Bean bag chairs may not be your first choice for seating. But should they be? Studies show that sitting in a bean bag chair has myriad benefits, especially when compared to a traditional chair or even a couch. Let’s review the top 5 benefits you and your kids can get from these fun seats!
1. Improves posture
Many people believe that in order to have good posture, they need to sit in a straight, hard-backed chair. However, a bean bag chair is much more conducive to supporting good posture when placed in an upright position. Its ergonomic design allows it to mold to your body, which prevents back pain. The construction of a bean bag chair also provides full support for your hips, back, neck, shoulders, and head. This, too, encourages better posture and has the added benefit of reducing muscle pain. Bean bag chairs are especially helpful for positioning kids with limited mobility function. Children who cannot hold themselves upright in a standard chair can get the right support from an upright bean bag chair.
2. Provides proprioceptive input
Many kids with sensory processing disorders struggle with body awareness. Using a bean bag chair is a great way to get the proprioceptive input they need. Kids can sit on the chair, lie down on it, or even lie on their stomach with the bean bag chair on their back. Each position is an opportunity to experience different body positions and deep pressure input on the muscles and joints. If you have a kid who likes to jump on things, then turn the bean bag chair into a crash pad! It provides a safe way to “crash” and receive deep pressure input from the landing.
3. Creates a cozy corner
Whether in a classroom or somewhere at home, it’s important for kids to have a space where they can calm down. Bean bag chairs are perfect for easily setting aside a corner. Since the chairs are easy to carry and don’t require any building, you can even move this cozy corner around as needed. Set the mood with dim lighting, a cozy weighted blanket or stuffed animal, and some books to help self-soothe.
4. Multiple fabric options
You can find tons of different fabrics to choose from when it comes to bean bag chairs. For soothing sensory input, opt for something soft and plush. A textured fabric provides tactile input that can be rubbed or squeezed and doubles as a calming fidget. The chair’s filling itself is another fidget that kids can feel and move around with their hands. If your kids like bold colors or patterns, you're sure to find a trendy cover for their chair. There are even wipe-clean options, perfect if your kids tend to spill! Although you should always double check before buying, most bean bag chair covers come off the chair itself so that you can easily wash it when needed.
5. Various shapes and sizes available
Choosing the perfect seat is very subjective. Just like the countless traditional seating options, you have plenty of bean bag chairs to choose from as well. There is a wide range of sizes available so that you can make sure it’s appropriate for your kids. If your child likes to stretch out, then go for a long bean bag chair, like our Jaxx Lounger. Or, if they prefer curling up, a standard round-shaped chair, like the Mushy Smushy, will be great!
Bean bag chairs are a fun alternative to traditional seating. Involve your kids in the process and you’ll be sure to find the right one for them. Remember, we’re always here to answer any questions along the way!