Bean bag chairs have been around since the 1960s. They were at first known as the Sacco chair. The coverings of these first chairs were made of leather and the inside was filled with polystyrene beans. Today these chairs come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. The coverings are made of cloth, vinyl, or other synthetic materials. These chairs are relatively inexpensive and they are very popular with kids.
The polystyrene beans, commonly known as Styrofoam beans, are generally still used to fill these chairs. The problem with polystyrene is that the beans can become mashed after long use and they may need to be replaced to revitalize the shape and comfort of the chair. Sometimes accidents happen and the outer shell may rip. When the shell rips some of the fillings can be lost. Bean bag chairs are relatively easy to refill and repair if needed.
The filling inside the chair comes in many refill sizes. The size you need will depend on the size of your chair. An Internet search will turn up dozens of sites that offer refill materials. The individual beans come in many forms and sizes. You can now buy recycled beans or switch to an alternative. People have used real dried beans, rice, or shredded paper to refill their chairs. Keep in mind however that those materials tend to be really heavy in large quantities and may not be the best option. If the chair has ripped and the contents are all over the floor you can simply pick them up and reuse them if you wish. Beans will generally hold their shape for a very long time but this will depend on how much the chair is used and how roughly the chair is treated.
If you simply wish to refill the chair you can do so in minutes. Some chairs come with zippers on the side. All you need to do is open the zipper and remove the filling. If your chair does not have a zipper you will have to open a seam. Using a pair of scissors or a knife, carefully cut one of the stitches and then open the seam twelve to eighteen inches. The process of removing the beans can be messy. If you wish to save yourself some time, open up a large garbage bag and put the chair directly into the bag.
Then shake the chair to remove the beans. If you have opened the seam wide enough, you can turn the chair inside out to remove the old beans. Then remove the chair from the bag and pick out the remaining beans. Next, you simply refill the bag with your new filling. Use a needle and thread to repair the seam you had opened. Be sure the stitches are close together and strong. Then your bean bag chair is ready to be used again.
If your bean bag chair is ripped and in need of new filling, you have three options for fixing the ripped area. If you have a chair that has a removable cloth cover with a vinyl bag underneath you can simply use duct tape to repair the tear after you have refilled the beans. If you don’t want to use duct tape because the ripped area is visible, you may want to purchase a vinyl repair kit.
You can find these at most home improvement stores, sporting goods stores, or department stores. The package will include pieces of material to cover the rip and special bonding agent that will bind the materials together. Look for a repair kit that is as close to the color of your chair as possible. If the rip is small and relatively straight you can simply use a needle and thread to repair the hole.You can find