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The Next Generation Bean Bag - The Late '60's and '70's Trend That Won't Die

Updated on April 6, 2014
Retro '60's Furniture Still Breathing
Retro '60's Furniture Still Breathing

Bean Bags Are Alive and Kicking

 

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Take the late ‘60s and '70's trend that refuses to die: Just as the times have kept alive the lava lamp and the capsule chair, it continues to pump life into another ‘mod' furniture necessity from that era - the bean bag chair. According to current web statistics, approximately 135,000 searches a month involve the search term ‘bean bag' or ‘bean bag chair', and over 500,000 searches a month for 'bean bag'. Bean bags are still alive and kicking.

The original designed bean bags were hampered with some design flaws, including failed seams and general poor construction. This would allow the small polystyrene beads to leak out, sometimes creating large, un-fun clean ups and even inhalation hazards. Newer designs places the beads in an inner bag, reducing the chance of the beads from leaking and creating that un-fun clean up process again. Some newer bean bag chair designs often use a combination of poly plastic beads and shredded polyurethane foam. The result is a much more comfortable chair. Depending on the type of fabric or material used for the cover, the outer cover can be laundered or dry cleaned.

Home Decor Bean Bags

Take bean bags of style, for instance. You can now, depending on your styling preferences, modify your home décor with a more relaxed, younger theme, by including bean bag sectionals, club chairs or bean bag loungers. With the increasing outer fabric choices offered (faux suedes, leathers, etc.), you can truly integrate these retro looks into your room decors.

For even higher style bean bag trends, check out the different bean bag style offerings written up by Time magazine back in 2006. Some of these will truly blow you away.

College Bean Bags

 

Whether you're a fan of a school or attended a college, many colleges and universities have licensed their names and logos for merchandising purposes. Bean bag chairs have been a staple for years on campuses, and are very popular still today. Fans of college sports teams can find almost every Division 1A school is represented in the available lines of beanbag chairs. So whether you are Terrapin from the University of Maryland, a Blue Devil from Duke University or a Razorback from the University of Arkansas, there is a college bean bag chair for you.

Urethane Foam Bags

Introduced several years ago to the retail market is the urethane foam bag. Bags of varying fabrics are stuffed with a urethane foam (typically shredded foam, some of the foam being memory foam), which provides a more comfortable feel than the traditional bean bag, which are made up of polystyrene beads. The urethane material conforms to your body better, and creates a luxurious sitting surface, reducing pressure points better than the bead system. These bags come in varying sizes, some of which are pretty large (can seat 3-4 people). Very comfortable, cozy bags!  These bags sometimes require you to, periodically, pull the foam out and stretch it back to its original shape, because over time the foam can compress and stay compressed.

Video Bean Bag Gaming Chairs

The bean bag has also evolved into the popular world of video gaming. Known for its addictive quality, video gaming is typically a long term, stationary event, requiring some comfort requirements. The bean bag has evolved to provide a more ergonomic, comfortable shape and style for video gaming. Beanbags.com, for instance, offers a cool line of vinyl video bags, which position you properly for gaming. Also available are video bag chairs composed of polyurethane foam. Very comfortable feel.

Backyard or Pre-Game Bean Bag Toss Games

Great for tailgate parties before big sports events, or for the backyard, bean bag toss games have been popular for years. Over the years, this phenomenon has grown popular again at tailgate functions and get togethers at the backyard barbecue. It's a generally safe game, but at some tailgate functions I've attended, some eye goggle protection might be required....

Your Bean Bag Moment of Zen

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      Anna 

      6 years ago

      Great Hub. The one thing that gets me is the way inflation has just gone so high, that beanbags are no longer really affordable especially for someone on a fixed income. On a lighter note I remember them not so fondly lol. I was really overweight back in the day and once I got down into it I needed assistance to get out of it. I laugh as I picture myself trying to get out of one alone. They did make for great sleeping, they just seemed to mold to your body. Those were the good old days. I did notice the Comfort Research 88 in pink; it is this one that looks most familiar. At this point I would be more interested in the other types and styles you have included. I am not fat anymore but I have two new knees; boy if it is not one thing it is another. I voted this hub up, useful and interesting. Thanks for writing it.

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      jami l. pereira 

      7 years ago

      I love bean bag chairs ! and i haven't read of them ...well , ever ! This was a great hub! informative,interesting and useful , i loved it and i voted it up ,useful,awesomeand interesting , thanks for sharing this Hub !:)

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      Was Will Ich Werden 

      7 years ago

      So great. Thanks a lot for posting.

    • Brian Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Anderson 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks, chair hire.. appreciate the comment..

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      chair hire 

      7 years ago

      great bean bags, i really need them

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      cowparade 

      7 years ago

      nice video, thanks for sharing.

    • Brian Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Anderson 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Kuchenlaufer.. Appreciate you spreading the word..

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      Küchenläufer 

      7 years ago

      very good, I love that. I have posted it to my friends and hope they will come and like it also.

    • Brian Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Anderson 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Roland.. Yep, I love the foam bags too.. Appreciate the comment..

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      Roland 

      7 years ago

      very good bags, I have one too... love it. :)

    • Brian Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Anderson 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Snowwear! Appreciate the comment.

    • Brian Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Anderson 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Linda. I love the capsule chairs myself. Appreciate the comment.

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      Linda Tadlock 

      8 years ago from Atlanta

      The capsule chair is one of the more fun chair designs, especially for kids and teans. Nice hub.

    • Brian Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Anderson 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the nice comment Laura.

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      Laura 

      8 years ago

      I love this design, Laura

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      Furniture Hire Men 

      8 years ago

      70's trend never will die in furniture business - it is so popular.

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      furniture hire 

      9 years ago

      You've done some great research on manufacturers and retailers. Nice article.

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      Bean Furniture 

      10 years ago

      Bean bags have changed a lot over the past 48 years. There are so many different types now. Bean furniture is just the most comfortable furniture you will ever get for the price.

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      terity 

      10 years ago

      Bean bags provide great seating and are sure to entertain those little ones as well. They will love jumping on them and cuddling together in front of the television for their favorite cartoon.

      Love them!

      Teri

      http://www.grab-a-chair.com

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