Introduction to Bean Bags


A bean bag is a normal bag that is filled with different materials (normally beans) and then sealed. These products come in various types and sizes, and they can be used in distinct manners. It is true that in the majority of cases, bean bags are used for entertainment, but this doesn’t mean that they cannot also be used for more practical purposes.

Bean bags are constructed out of a number of materials. What is on the outside can be leather, knitted material or fabric. But don’t get distracted by the name. These chairs are not actually filled with beans or peas. They are filled with materials that are produced by men (Styrofoam or polystyrene beads).

The most popular product of this type is the bean bag chair. It is normally fabricated out of vinyl or leather, but it can also be made out of polyester, cotton, nylon or fur. The best part about it is that it curves on the back of the user without being extremely ergonomic. This type of chairs began to gain popularity in the 60’s, and they can be bought at the stores even today for kids or young adults. There are also tinier versions which can be utilized as pillows.

Imagine that there are smaller versions of the bean bag which are used for juggling. The main reason for this is that they can be easy to maneuver and they don’t weigh a lot. And the sound they make when they hit the juggler’s hand is great, when it comes to developing the right rhythm when juggling many items at the same time. Foot bags can also be juggled, but they are meant to be kicked and not thrown. In terms of foot bagging, the persons who do this gather up in a circle and use their body, without hands to maintain the foot bag in the air. And they are also supposed to do some interesting tricks while doing that.

But as mentioned at the beginning of the article, there are also practical uses to the bean bags. The tiny ones are used as stands in photography. The camera can rest on them, and it is not necessary to use the tripod. And last but not least, they can be used as base for resting ashtrays, phones, etc. Weapons also make use of them in order to fire beanbags instead of other dangerous elements when trying to control the crowds.


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