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Bean bags aren't just for college dorm rooms or children's playrooms anymore — they're a cozy and functional seating option for any space, for adults and kids alike.
"Bean bag chairs are fun, affordable seating that can be thrown anywhere, which is so fun!" Decorist designer Ellen Fleckenstein told Shop TODAY via email. The chairs have evolved beyond the old sacks with beans or beads and have become much more stylish, with velvet upholstering and even Sherpa material.
What to look for in a bean bag chair
"Leather bean bag chairs can be a great option for teens or adults — they get better with age as they wear and get a nice patina," Fleckenstein said. Plus, they're easy to wipe down, should there be a spill, she added.
Kristy Kay, Principal Designer at KristyKayDesign, prefers a washable, removable cover. "This ensures the bean bag stays in great shape regardless of the activity be it sitting or snacking, and unscathed from the inevitable kids art project or movie night," Kay told us via email.
Filled with memory foam and available in more structured forms, you can also find more supportive options than the ones you had as a kid.
What type of bean bag chair is comfortable?
"I tend to stay away from the bean bag chairs that are filled with polystyrene beads. They are a huge mess when you need to refill, and you need to refill periodically," Fleckenstein said. "Foam bean bag chairs are a little pricier, but worth every penny."
When it comes down to the specifics of size and materials, you'll want to double-check your measurements and consider whether you're going to move the bean bag around the house, Kay said.
"If it's a child's playroom, I like a smaller scale bean bag that offers some support as a reading chair, for example," Kay said. "If it's extra seating in a main living space, I prefer more of a flexible shape that offers a comfy perch depending on the occasion."
Some of these chairs can even span across seasons, functioning as both indoor and outdoor furniture.
"We love our two outdoor bean bags and here's why - they're light and moveable," Kay said. "Be it a sunny day to snooze out on the grass, or we throw them in the truck and off to the beach they go for a picnic. A quick hose down after the fun and they're back in business."
Below found 19 bean bag chairs for both adults and kids that are worth adding to your cart. From ones that look like actual chairs to more classic options, we have all kinds of seating options that will fit seamlessly with your style and budget.
Bean bag chairs for adults
Memory foam filling in a bean bag is a more supportive option. This oversized chair can easily fit two adults, and the zipper makes it easy to remove the cover and throw in the wash whenever you need.
This classic faux fur bean bag is filled with foam, but the cover is machine washable and soft to the touch. The brand says it can hold up to 300 pounds and is the perfect addition to any room in your house.
If you're looking for a budget friendly pick, this bean bag chair from Wayfair is over 40% off. The cover is made with a super cozy and eco-friendly faux sheepskin, and can either be spot cleaned or put in the washer, according to the brand. It's also available in two different sizes.
Add a pop of color to your bedroom or family room with this soft bean bag chair. The microsuede material is designed to make it super comfortable to sit on but also keeps it sturdy so the chair retains its shape.
Soft and comfortable, you can't go wrong with this "bean bag." It's made from a comfortable memory foam material that's fluffier than your typical bean-filled chair. It also has an average 4.3-star rating from more than 11,000 reviews. Reviewers note that it takes a few days to fully fluff up after you unpack it, but many people have said that they appreciate how large and soft it is once it has fully expanded.
You'll love snuggling up on this chair thanks to its soft, plush material. The cozy seat is made with channel tufting and is filled with polystyrene beads (50% of which is recyclable), which help the chair retain its supportive structure, even with repeated use.
Create the ultimate space for relaxation in your home with this luxury (and TikTok-favorite) bag. It’s filled with high-density beads that mimic the sensations of flotation therapy (basically, it makes it feel like you're floating in space). It can be laid flat for your afternoon nap or propped up to provide back support for reading or gaming.
This five-foot bean bag is available in more than 30 colors to fit every space. The oversized chair is stuffed with a soft memory foam and can fit up to two people.
Perfect for guests or sleepovers, this big bean bag chair can be converted into a full-sized bed. All you have to do is unzip the cover and flip the inner cushion and you'll have a comfortable sleeping spot that can fit up to two adults. You can choose from three cushion sizes, full, queen and king, to suit your needs.
According to LoveSac, these sacs "may look like a beanbag, but they're so much more." Instead of beads or beans, each one is filled with a Durafoam blend, which is said to absorb body weight evenly and won't compress over time. There are a variety of size options, including one that will fit up to four people. The MovieSac is perfect for lounging alone or cuddling up with your little one.
Both stylish and comfortable, this bean bag is the perfect addition to any room or college dorm. Upholstered in a plush, light Iris velvet fabric, the chair is ideal for lounging and de-stressing.
Kick back and relax on this memory foam bean bag. It comes in a variety of sizes — from a small, three-foot option to a seven-foot chair — that can fit multiple people.
This shaggy Milano option offers all the fun of a classic bean bag chair but with a structured seat and back. Perfect for all ages, this chair is both comfy and on trend with a sophisticated Sherpa cover.
Embrace ultimate relaxation with this giant chair and footstool. The outer covers are removable and machine-washable to help you keep your bean bag looking brand new. Made with double-stitched seams and stuffed with shredded memory foam, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more durable — or cozier — option.
Add a fun touch to your patio or living room with this patterned bean bag, which can be used both indoors and out. It has a machine-washable cover for easy cleaning and is made with UV-protected material.
When it comes to creating fabric for your outdoor furniture, few brands do it better than Sunbrella. The company's popular fabric is durable and resistant to water, fading and mildew, so it's built to last. If it's cold where you live, this bean bag is made for indoor use as well and is perfect for sitting by the fire. It's filled with polystyrene beads and comes in three colors.
Bean bag chairs for kids
Stain- and water-resistant, this top-rated bean bag is a great pick for kids. They'll love having it in their bedroom or playroom for lounging and reading.
While this option isn't technically a bean bag chair, it's a pretty creative storage solution. You can place your little one's stuffed animals, towels or pillows into the bean bag cover when they're not being used, and they will transform the bag into a soft place to sit. Plus, it will help you minimize mess.
This chair will become your kids' new favorite place to sit, watch videos, read and relax. Designed with a side pocket to stash small items, this chair is perfect for storing toys, books, tablets and more. A loop handle on the back of the bean bag also makes it easy to move the chair from one place to another.
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