Weekend Projects: 5 Easy DIY Beanbag Chairs

With an appropriate fabric, the filling material of your choice, and some inspiration, you can create a comfy beanbag chair that will satisfy your most slothful dreams. Check around your house for the fabric and filling, but first find your inspiration here.

Beanbag chairs come with a host of often negative connotations. In the eyes of an average homeowner—someone who perhaps cringes upon remembering his college dorm room—beanbag chairs belong only in the kids’ playroom, if anywhere. Fair enough. But if you’re on a budget and have a knack with the sewing machine, there’s no more affordable or quicker-to-make seating solution than a DIY beanbag chair. Scroll down for five favorite examples from around the Web!

 

1. MAKE A MOVABLE POUF

DIY Bean Bag Chair - One Seater

Photo: livingwithpunks.com

Fancy interior designers call them poufs, but we know what they really are: somewhat cylindrical beanbag chairs! You can keep yours in a closet if you wish, pulling it out of storage only on occasions that call for extra seating. The carrying strap added to this DIY beanbag chair makes it even easier to move around at a moment’s notice.

 

2. CREATE A PATCHWORK PERCH

DIY Bean Bag Chair - Pillow

Photo: craftygemini.blogspot.com

Crafty Gemini—whose video tutorial you can watch here—demonstrates the process of sewing together a patchwork of fabrics, including cozy fleece and fuzzy chenille, to create a DIY beanbag chair that is large and soft enough to be comfortable while still light enough to be easily moved to an out-of-the-way spot when not in use.

 

3. SUPPORT YOUR TABLET

DIY Bean Bag Chair - iPad

Photo: mypatchwork.wordpress.com

Stuffed with uncooked beans or cloud-like polyester fill, a wedge pillow like this one can serve as a sort of DIY beanbag chair for your tablet device. You’ll need about one-half yard of the fabric of your choice (floral prints aren’t for everyone, after all). For step-by-step instructions, visit Sewn Up by Theresa Down Under.

 

4. GET SQUARED AWAY

DIY Bean Bag Chair - Cube

Photo: theochrelephant.com

A rectangular DIY beanbag chair is actually easier to make than the traditional round shape. Fill the angular seat (in the best dimensions for your space) with whatever material you think will be most comfortable. Alternatively, use what you have on hand—packing peanuts, bubble wrap, or scrap fabric would all work.

 

5. FLOAT ON A PILLOWY RAFT

DIY Bean Bag Chair - Floating

Photo: coolest-gadgets.com

Water-resistant fabrics are available for purchase by the yard both online and in local craft stores. Using this stuff in combination with naturally buoyant foam beads, you can—believe it or not—put together a DIY beanbag chair that can be used comfortably both on land or floating in your backyard swimming pool.