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.http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/IMG_04666.JPG
the giant bag of foam, yes i had trouble getting in the back of an SUV. it was hilarious.http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/IMG_04762.JPG
thank God for helpful parents. we hung the giant bag from the ceiling and there was a hole in the bottom.http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/IMG_05231.JPG
me laying on it after sewing up the filling hole. this is still just the lining, though.http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/IMG_06016.JPG
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.)