DIY: How to Refill Beanbag Chair at Home
Sometimes beanbag chairs can lose their fill over time for a variety of reasons (like a curious child unzips one). Or, maybe you just want a firmer bean bag chair. Either way, refill beanbag chair at home may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quick and easy if you follow just five simple steps.
There are a few things you will need to make the refilling process easier:
- A friend: Refilling a beanbag chair is a two-person job, though technically it can be done alone if absolutely necessary.
- A room without a fan or open window: The fill material in beanbag chairs is lightweight and can easily be blown around by a fan or even the gentle breeze of an open window, so close the windows and turn off any fans you may have running to minimize this annoyance.
- Refill Beanbag chair on a clean floor and have a vacuum on hand: Again, the job can be messy if any mishaps occur, so refill your beanbag chair on an already clean floor and have a vacuum ready in case of spills.
- A funnel: You can purchase or make one; this tool reduces spill potential.
- A safety pin: This will help you unzip the beanbag chair.
- Bean bag filler: You can buy bean bag filler online or at retail stores. Most bean bag filler is polystyrene, so it’s inexpensive and pretty easy to find.
Step 1: Prepare your work area
Turn off fans and close windows to minimize air flow. Remember that polystyrene bean bag filler is extremely lightweight and wind can easily blow it everywhere. Also, work on a clean surface; if possible, choose a hard floor to work on as opposed to carpet because cleanup will be easier. Finally, have a vacuum ready in case there are spills. A handheld vacuum will suffice as there won’t be much mess.
Step 2: Grab a partner
This is one of the most crucial steps, because it pretty much makes the whole beanbag refill process go by much quicker and with way less mess than if you try to do it yourself. Simply grab a friend or family member; it won’t take more than a few minutes of their time, and if they love you or your beanbag chair, they’ll do it.
Step 3: Unzipping the beanbag chair
Most beanbag chairs come with a zipper, but that zipper may not have a tab that you can grip, making the unzipping process infinitely trickier than it has to be. (However, the purpose of this is to prevent you from accidentally unzipping it and spilling the filler everywhere, so it is kind of necessary.)
To get around the lack of zipper tab, simply insert an open safety pin through the zipper hole and then secure the safety pin. Voila! You’ve made yourself a functioning zipper. Use this to unzip the beanbag with the zipper side up so that, if all goes as it should, the remaining filler inside (if there is any) should sink to the bottom and not spill everywhere.
Step 4: Refill beanbag chair
Have your helper hold the beanbag chair open with the unzipped opening upward. They only have one job; this is it. They can do it.
With one hand, place your funnel inside the opening with the narrow spout of the funnel actually inside the beanbag chair so that when you pour the filler it doesn’t go everywhere. Once you’ve positioned your funnel, use your free hand to pour the beanbag filler inside.
Continue filling your beanbag chair until you have achieved the level of firmness you desire.
(Note: The funnel may make things go slower, but it saves you time in the long run due to its mess mitigating factors.)
Step 5: Close the beanbag chair
Use your MacGyver’d zipper to close the beanbag chair opening. If there was a patch covering the zipper, close that as well.
You now have a refilled beanbag chair. Try it out!
(Note: If you’re unsatisfied with the amount of fill, simply repeat steps 4 and 5 until you get the fill level you desire.)
After following those five steps, you should have a fully functioning beanbag chair that you refilled at home all by yourself (with your helper). Congratulations!
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