How Long Do Bean Bags Last?

Posted by Matthew Ressler on

Bean bags have evolved from the casual seating options of the past to stylish and versatile pieces of furniture that complement modern living spaces. With a range of materials, fillers, and designs, their durability and lifespan can vary greatly. 

Understanding the factors that affect a bean bag's durability, recognizing when it's time for a replacement, and knowing how to dispose of one responsibly are essential for maintaining the comfort, aesthetic appeal, and environmental responsibility of your living environment. 

Factors That Determine a Bean Bags Durability

When it comes to furnishing your home with comfortable seating options, bean bags have become a popular choice due to their unique blend of comfort, style, and flexibility. However, not all bean bags are created equal, and their longevity can significantly vary. Understanding what affects a bean bag's durability is important for making an informed purchase. 

Bean Bag Filler

The type of filler used in a bean bag plays a pivotal role in its durability and comfort over time. Most bean bags are filled with one of the following materials:

  • EPS Beads: Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) beads are lightweight, offer good support, and have a relatively long lifespan. However, they can compress over time with heavy use, which might require occasional refilling to maintain the bean bag's shape and comfort.
  • Memory Foam: Known for its incredible comfort and support, memory foam fillers adapt to your body shape. Unlike EPS beads, memory foam does not compress as easily, which means it can retain its shape and comfort level for a longer period. 
  • Polyfoam: Polyfoam is another popular filler and can be found in CordaRoy's convertible bean bag chairs. It offers a balance between support and softness, adapting to the user's body without losing shape quickly. Polyfoam is known for its durability, making it a great option for those looking for a long-lasting bean bag.

What is inside of a bean bag not only affects the chair’s initial comfort but also its ability to withstand wear and tear over time. High-quality fillers like memory foam and polyfoam tend to last longer than EPS beads, though they may come at a higher cost.


The durability of a bean bag is also influenced by the quality and type of its cover. A high-quality cover can protect the filler material and extend the overall lifespan of the bean bag. Here are a few aspects to consider regarding bean bag covers:

  • Material: Bean bag covers come in a variety of materials, including cotton, leather, suede, and polyester. Each material has its own set of benefits and drawbacks in terms of durability, comfort, and maintenance. For example, leather is durable and easy to clean, while cotton offers breathability and softness but might wear out faster.
  • Removability and Washability: A removable and washable cover is a significant advantage for maintaining the bean bag's appearance and hygiene. It allows you to easily clean spills, stains, or dirt, keeping the bean bag looking fresh and new for longer.
  • Waterproof Covers: Some companies, like CordaRoy's, offer waterproof covers for their bean bags. These covers provide an additional layer of protection against spills and stains, making them ideal for homes with children, pets, or frequent entertaining. A waterproof cover can significantly enhance the bean bag's durability by protecting the filler material from moisture damage. 

Usage and Care

The longevity of your bean bags depends on the attention and upkeep they receive. Adhering to the manufacturer's guidelines for cleaning, handling, and general maintenance is important for ensuring that your bean bags reach their expected lifespan. Neglect or improper handling can lead to damage to both the exterior fabric and the internal filling, thus we strongly advise following the care instructions for your bean bag chair.

To protect your bean bags against stains and the need for harsh cleaning methods, it's best to prevent food and beverage spills. Additionally, prolonged exposure to sunlight can not only cause the colors to fade but also potentially harm the material of the cover due to UV radiation. 

Signs a Bean Bag is Ready to Replace

While bean bags are a popular and comfortable addition to any space, they don't last forever. Recognizing when it's time to replace your bean bag can ensure you continue to enjoy the comfort and style they bring to your home. Here are a few signs that indicate your bean bag is due for a replacement:

  • The Bean Bag is Noticeably Flat: Over time, the filler inside your bean bag can compress, especially with frequent use. If your bean bag doesn't offer the same level of comfort or support as before, you may be wondering how to fix a flat bean bag. Fortunately, a simple “flip and fluff” might be all it needs to regain its shape and coziness. However, if your bean bag still feels or looks flat after attempting to fluff it, it might be time to consider a replacement.
  • Visible Tears or Damage to the Cover: While some bean bags come with durable and high-quality outer covers, they can still suffer from wear and tear. Visible tears, rips, or significant damage to the fabric are clear signs that your bean bag needs to be replaced. Such damage can compromise the aesthetic appeal of your bean bag and may lead to the escape of filling material, making the bean bag less comfortable and messier.
  • Persistent Stains or Odors: Even with regular cleaning and maintenance, some stains or odors may become deeply embedded in the fabric and are hard to remove. If your bean bag has developed an unpleasant smell or has stains that detract from its appearance despite your best efforts to clean it, replacing it might be the best option.

How to Properly Dispose of a Bean Bag

When the time comes to say goodbye to your old bean bag, it's important to consider environmentally friendly and responsible ways to dispose of it. Unlike regular waste, bean bags require specific disposal methods due to their size, materials, and filler. Here's how you can properly dispose of a bean bag:

  • Donate If Possible: If your bean bag is still in decent condition but no longer needed, consider donating it. Many charitable organizations, schools, shelters, and community centers would appreciate having a comfortable piece of furniture. 
  • Recycle the Filler: Many bean bags are filled with polystyrene beads or memory foam, materials that can sometimes be recycled. Check with your local recycling center to see if they accept these materials. For bean bags filled with natural or eco-friendly fillers like beans or rice, consider composting them if appropriate.
  • Repurpose the Cover: If the cover of your bean bag is in good shape, think about repurposing it. The fabric can be used for DIY projects, such as making pillows, patches for quilts, or even as a cover for another piece of furniture. Getting creative can give a new life to the material.
  • Check with Local Waste Management: Some materials inside bean bags may not be suitable for regular trash due to their environmental impact. Contact your local waste management services to inquire about the best way to dispose of your bean bag. They might have specific guidelines or services for disposing of furniture and larger items.
  • Consider a Furniture Disposal Service: If the above options are not feasible, look into furniture disposal services that offer to pick up and dispose of large items like bean bags. Some of these services strive to dispose of items in an environmentally friendly manner, either by recycling or donating them.
  • Upcycle: For the creatively inclined, upcycling your bean bag into new products is another sustainable option. The filler can be used for smaller homemade bean bags, draft stoppers, or even as packing material. The outer material, depending on its condition, can be transformed into a variety of useful items.

CordaRoy’s Lifetime Guarantee

Enjoy a worry-free experience with your bean bag thanks to CordaRoy’s comprehensive lifetime guarantee. At CordaRoy's, we stand behind the quality and craftsmanship of our products with a promise that sets us apart from the rest. Should any CordaRoy's product ever fall short due to workmanship issues, rest assured that we are committed to repairing or replacing it for the entire lifetime of the product.

In an industry where warranties can often come with fine print that limits coverage to specific parts, such as the inner liner, CordaRoy’s takes a different approach. Our lifetime guarantee is all-encompassing, covering manufacturer defects in materials or workmanship without such restrictions. This includes components like seams, zipper slides, and zipper pulls, ensuring that your investment is protected in full.

Our warranty is not just a testament to the durability of our products; it is a reflection of our dedication to customer satisfaction and our confidence in the quality of our workmanship. From the moment you choose CordaRoy’s, you are covered by this warranty for the life of your product, providing peace of mind and a level of assurance that is unmatched in the market.


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