How To Choose an Appropriate Bean Bag Chair for Kids

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Is your child begging you for a bean bag chair? It seems what’s old is new again! Many of us can remember a time in our childhood when we were so excited to use a bean bag chair in our room to make it the most stylish hangout spot on the block. These super-comfortable chairs are officially back in style, and it’s time to learn more about how to choose an appropriate bean bag chair for your kids.

History of the Bean Bag Chair

Before we look ahead to help decide what bean bag chair to get your child, let’s take a look back at the origins of the bean bag chair. Who designed such a fun seating option, and how has it evolved through time? 

Bean bag chairs were invented in Italy in the 1960s by three men who were looking to revolutionize seating. They were sick and tired of ugly, stuffy chairs and instead were focused on finding a solution that was both comfortable and good for the body. They went through many different fill options and designs, and very quickly, big stores were placing big orders.

From the classiest homes in Italy to college dorm rooms in small-town America, the bean bag chair quickly became a classic item beloved by many. 

Are Bean Bag Chairs Safe for Children?

When considering any new item for children, the most important question to ask is regarding safety. Is this product safe for a child? What hazards may it pose? Is it worth the risk? The good news about bean bag chairs is this: there are very strict safety regulations in place to make sure that bean bag chairs are safe for children. 

This was not always the case because some of the manufacturing processes could cause choking hazards, but bean bag chairs made after the late nineties are required to follow very specific guidelines in order to be considered safe.

What does this mean for you? While buying from thrift stores and yard sales is fun and good for the environment, bean bag chairs for children might be something you want to stay away from buying second-hand. Be sure to buy a newer bean bag chair so that you can enjoy peace of mind when your child uses it. 

Our bean bag chairs are not filled with tiny beads. Instead, we use high-quality foam that does not pose a choking risk. We also have a special child-safe safety zipper to make sure that young children cannot access the inside of the bean bag chair. 

What To Consider When Deciding Which Bean Bag Chair to Get

Now that you’ve considered safety, what else should you keep in mind as you decide which bean bag chair is right for your child? There are quite a few factors, but we’ll help break each of them down with you. 

What Size Should You Choose?

The first and easiest choice is which size bean bag chair to choose. For children, we recommend either the youth chair or the full chair. This choice comes down to how many kids you’d like to be able to use the mattress that comes inside of each of our convertible bean bag chairs. 

Our youth chair sits one child, and the inner mattress sleeps one to two children. The full chair seats one to two children and sleeps two children. These are both great options for kids up to about age 13. After 13, the full chair is definitely a better choice and will last for many years to come before they grow out of it. 

What Is the Bean Bag Chair Filled With?

Bean bag chair fill makes a huge difference in the comfort and safety of the chair. There are many different materials that you can fill a bean bag chair with, but the best by far is foam. 

Other chairs may be filled with

  • Beads
  • Beans
  • Plastic pellets
  • Polystyrene balls
  • Corn or other small non-perishable foods

It is important to again consider safety when it comes to bean bag fill. Bean bags filled with small beads or other small materials can be a choking hazard for children. It is definitely best to stick with foam fill in order to have the safest (and most comfortable) experience. 

What Material is the Outside Cover?

Our youth chairs are covered in the softest micro fur. We took a look at what materials kids find the coziest and found our inspiration in classic children’s blankets. Other bean bag chairs can be found with plastic outer layers, faux fur, pleather, and more.  What makes our covers different, is that they are made of breathable material similar to that of other furniture you may find in your home.

We think that kids will enjoy the soft, cozy feel of our micro fur chairs. If you decide on a full chair for your kids, you have a few more options, including plush fur and terry corduroy. 

Style

Finding a personal sense of style can be extremely important for kids. Don’t you remember spending hours deciding on what color to paint your room or obsessively flipping through bedroom magazines for inspiration? Today’s kids have a better pulse on the heartbeat of fashion and style than we ever did, so it’s important to let them have a say in the style of bean bag chair they get. 

Space

One of the best benefits of our convertible chairs is that they don’t take up too much space, and they can be moved very easily. When searching for a kid’s chair, it’s important to take into account how much space you’re working with.

Will the chair and the mattress fit in a kid’s bedroom? Are you planning to use it in a common area instead? These are important questions to think about as you decide what bean bag chair is right for your child. 

Is it Easy To Wash?

This is one question that kids definitely won’t consider on their own, but it might just be the most important one for the person in charge of buying the bean bag chair! Can you wash the chair? How do you remove the inevitable stains that will happen after a spilled afternoon snack? 

Our convertible bean bag chairs each come with a cover that is easy to remove and simply throw in the washing machine. We also recommend a mattress protector.  Just unzip it and throw it in the washing machine too.  It doesn’t get much easier than that for kids and parents alike. Your child will be thrilled with their new seating space, and you’ll be thrilled that it won’t take a whole lot of work. 

Where To Use Your Bean Bag Chair

Now we’re onto the fun part! Where will your child use their new bean bag chair?

There are so many great choices, but here are a few of our ideas to help you get started: 

  • In their bedroom. Placing a bean bag chair in a child’s bedroom is a great way to encourage sinking down into it and doing homework or enjoying a great book. Plus, it makes it super easy to host sleepovers with friends.
  • In the living room. Movie nights can get a huge upgrade by placing your bean bag chair in the living room or family room. 
  • In the schoolroom. If you happen to be a homeschooling family, or your child is still doing some virtual school post-COVID, adding a beanbag chair to your school room can help them focus. Plus, sitting in a comfortable chair can make school work seem much more fun.
  • In the basement or game room. If your child is a gamer, a bean bag chair is the perfect addition to whatever room in your household the video game console is in. 

Have any other great ideas for where you can put your child’s bean bag chair? We’d love to hear. Let us know!

What About Fur Children?

While being a parent to a child and being a parent to a pet come with very different responsibilities, both pets and children can appreciate a comfortable place to rest. If you’re a pet parent, we have something for you, too. Our pet bed will be the last one you purchase; you’ll love it so much (and so will your pet).

Made with the same material and fill as our bean bag chairs for humans, these provide the perfect option for your pet to snuggle up on and rest. Plus, it will keep them off your other furniture! 

The Perfect Pick

Get ready to win “Parent of the Year” once you decide on the perfect bean bag chair for your kids! Sometimes it can feel like every decision made for our kids is a difficult one, but we hope this guide was helpful to you as you search.

Remember to keep in mind things like the fill quality, the outside material, and the size of the bean bag chair. With these tips in mind, you’ll find the perfect option in no time. 

Sources: 

The Radical History of the Beanbag Chair | Architectural Digest

Bean Bag Chair Accidents & Deaths | Product Safety | Consumer Watch

Beads? Foam? Which Fill is Best? | The Sleep Judge

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