Bean bag chairs have come a long way since they were first created back in the 1960’s. The variety of sizes, shapes, and fillers are endless. Because you can form them, they can be instantly comfortable for any body shape or sitting position. Best of all, they’re one of the most inexpensive seating options you can consider for your apartment. So, if you’re looking for extra seating and want something fun, flexible, and frugal, it’s time to consider the bean bag chair.
When it comes to shapes, there are a lot of options out there. You can go for the classic round bean bag. Since they’re more casual looking, they may not fit with your living room décor. Square bean bags are more like a regular chair in that they have backrests and often arms. They provide more support and look less casual. Gaming bean bags are structured like office chairs, giving great support for the back, arms, and neck. Like their name implies, they’re perfect for those that spend hours on video games. Long bean bags allow you to fully recline or share the chair with another person.
The size of your bean bag chair should be based on who will be using it. For kids, a circumference of 110-120 inches works well. For teens or shorter adults, 130-140 inches is good. For taller adults, look for something that’s 150-160 inches.
The original bean bag chairs were filled with Styrofoam beads that were often either too firm or too shifty. Today, there are much better options. EPS beads are the most common. They’re lightweight and chairs that use them easily retain their form. EEP beads withstand crushing better than EPS, which makes them a better choice if a chair will have to withstand more weight. Compressed foam – or memory foam – is gaining in popularity. Because it responds to body heat, it can mold to fit you perfectly. Natural fillers are also making a comeback with buckwheat hulls providing a firmer but eco-friendly option.
The material you choose for a cover will largely be dependent on how and where you use your bean bag. Vinyl is a common choice because it is inexpensive, durable, and easy to maintain. The one downside is that it can become sticky in warm weather. Cotton or corduroy is comfortable, breathable, and dressier than vinyl. Leather is durable and stylish, but also the most expensive choice. Microsuede is becoming more popular since it provides the stylish look of fabric with durability and ease of cleaning.