Why Are Bean Bag Chairs So Expensive?

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When it comes to furniture, there are a lot of factors to consider. One of the most important is price. Sure, you want something that looks great and is comfortable, but you don't want to break the bank in the process.

So, why are bean bags so expensive? What makes them worth the price tag? Let’s unpack the factors that contribute to the prices of bean bag chairs and what goes into making them a worthwhile purchase.

What Makes a Good Bean Bag?

If you've ever considered buying a bean bag, you may have found yourself wondering what all the fuss is about. Bean bags are frequently praised as being comfortable, versatile, and durable, but what exactly makes a good bean bag? In general, you'll get what you pay for when it comes to bean bags.

Premium bean bags come with higher price tags for a reason. They boast superior cover materials and fillings that not only promise extended durability but also ensure a level of comfort that sets them apart. As for the type of filling, bean bags are typically made with polystyrene beads.

Bean bag size is another important consideration. Small bean bags that are made solely for sitting will be on the cheaper end, but if you're looking for a bean bag that offers a little bit more like one that can convert into a quick bed for guests, you're most likely going to pay a little more.

Outer Covers

The cover is one of the most important parts of a bean bag. Bean bag outer covers are a great way to add a splash of color and personality to your decor. When it comes to covers, it's important to look for one that's made from durable fabric and can be removed and washed.

We offer a variety of outer cover materials available in several colors and styles, including: 

  • Faux Fur
  • Chenille
  • Corduroy
  • Faux Leather
  • Terry Corduroy
  • Plush Fur
  • Faux Chinchilla
  • Faux “Bunny” Fur

Once you’ve decided on the cover material for your chair, it's important to choose a bean bag cover that is durable and easy to clean. For your convenience, our bean bag outer covers are removable and machine washable so you can keep your bean bag looking great at all times.

And since our bean bag outer covers are crafted from materials meant to last, they'll stand up to just about anything. So whether you're looking for a way to protect your bean bag from spills or just want to add a bit of style to your space, our diverse range of covers offers something for everyone.

Filling Type: Polyfoam vs Polystyrene Beads

Whether you're looking for a new bean bag chair or just need to refill your old one, you've probably noticed that there are two main types of bean bag filling: Polyfoam and polystyrene beads. But what's the difference between these two fillings, and which one is right for you?

Polyfoam filling is made from high-quality, shredded, furniture-grade, polyurethane foam. This material is a popular choice for full-body support and has even been used to make orthotics and spinal body supports. Polyfoam is extremely durable and conforms to the shape of your body, making it a great go-to for those looking for a little bit more comfort. At CordaRoy's, our bean bags are generously filled with 100% polyfoam, ensuring they retain their shape and supportiveness over time without compression. 

On the other hand, polystyrene beads offer a different set of advantages. These beads are lightweight and make the bean bag easy to move, which is perfect for flexible living spaces or for those who like to frequently change their decor. The affordability of polystyrene bead-filled bean bags also makes them an attractive option for those on a tighter budget.

However, polystyrene beads can sometimes shift around inside the bean bag, so they might not be as comfortable as polyfoam for some people. These beads can also pose a choking hazard for small children.

Bean Bag Size

When it comes to bean bags, size definitely matters! The bigger the bean bag, the more expensive it will be as larger sizes require more materials.

If you're looking for a bean bag for a child or youth, you'll want to choose a smaller size like the youth or full. For adults, the queen or king sizes are better options. Of course, if you plan on using your bean bag with friends or family, our XL bean bag chair spans over 6', making it perfect for sleeping, lounging, or entertaining with plenty of room to spare.

No matter what size bean bag you choose, we guarantee it will be super cozy and perfect for snuggling up with a good book or taking a nap. If you're still not sure which size is right for you, we recommend going with a larger option. Larger bean bags offer more versatility and comfort, easily accommodating different seating preferences and activities. 

At CordaRoy's, we're committed to helping you find the perfect fit for your space and comfort needs. Our range of sizes from youth to the expansive XL ensures there's a bean bag for every room, every occasion, and every person. 

Bean Bags With Additional Support

In recent years, bean bags have evolved from simple, casual seating options to sophisticated pieces of furniture that offer both comfort and support. The trend in bean bag design is increasingly leaning towards incorporating ergonomic features that cater to the user's posture and overall comfort, even during extended use.

Modern bean bags now often include enhanced support features, such as structured backs, contoured seats, and built-in pillows, addressing the need for both relaxation and support of areas like the lumbar region, neck, and head. This evolution reflects a shift towards creating versatile seating solutions that are both comfortable for lounging and supportive enough to prevent discomfort over time.

CordaRoy’s NEST chair exemplifies this new generation of bean bags. It’s specifically designed with built-in support for the head, neck, and back, making it more than just a place to sit—it's a space to relax and rejuvenate. Unlike traditional bean bags, the NEST bean bag offers targeted support, making it ideal for reading, watching TV, or working from a laptop for longer periods.

Practicality is another key feature of the NEST. It includes pockets for storing essentials like phones and remotes, ensuring everything you need is within easy reach. For added convenience, a handle on the back makes the chair easy to move around your home, allowing you to find your perfect relaxation spot.

High End Zippers

When considering the design and functionality of bean bag chairs, the quality of zippers might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, zippers play a crucial role in the longevity and safety of bean bag covers. 

At CordaRoy's, our liners are equipped with top-of-the-line YKK zippers, renowned for their sustainability and quality. They even come with a locking slider to ensure that the bean bag filling remains securely inside, preventing accidental spills or access by curious little hands. 

We also appreciate the need for easy accessibility when it's time to remove the cover for washing or to adjust the filling. To strike this balance, we've designed the zippers to be easily operable by adults using nothing more than a paperclip. This maintains safety without compromising on convenience, allowing for quick and easy access when needed.

Incorporating high-end zippers into our bean bag covers is just one of the ways we commit to quality and safety in our products. It reflects our dedication to creating bean bag chairs that are not only comfortable and stylish but also practical and safe for every member of the family. With CordaRoy's, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that every detail, right down to the zippers, is carefully considered to the highest standard.

How Long Do Bean Bag Chairs Last?

Typically, the lifespan of bean bag chairs varies depending on the quality of materials used, particularly the filling. Standard bean bag chairs, often filled with EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) beans, are designed with affordability in mind but tend to have a shorter lifespan, generally lasting less than 5 years. This is due to the nature of EPS beans compressing over time, which reduces their ability to provide the same level of comfort and support as when they were new.

On the other hand, CordaRoy's bean bags are crafted with high-quality materials and superior construction techniques that significantly extend their usable life. The average lifespan of a CordaRoy's bean bag exceeds 15 years. This is due to the choice of filling; our bean bags are filled with an eco-friendly polyfoam that not only maintains its shape but also its comfort, over years of use.

Additionally, the outer shell of a CordaRoy's bean bag is made from durable fabric, selected not only for its higher quality but also for its ability to withstand daily use. Whether it's the inevitable spills, the frequent repositioning, or simply the passage of time, our fabric choices are designed to keep your bean bag looking and feeling great.

Beyond the physical construction of our bean bags, we stand behind our products with a Lifetime Guarantee. This guarantee means that, should your bean bag fail due to workmanship or material issues, CordaRoy's will repair or replace it for the life of the product. This commitment reflects our confidence in the quality of our bean bags and our dedication to providing our customers with a product that offers not just comfort, but also peace of mind.

Additional Uses 

While the main appeal of bean bags has always been their unmatched comfort and casual style, innovations in design have expanded their utility far beyond just being a cozy corner to sink into. Now, bean bags come equipped with additional features that extend their usefulness, making them a versatile addition to any home or office.

One of the standout features of CordaRoy's bean bags is their ability to convert into beds. This transformation is not only innovative but also practical. It means that your bean bag isn't just a seat; it's a space-saving solution for accommodating overnight guests or impromptu naps. With a simple adjustment, the bean bag unfolds into a comfortable bed, providing a restful night's sleep with the same level of comfort and support that CordaRoy's is known for. This dual functionality makes CordaRoy's bean bags a perfect choice for those with limited space or for anyone who loves the idea of furniture that offers more than meets the eye.

Beyond serving as both seating and sleeping arrangements, bean bags are finding their place in various settings and serving multiple roles. In educational settings, teachers are using them to create inviting reading nooks that encourage children to explore books in a comfortable environment. In workspaces, bean bags offer a break from the traditional desk chair, supporting a more relaxed posture during brainstorming sessions or casual meetings. They're also becoming a staple in gaming rooms and home theaters, providing a comfy spot to enjoy hours of entertainment.

The versatility of bean bags extends to outdoor use as well, with some outdoor bean bags designed to be weather-resistant, making them perfect for lounging in the backyard, on the deck, or even by the poolside. Their lightweight design means they can be easily moved to capture the best sun or shade, offering a flexible seating solution that adapts to the user's needs.

Are Bean Bags Really That Comfortable?

When it comes to comfort, few things can rival a good bean bag. Whether you're taking a nap, watching TV, or just relaxing, a bean bag provides the perfect spot to unwind. And unlike a traditional chair, a bean bag conforms to your body, providing support in all the right places.

Actually, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) states that approximately 31 million people in the U.S. experience back pain. Fortunately, back pain can be reduced or prevented by investing in quality, ergonomic furniture like our eco-friendly polyfoam-filled bean bags!

Not to mention, bean bags are also incredibly versatile. You can use them as chairs, beds, or even couches. So if you're looking for a cozy spot to call your own, a bean bag might be just what you need.

Is a Bean Bag Worth the Price?

So is a bean bag chair really worth the price? Let's take a look at some of the pros.

One of the biggest advantages of a bean bag chair is that it is very versatile. You can use it as a chair, recliner, bed, or even a makeshift table. They are also quite comfortable, which is perfect for relaxing or watching TV. Another plus is that they are relatively inexpensive compared to other types of furniture.

Being Budget Friendly

Investing in furniture that combines both quality and versatility can often come with a high upfront cost. However, understanding the balance between cost and value is crucial when considering long-term investments for your home. For those seeking the unique blend of comfort and functionality CordaRoy's offers, without stretching the budget too thin, there are practical, budget-friendly options available.

Choosing a Full-sized bean bag chair, for instance, provides a versatile and comfortable seating solution at a more accessible price point. While it may be smaller than our King, it still delivers on the promise of quality and comfort. This makes it an excellent choice for those needing to maximize space and functionality without compromising on durability and comfort.

It may be tempting to opt for a cheaper alternative on sites like Amazon, where the immediate cost savings are apparent. However, the longevity and durability of these less expensive options often fall short. The initial savings might be overshadowed by the need for replacements in a few short years, or even months, due to subpar materials and craftsmanship. Bean bag filling, particularly the standard EPS beans found in many budget-friendly alternatives, is only designed to last so long before beginning to degrade in comfort and support.


Bean bags stand out as a fantastic choice for those in search of furniture that offers both versatility and unparalleled comfort, all while adding an element of fun into any space. When considering the addition of this cozy staple to your home, taking a closer look at the prices of bean bag chairs can guide you to the best option that aligns with your budget and style preferences. 

So if you're looking for a new addition to your home, be sure to check out our selection of bean bag chairs. We know you'll love them as much as we do!


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The use of flexible polyurethane foam in orthotics | Prosthetics and Orthotics International 

Back Pain Facts and Statistics | ACA Hands Down Better 

Lessons in Longevity from an 88-Year-Old Zipper Company | Harvard Business Review 

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