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Sunday 12 March 2023

18 ways to use a beanbag

Beanbags are a versatile and comfortable seating option that can be used in a variety of ways. From a cozy seat for reading a book to a fun prop for photo shoots, beanbags have become an increasingly popular addition to modern homes. Their uses don't end there however, in fact, there are numerous ways to use beanbags that you may not have thought of before. In this blog post, we'll explore 18 different ways to use beanbags to maximize their comfort, convenience, and style. Whether you're looking for a creative solution for seating or a fun prop for your social media photos, these ideas will help you get the most out of your beanbag. So, let's dive in!

woman and child sat on a red beanbag on the grass with a drink and a laptop
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If you're looking for a beanbag to test out some of these ideas, Big Bertha Original have lots of fab beanbag options. 

Different ways to use a beanbag...

1) As a comfortable seat for reading, studying, or just relaxing. 

Beanbags are a great alternative to traditional chairs, and can provide a cozy and comfortable seating experience. They can be used in the living room, bedroom, or even in the office.

woman sits on beanbag within a metal black frame in a library

2) As a footrest to elevate your feet and improve circulation. 

Beanbags can also be used as a footrest while watching TV, reading a book, or just relaxing. Whether you choose a small, mouldable option, or a taller, firmer beanbag to mimic a footstool.

big bertha gaming chair with footrest

3) As a gaming chair for extended sessions of gaming.  

Beanbags make excellent gaming chairs due to their comfort and ability to mold to your body shape. Perfect for hours long entertainment and comfort, they are easily moveable and allow for maximum fun, with minimum discomfort.

big bertha gaming bean bag

4) As a meditation cushion to help you maintain a comfortable seated position. 

Beanbags can be used as a comfortable and supportive meditation cushion, helping you maintain a comfortable seated position during your practice - you can even choose a beanbag with a backrest to help with posture control. 

5) As a decorative element to add color and texture to your living space. 

Beanbags come in a variety of colors and designs, making them a great addition to any room as a decorative element, such as this bright blue ensemble...

azure blue teardrop shaped beanbags next to a rattan table in a seating area

Or our previous blog post all about our pink and grey lounge...

large pale pink, soft beanbag in grey lounge

large pale pink beanbag in pink and grey lounge

6) As a sleeping surface for a camping trip or for unexpected guests.  

Beanbags can be used as a temporary sleeping surface for guests or for camping trips. They provide a comfortable and lightweight alternative to traditional mattresses, or can be used as additional seating when gathering outside

male laid back on a beanbag outside with sunglasses, coffee and a laptop

7) As a fun prop for photo shoots, parties or social media posts.

Beanbags don't just come in standard shapes and sizes, there are some super fun and colourful beanbag options available such as this banana beanbag - which makes for a quirky photo and also provides a softer furnishing for anyone at risk of trips or falls due to alcohol consumption!

a party with a male and female drinking alcohol sat on a banana beanbag

big bertha dolphin beanbag

8) As a comfortable seat for a home movie theater.

Why spend a fortune on expensive home theatre furniture when you can create the perfect movie space with a few beanbags and a projector?! Squish a few more in for extra guests rather than being constrained by the amount of immovable furniture you may already have. Of course you could also look into a hammock with stand for guests sitting behind the beanbags too!

9) As a seat for outdoor events such as picnics or beach outings.

So much more comfortable than a beach towel or a mat, look for a waterproof and wipe clean option when searching for an outdoor beanbag. Some materials allow for an easy 'brush off' of sand too.

beanbags on a beach

big bertha waterproof pool beanbag

10) As a support cushion for pregnancy or for people with lower back pain.

Pregnancy requires ALL the pillows, cushions and beanbags you can find. Especially if you're struggling with SPD or PGP during pregnancy.  Find a beanbag that can be wrapped or moulded around your body for support during pregnancy, and to help with sleeping in an upright position for any recovery afterwards during postpartum. 

nursing pillow beanbag with pregnant mother

11) As a seat for children’s playroom or bedroom.

The great thing about beanbags in a playroom is that it can be moved around the room for different uses - whether it is a soft seat in the reading corner, a chair in the role play cafe or a crash mat in the soft play area, their use can be as creative as the children allow for...which bring me onto the next use...

yellow beanbags laid out in a large play area

12) As a soft surface for children to play on. 

Use as a landing pad for soft play, tumbling or gymnastics practice.

a child plays on the floor on a beanbag

13) As a prop for yoga, exercise routines or private adult time

Beanbags come in a variety of shapes, sizes and levels of firmness to allow for a variety of positions.

an adult male and female wrestle playfully on a beanbag

14) As a cozy seat for nursing parents.

Whether you're feeding your baby before bed, or comforting them for hours in the night, a cosy beanbag is a must to help keep your body as relaxed as possible. 

a parent holding their baby on a bean bag in the  nursery

15) As a seat for reading or story time with children.

Beanbags are perfect for children and adults alike, as all sizes can sit or stretch out and relax to enjoy a story together or independently...

a boy and a girl reading and watching ipads on 2 blue beanbags

16) As a therapy tool for exercises that require balance and stability. 

Beanbags can be used as a therapeutic tool for children with sensory processing issues or for those recovering from injuries. They can be used in exercises that involve balance and stability.

children lying down on yellow beanbags in a playroom

17) As a soft bed for your favourite pet

It's not just humans who like to snuggle up for an afternoon beanbag nap you know!

poodle dog on a red beanbag

18) As an elevated surface to prop babies up who are suffering from colic or reflux

If your baby is struggling with colic or reflux, keeping them upright after feeding can really help. 

Never leave a baby unattended on a beanbag

baby lying on a beanbag

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