"Your [bean bag filler] product is the magic solution!" -D.N. (owner, design & production firm)
We offer 2 types of 'beans' for bean bag chair filling (actually, they're not beans at all!):
Virgin: BB-sized polystyrene (styrofoam) pellets that are perfectly smooth and round, about 3mm wide. The "real deal" - no cut up peanuts, no huge beads here (the huge beads squish more)! Because the beads are all the same shape, they shift around each other better when you are positioning your body in the bean bag. Virgin is also more dense than reground, so it holds its tight, round shape well. It does go flat eventually though, and how fast you have to refill depends on how much you use your bean bag and how poofy you like it. Some people refill within a few months (their kids use the bean bags as landing pads), some never refill and like them flat. Virgin costs more than reground.
**We have very limited quantities of SUPER MICRO Virgin Beads, which are 1-2mm wide.
Reground: Also known as "pre-consumer recycled" (our reground is not pre-used). Large blocks of polystyrene (styrofoam) are ground up to make small pellets. Most pieces are bb-size, 3-4mm pellets, but there are some pieces that are made up of several pellets stuck together. It is not dirty or used, and does NOT come from paper cups, plates, shippng peanuts, etc.! When you are positioning your body in the bean bag, it takes more effort than with virgin fill. (We don't think it takes that much more effort, though.) Most bean bags sold today are filled with reground. We like reground refill because it is better for the environment. Why make more non-biodegradeable stuff to throw in landfills? We polled a sample of 300 people from our customer base and reground was preferred 3 to 1 over producing new virgin styrofoam. People with autism or sensory processing deficiencies tend to prefer reground.
*Reground may contain non-white pieces, they are the same pre-consumer polystyrene as the white pieces.
Can't decide? If your priorities are lower cost and the environment, choose reground. If you don't mind paying a little more and easy-positioning is key, choose virgin.
Per California TB117-2013, our products manufactured after December 31, 2014 have law labels that read:
“The upholstery materials in this product:
_____contain added flame retardant chemicals
__X__contain NO added flame retardant chemicals
The State of California has updated the flammability standard and determined that the fire safety requirements for this product can be met without adding flame retardant chemicals. The state has identified many flame retardant chemicals as being known to, or strongly suspected of, adversely impacting human health or development.”
*TB117-2013 requires that: "Manufacturers must mark an “X” next to the applicable statement. For the purposes of the disclosure, a product contains added flame retardant chemicals if the chemical is present in amounts above 1,000 parts per million."
Although some filling we get from our suppliers has a flame retardant amount LESS THAN 1,000 parts per million, we feel it's totally misleading to check the box that says "contain NO added flame retardant chemicals". Because it does have a flame retardant! That word "added" is confusing to the average consumer.
To be more clear, as with all bean bag companies, to comply with CA TB117-2013, products manufactured after 12/31/14 must be labeled a certain way. This makes them compliant. It is not required that they are flame retardant free. To our knowledge, all bean bags (not just ours) that are filled with polystyrene (styrofoam) will have flame retardants to some degree. CA TB117-2013 specifies parameters on how to label your bean bag, not that it doesn't have any FRs. Ahh! Products errs on the side of caution and labels products produced in 2015 and later to disclose that we DO have flame retardants, even if we could potentially select the TB 117-2013 option that we do NOT have "added" flame retardants because the flame retardant amount on some of our filling is below a certain threshold.
CA TB117-2013 can be misleading and some companies are taking advantage of the confusing wording. Please contact us directly for more information - we are happy to answer with complete honesty! If someone tells you their polystyrene does not have ANY flame retardants, you should question them thoroughly.
Remember, our covers and liners do NOT have flame retardants (except as clearly noted like our FR vinyl).
CAUTION: Keep plastic bags and filling away from children. Plastic bags and the small pellets when breathed in can cause suffocation! Loose filler is for filling products that have child-resistant, self-locking zippers or are permanently-sealed only. By purchasing this product, you are testifying that you are at least 18 years old and will use this product only for its intended purpose. Do NOT store near heat or flame.
How often do I have to refill my bean bag chairs? Answer: It depends on how much you use it, how you use it, and how poofy you like your chair. If it's used a lot by kids who jump in it, then some folks call within a few months to refill. Some never need refill because they like it flat. The average is about a year. The GOOD NEWS is: we rarely sell refill to the same person more than once for the same chair. The fill does not disappear, it just deflates, so 1 refill normally does the job. It's not an on-going maintenance issue, unless you've got people jumping into them or on them. Fortunately, unlike other bean bag companies, Ahh! Products customers get filling at a discount and our liners can actually be opened (see next FAQ about how to unzip your liners). The following chart will help you determine how much refill to buy to refill our bean bags, assuming they are about half-flat.
How do I unzip my bean bag liner: Answer: If you are refilling one of our Ahh Spot bean bag chairs, you'll find that our liners have child-resistent zippers. To "unlock" the zippers, you simply insert a paperclip into the zipper head. The paperclip becomes the temporary zipper-pull and will release a tiny tension bar inside the zipper head. Once you are done adding filler, just pull completely closed and remove the paperclip. Read more...
Why don't you use real bean for bean bag filler? Answer: Real beans, buckwheat hulls, etc. are really heavy when you fill an entire chair with them! Imagine the weight of 150 or more bags of beans from the grocery store! ...definitely takes away the easy portability! Plus, since they are natural vegetable materials, we worry about possible mold or other issues that may arise.
GET $20 off refill: Returning AHH! bean bag owners ONLY: Get $20 off on any size refill! Just submit a review located at the bottom of any bean bag product detail page (please review the bean bag that you own - Do Not submit a review under filler). Then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you a coupon code! *We will verify that you own our bean bag. We reserve the right to limit the amount of refill you can purchase at a discount.
How much Refill do I need:
|My Bean Bag is:||It is about half-deflated, so I need:|
|27" wide||4.5 cubic feet|
|32" wide||4.5 cubic feet|
|37" wide||4.5 cubic feet|
|52" wide||8 cubic feet|
*for the 27" and 32", you may have leftover refill. You likely need less than 4.5 cubic feet, but we do not offer smaller quantities.
There are 15 review(s) for Bean Bag Filler
by dooley – 13th Apr 2015
We love the beanbag but the refill process is not smooth-at least for us! It seems to be charged w/static electricity. It clung to everything and being contained in a giant plastic bag w/a giant opening made the fill process tricky to say the least. tho we tried to keep the bag opening small the fill went everywhere and attached itself to the 2 holding the opening of the beanbag and the person filling. I am still vacuuming it up a week later-floats everywhere. Also, the zipper on the liner was embedded at the very end. It took a solid 15 min getting loosened from the fabric only to find it had no pull tab on the zipper causing me to be creative and clamp hemostats on it to pull open the zipper. A pretty frustrating process all around but the quality of the fleece and beanbag is great I am surprised however, by those who say kids jump on it all the time and it holds it shape. we only had one incident of a kid (not the owner'skid) jumping on it and lost half its size immediately requiring the expense of a refill. 4 stars if your kid is responsible and doesn't use it like a trampoline.
by Unknown – 12th Aug 2014
I've been using The virgin refill bags for years for my work.... I love them thank you ahh products
by Revonda Burton – 9th Jul 2014
I buy bean bags for every grandchild that turns 2 year old! This is my third one and I will have one more to buy!!! :) These are the best bean bags. These kids have put them through the run and jump wringer and they look like new. One grandchild has had his for 7 years! Love these bean bags!
by Kelli – 14th Apr 2014
The bean bags are durable and well suited for the kids, but the filling deflated fairly quickly.
*Ahh! Products: Commercial use will tend to compress the filling quicker than residential use.
by Ronda – 22nd Oct 2013
I bought this for my son's room three years ago and am just coming back for a quick refill after all this time. The kids jump in it, the dog has chewed it, it has been washed several times and holds its color and never shrinks! My husband and son sit it in every night for stories and it hasn't shown any wear. I even have to drag our puppy out of it because she just adores it!
After three years I am just now coming back for refill - my 200+ pound husband and five year old son sit in it every night and the thing has held up really well. The only problem I have is that the dog loves it too much and chewed a little hole in the outer layer, but she left the inner layer alone, so I just flip it over without any leaks!
by Ruth – 19th Oct 2013
sent the giant bag to grandchildren who live in a different state. they enjoy it very much, and the parents like it too. will surprise them with the refill bag, and wait to hear how they like it fluffed up again.
by Ruth , Elyria, OH – 19th Oct 2013
bought the biggest bean bag for Grandchildren, and have really liked how ACTIVELY they enjoy the beanbag. They leap, jump, climb under and over, and once in a while sit still it this giant fun bag! after a couple of years, getting the refill , anticipating their continued enjoyment.
by Ruth, Elyria, OH – 18th Oct 2013
getting the refill for the giant bag. got this at my daughter's request for the grandsons and it has been a wonderful investment in fun, comfort, creative play, and energetic play! they love to leap off the couch and into the bag. over and over and over again!
by Jana, Vilonia, AR – 15th Oct 2013
Love our beanbags, going to order a refill. Quality is there so do not want to toss the bags!
by Val Wedler – 30th Jul 2013
Bought an Ahhh bean bag for my grandson several years ago and it was getting a bit flat...Replaced filling with the virgin beads and we should be good for another 6-7 years..Love, LOVE, these bean bags and the excellent quality and service provided! Have ordered more bags for other grandkids over the years as they will outlast anything else on the market. You definitely get what you pay for with Ahhh bags!!!
by Alan – 29th Jul 2013
There is a very happy 7 year old thanks to your beanbag "beans"! Thanks for everything.
by Stephanie – 7th Apr 2013
After having our Ahh! bean bags for two years, they were getting pretty flat. The recommended filler was the perfect amount to get our two bags big and fluffy again. And the Loyalty Coupon was very much appreciated! Thank you!
by Paul, Vermont – 3rd Jan 2013
You are the only company that I found that has bean bag filling that is small enough. I have bean bags from Italy and your filling works perfectly. Everyone else has chunky or pieces that are too big.
by Robert, New York – 2nd Jan 2013
Filled my bean bag chair right up, now it's not a flat pancake anymore and my kids can use it again. Great product. It was a little messy because we accidentally spilled some, but we managed!
by Thomas – 2nd Jan 2013
Just wanted to let you know that the styrofoam beads you sent worked perfectly. I changed out the shredded foam and replaced it with your filling and my bean bag sits so much better now. I don't fall off the side anymore LOL! Thanks a lot.