The Chair From Your Childhood That's Making a Comeback

Updated 10/22/16

I’ve got a new obsession that hits my soft spot for casual, approachable home styling. Chic bean bags take the bohemian pouf and floor pillow trend to the next level to add a comfortable seat to any room without the formality of a chair. It’s my new favourite way to keep a home space feeling down to earth (figuratively and literally). 

For the fashion-minded, think of bean bags as the harem pant of the home: low-slung, baggy, comfortable, and, like all things ’90s, making a comeback. And everyone enjoys a well-placed throwback moment, right? Take a cue from your Instagram feed: #TBT has almost 350 million posts and counting. Why should your home space be any different? Part of making your home comfortable means surrounding yourself with furniture and décor that feels familiar and suits your personal style, both past and present.

Unlike the bean bags you remember from yesteryear, today’s versions come in chic textures that range from linen to leather to faux fur, easily putting them in the running for the best seats in the house.

Check out nine rooms below where bean bags create a chic, comfortable look.

Sean Litchfield ; DESIGN: Mara Silber

In this bachelor pad living room, seating has been maximised for casual hangouts. The striped bean bag gives this space a functional, comfortable statement piece for entertaining. Your friends might want to sit or they might want to recline a little; either way, they’re covered.

Couleur Locale

The knit bean bag in this minimal loft looks like it could be a girl’s best friend. Because the snuggle is real.

Couleur Locale Zilalila Nest Bean Bag $863
Kravitz Design

For a more polished approach to the bean bag trend, get low with high-design vintage pieces. These leather seats are sophisticated enough for afternoon tea, chic enough for evening champagne cocktails, and, most importantly, squishy enough for sleepy morning mimosas.

ABC Home Saba Pixel Sitting Ottoman $3542
Bea Mombaers

Layering shades of cream, grey, brown, and black, this bohemian fireplace vignette is a master class in mixing neutral textures, with a black leather bean bag front and centre.

Piero Gatti Sacco Chair $683
Phil Sanchez for MyDomaine ; DESIGN: Consort Design

The bean bags in this playroom epitomise playfully chic design in the shape of oversize floor pillows the whole family can enjoy. Of course, it never hurts to have a cute floor model.

Temple & Webster Pillow-shaped PVC Beanbag $80
Tamizo Architects

In this minimal, masculine space, bean bag accent chairs help keep everything low to the ground. The triangular shape of the bean bag modernises its look and helps soften the sleek architectural lines of the windows, art, and lighting.

Temple & Webster Santorini Bean Bag Lounger $214

A bean bag is the perfect lounge chair for a living room with a layered, undone look. In this neutral space, the fur texture on the bean bag adds a perfect plush complement to the scattered pillows decorating the sofa.

Cotton On MT Textured Bean Bag Cover $70
Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer for Bo Bedre

If you’re a sucker for a seat you can sink into (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?), this black leather beauty is in your corner. The shiny surface and soft lines stand out with high contrast against matte wood floors and soft, minimal tones.

Ligne Roset Vintage Togo Chair & Ottoman $8543
Courtesy of Grey Malin

When adding richness and warmth to a space, it’s tough to beat distressed leather. A burnished cocoa bean bag gives this fireplace vignette an inviting appeal for lounging and relaxing fireside.

Fenton & Fenton Leather Ottoman in Tan $650

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