Relaxing on Bean Bags in Style and Comfort
While traditionally thought of as kids seating, bean bag chairs have recently grown up in style. These pieces of furniture bring a level of functionality to any space. Adding bean bag furniture to your game room or den is an opportunity to indulge in some much needed relaxation at the end of a long day. Here are a few key things to consider as you shop.
What are my options for bean bag shape and style?
These days you can choose from a number of bean bag patterns and novelty shapes to match your room's decor. If you want to take a walk on the wild side, look for animal prints like zebra or leopard. Personalized bean bag chairs and couches can make your little ones feel extra special, while pillow loungers or teardrop chairs are top choices for any picky teenager. If bright & colorful is too much, don't worry, you can always find clean neutrals that simply blend in with any style.
How do I determine the right size for my bean bag?
Toddlers and small children will find comfort in the smaller, 30 inch bean bags while their slightly older siblings would be more at home in a medium-sized one. Large bean bags provide cozy seating for teens and your college-bound young adults. And for those of us who love to cuddle up with our kids or pets - when they allow it of course, look to the extra-large bean bags that measure 72 inches and above. Truly there is a size for everyone and every situation.
Does the bag filling affect comfort?
Bead fillers provide the traditionally firmer bean bag feel that we all know and love. They are lightweight and resistant to moisture or heat, and bead filling tends to compress and reform every time you sit or plop down. Foam filling is a more recent addition to bean bags and is typically made of furniture-grade foam similar to what is used in couches and arm chairs. This filling can be compressed to a quarter of its original size for shipping and requires a little extra time to fully expand. Foam filler can be easily reformed and offers a softer seating experience than its bead counterpart.
How do I know which fabric to choose?
If you prefer soft-to-the-touch fabrics, cotton and fiber blends will your best bet. There are also plush fabric options available in adorable animal shapes for the little ones. These softer fabrics might be more on the delicate side so busier households should look to sturdier fabric options like denim, vinyl, or leather. Nylon and polyester fabrics tend to be even more durable and are often water resistant which means they're typically a great option for outdoor use. You can look to the product descriptions for even more information on specific fabrics.
Are bean bags easy to clean?
There are two bean bag options to look for that will make the cleaning process a breeze. Both machine washable bean bags and those that have removable covers will be easiest. These two types allow you to take advantage of your in-home washer & dryer to keep up with accidental spills or general cleaning needs. Should you opt for a bean bag that doesn't fall under either type, no need to fret! Sometimes all it takes is a quick spot-clean with a mild soap or cleaning agent. Be sure to follow any care instructions as different fabrics tend to have their own guidelines for best results.
Can I take my bean bag chair outside with me?
Certain bean bags are tailored for outdoor use and made with more durable, weather resistant fabrics. These versatile outdoor bean bags allow you to relax outside on your porch, in your yard, or even at the beach. You can take advantage of nicer weather on a bean bag chair for one, or pick a bean bag patio set to entertain friends and family in comfort.
There is no age limit for enjoying the comfort offered by bean bag furniture. Once you've decided on the size and type of filling, narrow down your options even further by addressing durability and the ease of cleaning best suited for your household needs. Have fun with bean bag color and shape or opt for more subtle neutrals - you can't go wrong with this cozy seating option!
Related: Dig in deeper with our Bean Bag Buying Guide.