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Bean bags are soft bags filled either with expanded polystyrene (EPS), expanded polypropylene (EPP), micro-beads, compressed foam, or natural fillers. EPS beads are hard-celled plastic materials, like Styrofoam. It is moisture and heat resistant. It has a rigid structure, which allows it to retain its foam, and is 98% air inside, making it more lightweight. EPP beads are more commonly used in Asia. It is a very strong and resilient polymer, making it lose less volume compared to EPS. However, it is a combustible material, therefore is susceptible to fire. Micro-beads are a type of polyethylene plastic. Due to their small size, it is more commonly used for pillows. These are the very same plastic that is found in facial washes. Compressed foam is a more recent type of filler for bean bags. It can be easily compressed to 0.25% of its resting size, making it easier to ship. Beans, rice, corn, buckwheat hulls, and even sand and small pebbles can be used as fillers for bean bags too. In fact, a lot of people prefer these natural fillers for being more environment-friendly than the manmade ones.
Bean bags have many purposes. It is used in games like bean bag toss or corn hole, footbag or Hacky Sack, juggling, gridiron football, and modified dodge ball, where bean bags are is used as a safer alternative to dodge ball. Bean bags are also used as pool floats, pet beds, heating pads, camera stands, safety helmet paddings, and therapeutic toys.
Perhaps the most famous use of bean bags is as furniture. The first bean bag furniture was designed by Piero Gatti, Cesare Paulini, and Franco Teodoro and was produced by Zanotta in 1969. They got the concept from their staff who sat on bags filled with Styrofoam. Their creation was then called Sacco, which is still in production until today. Now, bean bag chairs come in all shapes and sizes, in every possible color and fabric. Let’s see some of the most sought after bean bags, and check out their cool looks and features.
Comfort Research Big Joe Dorm Chair
With the form of a small armed chair, but with the comfort of your bed, the Big Joe Dorm Chair is on the top of the list. It has a casual look that can easily fit and blend in any room of the house, with the convenience of a top handle for easy moving from room to room. It also has a drink holder and a side pocket for convenience—you would never lose your mobile phone into the abyss that is behind any sofa seat.
It has a dimension of 33 x 32 x 25 inches and weighs 14 pounds. It is made with SmartMax, a tough, easily cleaned, water and stain resistant fabric. The covers are double stitched and sealed with two safety locking zippers, and comes in Spicy Lime, Flaming Red, Radiant Orchid, Stretch Limo Black, Sapphire, and Zebra colors.
Comfort for All Big Joe Puff
The Fuf, pronounced as foof, is made with comfort in mind. It is everything you can ever dream of in a chair. It is soft, malleable yet sturdy enough to hold into any shape you want to rest yourself on. It is so comfortable, that you will be having a hard time convincing yourself that it is time to get up, once you are settled in it.
It comes in five sizes: Small at 32 x 36 x 36 inches, Large at 34 x 48 x 48 inches, King at 42 x 54 x 54 inches, XL (LUX) at 36 x 48 x72 inches, and XXL (LUX) at 40 x 60 x 84 inches. Colors also range from three ranges of materials, the Comfort Suede for sizes small, large and king, and with the Union and Ripple available for the LUX sizes, XL and XXL. Comfort Suede has Black Onyx, Blue Sky, Espresso, Sand Dune, Sierra Red, and Steel Gray. For Union there is Pecan, Gray, Pacific, and Kiwi; and for Ripple, Black, Merlot, Cobalt, Kelly Green, Camel are available.
The fillings come from an upcycled mix of 100% post-industrial foam. It shredded and it will never go flat. You only need to fluff it once in a while to retain its Fuf. The materials can be compressed to the size of a small box, which makes shipping and handling easier and more convenient. Once the Fuf arrives, it needs to be shaken and fluffed in order to grow its full size. It usually takes seven days for it to reach its full size once out of the box.
Comfort Big Joe Original Bean Bag Chair
This does not look like your common bean bag. Think more of it like an oversized pillow—a gigantic cozy, fluffy, mushy pillow for your whole body. Shaped as such, you can prop it up, lay it flat, or find your own position on it; it is a guaranteed comfort spot for everyone in the family. With its modern design, it is the best spot in whatever room you put it in.
It is 8 x 46 x 58 inches and weighs 7 pounds. It is made with SmartMax, a tough, easily cleaned, water and stain resistant fabric and filled with UltimaX beads that conform to whatever shape are placed on it. The covers are double stitched and sealed with two safety locking zippers for added strength and safety. The Original Bean Bag comes in Spicy Lime, Flaming Red, Radiant Orchid, Stretch Limo Black, Sapphire, and Zebra; with the option for the Lux Union colors Gray, Pacific, and Kiwi.
Comfort Big Joe Roma Bean Bag Chair
Just as its name implies, this piece of furniture is as colossal and Rome. Not in size maybe, but in its ingenuity. By having the design of a lounge chair, this bean bag has more structure than its other Big Joe brothers but is still a softie at heart, filled with newer and denser Ultimax beads that wrap around your body for a just right position.
The Big Joe Roma is 26 x 36 x26 inches and weighs 15 pounds. It is made with SmartMax, a tough, easily cleaned, water and stain resistant fabric. The covers are double stitched and sealed with two safety locking zippers for added strength and safety. It comes in Spicy Lime, Radiant Orchid, Stretch Limo Black, Sapphire, Gray Quatrefoil, and Zebra; with the option for Comfort Suede Plus colors Black Onyx and Chocolate.
Creative QT Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag
Does your house look like the extension of the zoo? Is it ran over by those cute and fluffy stuffed animals of every shape and size? Are you going crazy with your kids begging you for more stuffed toys when they already have a million at home? If this speaks to you, then here is your answer to your stuffed toy nightmare: the Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag.
It comes in gray and white stripes, gray floral, blue polka dot, green and white stripes, and pink and white stripes variety. This storage bean bag is made with soft and comfortable cotton canvas fabric with extra-long zippers. It can hold approximately 90 stuffed toys, making this a perfect solution, second to throwing out those stuffed animals that your children want to keep but do not play with.
What to look for
Bean bags can be a better buy for furniture as it is less expensive and are definitely more comfortable. It is like having an extra bed in other areas of your home. Plus, it makes rearranging a breeze, as bean bags are lighter and easier to lug around. It is great bedroom furniture for kids and students. It has no sharp edges, and most colors and fabrics have very youthful vibes.
Here are some considerations in picking the right bean bag for you:
- Use – Pick out a bean bag that would accommodate your need for it. If it needs to be in a child’s room, find one with kiddie designs and sizes that would be comfortable for your cute tiny people. Teens and students would need something that would be good for lounging around, but would be comfortable enough for studying and gaming. There are more classy and chic options that would be a good addition to any modern living room interior. The large sized bags are a great addition for the media room, so those weekly movie nights are more snuggly and comfortable.
- Size – The size you pick would depend on the use you need the bean bag for. If it is for children, there are many small sized ones that would be a fit for their small sizes. There are also bean bags that can accommodate more than one person to sit or lounge on it.
- Material – There is a vast option both for the fillings and the cover material for bean bags. It can be filled with expanded polystyrene (EPS), expanded polypropylene (EPP), micro-beads, compressed foam, or natural fillers. There is also a more earth friendly option of having one with shredded recycled foam fillings. Whatever you pick for has its own pros and cons. Cover materials are also plenty and in a variety of colors too. While cotton is soft and comfortable, it can be easy to stain and hard to clean. So, it is best to have a bean bag that is stain resistant and can be spot cleaned easily, yet still be good to look at and comfortable to use. Find one that fits your personality and choices.
- Budget – Typically, the bigger the bean bag, the more expensive it is. Consider the quality of the materials and the stitching on the bean bag. Though a well-made one may be higher priced, it is more durable and would last longer than the cheaper alternative.
Quality bean bags are not usually found in retail furniture stores. Most are ordered online. So, before being dazzled by the pictures that you see, try to check if the item gets good reviews and see if the manufacturer takes the time to answer your questions. See also if the bean bag comes with a warranty. Good research will pay more in picking the best bean bag that would fit you.