Lots of debate have been going on that micro beads are much softer and much more comfortable as compared to the normal EPS beads aka styrofoam beads. So why are we at Bean Bag Mart not using them?
So what exactly are microbeads?
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There are campaigns to remove microbeads from the above mentioned products as due to it's size, they often get washed away in drains and sinks and thus unable to go through the normal recycling process. Resulting in huge pollution situations all over America.
We understand that some consumers would prefer micro-beads. They do feel soft and allows you to sink into them more. However, the reason why we do not recommend them is that they are much heavier as compared to the expanded polystyrene beads (EPS) that we use. Micro-beads are usually and more commonly found in small items like head-rest, neck-rest and toys or cosmetics of course. They are not really suitable nor recommended for large furnitures though. We believe that one of the major advantage of having a bean bag is due to its high versatility and also it's light weight nature so that you can shift it anywhere you like!
In addition, micro-beads only works well with Lycra material as it stretches. This is to allow you to sink in and let the beads mould to your bodyshape. If a non-stretchable fabric like cotton, corduroy, suede etc, is used, it will result in the bean bag becoming too firm and thus unable to mould to your body shape. We have done lots of experiments using lycra fabric and we found out that they do not last long. As the material stretches more over time whenever you sit or laze in it, the lifespan of a Lycra bean bag is very short. Last but not least, when we really ‘jump’ onto the Lycra bean bag, we might sink in too much and even hit rock bottom! Safe and comfy for adults, not so for the excited kids jumping on it.
We do have microbeads Bean Bags in Lycra material if you insist. Let us know and we'll let you try!
Here at Bean Bag Mart, we always make sure that our bean bags are at it's functional best. Comfort is definitely the most important, however we ensure that our products are functional, easy to maintain and definitely long lasting.
Gone are the days when bean bags are just a piece of cloth with beans inside forming a huge ball of beans. Bean bags have evolved tremendously over the past 20 years and we have always been making bean bags that justifies the modern day consumer.
Making dual layered bean bags means double work of course. But it's not stopping us from going that extra mile. A dual layered bean bag means easier maintenance and of course without the hassle of pouring out all the beads into a separate bag.
Dual Layered for Easier Maintenance
Hi there! We have been getting tons of recent queries about why are we having EPS beads (Expanded Polystyrene Beads) in our bean bags instead of the rumoured to be much better EPP (Expanded Polypropylene Beads) in our quality bean bags? Well, we have the answers!
It is true that EPP last a longer time as compared to EPS. However, there are a couple of reasons why we at Bean Bag Mart do not believe in using EPP.
Being the pioneers in the Bean Bags industry in Singapore, (we have been around for more than 20 years!) we always strive to bring the best comfort and value for our clients.
Firstly, EPP beads are much denser as compared to EPS beads. As a result? It makes the bean bag a good 30 to 40% heavier at the same volume. We believe that a Bean Bag is supposed to be lightweight and easy to move around!
Secondly, it is definitely not true that EPS beads has a strong chemical smell. The smell only occurs after the Polystyrene beads are being heat blasted to its expanded size. After aging and airing, the EPS beads are odourless.
Thirdly, as EPP beads are denser, it's much harder to 'flow' within the bean bag and thus making the bean bag too firm and uncomfortable! You should be able to sink into the bean bag with the bag moulding your body shape. Why get a firm bean bag?! Bean bags are supposed to be able to give you proper support of your back when you lie into it and not be fixed shape that does not mould to your body.
Fourthly, EPS beads are cheaper to replace and although it does not last a longer time than EPP, the cheaper costs makes up for the replacement!
Last but not least, we have 2 exact same models of bean bags here in our showroom each filled with EPS and EPP. Drop by and test it out to see the difference! You will be amazed!
Bean Bags are perhaps one of the more underrated piece of fun furniture that a person can invest in. Selecting the right bean bag chair and bean bag sofa can have a tremendous impact on your lifestyle in ways that perhaps you’ve never thought of. We often associate furniture with wooden and/or antique finishes, sterile objects that don’t really contribute to our lives in any meaningful way. However, when you add a fun piece like a bean bag into the mix, rooms and spaces take on an entirely new dimension – giving you a boost of fun, creativity, and maybe simply being happy too. Here are a couple of great ways to integrate bean bag chairs and a bean bag sofa in your life.
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Bean bags can be amazing pieces of furnitures by the pool area. All you have to do is set up a couple of bean bag chairs or a big bean bag sofa and you’ll have waterproof furniture that you don’t mind getting a little wet or sloppy. That’s the great thing about these pieces of furniture, you don’t have to spend an insane amount of time or worry in regards to their maintenance and upkeep. Aside from being used as swimming pool accessories, you probably do not know that bean bags can float too. If you have a private swimming pool (it must have been such a privilege if you happen to own one in Singapore), how about enjoying yourself at the comfort of a bean bag while letting it float and bask yourself under the sun?
#6 PERFECT ANSWER TO BACKACHE PROBLEM DUE TO IMPROPER SITTING POSTURE
This is probably one of the lesser known benefits of using bean bags, as most people believe that although beanbags are very comfortable, they are "bad" for your back as they do not encourage proper sitting posture. This is in fact, not true. It has been clinically proven that these products actually are good for persons who do not have a strong back, as it provides total support to the back area.
#7 THE PERFECT DORM ROOM SOFA
Another one of those areas that you don’t frequently see bean bag sofa solutions – at least until just recently – is in the dorms of young adults. The bean bag has become a smash hit in dorms all over the country. This is because they don’t take up a lot of space, are infinitely adaptable to a lot of people, and they just look fun – which they are.
#8 RESERVED AS SLEEPING BED FOR YOUR GUESTS
With more and more people trying to cut costs on investing in products that they don’t often use, you’ll find that entertaining people overnight may be one of these situations . This is because we just can’t splash money on beds or furniture that we just don’t use, but this is where the right bean bag sofa comes into play. Quickly doubling into a awesomely comfortable guest bed with zero effort whatsoever, the right bean bag chairs or bean bag sofa is a low-cost investment that you can keep around the house for these kind of situations.