Bean bags to laze on...

Bean bags to laze on...

What's not to love about them? They're comfy, stylish and can be used in many different ways. Tina Roy is all praises for the bean bag

Bean bags to laze on...

They were a craze of the ’70s and the reason they have made such a big comeback is really a no-brainer. Available in stunning and attractive colours, bean bags are chic and create a fun and peppy atmosphere at the same time.

Bean bags are easy additions to bring in colour and vibrancy to a contemporary decor. And here’s why you should own one:

l Versatility: Whether you’re enjoying a drink with a close friend, watching your favourite TV show, reading, or having your morning cuppa, the bean bag can be used to furnish almost any room in your home. Bean bags come with a removable outer cover. In addition to being easy to clean, you can usher in a fresh new pattern or colour each time you want to change your decor.

l Portability: With most traditional furniture, you couldn’t dream of sliding them outside to lounge. Bean bags are convenient and lightweight, and can be easily moved around, helping you rearrange your seating instantly. Most importantly, you’ll find that the comfort of bean bags is unparalleled, providing a personalised experience and cloud-like comfort.

l Affordability: When on a budget, bean bags are often preferred to conventional sofas, armchairs or settees, because they are inexpensive furniture items. Given that the average price for an adult bean bag is Rs 2,500, it makes for a very attractive alternative to a sofa or additional chair.

l Colour: Bean bags are a great way of adding colour and pattern. Spruce up your regular seating arrangement by throwing in a bean bag or two, in coordination to your sofa. One can select from a range of solid neutrals to bright’s, classic stripes to clean geometrics or go floral all the way, adding character to any living space.

l Low maintenance: What is more, bean bags are certainly low maintenance, especially leatherette ones. The ones with covers are high on durability, are made with ultra-durable materials, outlast stains, and cleaning them is a breeze. Now that you have decided to buy them, here’s how you can make them work in your home:

Living room

They are a great way to add pattern and colour to a space, which has a primary seating, like a neutral sofa. One could have single seaters on one side and bean bags on the other to chalk out a transitio-nal living space.

These could be a great addition to living spaces which have low seating solutions. For instance, you could change your decor completely with armless shaped ones, which you cannot possibly do with upholstered furniture.


Portable and light in weight, bean bags are a perfect match for our outdoor space. Slide them outside for your evening tea.

Kids’ room

Bean bags are easy lounging solutions in a kid’s or teen’s room. Bright peppy colours or bean bags shaped as maniac monsters or cuddly animals can be the perfect substitute for stuffed toys.

Anywhere else

Bean bag chairs are perfect to furnish dorm rooms or apartments for bachelors and students. They are the perfect fit for those who do not wish to invest too much money to furnish their homes. Affordable, stylish, low maintenance and comfortable bean bags are the right answer.

If you own a den or a home theatre space, bean bags are a great way to extend seating or make primary seating arrangements. Do you have an unutilised corner near the window or balcony? Place a bean bag to enjoy leisure moments with yourself. Add in a coffee table with a wall-mounted bookshelf for that perfect corner at home.

When considering which type of bean bag to buy, it’s a good idea to look at the durability factor. Fabric bean bags, particularly those crafted from denim, add a contemporary twist to the ordinary setup.

Purchasing one with an inner liner is a preferred option only if it is used indoors extensively. For a heavy-duty outdoor usage, it might be a good idea to check that the product is double stitched. Reflecting an easy, happy and laid-back attitude, bean bags could easily add a contemporary dash to just about any space in your abode.

(The author is design lead, decor & upholstery, Urban Ladder)

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