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Bean Bag Cover Buying Guide – Finding The Perfect Cover For Your Bean Bag

Updated on June 22, 2010

So, you've discovered the joys of bean bag furniture, and now you're looking for a great new cover for your bean bag. This article takes a look at some of the things you should consider before buying the bean bag cover, to help you find the perfect design for your needs.

Bean Bag Cover Fabrics & Designs

There are thousands of bean bag cover designs available, and the choice may seem a bit overwhelming at first. But bean bag covers are actually made from a relatively small selection of fabrics most of the time, including:

  • Cotton – plain or printed, including organic cotton
  • Faux suede
  • Faux fur
  • Velvet
  • Denim
  • Corduroy
  • Leather
  • Animal prints
  • Plastic and other waterproof materials

Whichever type of fabric you choose for covering your bean bag chair, you'll probably find that there’s a wide selection of prints available. Many people prefer to keep their beanbags plain, as these can look very attractive in minimalist kind of way, and blend unobtrusively into any room.

However, if you prefer something a bit bolder, there's a huge range of prints to choose from, including polka dots, camouflage, stripes, abstract patterns and many more. You can also get covers that are printed with everyday objects such as boats, cars and flowers, as well as cartoon characters and animals - in fact, just about everything you can imagine!

What To Look For When Buying A Bean Bag Cover

If you fall in love with a great looking cover you might be tempted to buy it immediately. However, if you want to get the most for your money, there are a few things that you should consider before making your purchase. These include:

How easy is it to care for?

If you're like most people, you don't want to spend more time doing household chores than you have to, so looking for a bean bag cover that's easy to wash and care for will be a priority. Some beanbags have covers that are removable, which means you have to wash the entire bag - this can give be a hassle, so most people will probably prefer to buy a removable bean bag cover.

You should check to see if the cover you get is machine washable or not, as some require dry-cleaning, hand washing or other specialist care.

You should also be aware that some fabrics (such as faux fur) will be a lot harder to keep clean than something that can just be wiped down easily. So if you have children or pets in the house, it's worth going for a fabric that’s easy to wash and wipe.

How hard wearing is it?

This brings us on to the next consideration, which is the durability of your cover. Some fabrics will stand up to a lot more abuse than others, which is something to be aware of if you're going to be using your bean bag a lot, especially if you have kids.

If you're buying the bean bag in person you should also check the seams and zippers to ensure that they’re securely stitched and not likely to fall apart the first time you sit down.

Is it the right size?

If you're buying a new cover for your bean bag, chances are you might be buying it from somewhere other than you bought the bean bag itself. Since bean bag covers come in a wide variety of sizes, it’s important to check that you get one that’ll actually fit your bag properly. While a cover that’s a little bit too large won't necessarily be a disaster, one that is too small will be.

Is it safe?

Finally, you need to consider the safety of the cover that you’re interested in. If you have children especially, you might want to look for one which has a childproof zipper, as this will prevent the kids from emptying the filling all over your floor. You should also check to see whether or not the fabric is flameproof.

Where To Buy A Bean Bag Cover

Most bean bag retailers sell separate covers as well, so if you have any local stores in your area that sells bean bags, these could be a good place to start. However, if you want the largest possible selection to choose from, I recommend shopping online, as online stores usually have a wider variety than their brick and mortar counterparts. They also tend to offer lower prices, so don't forget to look on places like eBay if you're looking for good quality yet cheap bean bag covers and a wide selection.

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