What Is Bean Bag ?
A bean bag (also beanbag) is a sealed bag containing dried beans, PVC pellets, expanded polystyrene, or expanded polypropylene. The bags are commonly used for throwing games, but have various other applications.
Bean bag refers to a cushion filled with different types of pellets that serves as a stand alone furniture, specifically a very comfortable informal seating. They are mostly round in shape but a variety of shapes and sizes are available today – small sized kid bean bags to big XXXL bean bags. They are shaped like pear or a sphere or a pill or a box.
It is the epitome of convenience & comfort in seating. You can relax in a bean bag like no other chair.
What fabric is used for a bean bag cover
The best thing about a bean bag as a furniture is that you can choose it to suit your interior. It is available in so many different materials and patterns and designs that whatever be your design style, there is a bean bag to go with it.
The most frequently seen material as bean bag cover is polyester. It is very inxpensive and may not quite be the quality bean bag cover you are looking for. The next popular material is nylon. You also get cotton, canvas, faux fur, suede , leather, corduroy, microsuede bean bag covers.I think microsuede fabric makes the softest and most comfortable bean bags.
Nylon and polyester which are UV retardant and water resistant coated are used to make outdoor bean bags.
4 of the best fillers for bean bags
You can fill the bean bag with dried beans or grains, like rice , beans, corn, wheat, buckwheat hull the way it was done long time back. It may not be as bouncy as the plastic beads and you will need a lot of this to fill big bean bags ( on top of that makes it a dead weight) but you can rest knowing that you are lying on things from nature
Expanded polypropylene (EPP)
These lightweight beads that do not lose their form easily is the best plastic filler for bean bags. Just do not get them exposed to oxygen and they will stay the same for a long time . One disadvantage is that moisture can damage these beads
Expanded polystyrene (EPS) beads
These lightweight beads are the commonly used ones ; they are very comfortable, durable and resilient as well, though not as much as polypropylene beads. You will get virgin EPS beads and recycled EPS beads. Ensure that you get the virgin beads if you want them to last and keep their shape ( you can test it by squeezing a single bead in between your thumb and forefinger. Let go and see if it immediately retains it’s orignal shape . A virgin EPS bead would.)
Shredded foam is another filler used inside bean bag chairs. The irregularity of the shreeded foam makes it less popular than the other options.
Memory foam is another option. Memory foam with its many advantages is taking over the bed space. Now they are starting on bean bags as well. The comfort and ease of memory foam makes it a favourite of many who do not have qualms on spending for quality filler for their bean bag. Memory foam is expensive but they are very comfortable.
Buying or making bean bags
Bean bag is nothing but a cushion; a fabric bag. You make a round cushion in your preferred size and fill it with the filling of your choice and you have a bean bag. The bean bag filled with beads are available in the stores as well as bean bag covers which you have to fill with the beads of your choice later.
I prefer to buy the full bag with beads as filling the bean bag is a pain. ( ie If I am not making the bean bag myself – If that is the case checkout the tutorial to make an easy bean bag cover here) The beads being round and small and lightweight fly all around the place and simply refuse to get inside the bag when you want it to
How to properly fill your bean bag
Even if you have bought a readymade bean bag with all the beads you need filled in properly you will need to fill beads inside after some time – around 6 months or so. Because most of the beads will somehwhat flatten with constant pressure of body weight on them. You can simply add more beads to your reduced bead volume. There is no need to discard the beans inside the bean bag.
Clean the surface where you intend to fill the bean bag. This way even if you spill the beans when you gather them you will not get dirt and debris along with it.
How much beads should you buy for different sized bean bags
A bag of polystyrene beads come in 500 gm or I kg packages.
For an XXXL BEAN BAG ; 46 inch by 28 inch bean bag ( accomodating a person with weight 59-100 kg – adult sized) you need about 2.5-3 Kg of beads
For an XXL BEAN BAG 42 inch by 24 inch bean bag ( accomodating a person with weight 30-55 kg)you need atleast 2 kg of beads
For an XL BEAN BAG 39 inch by 21 inch bean bag ( accomodating a person with weight <30 kg)you need atleast 1.5 kg of beads
For smaller kid sized bean bags you may need to fill .75 -1 kg of polystyerene beads
How to take care of your bean bag
Bean bag is one furniture we put on the floor and forget about it till it is time to plop down on it. Because it has no corners or creases on it we feel that it does not attract dust . But that is not true. You have to take care of your bean bag like any other furniture in your house.
You can choose a bean bag made with a material which is coated with mold retardant coating to prevent the mold or dirt from settling on the bean bag. This will make your job easier in taking care of your bean bag
Uses Of Bean Bag
- Bean bags are used as bean bag round ammunition for non lethal impact weapons.
- Clutching technology for robots makes use of bean bags.
- Smaller bean bags can be used to stabilize a photograph or video camera when a tripod is not available
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