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lmkinn
« on: February 02, 2009 09:31:06 PM »

so to be fair i suppose i did kind of steal this idea from an Instructables post, but thats totally not gonna stop me from sharing. and i hope this is posted in the appropriate place.

i wanted to buy one of those giant beanbag beds they have on the internet some places to replace the futon that left my dorm, but they were like $200 and im not made of money so i decided to try and make my own.
needless to say it probably costed pretty much $200 to make, plus time and stuff, but who cares, its amazing, and it was amazingly, ridiculously, fun.

first was figuring the size measurments, its shaped like a cylinder, and i decided on a 3 ft. diameter by 6.5 ft long, because that fit in my little dorm space, but it also had to fit through multiple doorways and in the back of a small SUV.
i bought something like 7 yards of fabric, each of the lining (orange) and the outer, removable, cover (red/black), plus a sleeping bag zipper.

and the filling was its own adventure. i work at hancock fabrics, and we sell beanbag filler, but even with my discount, i needed 40 cubic feet and it wouldve cost almost $1000 for the filling... no thanks. so i used the beautiful internet to find the closest foam manufacturing plant to where i lived, something like 2 hours away, and with lots of phone calls and 'you're using it for WHAT?' resposes, i took a road trip for tiny foam beads. they charged me like $2 and something per cubic foot, so it was somewhere over $100 for my filling. and i used suede upholstery remnants that i bought for half off, so all my other fabric and stuff included was probably about $50.
the filling was interesting as well, as you can imagine if you have any experience with those static-y little balls... but we did pretty well with a homemade giant funnel and managed to not lose too many.
anyway, enough talking already.
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the giant bag of foam, yes i had trouble getting in the back of an SUV. it was hilarious.

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thank God for helpful parents. we hung the giant bag from the ceiling and there was a hole in the bottom.

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me laying on it after sewing up the filling hole. this is still just the lining, though.

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finished product, please excuse the stuffed friends. and yes theres a mattress under it, just because i happen to have an extra.

(let me know if the picture links dont work. grumble.)

enjoy.
 Grin
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jeanlouise
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2009 09:54:27 AM »

this looks so fun! good job.
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2009 08:42:52 PM »

WOW! That turned out amazing.
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2009 10:44:14 PM »

wow that's amazing!!!
i'm planning on making a bean bag chair for myself sometime.. I'm afraid it's going to be expensive.. and being a college student.. I'm broke :[

however.. i found an awesome beanbag company that i'm going to buy my beans from..
it's http://www.foamerica.com if you're interested!!

btw.. freaking amazing!!!!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2009 09:27:45 PM »

lol thanks!  Grin
its holding up very well, but if i can give one suggestion:  double stitch ALL of your seams...otherwise you'll be so afraid of breaking it you'll be afriad to sit on it!  Wink good luck!
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2009 09:33:52 PM »

wow that's amazing!!!
i'm planning on making a bean bag chair for myself sometime.. I'm afraid it's going to be expensive.. and being a college student.. I'm broke :[

however.. i found an awesome beanbag company that i'm going to buy my beans from..
it's http://www.foamerica.com if you're interested!!

btw.. freaking amazing!!!!!!!

p.s.... i looked at your link, and after doing a whole lot of research on stupid foam beads when i made my own, if cost is an issue, i'd definitly go for the recycled beads. the place i bought mine from didn't offer them, otherwise i would've bought them too because they're so much cheaper... the guy whose instructables post i used for instructions used recycled for his and said they felt no different... just my two cents.
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2009 11:53:13 AM »

I want one now!!  Do you sleep on it?  Because all I could think of was having a nap. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2009 08:02:48 PM »

thanks! I'll def keep that in mind!! I was considering the recycled anyway!
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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2009 09:58:48 PM »

dude...not to be a creeper or anything but i saw ur picture and i was like..."Hey...I know that girl"... we've only worked together once but yeah....ur bean bag couch looks amazing...it kinda inspires me to make one for my roommate and i for next year
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« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2009 05:26:02 AM »

Alright....so I need to not let Mr. Taco see this or goodness knows he'll want one. It's super cool, looks so comfy.
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