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The UK’s Best Garden Bean Bags For Relaxing In The Outdoors

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Written by Dean Wilson

Outdoor bean bags make for a versatile piece of furniture that can be used outside for relaxing and lounging in the sun, or as extra outdoor seats when unexpected guests drop round.

Kids love them and they make funky alternative seating in a bedroom or in a sitting room.

They are light and easy to carry and add a relaxed laid-back feel to any home or garden. They can be used for picnics, sunbathing on a beach or even used as a pet bed. Whether it is a subtle shade of trendy grey you are after or a bright vibrant orange accent colour to add a bit of interest into your colour scheme, there is something for everyone.

With many of us working from home now, making our gardens cosy and comfortable has become as important as furnishing our homes.

We have looked a variety of different bean bags, both large and small for outdoor use. We have considered price, size, comfort, durability and practicality so you can make an informed choice.

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Here are our top 5 bean bags in a few different shapes and sizes, so sit back and imagine yourself cocooned in the comfort of your new purchase whilst we take the stress out of deciding the best one to pick for you and your family.

Best Pick: Beautiful Beanbags Adult Highback Chair

Good value beanbag chair with a supportive back, perfect as an extra chair.

The Beautiful Beanbags Adult Highback Chair is made in Cheddar in Somerset in the UK. They are hand-made bean bags so expect excellent quality from this British made product. A little larger than the previous Home Hut chair at 110cm in height and a width of 90cm yet surprisingly it only takes up 1 metre squared of floor space, so we think this makes it a great choice for smaller gardens or for use in a smaller room.

It is both water and fire resistant to all the relevant standards. This is a quality product with great strengths as the seams are flat stitched and overlocked and there are two zips on the bottom. You can machine wash the cover which is great if you or your child have allergies or are worried about the cover getting dirty outside. It is made from a soft touch fabric with a comfy shape that moulds to you as you sit whilst still supporting your back.

We think it is a great chair for teenagers or small adults, perfect for reading or gaming as the back offers a little more support than a regular flat bean bag. It would make a good extra chair in a family home or would be an ideal cheaper option for any child going to university because of the good price.

This one also comes in a variety of colours to suit most homes and gardens and has a few more subdued colours for those that prefer a more understated look. If you want a British made comfy chair bean bag for teens and small adults, then this is the one for you.

Pros

  • High supportive back
  • Versatile so can be used for both kids and adults
  • A good variety of colours
  • Machine washable cover
  • Made in the UK so durable and good quality

Cons

  • A little smaller than other similar bean bags we have looked at in this review
  • Water resistant only
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Value Pick: MaxiBean Large Garden Lounger

A fabulous larger kids bean bag, which is excellent value for money and exceptionally comfy.

If you are looking for a great value bean bag then the MaxiBean Garden Lounger is a great buy. It can be used in several different ways and is 100 cm x 120cm so smaller than the Lumaland, but a great size for kids and younger teens. The cover is durable and fire-resistant to all the relevant standards.

It is waterproof so it will not be ruined if one of the kids (or adults) leave it outside in the rain. Let’s face it, we have all forgotten to bring something from outside during the long summer months only to find it is not in great shape. This bean bag once dried will be as good as new.

Whether your teen wants to spend hours on social media whilst relaxing on the bean bag or their siblings sunbathing on top of it, it is very versatile and can be moved between house and garden easily. You can store it in a child’s bedroom which is great news if you have limited space in your home. It is also lightweight so would be a great choice for a picnic or the beach.

One thing to consider is that the cover is not machine washable so may not be suitable for some, however it has a wipe-clean surface so is easy to clean when needed. Considering the cost we think it’s a great budget buy for kids that still offers good quality.

Pros

  • Great value bean bag
  • Waterproof fabric
  • Good size for kids
  • Can be moulded into lots of different styles of seating or as a lounger

Cons

  • The cover is not machine washable but can be wiped clean
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Home Hut Large Garden Bean Bag Chair

The chair shaped bean bag that offers a bit more support, perfect for gaming or for casual dining in the garden.

This great Home Hut Large Bean Bag Chair comes in 8 different colours and measures 70 x 70 x 80cm. It is fire resistant to British standards and can be used inside and out. It is also waterproof so you can relax if someone spills their drink on your favourite piece of furniture. However, if you prefer machine washable covers then this might not be for you.

The chair shape offers more support than a conventional bean bag which is perfect for the gaming generation or for those who prefer to be more upright when watching a film or relaxing in the garden. We also think it would look great in a child’s bedroom and with lots of different vibrant colours to choose from it will certainly brighten up their space.

It is a little on the small side for an adult so we feel it is more suited to children and teens. It takes a bit of moulding to get it into the perfect shape for you but once done, it’s extremely comfortable and is a useful extra chair for any room or in the garden.

Pros

  • It has a much more supportive back than many other bean bags
  • Good for kids as a gaming chair
  • Waterproof
  • Available in bright vibrant colours

Cons

  • Limited to only 8 colours
  • Can take a bit of time to get it into the perfect shape
  • The cover is not machine washable but can be wiped clean
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Bazaar Bag Giant Bean Bag Chair

A giant quirky statement bean bag in a variety of neutral and bright colours.

The Giant Bean Bag Chair by Bazaar Bag is another whopper of a bean bag, measuring 140 x 180 x 30cm so virtually the same size as the Lumaland bag. It is however very lightweight, so despite its size, it is easy to move around in the garden or home.

The cover is soft to the touch and comfortable to sit on and the fabric is waterproof and fire-resistant to all the relevant standards. It can be propped up against a fence or wall or used to lay flat on whilst basking in the sun. It is not machine washable, but spills can easily be wiped clean with a cloth.

This one also comes in a large variety of colours so would be great if you are looking to colour coordinate your garden or home with an extra statement piece.

We think it is a good buy for a teenager and larger adults and even if you are over 6ft you will fit snugly into this one. We think offers good value for its size and is exceptionally lightweight to move around.

Pros

  • Versatile so can be used for both kids and adults
  • Can be moulded into lots of different styles of seating or as a lounger
  • Waterproof
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • The cover is not machine washable but can be wiped clean
  • A large bean bag so may not be suitable for small rooms
  • More expensive than the other larger bean bag we reviewed
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Lumaland Giant Bean Bag Chair

The largest of all our bean bags but with lots of vibrant colours to choose from and a waterproof cover, it really is a giant winner for us too.

This Giant Bean Bag Chair by Lumaland really is a whopper, so if you are looking for a versatile bean bag then this is your best bet. It measures 180 x 140 x 25cm.

It is a little on the pricey side compared to the other bean bags we have reviewed here but still provides great value compared to its big brand competitors.

It is waterproof and washable and is made from good quality durable fabric and we think it will stand the test of time. With its strong velcro and zip, there are no chances of the beans escaping.

It comes in lots of great colours, not only vibrant neon oranges and yellows but also some more classic colours such as navy, turquoise and grey, so could be used to coordinate with various styles and colour schemes in your home.

The fabric is also stain and dirt resistant and is fully compliant with relevant furniture and fire safety regulations. This bag’s filling wraps around your body supporting your posture perfectly and because it is such a whopper both kids and adults can enjoy it.

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Comes in a large variety of different colours to suit all tastes
  • Machine washable
  • Durable fabric with strong seams
  • Versatile so can be used for both kids and adults
  • Well priced and good value for the size of the bean bag
  • Can be moulded into lots of different styles of seating or used as a lounger

Cons

  • A large bean bag so may not be suitable for small rooms
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Can Garden Bean Bags Be Left Outside?

Who hasn’t left something outside in the garden only to find it is saturated with rainwater? If you leave your bean bag out in the rain all night or even for a couple of days, it will be fine – do not panic. Most of the bean bags we reviewed were fully waterproof and if not, they are water-resistant so water will easily drain off. The fabrics are fantastically hard-wearing and they can easily be dried indoors and restored to their former glory.

The reason outdoor bean bags are far more durable than normal bean bags is because they are manufactured using a much tougher fabric. Many have a PVC barrier that stops water penetrating the cover. This tough outer cover also means that they cope with more wear and tear, from kids throwing themselves on them or being placed on concrete and other hard surfaces.

When you are not using your bean bag, most manufacturers advise that you bring it indoors. This will help protect it from rain and damp which can cause both mildew and mould and could ruin the bean bag leaving it smelling musty.

It is also advisable to keep your bean bag out of direct sunlight. Although they can withstand strong sun and will not usually get too hot, the sunlight could eventually fade your beautiful new bean bag and ruin the look of it. This will help prolong not only its good looks and durability but you should also have it for many years to come.

About the author

Dean Wilson

I'm an avid gardener and home DIY enthusiast from Yorkshire in the North of England. I'm passionate about helping our readers get out into their gardens - by making the most of the outdoors and ensuring they get the best possible deals on their gardening equipment. I also believe strongly in the preservation of our beautiful garden wildlife.

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