By Belinda Vargas. Beanbag. Published at Thursday, September 27th, 2018 - 00:51:58 AM.
The reclining chair was made up of a dozen pieces of polyurethane foam and was protected by different types of fur. Despite the fact that the bag was circular it would would mould by itself to the curves associated with the sitter, who could then nore easily obtain a comfortable seating position of different angles. Some debate that the Sea Urchin is very little more than an altered futon mattress, not really that it makes much difference because the Sea Urchin is typically credited as being the precursor to the ‘Sacco‘ which is what most people realize these days as the modern beanbag.
Beanbag chairs create a relaxed environment because of the way you sit in them. They‘re comfy and usually soft, and are not the kind of furniture that makes you sit upright at attention. Thus, these chairs are usually not used for the workplace, but for at home and in other informal settings. Contrary to their name, most chairs are not in fact filled with dried beans, but with materials such as styrofoam, PVC or polystyrene beads made from recycled soda bottles and other plastics. Since the filling can be made from re-used materials, beanbag chairs can be an environmentally friendly choice in furniture. If you ever get a hole in your beanbag chair or the beads get crushed from heavy use, most retailers sell replacement filler that you can use to refill your chair.
Secondly get your first bag of beans and snip a small opening in the corner of the bag. This way you have a small opening in the corner which you can control as those beans like to escape quickly. Then you can tip the beans into the bigger bag. To make the beans go in more quickly you can close the zip of the inner bag so that it is closer around the beans (an less fall out) and then make the opening in the bag of beans bigger so they can flow out more quickly. While you are putting the first bag or two in you can do it very quickly as there is lots of room in the bag and your friend can hold it up so no beans spill. You will find as the bag fills up you have to be more careful as the beans can go everywhere, keep the opening small so you can control the flow. Once all in zip it up, pop on the cover and voila!
In Australia the main retailers are Kmart, Big W, Spotlight and Target. You can also buy beans at many places online. The bags vary in size, the most popular is the 100L bag. Beans in Australia are generally measured in litres but they can also be measured in kilograms. It can get a bit confusing. So for my big two seater beanbag I was instructed to use 450 litres to fill it. I went off to Big W to buy the beans, they come in a 100 litre bag so I bought 5 of them. It is always handy to have some extra beans so that if you bag gets a little flat you can top it up every now and then. The next part is the hard part. Seriously who would have know how tricky it is to fill a beanbag. My first suggestion is to do this with someone else, a friend, sibling, parent or child (not too little as the beans are a choking hazard.) So first up get the inner bag and open the zip around 30cm wide and get your friend to hold the bag up with the opening towards you.
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