How To Choose the Right Bean Bag Filling

by whatsmind

If you are thinking about making your own bean bag, or perhaps you have a bean bag that needs a little bit of a makeover, you might be wondering what is suitable to use as the filling, or curious if there is actually more than one option!

This piece will help you choose the right bean bag filling for your bean bag, depending on what you would like to use it for!

Read on to find out more.

Comfort is King

If you are getting a bean bag under the guise of it being the comfiest thing you will ever sit on, the filling you choose will have a lot of sway in this.

Sliced-up foam or small polystyrene balls are often the most versatile and can offer a decent level of comfort from a bean bag. There are some differences between them though. While shredded foam beads are eventually comfortable, they need to be maneuvered into the right place. This is much more difficult to do with shredded foam than it is with polystyrene balls, and they move much more freely under any kind of pressure, molding to your body shape.

Some companies will also offer a 3 year warrantee on bean bag filling, which makes it not only an affordable option but one that is protected if it does not stand the test of time.

Go Natural

Bean bags are not a new invention, and before polystyrene and other fillers were created, natural fillings were used. Most commonly, rice, corn, and other grains or pulses. Depending on how big your bean bag is, this could still be a viable option, as you can buy these food sources for cheap in bulk – however, there are some downsides to using these.

They can be uncomfortable, especially matter such as rice which can have spikey edges, but a thicker bean bag liner can solve this problem.

There is also the issue of moisture and mold. It is important you do not use a natural pulse or grain filling if you plan on using the bean bag outside. This will cause the filling to go mushy and rot. If you can avoid moisture or will be using the bean bag sparingly, then using natural filler might work for you.

What Size is Your Bean Bag?

The size of your bean bag will determine which filling might be best for you.

For smaller sized bean bags or projects, smaller-sized filling options work well. If you have a large bean bag, it will cost more for you to be able to fill up a large bag with smaller filler. An example of this could be micro foam beads.

If you have a very large bean bag, you will want something that is durable and comfortable but will also not break the bank. A good option for this would be ESP beans, which are micro polystyrene beads.

Whatever you choose, know you can switch it up if you end up not being happy with how it sits!

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