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Are Bean Bags Going Mainstream?

A Roundup of 63 of our Favorite Bean Bags

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Remember the good old days of coming home from school, throwing down your Jansport backpack on the floor, turning on a little Green Day, pretending you were too cool for the world to even bother with homework, and plopping down into your oversized bean bag that had a a permanent indent for your body shape? Well the good old days are back – minus the “teen angst” taste in music and the tragic styles of the mid-90’s.

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And while we get that bean bags might not be the new safari chair, they definitely don’t have to be relegated to use just in playrooms, kids rooms, or nurseries anymore. Bean bags are making their way into mainstream decor and although we don’t suggest a room living room full of bean bags (although the room below is doing a very good job of selling it), we do think that some of the new styles and designs can translate well in a handful of different rooms.

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So whether you hate the trend, think it might grow on you, or are ready to take yourself back to times gone by, we’ve pulled together 63 of our favorites that are available online. And in the spirit of Friday’s lets all enjoy a little bit of R&R via these comfy, shapeless “chairs”. We’ve even included a few that you can bring outside in case that R&R involves some outdoor relaxation on the patio.

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1. Boho Lounger | 2. Distressed Canvas Wide Bean Bag | 3. XL Corduroy Bag Chair | 4. Toile de Jouy Large Bean Bag Chair | 5. White Faux Fur Bean Bag | 6. Pink Patterned Bean Bag | 7. Polka Dot Bean Bag | 8. Cooper Velvet Lounge Chair | 9. Denim Bean Bag | 10. Hand Knitted Plum Bean bag | 11. Large Buffalo Check Bean Bag Chair | 12. Adjustable Bean Bag Chair | 13. Bobo Patterned Lounge Chair | 14. Outdoor Bean Bag Lounger | 15. Soft Grey Bean Bag | 16. Ibiza Lounge Chair | 17. Triangle Mudcloth Boho Lounger | 18. Rose Velvet Bean Bag | 19. Sail Pouf | 20. Modern Nautical Bean Bag Lounger | 21. Red Suisse Bean Bag | 22. Blue Outdoor Bean Bag | 23. XL Fuzzy Bean Bag Chair | 24. Round Grey Bean Bag | 25. Cooper Lounge Chair | 26. Quilted Bean Bag Chair | 27. Chunky Bean Bag | 28. Striped Outdoor Bean Bag Chair | 29. Holden Lounge Chair | 30. Rose Bean Bag Chair | 31. Exposed Seam Bean Bag | 32. Flat Bean Bag | 33. Blue Plaid Bean Bag | 34. Lennon Lounge Chair | 35. XXL Navy Bean Bag | 36. Green Velvet Bean Bag | 37. Pom Pom Bean Bag | 38. Noah Velvet Lounge Chair | 39. Lohmann Soft Lounge Loveseat | 40. Large Textured Velvet Bean Bag Chair | 41. Tan Outdoor Bean Bag Chair | 42. Pink Dot Lounger | 43. Black and White Striped Bean Bag | 44. Sherpa Faux Fur Lounge Chair | 45. Yellow Striped Outdoor Bean Bag | 46. Navajo Bean Bag Chair | 47. Taupe Outdoor Bean Bag | 48. Larson Lounger | 49. Cabana Lounger | 50. Pink Triangle Bean Bag | 51. Striped Outdoor Lounger | 52. Yellow Patterned Bean Bag | 53. Bahama Blue Hand Dyed Bean Bag | 54. Ponce Outdoor Patio Lounge Chair | 55. Gray Patterned Bean Bag | 56. Midnight Chamois Bean Bag | 57. Small Bean Bag Club Chair | 58. Mustard XL Bean Bag | 59. Newport Lounger | 60. Trailblazer Modern Lounger | 61. Sunbrella Bean Bag Lounger Set | 62. Fuzzy Bean Bag Chair | 63. Holden Lounge Chair

So how do you feel about using these in your home? Is it a trend that we should pass on and keep in the kids rooms or do you think you could get away with incorporating one elsewhere? TGIF folks and enjoy the weekend.

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  1. Not feeling it. There may be a place for bean bags — in a movie room perhaps? But there is no chance these would land themselves in my every day living areas. Maybe its just old people problems (I’m 27) but the reason these are for kids rooms is because sitting in them and getting up from them is just dang uncomfortable. Not that my posture is pristine either but bean bags aren’t doing any favors for your back.

    1. Thank you dear 27 year old for writing this. As I was reading this, I just kept thinking, “I could never enjoy sitting there thinking of my knees getting up!” I’m 43.

  2. Beanbags . . . I’ve always wanted to like them, but they don’t like me. When I sit on a beanbag and relax my core, I find myself hunched over or staring at the ceiling. Maybe because I’m tall? Also, I can’t imagine offering a guest over age 13 a beanbag to sit on- particularly considering the emerge-from-the-beanbag move, which, if I remember correctly, is roll onto the floor, then hands and knees, then standing (a dignified move, for sure). I guess I’ll leave the beanbags to you adventurous types!

    1. Might be kinda fun to make the middle-aged folks (like me) navigate beanbag chairs. Nothing like needing “a hand” to get out of one’s chair at evening’s end.

  3. I love the inspiration photo with the bean bag chairs – I bought a similar one and have been at a loss for how to incorporate it stylishly. THANK YOU! I am inspired!

  4. I am, to my own disbelief, a recent bean bag fan, and have been thinking about getting some stylish ones for a long time! Someone gifted my toddler a very, truly, horribly ugly sparkly pig shaped bean bag chair for hannukah, and it is incredibly popular. My daughter loves it and treats it like a pal, but adult love sitting on it too. It is super comfy for lounging and watching tv, and makes storytime a breeze when we both squeeze in there together. We don’t have room in our current house, but if we move, I think the beloved pig will live in my daughter’s room (or the trash), and we’ll upgrade with a couple of these (the pink land of nod one, maybe?) in our tv room.

  5. I’m old enough to remember when these were first a thing, in the 70’s. My school’s library had an area with six or seven of them all ALL the kids wanted to sit in them. Then the best thing ever happened – I got my own yellow pleather bean bag for my birthday! I loved the shit out of that thing. Wouldn’t get one now though because they are not great for middle-aged bodies (entering and exiting). Thanks for the roundup, many of these are darling!

  6. Thank you for the round up, I have been wanting one for my daughter for a while now. I search for a bit and then decide I don’t want to spend the money. I didn’t know Urban Outfitters had such cute ones. For me the big thing will be if I can take the cover off to wash it. I tend to only buy pillows that have zippers so I can wash them so this will need to be the same way.
    This might make for a great Christmas gift!

    1. This. We got the mint ones from Target last Christmas for our 3 girls and we love them, but they are filthy as you can only spot clean them…..

  7. Perfect post for me! Thank you.

    I’ve been (not really) working on my brand-new teenager’s “man cave” (media room in the basement). A couple months ago I asked him about seating and his eyes lit up as he replied “you know what would be awesome? Bean bags.” I felt stumped because I only thought of those shapeless blobs from my past and knew those weren’t the answer, but didn’t know how to frame the question.

    Your compendium is fantastic and fantastically useful. I know what to do now. Seriously, thank you for making this part of my life easier.

  8. Too funny. I just ordered a pair for the playroom. They arrive next week and my preteens are so excited to watch movies and play video games on them.

  9. Great timing! I was hopefully going to start my search for playroom bean bags soon. I am hoping to be redoing my kitchen in the next few months. It is connected to the play room and I was wanting seating that can move around super easily, comfy, kid friendly (I have a little boy a month younger than Birdie), and was thinking that a structured bean bag could be a great option! 59, 48, 17… all awesome. Thanks!

  10. Tragic styles of the mid-90s?! I work with teens and they’re wearing chokers and Clinique Black Honey lipstick again! I wish I’d kept my palazzo pants from the first time around. 90s FOREVER! (Not the point of the post, I know. Currently debating whether to pull the trigger on a bean bag for my 5-year-old, so thanks for the roundup!)

    1. I agree! 90s fashion is super in right now. I even went through it the first time as a young teen/preteen and am so happy to be able to do it right this time 🙂

  11. We have had three of the $45 ones from Target for two years (#3 in your roundup) and love them. They have been through serious rough housing and my kids are constantly using them as weapons in pillow fights, but they’ve never burst open and are still comfortable. I wouldn’t say they’ve exactly retained their shape, but as round, blobby chairs, they work pretty well.

  12. We purchase #3 (from Target) after seeing them on this website and were very disappointed when they went completely flat after a few months of use by a 2 and 4-year-old.

    More disturbing was that the tag states that “The upholstery materials in this product contain added flame retardant chemicals” and that the state of California has identified these chemicals “as being known to, or strongly suspected of, adversely impacting human health and development.” At a minimum these should not be marketed as children’s products. It makes me wonder about the content in the other Target products, including the rest of the Pillowfort line.

    1. Ack!! Thanks for letting me know. I too was seduced after seeing the Pillowfort post here and bought two. First, they are NOISY. Like, every time. It sounds like you’re sitting on many small shells rubbing together. But carcinogenic.. eek.

  13. I put 2 rhteen ones in a den that is meant as a hang out for adults and kids and everyone is loving them. even my 71 year old mother! super comfy, very roomy. you can put 2 together and make a chaise for a good place to read and snooze, as i did on the 4th of july. score.

  14. Oh man… I want to like this… I do. So many times I have face planted myself into a bean bag when walking past a Love Sac store, thinking “I wish I didn’t care what furniture looked like because this is heaven.” But I still just don’t know… The ones I sort of liked from this roundup were the blue-gray velvety and brown leathery ones from Urban Outfitters because they have a little more structure, but that doesn’t really help my face planting desires.

  15. We purchase #3 (from Target) and were very disappointed when they went completely flat after a few months of use by a 2 and 4-year-old.

    More disturbing was that the tag states that “The upholstery materials in this product contain added flame retardant chemicals” and that the state of California has identified these chemicals “as being known to, or strongly suspected of, adversely impacting human health and development.” At a minimum these should not be marketed as children’s products. It makes me wonder about the content in the other Target products, including the rest of the Pillowfort line.

  16. SMH but with a :). Bean bag loves means you have never tried to refill a flattened one with “fresh” beans or had one burst/leak on you. If you think cleaning up sand is hard, wait until you have to clean up spilled “beans” that stick to everything like glue. Is there some trick I don’t know about? Other than that little issue, these are all cute.

  17. I love your round ups. You are seriously one of the most helpful stylist out there because you source everything and you help us find good options to shop. As a very non-professional interior designer of just my own home this is incredibly helpful and fun! I am actually about to do a “big boy” room for my son as I am pregnant with my second (whoo hoo/tired—love birdy and Charlie posts BTW). But I love this inspiration picture of the little boys room above and specifically I love that bookcase/storage unit. it doesn’t look custom, but after a quick inter-web search of the usual suspects I haven’t been able to find it. Do you know where it’s from? Thanks, as always!!

    1. Second this. Here’s a post I’d LOVE to see – not-hideous toy storage. (Chic is not even a benchmark now, I just want not hideous) I’ve been searching workable storage that we can stand to live with in our main floor. Something cheap enough to be potentially destroyed by our 2.5 year old but tough enough to last until he’s in 2nd grade or so.. Things that can accommodate bins of legos not 2 artfully staged European toys.My target woven baskets are OK-ish but I need height and stackability.

  18. I really have to give a shout out for baud and co…… an aussie company that makes the most amazing beanbags and you can choose the fabrics etc………… this is not my business or anything related to me I was just lucky enough to find her on instagram and ordered the best beanbag cover which just needs beans in it upon delivery.

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  20. First macramé, and now beanbags?! If your next move is yellow smiley-face pillows and blow-up furniture, I am going to stage a 70s-style intervention. 🙂

  21. At my childhood home we still have a huge brown beanbag from the 70s or 80s. We all still fight over who gets to lay on it when we all go back home. It’s deflated and well-worn, but still a favorite. I would totally get a beanbag for our growing family if I could find one that’s large enough to comfortably lie on, like 5 ft in diameter. Fun roundup!

  22. I’m currently laying on the floor writing this while my almost-toddler naps. But I SHOULD be laying in a bean bag chair! I am cnstantly sitting on the floor with her and I think a bean bag chair might make it easier on my bones. I’ve been eyeing the Muji one, that should be on here!!!

  23. I have the Muji bead sofa (not on this list?!?!) and it’s AMAZING. It’s the only way I can comfortably get down on the floor with my toddler and you know what, it looks great in our living room. So there, haters.

  24. You lost me at “listening to Green Day after school” – I listened to Boney M!!
    We have some Ambient Lounge bean bag chairs in our media room. They are great for shifting around the room for different activities.

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  26. Beanbags I put into the category of “things I always wanted that my parents would never let us have.” Other items in this category include the papasan chair, hanging swing chair, peacock chair, lampshades with fringe, a hippity hop, beads hanging in a doorway, pretty much anything wicker. Actually my dad DID get us a brown vinyl beanbag chair that lived in the den for a short time. Happy memories!

    I echo the sentiments re getting up from the floor. However, I think a small beanbag might make a nice footstool or a swell cushion if placed on a daybed or sofa…. If I had the space, I’d go for it.

    1. Susie, we are of the same era. It’s been a trip watching all the trends of my early childhood babysitters working their way into LA hipsters then Instagram and UO and now Target. Same with the facial hair of their boyfriends and my mom’s boyfriends.

      All that’s missing are the ashtrays…..

  27. We escaped the rain last summer in London by going into the Banqueting Hall at Whitehall….a magnificent Rubens ceiling…..viewed while lounging on bean bags! Good enough for a royal palace, good enough for me.

  28. Did you know you can buy bean bag beans that are silent? Just google micro bean bag beans. I found them when looking for beans for my pregnancy belly bean bag that is shaped like a donut and lets women lie face down when getting a pregnancy massage.

  29. As always thanks so much for the round-up! I know how much time it takes and it so helpful to those of us designing our own homes! We have had #34 from UO for about a month and my boys (13 and 10) love it! I just ordered a second. Bean bags are tough because they sometimes are too sparse and you sink to the floor. This one is only bean bag on the seat and solid cushion on the back. Definitely sits more like a floor chair than a bean bag!

  30. Well, I don’t know if beanbags are “back” – we never had them when I was a kid. But I have noticed that kids AND adults seem to love them. After I worked on 2 kids projects – 1 for a catholic school children’s library & another for a client’s visiting grand kids – I am love how fun they are for everyone.
    I have been looking at them for my own kid’s media room & am partial to a modular set from Ambient Lounge that zips together. They are really slick & less “dorm room” looking than the old school bean bags IMO.

  31. I’m old enough to remember when these were first a thing, in the 70’s. My school’s library had an area with six or seven of them all ALL the kids wanted to sit in them. Then the best thing ever happened – I got my own yellow pleather bean bag for my birthday! I loved the shit out of that thing. Wouldn’t get one now though because they are not great for middle-aged bodies (entering and exiting). Thanks for the roundup, many of these are darling