Bean bag chairs aren’t just for kids' bedrooms and college dorms anymore. The multi-functional sack filled with polystyrene beans has come a long way since being introduced to the world back in 1968. The famous piece of recreational furniture is still popular for several reasons. Bean bag chairs are versatile, durable, comfortable, and easy to clean. Many of the first bean bags were stuffed with pellets made of PVC or extruded polystyrene. In the 1970s, bean bag chairs were packed with expanded polystyrene - a more resilient and durable form of stuffing.
Bean bag chairs have experienced a resurgence in popularity over the last few years thanks to college kids turning dorm rooms into faux apartments, as well as companies looking to attract younger employees with more laid-back and casual office décor. In other words, these chairs aren't just for kids anymore.
The best bean bag chairs for adults now come in countless shapes, sizes, and durable outer materials. Even better, they now look more like an actual piece of furniture and less like a high-end potato sack in the middle of a rec room. Below are some of the best bean bag chairs for adults you need to check out. They are perfect for upgrading the home office for less than 100 dollars, or for adding additional seats elsewhere at home.
Chill Sack Lounger
This bean bag lounger from Chill Sack is great for adults, kids, and even pets. The material is breathable, comfortable, and moisture-resistant thanks to the micro-suede fiber outer shell. The bean bag lounger cover is soft to the touch and washable. Chill Sack bean bag chairs are stuffed with a soft memory foam blend that’s highly durable and will maintain its shape even after extensive use. This bean bag lounger for adults will quickly become your favorite spot in the house.
CordaRoy’s Convertible Bean Bag Chair
This convertible bean bag chair from CordaRoy is worth the higher price tag, and if the product looks familiar, you probably remember its debut on an episode of Shark Tank. This bean bag chair converts to a bed, and it’s available in full, queen, and king sizes. The plush microfiber cover of the convertible bean bag chair is soft but durable. The extra-long zipper makes converting from bean bag to bed and back in a breeze.
Ultimate Sack 6000: 6 Foot Bean Bag Chair
This bean bag chair from Ultimate Sack brings comfort to a whole new level. Ultimate Sacks are stuffed with a 100% virgin shredded memory foam blend, so they’re incredibly comfortable and keep their shape over time. The covers on both the bean bag and footstool are removable and machine washable and spread out to about 69 to 75 inches across, more than enough room to fit two adults or a few kids comfortably. In addition, you can add a footstool to your order for even more comfort.
Big Joe Dorm
Big Joe's Dorm chair is the only entry on our bean bag chair list that actually looks like a chair. The most comfortable chair ever. Filled with UltimaX Beans that conform to people and not the other way around, this Dorm chair comes with a stitched-on handle to make carrying your favorite bean bag chair from room to room an absolute breeze. Best of all, the Big Joe company cares as much about the environment as they do making a comfy chair for home or the office. All of the beans used to make each chair is 100% recyclable and constructed from 80% recycled materials.
Big Joe Roma
The Big Joe company makes another appearance on our list of the best bean bag chairs for adults. They make comfortable chairs because, according to Big Joe, “The bottom line is we care about your bottom.” The Roma bean bag chair is cozy, available in multiple covers, and comes equipped with safety-locked zippers so little kids can’t get into trouble. The Big Joe company also knows that the chairs will compress over time, so bean refills are available to give the bean bag chair a new boost of comfort.
Jaxx Cocoon 6' Bean Bag
When you name your product the "Cocoon,” you better live up to the hype. Jaxx's six-foot bean bag chair lives up to the hype and more. The Cocoon features two positions – lay it out flat like a giant bed or flip it on its side for an insanely comfortable bean bag chair. Perfect for home theaters, game rooms, finished basements, or dorms, the Cocoon bean bag chair is filled with multi-density polyurethane foam that keeps its shape longer than most bean bags.
Sofa Sack Ultra Soft Plush Bean Bag Chair
This ultra-soft bean bag chair from Sofa Sack is made for smaller spaces like cramped dorms, tiny home offices, kid’s bedrooms, or studio apartments. Measuring at a compact 36 by 36 by 24 inches, this bean bag chair won’t take up much room but will provide maximum comfort. The variety of colors will match any room or décor. Even though this chair is labeled a bean bag, the guts are made of memory foam, so the chair will keep its form for longer and contour to your body.
The final entry on our list of the best bean bag chairs for adults is the massive six-foot Yogibo Max that measures six feet by six feet by two feet. This bean bag looks more like a couch than a seat and can fit two adults or a few kids comfortably with no problem. The Yogibo Max is perfect for sitting up to do homework, or work on a laptop or lying down flat to watch a movie or catch an afternoon nap. This six-foot bean bag chair also makes a great dog bed for the family pooch, and the cover is removable and washable for any spills or stains made by man or beast.
The impact of bean bags on your back is a complex issue with no simple answer. It depends on various factors like frequency and duration of use, as occasional short-term use for relaxation isn't likely to cause issues. However, prolonged sitting, especially without proper back support, can lead to postural problems and back pain.
Also, the type of bean bag matters. Traditional bean bags often lack proper back support. However, some ergonomic designs that actual chairs that feature adjustable supports and contoured shapes can offer better spine alignment. And the key concern with bean bags is maintaining good posture. Without a supportive backrest, slouching is easy, leading to muscle strain and discomfort. Be mindful of your posture while sitting in bean bag chairs and adjust frequently to avoid slouching.
Whether a bean bag chair is worth it depends entirely on you and your needs and priorities. Here's are some pros to getting bean bag chairs.
Comfort and relaxation: The conforming nature of bean bags provides unparalleled comfort and pressure relief, making them ideal for lounging and casual gaming.
Versatility: You can use bean bag chairs in various settings, from living rooms and bedrooms to patios and playrooms. They're also lightweight and portable.
Variety: These types of chairs are available in various sizes, shapes, colors, and materials to suit different tastes and needs.
Stress relief: The cozy and enveloping nature can promote relaxation and reduce stress.
Hopefully, you now have a better idea — or maybe, several great ideas — on which bean bag chairs you want for your home. If you need some more help in figuring out how to make your home feel sweeter, check out our guide to the best futon mattresses, our guide for latex mattresses, and our list of the best eco-friendly mattresses.
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