Bean Bag Chairs
Bean bag chairs are a popular form of furniture made of fabric and filled with small chunks of styrofoam or PVC pellets. They were hugely popular as “mod” furniture during the late 1960s and early ’70s; their popularity resumed in the mid 1990s, as companies such as LoveSac and Corda-Roy’s have begun selling chairs filled with shredded polyurethane foam, charging a premium for the extra comfort this can provide. Bean bag chairs are known to bean bag enthusiasts by many names, such as “Physics Bag” or “Oversized Sac”.
Bean bags today use polystyrene bead for filling. Polystyrene bead originally comes in a sugar form and steam is blown into the sugar to expand it. It is also called expanded polystyrene or EPS in the industry. The diameter of the bead that goes into the bean bag does vary from about 3 – 9 mm, however you can now also purchase micro-bead which is 1 – 3 mm in diameter. After a couple of years use, the beans within a bean bag will become compressed and comfort will be reduced. You can generally pick up smaller bags of refill to top them up.
In 2005 a UK based company called Ambient Lounge developed a new style of bean bag, shifting away from the standard blob style to a more stylish designer range of furniture. This style of bean bag has quickly caught on with expats living in London, primarily because they don’t want to buy expensive leather suites to only use for a couple of years before returning to their home overseas.