Bean Bags Buying Guide: How to Select the Perfect Bean Bag Size for You

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In 2015, e-commerce revenues for home furnishing sales were close to $27 billion USD.

Considering that a sofa costs an average of $1,024, that figure comes as no surprise. But are there alternative ways of furnishing your home?

The answer is yes. Beans bags are an affordable way to make your living space or bedroom comfortable. They also offer additional seating or a place to sleep when you have guests.

But to choose the perfect bean bag, you need to know what bean bag size works for your needs. Keep reading to find out more about picking the right bean bag size for your needs.

What Kinds of Bean Bags Are Available?

Bean bags come in all shapes and sizes. Besides the classic bean bag chairs, there’s also sofa bed bean bags, couch bean bags, slab bean bags, and loungers.

Bean bags can be purchased for both indoor and outdoor use. They also come in a wide variety of colours, sizes, and materials. The materials list is endless and includes cotton, corduroy, real leather, faux leather, faux suede, faux fur, and more.

How Are Bean Bags Filled?

Beanbags are usually filled with polystyrene beans. Many are double fastened for both comfort and security (i.e. they won’t leak polystyrene beans all over your living space).

Bean bags can come either free filled or with a removable bean sac. Free filled means they were filled by the manufacturer to their ideal capacity. A removable sac means you can add or remove filling according to what you desire.

When you check the dimensions of a bean bag, you’re typically getting the dimensions of the flat manufactured bag. Those dimensions change once filling is added. And that also depends exactly how much filling you add.

Why Do You Need The Right Bean Bag Size?

You’ll want your bean bag to fit nicely in the space you’re planning to put it. You’ll also want to know how much space you need to store it if you plan on putting it away when not in use.

You also want your bean bag size to suit your size and/or the size of peoples who will use it. Is it a double seater or a single seater you’re looking for? Consider the weight of the people using the bean bag when choosing your size.

The right dimensions are also related to the age of the primary user. An adult may look for an XL bean bag chair or larger. A teenage might find an L is perfect for their room, and kids can benefit from all sizes.

One thing to keep in mind is that your bean bag size has no impact on keeping your bean bag clean. Cleaning your bean bag is as simple as removing the cover. But some require special treatment depending on their material.

Basic Bean Bag Sizes

Bean bags now come in sizes for all ages. Whether the bean bag you’re looking for will be used by a toddler, kid, teenager, or adult, you’ll find a bean bag size that suits you.

36 cm wide

Some beans bags are offered as small as 36 cm in width. These are great for housing dolls side by side with their owners. They can also fit your child’s favourite stuffed animal.

60 cm wide

These are typically considered small bean bags. They’re made for toddlers. But they can also be used for small pets or as footrests.

They’re easily stored and moved from room to room. If you have unexpected company, they provide extra, comfortable seating in a pinch.

80 cm wide

These medium-sized bean bags are perfect for condominiums. If you have less than 1.5 meters of space available, consider looking for an 81 cm beanbag.

Although it might be a tight fit, both kids and adults can use an 81 cm wide bean bag. But consider going one step up if you have the room.

94 cm wide

This is a size that’s suitable for both children and adults. They’re approximately 1 m wide so they provide plenty of space for relaxing.

120 cm wide

With over 4 feet of space, these bean bag chairs tend to be used by adults and teenagers. They can also fit more than a couple of children.

These bean bags are considered extra large. If you’re ordering them online, they probably ship in 2 boxes. One box for the cover and line, and the other box with more filling.

Other Bean Bag Sizes

If you’re in the market for a sofa bed, couch, slab, or lounger, below we’ve listed the sizes you can find.

Sofa Bed

This cost-effective alternative to a traditional sofa bed are comfortable and don’t require any setup. They come with removable beans sacs so you can fill them as desired.

These range in size. The smallest you’ll usually find is 175 cm long and 90 cm wide. The largest is 200 cm long and 120 cm wide.


If a conventional couch isn’t in your budget, or you’re trying to fill some extra space with some cool alternative furniture, a bean bag couch may be your solution.

These can be found in 1, 2, and 3 seaters. The small size is around 150 cm long and 90 cm deep. The larger ones will be about 200 cm long and 90 cm deep.


These giant bean bag slabs can be used as a chair or a bed. Some are free filled while the larger ones tend to come with removable bean sacs to make your own configuration.

Slabs come in a wide range of sizes. The smallest is 125 cm long by 100 cm wide. The length of a medium can be anywhere from 125 cm to 150 cm. A medium is between 120 cm and 140 cm wide.

If you want the biggest slab you can find, make sure you have room for a bean bag that’s 200 cm long and 140 cm wide.


The lounger bean bags are best for, well, lounging. They’re about as large as a slab, but they offer more ergonomic design for long periods of relaxation.

Regardless of size, most loungers are 80 cm wide. In terms of length, the smallest lounger is 100 cm long, and the largest is 175 cm.

Ready to Revamp Your Living Space or Bedroom?

Bean bags a cool alternative touch to your home furnishings. But buying one means picking the right bean bag size for your available space. The bean bag size also depends on the configuration you’re looking for as well as who will be using the bean bag.

If you’re looking for some alternative solutions to furnishing your living space, check out our wide selection of beans bags.

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Posted by Geoff Brand  - Bean Bags R Us Australia.

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