Did you have a bean bag when you were younger? It feels like owning one was a very 80s rite of passage, as was the inevitable disaster when they split and spilt foam beads everywhere, into every corner of the floor…
Fast-forward a few decades (!) and we’ve been testing out the Great Little Trading Company Pyramid washable bean bag to see if this modern-day version is our bag.
We’ve been looking for either a big cushion or bean bag for a while for the girls – we wanted something that was portable but didn’t take up too much floor space, that they could cosy up in when reading. We also wanted it to be comfortable for those super-early morning moments when only CBeebies will do, to hopefully give us a little bit more space in the bed and about five more precious minutes of nap time.
So what did we really like about the GLTC Washable Pyramid bean bag?
- The shape of the bean bag is really clever – the pyramid design means you can wedge into it and don’t risk rolling off as you inevitably do with the rounder designs. There’s also always a thick layer of base to sit on and surround you at all times
- Despite being designed for one child, it’s big enough that we can generally have two of them sat on there
- One of the genius things about the cotton cover it is that it zips off and you can wash it (considering the amount of potentially messy snacks my children eat, it’s bound to need this at some point).
- Fearers of potential foam bead spillages take note; the beads are contained in another heavy cotton inner bag that’s sewn tightly shut:
- There means there is hopefully a minimal risk of splitting, even when small children use it as a landing mat…
- There’s also a cotton loop at the top for carrying it around which would also be useful if you want to hang it up, out of the way
Colour-wise, hands up here, I didn’t choose the pink (I would have gone for the lovely neutral grey, or the navy, and there’s also rainbow coloured confetti and dots, too).
But the pink-chooser loves it a lot. And it’s a vibrant and bold colour and the design is simple; definitely, no garish character prints here as you do often see with bean bags.
And is it comfortable? Yes! It’s squishy without being too slippery to sit on therefore it makes a really cosy reading nest. And as we’ve found, it’s a good backrest for any adults watching TV on the floor.
At £75 it is more than your average character-design one. However, it’s brilliant quality, looks great and is really comfortable; we’re buying another one….for the children. Really.
We were sent the Washable Pyramid bean bag from GLTC for this review…I bought E’s spotty charity pyjamas from here…and here’s some more posts…the things Kirstie and Phil don’t tell you about building work and how to make a felt ball garland and magnetic chalkboard wall