All you need to know about choosing a bean bag in the right way
Nowadays, it‘s difficult to imagine a modern interior either at work or at home without modern-mobile interior accents – bean bags. In a short time it conquered not only living but also public spaces. In spite of it‘s "golden age" that this upholstered furniture is currently experiencing, experts still emphasize that people make mistakes when choosing a bean bag this way making it wear out and loose a good look faster.
Here are some important advises of "Pusku pusku" experts how not to go wrong and choose correctly a bean bag for home or outdoor spaces according to your needs and how to achieve the best synergy between quality and price. Designers comment that it isn‘t necesary at all to combine a bean bag with other furniture and decor elements in the interior because of it‘s unique design. So, let’s find out 6 things that determine a quality of a bean bag. Here are the most important details one should know about: inside and outside bags, bean bag size and shape, fabric, functionality, beads and stitches and zippers.
We can see a lot that people choose bean bags based more on emotions than knowledge. However, the potential buyer still needs to know the essentials.
First of all, it is recommended to find out if a bean bag has an inside bag. Sometimes if the outside bag is damaged (teared by animal or by accident), then a bean bag filling spills out on the floor. That is why it is advised to choose bean bag that has two bags – inside bag, which is filled with polystyrene beads, and outside bag, which can be taken to wash or clean (depending on the fabric). You can read more about fabrics we offer here.
2. SHAPE OF BEAN BAG
Choosing size and shape of a bean bag often leads to the most discussions. Actually, everything is quite simple – a shape should be chosen according to the needs. If a bean bag will be carried around in different places, it is the best to choose pear-shaped (Game, Play) or similar models (Razzy, Razz, Roll) which have a handle to pick up the furniture easily and move it. The bean bags of this time are children‘s favorites.
Most popular bean bags are armchair-shaped, so called L-shaped, like models Seat, Tube and Lounge. Strictly shaped bean bags are more suitable for living rooms and offices (models Tube, Moog). Another option is two-seater bean bags-sofas (models Sofa Seat, Sofa Tube, Sofa Moog). Also, there are poufs (models Up!, Mini, Softbox, Plus) which are short and practical.
3. FABRIC OF BEAN BAG
Often it is forgotten to pay attention to the fabric the outside bag is made of, the buyers take their final decision by judging it‘s good looking or not appierence. Bean bags are usually made from either soft polyester, mostly used for indoors, or artificial leather, which is suitable both indoors and outdoors. Artificial leather is recommended for those who have pets, because leather is easy to clean and animal hair do not stick to it. It is to mention the modern alternative to the artificial leather – the damp-proof or resistant to water fabrics coated with special layers to resist the absorbtion of liquids. Bean bag should be made from two strong fabrics: elastic textile inside bag, filled with beads, and outside bag fabric that can be washed. You can read more about fabrics we offer here.
The fourth aspect is functionality. For the outside use in the yard, terrace, near swimming pool or even lake shore we recommend bean bags made of water proof fabrics and also to pay attention to the advice of designers not to overfill the space with too much furniture. On this case we recommend to create a set of bean bags comfortable to only to lay down but also to put things on them. The model Soft-Table has a multifuncional use – one can sit on it or improvise a table putting on the top a kind of pallet.
5. BEADS (granules)
It is essential to pay attention to the filling of the bean bag. It can be filled with ground polystyrene foam, expanded polystyrene (EPS) beads or even buckwheat grains. The filling of natural materials is the the heaviest and most expensive while ground polystyrene foam quickly wears out. So it is recommended to choose expanded polystyrene (EPS) beads. When making a decision about the bean bag filling, make sure that they are inflammable and go with the certificate to prove it.
6. STICHES AND ZIPPERS
The last important thing when choosing a bean bag is a type and quality of stitches and zippers. If stitches are not strong, then it can become a serious issue as the bean bag will be torn up and will be needed to sew it again. It is crucial that stitches would be double and even, while edges of all textile elements (cut-outs) used for the manufacturing of bean bags are threaded-hemmed thus preventing the cloth from raveling and ensuring high quality of the product. For outside bags strong zippers with wide teeth should be used. Zipper locks should be hidden under the fabric, thus protecting the floor. You can unzip a bean bag to take off the sack or to fill with or take out the beads. Well thought construction gives a possibility to control the softness of a bean bag and easy way to take care of it.
These six advises of our experts will allow you not only to give a new look to your home or other chosen space but also will help you to save some money spending them on perdurable things. The high quality of a bean bag guarantees it‘s use for multiple years. Another good news is that bean bags (unlike the other furniture) are always fashionable!