The DIY Bean Bag Comfort Guide
Identifying the Contents of the Package
Your bean bags ship in a convenient flat pack which contains two covers:
- a thick durable handwoven outer cotton cover (outer cover);
- and a tough inner waterproof cover (inner cover).
Both covers are equipped with zippers: the outer cover with a long zipper and the inner cover, a short lockable zipper. The inner cover is where the filler goes.
This dual-cover setup enables you to easily keep the bean bag clean. You simply have to take off the outer cover by undoing the zipper 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.
All About Bean Bag Filler/Stuffing
What Filler Do I Use?
Because our bean bags don't come pre-filled, you get to pick what kind of stuffing to use, based on your preference. While some opt for the ubiquitous polystyrene beans, others prefer more environmentally sustainable materials. If you look around, there are plenty of options!
Here’s our buying guide for filler:
- Non-natural material: most ubiquitous and inexpensive of these options are polystyrene beans and foam. Most reputed online retailers and home goods stores carry these products. We've found that generally online sellers provide better prices, options and faster shipping. A growing number of companies have also begun to develop natural bean alternatives such as biopolymer which are derived from natural plant-based materials. We are always on the lookout for new offerings, so if you know of an affordable product, please drop us a line!
- Natural filler: natural materials such as buckwheat hulls, cedar shavings, corn, rice, dried peas among others can be used to fill your bean bag. However note that materials like rice can make the bean bag rather heavy. This won't be a problem as long as you are not in the habit of moving the bean around the house frequently!
- Upcycled bean bag filler: a compromise between the other two options, this consists of reusing polystyrene beans and foam from old, unused bean bags. Hot tip: We have found craig's list, Facebook Marketplace and local Buy Nothing groups to be great places to find old bean bags that you can use to upcycle beans. Most often people give them away for free!
How Much Filler Do I Need?
Your bean bag is at its ideal comfort level when filled to 250-275 L (9 cu ft). If you are using polystyrene beans, we recommend getting three (3) 100L bags. You will use two and a half bags to fill the beanbag, leaving about half unused. All bean bag stuffing compress 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.
Some Widely Available Bean Bag Filler Products
This list is based on products that are easily and reliably available across the US via online retailers. We always encourage you to explore what your local area has to offer as well, especially if you are interested in sustainable/natural filler.
Note that we are not paid to promote these products; we are providing this for your convenience. This list will be continuously updated.
Also note that at online retailers, it's generally cheaper to buy 3 separate 100L packs of filler than a single 300L pack. This may be due to the higher costs involved in shipping larger volumes.
- Big Joe Comfort Research Megahh (UltimaX) Bean Bags Refill
- Posh Creations Foam Filling Bean Bag Refill
Filling the Bean Bag
Okay, so you’ve picked out the bean bag material that you want to work with, great! Let's get started.
Here's a quick video guide. It's a home-made video, but you will find it's pretty effective and provides you with a very effective guide on how to fill the bean bag! Read on if you would like to read our step-by-step guide and some helpful best practices.
What you will need
- Bean bag filler (For the tutorial below we are assuming you are using 3 100L bags of bean bag filler)
- Bean bag inner cover.
- Large DIY cardboard cone.
- Vacuum cleaner (optional)
Step 1: 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 bag.
Step 2: Locate the zipper in the inner cover and unzip.
Step 3: Insert narrow end of cone into inner cover as far as it would go. Hold cone vertically.
Step 4: Filling the inner cover
Now gently pour the beans into the inner cover using the funnel. Be watchful during this stage. Go slow. If you can, 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. This will make it a lot easier and faster. If you spill any beans, you can just vacuum them up with any household vacuum cleaner.
Step 5: Finishing up!
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-stuff, the bean bag becomes too stiff and a little rigid until the beans compact over time with use.
Step 6: 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.
Step 7: Enjoy!
- 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.
- Let gravity do all the work: It really helps if the person pouring the beans is positioned at an 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.
- Switch off any fans or air-conditioners to prevent beans from flying away!
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