When contemplating purchasing a bean bag it can be difficult to get past the half-filled, uncomfortable, saggy sad excuses for a chair we have all slumped into at some point in our lives.

But bean bags are no longer the least desirable chair at a party or in the share house. Beanbag design and technology has advanced in leaps and bounds since the introduction of these humble Styrofoam-filled sacks to department stores back in the 70s.

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Bean bags can now make for incredibly chic, versatile and practical alternatives to traditional pieces of furniture in almost any interior or exterior space.

Here are seven ways to incorporate a super cool contemporary bean bag or two into the decor at your place.

Boho living room

Bean bag lounges and slouchy pillow designs are ideal for adding a laid-back vibe and extra seating to a compact living room. Best of all they’re lightweight and portable so you can easily rearrange your living room layout and relocate them when you’re not entertaining if need be.

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Cosy reading nook

If you have an empty or awkward corner in your home, give the unused space a purpose by adding a bean bag to it to create a relaxing reading nook for one. There are even knitted bean bag cover styles for the ultimate in cosiness.

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Poolside chilling

Luxe bean bag lounge designs are the perfect accessory for lazy summer days spent reclining by the pool. Just make sure you get a durable preferably water resistant fabric so your bean bag will look good for seasons to come.

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Inviting study

Bean bags are a great way to introduce playful pops of pattern and colour into any uninspiring space in your home so you’re motivated to spend more time there, such as a home office. They make for a comfy place to study, surf the net or to even sneak away for a quick cat nap.

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Practical playrooms

Kids just love diving into plush bean bag chairs to watch TV or play video games, so they make for a great addition to playrooms. Plus, you won’t have to worry about stains from little hands on your couch upholstery, as you can machine wash most bean bag covers to make them look good as new.

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Casual home cinema

Space efficient bean bags are a great and affordable way to fill your home cinema with plenty of comfortable seating for all your friends and family to enjoy. Kick your home movie experience up a level by setting up your projector and bean bag lounges outside for a moonlight cinema experience under the stars.

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Conversation zone

Add a pair of bean bags to a quiet corner, think under the stairs or on a small balcony, to create an inviting conversation zone. Add in a side table to rest your tea and scones while you catch up on the latest gossip with a friend.

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We hope these ideas have opened your eyes to the plethora of possibilities for stylishly decorating at home with bean bags.

For more quirky home decor inspiration check out these 11 tasteful ways to decorate with pink and how to nail nautical styling.

Happy decorating!

The Homely Team 

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Larissa Gardner
Larissa Gardner is the Marketing Manager at arguably Australia’s best looking real estate website homely.com.au. With a superb devotion to product innovation, user-centred design and innovative marketing platforms for real estate agents, homely.com.au helps millions of Australians find their next home.

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