Outdoor bean bags are rising in popularity and there is no question as to why; they’re immensely comfortable, functional and aesthetically pleasing! However, with so many options on the market and various colours and styles to choose from it can be overwhelming when trying to pick the perfect one for you. We understand the process can be difficult, that’s why we’ve carefully curated this blog on some of the top factors you should take into consideration on your exciting journey to purchasing your very first outdoor bean bags.
First of all, it’s important to know what sized bean bag you are after. It’s vital that you take your measurements so you know how much space you have to work with, this way you can avoid purchasing a bean bag of the incorrect size. Opting for a bean bag that is too large will cause your outdoor space to look squished and cramped. On the other hand, you don’t want to end up with a bean bag that is too small and won’t provide the ultimate comfort you seek and desire. Knowing what sized bean bag you’re after will mean no regrets later and no money wasted!
Deciding on the material you are going to opt for is just as crucial as getting the size of your bean bag correct. However, this step may take a little longer than measuring out your space. There is such a variety of colours and styles of material and many considerations to make in this process. We understand this step can be overwhelming, so we’ve put together a little list of a few of the most important factors we think you need to consider.
- Are you planning on putting your bean bag in the pool? If so, you need to go for a bean bag that can drain easily so that water doesn’t continue to sit in your bean bag and eventually damage it.
- Are you planning on having your bean bag sit out in the sun all Summer? In this scenario, you need to opt for durable material that won’t fade in the sun easily. You’d also most likely want to opt for a lighter coloured material, so when it gets super hot you’ll still be able to relax on it with ease.
- What is the climate like where you live? If it is mostly hot and humid, you’d want to look for material that is mould resistant and doesn’t cause you to sweat. Materials that allow you to breath and stay cool will be your best option.
The outdoors is associated with dirt and mess as such you want an outdoor bean bag that is easily cleanable. In this regard, you can choose to have a bean bag that comes with a removable cover or a bean bag made of nylon or polyester. A removable cover means it can be easily taken off the bean bag, thrown in the washing machine, dried and placed back on, looking spick and span! A bean bag composed of the material nylon or polyester only requires an effortless wipe down, basically no maintenance at all!
We’d suggest steering clear of cotton as it can be quite difficult to clean, creating a frustrating and unnecessary job for you.
Bean bags are not furniture that you want to be replacing every year or so. You want to purchase a bean bag that will serve your needs for years to come. Quality material equals durable bean bags. One metric that can give you an idea about the quality of the material is price. If you intend to get a lot of use out of your bean bag, it’s worth investing in high materials. Cheaper alternatives won’t tend to be as comfortable or provide you with the luxurious comfort that you deserve at the end of a long working day or on your summer break.
The durability of the material brings us back to our previous consideration, maintenance. Taking care of your bean bag and cleaning when it appears dirty will add years to the life of your precious bean bag. Our advice would be to avoid carelessly throwing them around and definitely don’t overfill them as to avoid stressing the seams and stitching, which could lead to the material breaking and having to be replaced.
When designing and creating your outdoor space, you want to be creating your own oasis that brings you joy and is visually appealing. Hence, the importance of taking style into consideration. Think of your bean bag as an accessory to your outdoor area, not as the main feature. Choose a colour that accentuates your outdoor environment and your lifestyle; think of your choices as a reflection of who you are and your personality.
We hope this blog has helped you in deciding on what type of outdoor bean bag will suit your outdoor setting best.