A bean bag chair is typically regarded as a piece of furniture meant for a teenager’s bedroom or for families who have dinner parties with other people who have children. However, some right styles could provide extra living room seating in a pinch.
When to Use Them in Living Rooms
Most of the time, I don’t think of a bean bag chair sitting in a living room 24/7. It’s usually something I would see in most basements, dens, sunrooms or bedrooms. However, Corrine Sullivan and Megan UY from Cosmopolitan support the use of them, and it seems that they do show up in some living rooms:
“Believe it or not, bean bag chairs aren’t just for first-time apartment dwellers or college kids who can’t afford takeout, much less a brand-new sofa (though ofc, bean bags are smaller and more affordable than a fancy armchair).”
It isn’t what other people say about them that influences me, however. The above picture of the Vegan Leather Modern Lounger gives me some new decoration ideas. It looks more comfortable than some hard-back chairs but has more support than other bean bag chair types. What’s more, I like the matching table that comes with it, and it’s made of faux leather instead of animal skin.
3 Other Bean Bag Chair Types
1. Large Classic
The Large Classic Bean Bag Chair looks easy to get into but difficult to climb out of. I’d maybe place a sturdy stool or end table next to it to help prop me out of it. It may provide room for more than one person and looks much better than some older styles of vinyl bags. I would consider it an acceptable piece of furniture, but you have to have a large enough living room or home theater space for it.
2. Foot Cocoon
This one seems like a viable option for either sitting up or lying down. After all, it does adjust into different positions. It also has a streamlined shape that works with most contemporary room displays. It does seem to take up quite a bit of room though.
I’m not sure if I’d want to permanently keep it in my living room. Maybe if I had a larger place, I would. However, I already have a futon I can lounge on so would maybe prefer the Moon Pod because I do quite a bit of freelancing while watching movies and shows.
3. Moon Pod
Source: Moon Pod
This one looks extremely comfortable to me. It seems easier to get out of than other beanbag types and provides more back support than a classic or cocoon-style one.
I’m thinking about getting one because working on my laptop seems like it would be more comfortable but still keep me awake as opposed to other bean bag lounges. I’d have a hard time taking a nap in it though, unlike in one of the larger ones.
Bean Bag Chair Advantages
They can provide more comfort than folding chairs that have no cushion. Plus, you can move them in and out of rooms when you need them, whereas they’re often as lightweight as a folding chair would be. It’s an instant add-on for times when you might have groups of people over for movies and popcorn and find that everyone already took up all the space on the sofa or chairs.
You also can fit them in tighter spaces than you can large chairs or couches with bulky arms and legs. In addition, you could conform them to suit your best sitting or laying positions.
Bean Bag Chair Disadvantages
They don’t store well in closets, so you can’t just hide them when you don’t need them like folding chairs. Furthermore, the “wrong” ones could ruin your back or neck posture and cause aches and pains. At the very least, you may have to have someone help you out of it. Some people on Quora do verify that they are indeed not the best for your posture.
Poorly made ones also might pop and disperse the contents inside all over the place. What’s more, you have to watch out for that filling, but you can find some versions not made of Styrofoam.
My Point of View
As a temporary lounging item, it probably doesn’t matter what the color and style of your beanbag chair is. However, you might want to consider the rest of the furnishings and accessories in your space if you intend to make it a permanent part of that room’s display.