When considering which type of beanbag to buy, you may be confronted with the option of purchasing a beanbag with an inner liner. An inner liner is usually made from a lightweight mesh fabric, with the purpose of containing the beanbag filling independently of the outer cover. Often consumers see this as a benefit, for some of the following reasons.
The Advantages of Inner Liners
Easy to clean: Because the inner liner can be removed from the beanbag cover, it makes cleaning and washing the cover easier. However, many outdoor beanbags are not machine washable. Therefore, there is no need for a removable inner liner. Fabrics that are machine-washable or dry-cleanable are more suited to having an inner liner.
Easy to change: If you want to change the cover to a different color, it’s easy. All you need to do is remove the cover and insert the filled inner liner into the alternate cover.
Less mess: If the stitching on your beanbag cover breaks, or if the outer cover is torn or slashed, the inner liner will usually hold the filling and prevent it from spilling out across your lounge room floor.
While there are advantages, there are also some disadvantages, which we’ve listed below.
The Disadvantages of Inner Liners
Pairing the shape: If you have a beanbag chair that is anything but round, positioning the inner liner so it aligns with the shape of the outer cover can be challenging to say the least. Once you have inserted the filled liner into the cover, it will move around unless it is tied in place (which is usually impossible). The beans are then not able to move around the beanbag as they should, and you are left with an uncomfortable chair with the beans in all the wrong places.
What’s a Filling Chute? Most beanbag manufacturers will choose to use a filling chute, rather than an inner liner. Despite adding extra cost in the manufacturing phase, it does make the filling more convenient. And it is less expensive than an inner liner. A filling chute is also made from a lightweight mesh fabric, and when the main zip is opened, it will allow about 12 inches of fabric to come out of the outer cover, so you can easily fill the beanbag. It also provides a second zipper to reduce the possibility of leaks or spills.
Double stitching: If you are buying a beanbag without an inner liner, it is a good idea to check that the product is double stitched. This reduces the chances of seams splitting and the product bursting open. Most people fear to have their living room resemble a snowfield!
Putting the filled bag into the cover: Once you’ve filled the inner liner, you then have to manipulate it through the main zipper, so it fits inside the outer cover. This is not much of a problem if the manufacturer has provided an extended zipper. However, sometimes beanbag factories will install standard length zippers, making it impossible to get a filled inner liner into the main cover. So always check that your product has a long zipper if you are filling an inner liner before placing it inside the beanbag cover!
Do I Need An Inner Liner?
If you are purchasing a beanbag that is machine-washable or dry-cleanable, then it is probably preferable to obtain a beanbag that uses an inner liner. If you are buying a heavy-duty outdoor beanbag and the fabric is not machine-washable then you are probably better off without one.
The bottom line is that the filling will move freely throughout the beanbag cover and fill all the extremities better without an inner liner. Inner liners can rub against the fabric of the outer cover causing it to wear. If in doubt contact the distributor to get advice as to whether or not your product requires an inner liner.