Best outdoor bean bags: 6 ways to chill out in style and comfort

Sit back, relax and unwind on these stylish outdoor bean bags; versatile garden seating for laid-back summer living

outdoor bean bags: blue bean bag lounger in a modern garden with a woman lying on it
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Outdoor bean bags are the ultimate buy if you want to add laid-back vibes to your outside space, or just create some versatile garden seating. 

Lightweight, easy to manoeuvre wherever the sun is, and quick to pick up and bring indoors should dark clouds appear on the horizon, they're a really useful (and cheap) alternative to the best garden furniture, especially considering that's proving very hard to come by this year!

A bean bag is perfect for lounging in the sun with a good book, great as extra seating for friends and family at garden get-togethers, and ideal for creating comfortable slouchy cinema chairs for garden movie nights alongside the best outdoor projectors

In short, an outdoor bean bag is a super versatile addition to any space, and we’ve rounded up the best designs to give your garden a stylish update this summer.

The best outdoor bean bags 2021

Classic style bean bag in blue

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1. Brayden Studio Floor Bean Bag Lounger

Best outdoor bean bag overall: good value, slouchy design, lightweight and practical

Specifications
Dimensions: H30 x W140 x D110cm
Weight: 2.2kg
Material: Polyester
Filling included: Yes
Colours available: Teal, Black, Blue, Purple, Red
Reasons to buy
+Good value +Versatile pillow shape lets you sit or recline+Lightweight and easy to carry+Great range of colours+100% waterproof

If you’ve never had an outdoor bean bag before then we suggest you start with the Brayden Studio Floor Bean Bag Lounger.

This good value oversized bean bag will bring a fun and relaxed feel to your garden, plus there are a whole host of colour options choose from. 

Simply prop it up against a wall or tree to create a comfortable chair shape that’s perfect for reading and socialising, or lie it flat on the ground as a relaxed lounger.

The cover is waterproof so it will withstand some damp grass, and the outer fabric can be spot-cleaned to keep it looking fresh. 

A woven outdoor pouffe with rust, teal and sky blue colour stripes - Layla Made.com

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2. Made.com Layla Indoor/Outdoor Striped Cocoon Bean Bag

Most stylish outdoor bean bag: a multicoloured stripe adds a subtle design element

Specifications
Dimensions: H45 x W80 x D80
Weight: 5kg
Material: PET yarn
Filling included: Yes
Colours available: Multicolour stripe
Reasons to buy
+Stylish design+Substantial
Reasons to avoid
-No option to recline-Fairly expensive

We love the rust, teal and sky blue stripes of the Layla Indoor/Outdoor Bean Bag from Made.com

Crafted from braided PET yarn, the striped pouffe makes a great alternative to an outdoor lounge chair or garden sofa, and has the bonus of being easier to move about the garden (or indoors) as the whim takes you. 

The design isn't as versatile as a more slouchy bean bag style - you'll be sitting rather than leaning or reclining with this option - but we like the slightly more formal feel which makes a good compromise between traditional outdoor furniture and an archetypal floor cushion.

A lime green outdoor bean bag - Extreme Lounging

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3. Extreme Lounging Mighty B Outdoor Bean Bag

Best outdoor beanbag with a backrest: great for comfort

Specifications
Dimensions: H94 x W99 x D80cm
Weight: 5kg
Material: Polyester
Filling included: Yes
Colours available: Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Lime, Aqua Blue, Royal Blue, Brown, Black
Reasons to buy
+Supportive backrest+Versatile shape+Rubber carry handle +Fade-resistant

The raised backrest on Extreme Lounging's Mighty B Outdoor Bean Bag makes for a more comfortable lounging experience than a regular bean bag, although you will pay a bit more for this ergonomically shaped design.

Available in eleven different shades - including a classic black -  there are a good selection of fade-resistant colours on offer, although we would have liked to see a few more neutral options for those of us not into vibrant primary hues.

A handy rubber carry handle and durable double-stitched seams finish off the slouchy design.

A giant grey outdoor bean bag - Bazaar

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4. Bean Bag Bazaar Giant Bean Bag Chair

Best giant outdoor bean bag: a super spacious floor cushion

Specifications
Dimensions: H30 x W180 x D140cm
Weight: 4.4kg
Material: Polyester
Filling included: Yes
Colours available: Aqua, Black, Blue, Coral, Light Grey, Lime Green, Mulberry, Navy, Orange, Peppermint, Purple, Slate Grey, teal
Reasons to buy
+Huge!+Great range of colours+100% waterproof fabric
Reasons to avoid
-Could it be too big?...

You can sit, lounge or lay on the super large Bazaar Giant Bean Bag and there will be no shortage of beans to make your seat comfortable. 

The biggest outdoor bean bag in our round-up - as well as the biggest we've come across overall - this floor cushion is ideal for sprawling, whether indoors or out. 

The waterproof cover means it will survive the odd bit of drizzle outdoors, and over twelve colour options makes for plenty of style choice. 

Pastel green outdoor bean bag with raised backrest - Extreme Lounging Pastel B Bed Outdoor Bean Bag

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5. Extreme Lounging B Bed Outdoor Bean Bag

Best outdoor bean bag for reclining: lounge to your heart's content with this laid-back number

Specifications
Dimensions: H65 x W120 x D80
Weight: 8kg
Material: Polyester
Filling included: Yes
Colours available: Green, Orange
Reasons to buy
+Supportive backrest +Longer length for putting your feet up+Great for sunbathing and reading
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best selection of colours

If spending the day curled up in bed is your idea of heaven, then Extreme Lounging's B Bed Outdoor Bean Bag could be the one for you. 

The longer lounger shape with a raised backrest is super comfortable for reclining, although be warned - napping is highly likely!

It will also make a great indoor reading chair throughout the winter months, or extra seating for family movie nights. 

Grey double outdoor bean bag with raised backrest - Cox & Cox

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6. Cox & Cox Indoor Outdoor Double Beanbag

Best outdoor bean bag for two: great for couples or just for extra lounging room

Specifications
Dimensions: H62 x W130 x D95cm
Material: 90% olefin, 10% polyethylene
Filling included: Yes
Colours available: Soft Grey, Soft Blush
Reasons to buy
+Double bean bag+Supportive backrest
Reasons to avoid
-Fairly expensive

If you want the ultimate in outdoor slouching then it doesn't get much more decadent than Cox & Cox's Indoor Outdoor Double Beanbag.

Designed for two, this outdoor cushion is perfect for alfresco movie nights or some romantic stargazing on a balmy summer's evening - and it's a great spacious place to sprawl for one!

Available in stylish soft grey or blush pink, you'll be as happy using this Scandivanian-inspired seating indoors as out. 

How to buy the best outdoor bean bag

Colour choice

While your interior may well be the reserve of more muted shades, the garden is the place where you can branch out and go bold with more vibrant citrus and neon colours, particularly if it's the kids that will mostly be using the outdoor bean bags. 

Durable materials

The best outdoor bean bags are waterproof and UV resistant to protect them from rain and sun damage. However, we'd always advise that you store your outdoor beans inside (or in a garden shed or garage) when not in use to keep them looking good for as long as possible. Most outdoor bean bags can simply be wiped down with a wet cloth if they get dirty – inevitable if there are kids involved! 

Fillings

Most beanbags have a poly bead filling, which will naturally compress over time so you may need to refill them in the future to boost the firmness of the support. 

Handy features

Larger outdoor bean bags can be surprisingly heavy and bulky, so you might want to choose a design with handles to make it easier to move it around. 

Multi-functional

The best outdoor beanbags are the ones you can use inside too during the colder months. They make great extra seating in kids' bedrooms or comfy gaming chairs for kids big and small.  

Amy Lockwood
Amy Lockwood

Amy writes about interiors and decoration for Livingetc, Homes & Gardens and Real Homes, bringing her design expertise outdoors into the garden for Gardeningetc. 


Initially honing her green thumb growing indoor plants in her first-floor apartment, Amy greatly appreciates the benefits we gain from coexisting with plants, including improved wellbeing, air purification, and reductions in the chemical VOCs that are slowly released into our homes from manmade materials. 


Amy’s wider interest in gardening embraces the design principles of permaculture; considering how we can best balance our valuable outdoor spaces to restore health to our own patches of soil, boost diversity for plants and wildlife, grow healthy nutritionally-dense food, and embrace outdoor living with style-conscious design that helps us to relax, entertain and improve our overall wellbeing through relationship with nature.