The Bean Bag Comfort Guide
What Bean Bag Filler Do I Use?
Because our bean bags don't come pre-filled, you get to pick the stuffing you want to use. Some of our customers opt for polystyrene beans, others prefer more environmentally sustainable materials.
Polystyrene beans ("regular beans") are the most widely used as well as the most inexpensive type of bean bag filler available in the market.
More environmentally sustainable options can be found in plant materials such as buckwheat hulls and dried corn, rice or peas.
How Much Filler Do I Need?
Your bean bag is at its ideal comfort level when filled to 250-275 L or about 9 cu. ft. If you are using polystyrene beans, we recommend getting three (3) 100L bags. You will use about two and a half bags to fill the beanbag, leaving about half unused.
All bean bag stuffing compresses over time with the appropriate amount of loving, so you may want to store away the remainder to rejuvenate your beanbag when it comes time for a little pick me up.
Where Do I Get Bean Bag Filler?
- Upcycling bean bag filler from your community: Your local Craig's list, Facebook Marketplace or Buy Nothing group can all be great places to find old bean bags that you can use to upcycle beans. Most often people give them away for free!
- Stores in your area: your local Target, Walmart or craft supplies stores generally stock bean bag filler.
- Online Retailers: We've found that generally online sellers provide better prices, options and faster shipping. We are providing the following options for your convenience. Note that we are not paid to promote these products.
- Regular Beans: Big Joe Comfort Research Megahh (UltimaX) Bean Bags Refill (Amazon Prime Free Delivery)
- Regular Beans: Posh Creations Foam Filling Bean Bag Refill (Amazon Prime Free Delivery)
How to Fill a Bean Bag
What you will need
- Bean bag filler (For the tutorial below we are assuming you are using 3 100L bags of regular beans)
- The bean bag inner cover: Your package from us will contain two covers: a thick durable handwoven outer cotton cover (outer cover), and a tough inner waterproof cover (inner cover). The inner cover is where the filler goes.
- Large DIY cardboard cone.
- Vacuum cleaner (optional)
Make a large DIY cone: Roll a sheet of firm paper or cardboard into a cone (about 3-4” in diameter at its narrower end) to act as a funnel to pour beans into the inner cover.
Next locate the zipper in the inner cover and unzip.
Insert the narrow end of the cone into inner cover as far as it would go. Hold the cone vertically.
Now gently pour the beans into the inner cover using the funnel. Be watchful during this stage. Go slow.
Hot Tip!: We recommend you get a friend to help you. It works best if one of you will hold the bean bag and cone steadily in place, while the other pours the filler.
It really helps if the person pouring the beans is positioned at a slight elevation such as on a sturdy chair/stool/staircase. The other person should stand at the ground level holding the inner cover and the cone steadily. This will make the process a lot easier and faster!
If you spill any beans, you can just vacuum them up with any household vacuum cleaner.
When you have about reached 2 1/2 bags, stop filling, remove the funnel, close the zipper and try the beanbag out to see if it’s full enough and comfy to sit in. Repeat the process till you fill the bag to your satisfaction. Note that if over-stuffed, the bean bag becomes too stiff and a little rigid until the beans compact over time with use.
Insert the outer cover into the filled inner cover.
Zip up and shake the beanbag a few times to ensure that the beans fill out fully. You are done!
Bean Bag Filling Best Practices
- It's always a good idea to enlist the help of one other person. In fact this is a fun project to do with your family and friends!
- Before you start, you may want to shake out and unfurl the inner cover and make sure it's not stuck together with static. Waving it through the air a couple of times helps.
- Switch off any fans or air-conditioners to prevent beans from flying away!
Bean Bag Filling: Video Instructions
The following is a home video made by our friends. It doesn't have the greatest production quality, but it's really effective as a quick guide on how to go about filling a bean bag :)
How to Tell if the Bean Bag is Filled Perfectly
- Floppy; inadequate back support.
- Easily sink in; not enough support for the sitting area.
- Most of the beans are concentrated at the base of the bean bag.
- Bloated, so there's not enough room for the sitting area.
- The sitting area is too rigid and hard; not comfortable to sit in.
- Perfect back and neck support.
- Just the right amount of beans to make for a perfectly shaped, comfortable sitting area.
How Do I Keep the Bean Bag Clean?
Our dual-cover setup that holds the beans in the inner cover, enables you to easily keep the bean bag clean. You simply have to take the outer cover off and pop it in the washing machine!
How to Use the Color Combinations of the Bean Bag
Each bean bag outer cover comes in two main colors/patterns and they can be configured in a way that gives you two distinct color combinations to work with:
- The most common configuration is to set the solid color as the base of the bag, with the patterned fabric on top or on the sitting surface.
- In a slight variation on this standard set up, you can flip the bag 90 degrees so that the zipper on the outer cover is parallel to the floor; this makes both colors and patterns be visible on the sitting surface, with each color occupying one half of the surface.
Please contact us if you need help. We are available Monday to Friday 9-5pm PST.