Bean bags are some of the most comfortable furniture pieces around! You can use them in any space, making them versatile pieces to add to any room. But what makes bean bags so comfortable is their filling. Many think that the filling is simply made up of tiny balls (or even beans, hence their name). However, there’s more to those small ball than you think! Here are a few options of the best bean bag filling there is:
They also don’t lose their volume like other beads do and don’t have a strong odor. However, they are susceptible to fire, which is why they aren’t as popular in the U.S. or Europe.
The majority of bean bags are filled with EPS builds, which stand for expanded polystyrene. EPS is sort of like Styrofoam given its hard-celled plastic qualities. Besides being used as bean bag filling, EPS is also used to make disposable coffee cups and packing and shipping cushioning materials.
What makes it so great for bean bags is the fact that it’s lightweight and can keep its form for years and years. EPS is actually 98% air, which is why they’re so light. The only downfall is that EPS beads aren’t biodegradable. But you can use them again in other ways. You can take them to your local recycling center to be reused, or you can keep the beads to use for craft projects or as soil filler for potted plants.
Rice, Beans and Other Natural Fillers
Currently, buckwheat hulls is the most popular natural filler given how hard they are. But when used inside of a thick lined interior, they are actually quite comfy. Other natural fillers include sand and small pebbles, but thee are more for therapeutic purposes since they can be heated and warmed for optimal comfort.
Bean bags an actually be filled with just about anything you’d like, but some are not as comfy or make practical choices. But it’s all about comfort in the end. But if you like your bean bags firmer than usual, you might prefer EPS beads. However, if you prefer it soft, compressed memory foam is a better choice.