Bean bags aren't just for babies and kids; they're a trending product on many adult's wish lists, too. These days you'll find them in many forms, from big supportive chairs or sofas for gaming to those with waterproof fabrics and fillings to use in the garden outdoors, as well as quirky pink cover designs that'll add some fun to any living room, dorm room, or toddlers bedroom.
With all of this variety to choose from, it's difficult to know where to begin when shopping for your very own bean bag, so look at our top tips on material, shape, and filling type. Then, browse through our selection of the best bean bags from small to large, cheap to luxurious, and where to buy them in the UK from Amazon, eBay, Argos and John Lewis. Let's get comfy!
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Before you buy your bean bag, there are a few things that you should know to aid in the decision-making process. For instance, do you know what bean bags are actually filled with? You're about to find out!
Bean bags have become super popular lately, with companies manipulating the classic design into new, modern shapes that can be used for many different purposes. So which is best for you?
Classic bean bags are round and sturdy and are the perfect size and shape to slot in the corner of your bedroom. Or, how about a bed-shaped bean bag? They're great for relaxing in the garden or even to keep as a camping accessory for a good night's sleep under the stars.
Alternatively, you may prefer the practicality of bean bag chairs, as they're set upright and usually have a high backrest for your neck and shoulders, which makes them suitable for TV, reading, or gaming. However, they won't quite give you the same enveloping snuggle that a classic bean bag can!
Your new bean bag can come in various materials, so you need to consider what you'll be using it for and where, before you buy. Looking for a stylish bean bag to place indoors? You could go for soft materials such as corduroy or faux fur, which would look gorgeous in a bedroom, or as an alternative seating arrangement in your living room.
Alternatively, if you're after a seat you can keep outside, such as for garden parties, you'll have to look for a material like polyester and ensure that it's waterproof or at least water-resistant. This will also be easier to clean and generally more practical if you have kids or pets running around.
Depending on where you keep it, the material can make a huge difference to the lifespan of your bean bag or how often you end up using it, so don't forget to check! We've also made sure to add this to the specification table below to help you decide.
In addition to shapes and material, you should understand the importance of a good bean bag filler! Think about how often you'll use your bean bag, as what's inside can affect its durability and comfort.
The most popular type of all, which you'll no doubt have come across if you've ever owned or sat on a bean bag, is a filling of polybeads. Polybeads are tiny pellets of polypropylene that are incredibly lightweight and adaptable, so you can move your bean bag around the house easily and get as comfy as you like. The only downside is that they take some work to set up, but we think it's worth it!
You can also find fillings of memory foam, which acts as a squishy, durable cushioning to support you for longer periods. However, it doesn't offer quite the same flexibility as polybeads if that's what you crave.
Air-filled bean bags are also convenient, as there's no mess involved if they happen to break – we've all been there with bean fillers! However, they are at a higher risk of breaking due to the weaker exterior, so you may have to shell out for a replacement sooner than you'd hoped.
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Giant Bean Bag Sofa
A Mammoth Bean Bag for the Whole Family
A Comfy Memory Foam Bag to Sink Into
John Lewis & Partners
Faux Fur Bean Bag
The Cosiest of Them All
Bean Bag Gamer Chair With Footstool
Not Your Average Bean Bag...
Axel Recliner Bean Bag Chair
Stylish, Comfortable and Supported
Extreme Lounging B Bed Garden Beanbag
A Bean Bed That's Ideal for Napping
Ultra-Comfy, Cozy and Water-Resistant
John Lewis & Partners
Barley Bean Bag
Take a Perch on This Chic Bean Bag Seat
Bean Bag Inflatable Chair
Who Doesn't Love a Twist on a Classic?
Extreme Lounging Mighty B Box Garden Beanbag
Compact, Square, and Great for Garden Parties
This mega-sized bean bag is our overall winner, and with its diameter of a whopping 150 cm, you'll easily be able to fit two adults. Or, just take the space for yourself and sprawl out, whether you feel like gaming, watching TV, or curling up with your kids or partner.
The wide, spacious surface area, the ideal amount of polybeads for comfort, and the cosy cord material on the outside make it ideal for snoozing, too. And for peace of mind, it once again features Lounge Pug's ultra-durable fabric guarantee with double-stitched seams.
The base of this bean bag is flat and sturdy, while the material on the outside is soft, snug, hard-wearing and durable with child-proof zips, meaning that it's suitable for both children and adults alike and should last the long haul.
Super-soft and fluffy, this bean bag would look stunning in any living room or bedroom, whether for a tween, teen, or adult. With its sinking polybead interior, you'll love curling up in this bean bag with a book after a long day at work.
This faux-fur bean bag is a popular choice for its luxurious look and feel and also comes in an equally elegant ivory shade. We'd definitely recommend that you take a look if you're kitting out your home!
This fun and quirky bean bag takes the form of a sturdy chair with a comfortable polystyrene EPS base. With a matching footrest, it's an excellent choice for spending hours gaming, reading, or even in a sunny garden lounge area, as its outer is washable and waterproof.
Due to its comfortable shaping, you could even keep it indoors as a modern (and extremely affordable) approach to living room or office seating – the choices are endless!
The bean bag chair comes in a choice of two timeless colours that add a touch of the Scandi-feel to your chosen location. The chair itself is made from high-quality fabric and double zips, providing extra peace of mind that you won't find your filling spilling all over the floor!
Kick back with this garden lounger, featuring tough double-stitched fabric to keep the product sturdy and the fabric breathable. Plus, it's filled with classic polybeads that adapt to your body shape as you get comfy.
You can use this bed to catch a few sun rays or keep in your child's bedroom for sleepovers, as it's waterproof yet also good-looking enough to get away with being indoor furniture. Plus, the upper back support keeps your posture happy despite being at an angle, so it's perfect for all ages!
Sink into this comfy, enveloping bean bag that offers excellent back support and a very cool design. Made from durable, waterproof polyester, this is a worthy investment that can be used either indoors or in the garden.
Not to mention, the unique design has been created to mould to your shape and use your body heat to regulate the temperature – so you can put the chair just about anywhere at any time of year and still feel optimum comfort!
Stylish, modern, and shaped like a traditional chair, this bean bag offers sturdy support for your lower back and would be great for keeping in the living room, either as substitute seating or as an extra perch for when guests come over.
For a seat that is so upright, though, it's a shame that it lacks the upper back support that would be needed to get complete comfort from this bean bag, especially if you were to use it for long periods.
The Intex Inflatable bean bag chair scores high points for adaptability, as you can take it anywhere with you - be that the garden, the beach, or the park – just inflate it on the go! And when you're not using it, you can simply deflate it, fold it, and store it in a cupboard.
Despite its cosy, soft, flocked corduroy fabric outer, it's worth noting that its inflatable inner is comprised of vinyl, so it could pop if placed on an uneven surface. Probably best for occasional use, we think.
The Mighty B Box is ideal for having in the garden, either around a small table or perhaps a barbecue area. You can also keep it indoors, such as in a bedroom or playroom, although its strong and durable exterior makes it perfect for outdoor use.
However, this product doesn't score very high on the comfort ranking due to its lack of back support, sitting space and the fact it's only splashproof rather than fully waterproof.
Kitting out your pad with a few well-placed homeware items can really make a difference to how it looks and feels, without having to redecorate the whole house! Check out the suggestions below for some other additions we think you might find just as cosy.
Hopefully, now you have a bean bag in mind that you'd like to snap up after reading our buying guide. Now, all you have to do is head to the links attached to the product, and it'll be delivered right to your door!
Author: Annie Speight
No. 1: Lounge Pug｜Giant Bean Bag Sofa
No. 2: Lounge Pug｜CloudSac 510
No. 3: John Lewis & Partners ｜Faux Fur Bean Bag
No. 4: Loft 25｜Bean Bag Gamer Chair With Footstool
No. 5: Icon｜Axel Recliner Bean Bag Chair
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