What Makes A Good Bean Bag?

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Bean bags come in different forms, shapes and sizes. From weatherproof outdoor bean bags to stylish minimal ones and of course, functional bean bags for the avid PC and console gamer. 

Shoppers have plenty of options available and many different styles to choose from. However, with so much choice, finding a suitable beanbag can feel somewhat overwhelming for the customer. Naturally, regardless of what one is shopping around for, people want to find furniture items that fall within their budget, look good, and stand the test of time. 

So, if you’re on the prowl for a good bean bag but aren’t quite sure what to focus on when trying to narrow your options, we’ve come up with a list of characteristics worth looking out for when doing your bean bag shopping: 

Bean Bag Functionality 

While aesthetics are important, one of the first things you should consider is actually functionality. For instance, if you want a bean bag that is for outdoor use then you’ll need to look for waterproof models. 


On the other hand, if you plan on using your bean bag for gaming then you’ll need to look for a bean bag that is ergonomically designed with comfort in mind. After all, you’ll be spending lots of time seated in it so you’ll want to ensure your body is well-supported. 


A Bean Bag Designed With Convenience In Mind

Unfortunately, most people choose furniture items based on emotion rather than sound research on design. One important thing to consider when looking for a good bean bag is whether it is designed with convenience in mind. 


For example, when it comes to keeping a bean bag clean, those that come with an inner bag (filled with beads) and an outer bag that is easily removed and popped into a wash are particularly convenient. This feature is also handy in the event the bag should be torn accidentally because the additional layer protects the beads from spilling out.


Durable Fabric

Consumers are often drawn to beautifully designed fabric but it is key to think beyond appearance and consider durability too. Look at what type of fabric the outer bag is made from. Most indoor bean bags will be made out of polyester, while those made from artificial leather are well-suited for outdoor use. 


Again, think about fabrics that are easy to clean, which will especially be the case if you have pets or young children. Even bean bags that are intended for indoor use benefit from being damp-resistant for example in the event that a drink should spill on the bean bag in question. Regardless, having a fabric that won’t tear and can withstand constant use and the elements will contribute to the longevity of the product. 


Bean Bag Filling

Many shoppers are quick to overlook what is inside their bean bag, which is a grave mistake. You’ll find that the bean bags on the market are filled with a variety of different things including expanded polystyrene (EPS) beads, buckwheat grains, and various types of foam. 


In addition to each of these bean bag fillings providing different levels of comfort, your chosen filling will also contribute to the weight of the item too. Regardless of which filling works best for your purposes, one thing you should be careful about is that it is inflammable and has the paperwork to back this up. 


Quality Stitching and Zips

A final factor to consider when shopping for a good bean is the quality of stitching and zips. Strong, even stitching is important to ensure that the bean bag doesn’t split and unravel. Pay attention to the zips used on the product too. Especially on the outer bag, zips need to be durable with wide teeth. 


Furthermore, the zip lock should be hidden under the fabric - not just for aesthetic reasons but also as a way of ensuring floors are protected from being scratched. Carefully-thought out construction plays a role in the durability of the product and makes it easier for you to take good care of it. 


To summarise, finding a good bean bag is easier said than done, especially when you consider how many different products are available these days. With that being said, however, it is important to look for a bean bag that not only looks great in your home but is good value for money in terms of durability, functionality, and well-thought-out design. Good luck and happy shopping!