Always had a Bean Bag

I have had a bean bag in my place of residence ever since I was a teenager. They are very handy to throw somewhere and sit. When you play guitar or want to watch a movie it’s a comfortable place to sit. They are also affordable and can be a good alternative sometimes to chairs.

The only part of owning one I don’t like is the inevitable end when the white small styrofoams like “beans” (expanded polystyrene) start coming out and going everywhere.

I would like to get an original leather bean bag one day.

According to some historians, bean bags were first invented by the ancient Egyptians sometime around 2000 B.C., and for thousands of years, they were used to play games and for other recreational diversions. The first bean bags were small, round and made of leather. They were most likely filled with dried beans or pebbles.

The first bean bag chairs as we know them were developed in the sixties. They were first called a Sacco chair, and released in 1969. They were designed by Cesare Paolini, Piero Gatti, and Franco Teodoro who were commissioned to create the piece by Zanotta Design in Italy.

Bean bags were huge in the 1970s and they were at first usually made of leather and filled with PVC (short for PolyVinyl Chloride) pellets. Soon nylon and polyester were used with expanded polystyrene (EPS) for filler. That combination proved to be more durable.

During the 1980s and 1990s, the popularity of bean bags declined greatly in popularity, but they were still being manufactured by several companies.

Now they are now experiencing a strong resurgence in popularity. You can get a regular bean bag or one pre-formed into a chair or couch. They are being sold for use as pet beds.


Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

7 thoughts on “Always had a Bean Bag”

  1. I used to love beanbags when I was younger, but now if I got into one, I’d never get out again as I can no longer get up from anything low (or sit on the floor). I made one, once, out of gold-coloured velvet. They’re very easy to make, you just take two identical rectangles of fabric, cut the corners so they’re rounded, then sew each end of one to the two middle edges of the other piece, and the same again with the two unsewn edges to the remaining middles and by the time you’ve worked your way round – you have a beanbag cover – fill it, sew, and done. (Must easier to sketch it than explain!) Maybe you can find someone with a sewing machine (or for leather, a punch and strong yarn).

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    1. When I was a teen and in my twenties I always had them…

      That sounds pretty cool making it out of any material that you liked….and as flat or fluffy as you would like.

      I would like to have a patch pattern. I love those jackets and hats from the seventies that were patches of material.


      1. Easy enough to do, just save up old clothes (pref of the same fabric type in case they ever need washing), cut shapes from them, and join them up by stitching along the edges. There’s a technique of using cardboard templates (that you cut out yourself), that’s very easy.

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