College Daze: Your Guide to Finding a Dorm Room Bean Bag Chair
College students have their own unique needs when it comes to buying furniture, and few things can meet them better than a bean bag chair. However, that doesn’t mean that every bean bag chair is going to automatically work for all college settings. Whether it’s to fit into a tiny dorm or furnish off-campus housing, read on to learn how to find the best bean bag chairs for college students.
Focus on Easy Cleaning
When I was in college, I was always making some kind of mess. I never would have admitted it then, but I was not very good at keeping things clean. That’s why it’s so important to choose a chair that makes the cleaning process as hassle-free as possible. I would steer clear of anything that has a fabric cover, since it’s going to hold on to food and drink stains and could also end up developing some unpleasant smells. Even if the cover is removable and machine washable, most college kids aren’t going to bother with that whole process, no matter how easy it might seem to you. Choose a chair that has a stain resistant cover, made out of nylon or a composite material, so they can just wipe up the stains with a cloth.
Another thing about college students is that they can tend to be pretty rough on their furniture, so you’re going to want to look for a chair that is made with some extra durability. Double stitching is a great feature to find in a chair because it means that it’s going to better withstand stress and won’t be as likely to split apart. There’s no sense in spending a lot to buy an extra sturdy chair, though, since bean bags can be only so strong. It’s best to do what you can to find a durable chair, and just be prepared to pay for a replacement in the event that it eventually breaks, if it actually does.
Avoid Oversized Options
It might seem like a good idea to choose a large bean bag chair for some added comfort, but this can actually be very inconvenient for college students. If they’re living in dorm, they might not have any room for it. Even off-campus housing can be quite small on a college budget, so there’s just no point in buying an oversized chair unless you are certain that it can actually fit in. Take room measurements, if possible, and then compare that to the dimensions of the chair so that you can find one in a size that works.
Keep Fun Features in Mind
Bean bag chairs don’t have as many extra features as other types of furniture, but there are some that include nifty little touches that a college student would really enjoy. Things like a cup holder are incredibly functional, since college kids are probably going to have soda or other drinks around when they’re relaxing in their chair. These features can also make the college student feel special and help them really appreciate the chair, depending on the feature.
Overall, the best bean bag chair for a college student will be one that’s easy to clean and sized to fit into their living space. While it can be fun to surprise a student with a chair as a gift, it might be best to involve them in the shopping process to make sure that they’re as happy with the purchase as you are.