had it she’s climbed, slid, hidden, driven, sat, laid, jumped, rolled, napped and enjoyed so many different creations. It’s clear it will grow with her and keep her entertained for years to come.

It’s also made sitting on the floor and playing a much more enjoyable experience for us and is so comfortable it’s regularly used as additional seating by the adults and cats.

Definitely recommend!

Best buy can’t rave about this enough

Armrest Set


Brings fun

I bought one for my 1.5 year old and one for my nieces (oldest is 3.5). All of them are enjoying the couches and find different things to do with them. Good way to get out some energy before bed - my son just likes jumping off it.

The Possum Play Couch (with Circle Set)


The kids truly love it hours of fun and super comfy

Endless fun! Make us so happy - and it's so comfortable, soft but firm.
Very happy with purchase and quick delivery.
Thank you

Amazing play couch

My 4 and 2 year olds love there new play couch, it's been a car, a stage, a den, a rocket and somewhere to chill and watch a film. The extra arm bits are always being used a balance beams.

We LOVE it!

The kids love the versatility of being able to create all kinds of set ups and it keeps them busy for hours on end!

Kids LOVE it

This couch is the centre of my children’s play. 4 yo and 18 month old love it. So versatile and always the go to when they’re playing together. Soft, great quality.

Favorite Christmas present

My grandchildren love their Possum Play Couch. It was the most played-with Christmas gift. Such a great product. Highly recommend.

The Possum Mini
Crystal G.
Single Couch

Amazing quality, we bought for our grandbaby and she loves it! I think it will last a very long time. We will be adding the additonal pieces in the very near future.

Amazing Customer Service

We ordered a play couch for a Christmas present, finding an issue with the order at 5pm on Christmas Eve, we still received a beautiful reply Christmas Eve and the most amazing follow up service at the busiest time of the year! We couldn’t have been more grateful. Kids also love their couch and use it daily… ♥️

No regrets!

We love our possum play couch! The kids have been obsessed with it since Christmas! Easy to deal with and great customer service! You won’t be disappointed!

Perfect Christmas present

This was the perfect gift for Christmas as its kept the kids entertained for hours over the holidays. They’re constantly finding new creations to build, the possibilities are endless.

Great gifts 🎁

Bought the possum play couch for my two grandkids age 2 and 6 as a Christmas present 🎁… they love it very much and been using almost daily…. Great item for young kids…

Kids love it!

Great colour and kids love building different things. Wonderful customer service as well!