Looking out for some funky soft n squishy pieces of bean bags for lazing around when you get back home from work? You are not alone. Bean bags are in. Every home has one or more bean bags. They are affordable, easy to move and lend a casual appeal to your living room, study and bed rooms.
Photo Credits – Chelsea Wa
All About Bean Bags
Bean Bag – Uses
These are multifunctional pieces of furniture.Watch TV, enjoy a drink or read out bed time stories to kids sitting comfortably in a nice, soft bean bag. Relax and unwind. You can enjoy a short nap or possibly use it for collecting dry clothes, to be folded later. Kids can use these as center tables, for playing board games when friends come over. In fact, children love bean bags as they can jump on them.
Bean bags can be easily moved from one area to another. Moving a bean bag is as easy as sliding it from one room to another. You can slide it from your living room to the side of your pool, bask in the sun and enjoy a nice, cool drink. Some people carry bean bags along in their vehicles when camping out or going out for picnics.
Pear shaped bean bags offer great back support as they cover more of your back.
Bean bags have no sharp edges. Their soft nature makes it safe for kids.
Bean Bag – Features
Bean bags come in various shapes – typical shapes are bean bag chairs, cylinder, teardrop or sack shaped. Before buying, sit on these and find out which is the best suited to your body type.
Bean Bag Covers
Bean bag covers come in a variety of materials – you get rexine, leather, microfiber, cotton and denim. Rexine or vinyl and leather based bean bag covers have a firm grip on the floor. However, they are also subject to wear and tear especially with kids around. Microfiber, cotton and denim covers last longer, but require periodic washing to keep them clean. Cotton covers need to be really thick else they will not have a firm grip on the flooring. Rexine and leather bean bag covers require minimal cleaning. Wiping with a damp cloth is all that is needed of them.
Bean Bag Filling
You get thermocol fillings i.e. polystyrene for bean bags. A bag costs Rs.200 in Vashi APMC Market, Navi Mumbai. If possible, go green – use recycled polystyrene from older bean bags or packaging material.
Bean Bag Colors
Rexine or vinyl bean bag covers are available in a myriad of colors. Check out Matta Foam House in Turbhe market. This tiny shop is famous throughout Navi Mumbai for autorickshaw seat covers, foam etc. They have rexine of every possible color under the sun. For kids rooms, use bright colors like red, orange or yellow for bean bag covers. Other rooms, you can co-ordinate bean bag colors with the wall color or color of the furnishings. Throw in colorful or plain cushions to complement the bean bag colors.
Customized Bean Bags
Buy rexine or covering material of your choice. Design a bean bag yourself. Use different shapes like bean seats, bean bag chairs etc. Get it stitched from tailors who stitch mattresses and mattress covers. Stitch a handle on top for easy lifting. Make sure there is an inner lining of a different material – say curtain lining. Fill this with polystyrene filling. The bean bag cover goes on top of this. Both the lining and the top cover must have zippers for opening and closing.
Rabbit bean bag – Photo Credits – KDL Designs
Look at his rabbit shaped bean bag design. You can use similar designs for smaller bean bags that double up as a back rest or arm rest on a daybed or a Diwan. Experiment with different colors and shapes.
Bean Bags Online
Setner Football Bean Bag
You can buy such funky bean bag chairs and bean bag furniture online at www.fabfurnish.com for as low a range as ₹799 onwards with free shipping(check shipping T & C for available locations.)