Gone are the days when beanbags were just simply sacks for children to slump on; they are now one of the most practical and stylish items of furniture you can buy.
The beauty of beanbags lies in their versatility, comfort and manoeuvrability. They are also an extremely cost-effective option as they are cheaper than many other seating options and have long-life appeal – you can just move them if you get bored or change your decor, and they can be easily refilled for continued comfort.
If you are short of space, a sensible-sized moveable seat can be a great multi-purpose option. Gamers can relax amidst the beans and position themselves right in front of their screens, whilst mothers can feel happy that their baby is well-cushioned and supported on one of the wide range of baby bags that are now on sale. There is a place in every home for at least one bean bag, but what sort will you choose?
Types of beanbags
Beanbags really do come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from those designed for small children to carry around to 6ft long sofas. There are smaller adult versions that are perfect to perch on or those that are chair-shaped and can be used as a regular piece of furniture. There are even double beanbags for snuggling up in front of the television, or wedges and cushions that can be stored until guests arrive. The larger sofa-style bags can also make great guest-beds if you find yourself short of sleeping space.
Replace traditional footstools with more-versatile bean pouffes, cubes or slabs and, if that is not enough choice, there are even beanbags available for use in the garden. Forget uncomfortable deck chairs and cumbersome benches; the beanbag provides the ultimate in relaxed seating that can easily be moved around in the sun. A larger version can make a great alternative to a sun lounger – and can also be used inside in the winter. You can even get one for the dog instead of a traditional bed.
Whatever you buy, however, make sure that it meets the latest safety standards, such as the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. Check out the website of the Fire Safety Advice Centre at for more information.
There is a huge range of different materials on offer, making it easy to ensure that your beanbag choice is both practical and stylish. As you browse the products on offer, such as those available at http://www.dunelm-mill.com/shop/furniture/sofas-and-chairs/beanbags, consider who will be using the seat and what for.
Lush light coloured fabrics or neutral faux furs may look beautiful and comfortable, but they will not be the practical choice for children’s bedrooms, in the same way that a Thomas the Tank Engine cotton design will not give the right impression in a bachelor pad. Leather or PVC bags are the perfect wipe-clean option for a family home, but there is also a host of heavy-duty fabrics on offer, such as cord, and many covers are removable and can be dry cleaned or even washed in your machine.