By Leslie Wolfe. Beanbag. Published at Friday, September 14th, 2018 - 01:11:45 AM.
It‘s not until 1969 that the beanbag as we understand it emerged into existence. Italian stylistes Gatti, Paolini, and Teodora were doing work for the Zanotta Company and were striving to develop the ideal type of easy chair to market to 1960‘s hipsters and hippies. The easy chair would have to be trendy, useful, and in-tune with the 60‘s life-style. With the brief understood they began designing this seat and what they ultimately delivered has been referred to as Sacco or the Socco as it became known overseas. It was the Sacco which was the first contemporary bean bag - a pear shaped leather-based bag filled with thermocole pellets that have been latterly substituted for shredded polyurethane foam beads or expanded polystyrene or PVC pellets.
It is normal for all beanbag chairs to need refilling after any long period of use. A few kinds of these chairs are not filled with individual bean-like pellets, but with fluffy polyurethane material not unlike regular pillow filling. This style of chair should not need to be refilled ever, but may require periodic fluffing up. These chairs come in a huge variety of materials and styles. Their defining characteristic is their lumpy bag-like shape and the ability to have them conform to the shape of your body when you sit in them. Common styles for the outside of beanbag chairs include vinyl, leather, denim, and nylon. They come in just about any color, and some are even pre-formed into fun shaped kids bean bag or for a particular use, such as a foot stool to accompany your chair.
You may want to go with traditional bean bag fillers and use beans in your beanbag chair. Foam is probably the best and most cost efficient filling. All filling materials are different and all are extremely comfortable. Some fillings are softer, some more durable and some provide more movement. Choose a filling that will create a nice even pressure throughout your whole body. Beanbag chairs come in lots of different colors, fabrics and sizes, the first thing you should consider is what you want from the beanbags. Dry fabrics such PVC or a Vinyl are very durable. Cleaning them is easy as they can be wiped with a damp cloth or use soap or detergent. There are removable, washable covers that are available in many of the fabrics.
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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