Frequently asked question's
Questions you may like answers to-
What do I fill my bean bag with?
Normally bean bags are filled with small foam balls called “Expanded Polystyrene” beans or “EPS” for short.
We recommend using expanded polystyrene.
This is due to their unique qualities
-They are fairly low in cost
-They’re lightweight, which makes your bean bag light and manoeuvrable
-Being round in shape means they can move around inside your bean bag to create a soft and comfy bean bag for you to relax and sink into
-They hold their shape to outlast most other fillings
-When you purchase them in Australia, they contain a fire-retardant additive that means they are non-flammable
-Your bean bag can last for years if filled correctly and looked after
There are also other options when filling your bean bag, you could decide to use fabric. Recycle old clothes or bed sheets and use them as filling. You may require a large amount to adequately fill your bean bag to a nice cosy, comfy level. The downside is that fabrics do compact over time and they also have more weight per volume compared to EPS beans.
Another option is Foam. This could be in the form of a foam mattress cut up into pieces to form the shape of your bean bag. You could also purchase foam offcuts and use in the same manner. If you decide on this option, consider the cost versus EPS beans and decide for yourself which is best suited to you.
What should I know before I fill my bean bag and purchase bean filling?
You’ll need to know a couple of things. First thing is check the label on the clear base of your drawstring bag (the bag the bean bag came in). On it you will find the style of bean bag you have purchased. Just beneath the bean bags name there will be the approximate filling volume of your bean bag in litres. This number is the approximate litres of EPS beans you will need to fill your bean bag. Keep in mind that this is the middle firmness full number and if you like a less firm bean bag you will need to go below this figure. If you like more firmness then you can go slightly above this amount. Whichever way you go start below in litres and work up to the higher quantity.
Example, if your style of bean bag says 250 litres start at 200 litres then check and test your bean bags firmness before you fill any further. It’s easy to put more beans in than it is to take them out. Trust us we’ve done it!!
Please think about how you will get your full bags of beans home when purchasing. They’re awkward, big and bulky so they can take up more space than you think. It may take a couple of trips if you need more than a couple of bags at a time.
You could also consider that places like big department stores offer delivery for a fee, and you could get beans delivered by them right to your door.
Where can I purchase EPS beans to fill my new bean bag?
Here at Boutique Bean Bags, we recommend sourcing your beans from Big W, Kmart or Target. Each of these stores sell them in large 100 litre bags for a reasonable price (approx $11). The bonus of this for you is that it makes it so much easier to work out how many bags of beans you will need as for all of our range we have the amount in litres you need.
You’ll also find that all of these stores have numerous locations so finding one close to you will make the task of getting beans that much simpler.
There is also the option of getting EPS beans from your local Spotlight store. Spotlight sell EPS beans by weight in 500-gram bags for usually the same price as other store ($12). In our experience we’ve found these beans are firmer and the beans are a smaller diameter in size when compared to other beans sold by the litre. Because of this we found that you get less beans for the money so filling your bean bag will cost you more. Just a fact we want to share with our customers.
Can I have a look and try out your bean bags?
The simple answer is yes you can. There’s two ways you can test out our bean bags. Firstly, you can book an appointment with us by calling, texting, emailing or direct messaging us through Facebook or Instagram and we will arrange a time for you to come visit us here in Shepparton. We will have bean bags ready for you to feel, admire, have a seat in and discover which style works for you.
Secondly you can find us at a local market. We do regular markets throughout the year where you can come and see why we use the slogan “We're the best friend for your rear end”. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram for updates on where and when we will be at a market.
How much weight can the Water Lounger / Water Chair hold?
As people have a natural buoyancy to them, there isn’t a person we’ve found that our Water bean bags can’t hold. Also due to the fact that the Water Lounger is designed to hold you near the surface and in the water, not on it, our Water Lounger will hold you perfectly! As for the Water Chair, well if you can get on it, it will hold you. It really is that simple!