Back to the future with bean bag chairs

How many of you remember bean bag chairs?  You know…the big lump of fabric filled with beans that was probably the most comfortable seat in the house if you were a kid?  Well, they haven’t gone away.  In fact, they are back in more styles and colors than ever.  The real question is, do you want one of these in your home now?

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You can opt to purchase a ready made bean bag at discount stores like Target and Walmart or you can choose to make your very own bean bag by viewing videos such as this.  While it takes roughly 8 yards of fabric to make one of these funky chairs, making your own allows you to customize it to suit your own decor.  Be sure to choose a fabric that is both durable and comfortable to the touch.  Consider canvas, denim, faux suede and leather or a tightly woven cotton such as ticking.

Kids love the squishy feel of bean bag chairs.  They are the perfect spot to plop down in front of the tv for a movie or to play video games.  Teens can talk on the phone for hours while happily ensconced in a plump bean bag.  Tailor the chair to suit their own personal design style and you will be a star mom!  Fun shapes, colors and patterns are available as well as special features like names and monograms.  Have one made for each member of the family to eliminate fighting over who sits where on family movie night.

If you are looking for affordable and comfortable seating for a couple’s first apartment, that very tiny dorm room or your child’s redecorated “big person” bedroom, consider these relics from the past.  After all, there must be a reason they are still around.