How to Make a Beanbag Chair Out of Used Coffee Bean Bags

How to Make a Beanbag Chair Out of Used Coffee Bean Bags

How to Make a Beanbag Chair Out of Used Coffee Bean Bags


Making your own beanbag chair is a fun DIY project that allows you to recycle used coffee bean bags into a comfortable piece of furniture. Beanbag chairs are a popular, casual seating option that can be used in living rooms, bedrooms, dorm rooms, offices, and more. The best part is that they are inexpensive and easy to make with materials you likely already have at home.

In this comprehensive guide, I will walk you through each step of constructing a beanbag chair out of repurposed burlap coffee bags, from gathering supplies to sewing and filling the bag. With just a few simple tools and materials, you can create a cozy, environmentally-friendly chair to enjoy for years to come!

What You’ll Need

Constructing a beanbag chair is a relatively easy craft, but there are some key supplies you’ll need to get started:

Coffee Bean Bags

  • Collect at least 6-8 large burlap sacks that held coffee beans. The bags should be 12 inches wide and 18 inches tall or larger. Make sure they are cleaned out.
  • Burlap is ideal as it is durable and breathable. Canvas will also work.


  • A good pair of sharp scissors for cutting through the thick burlap fabric with ease.

Needle & Thread

  • Heavy duty upholstery thread and needle to sew the bags together.


  • Straight pins to pin the fabric before sewing.


  • Polystyrene beads are a common beanbag filler. You’ll need 10-20 lbs for an adult-sized chair.

Tape (optional)

  • Duct tape or packing tape to seal up the bags as you fill the chair.

Steps to Construct the Beanbag Chair

Follow these step-by-step instructions to turn recycled coffee bags into a comfy beanbag chair:

1. Prepare the Burlap Bags

First, inspect each bag to ensure it has been emptied of coffee beans. Use scissors to remove any tags or ties.

Cut a 3-4 inch opening on one side of each bag. This opening will be used to fill the beanbag later on.

2. Arrange & Pin the Bags

Lay the bags out on the floor and experiment with different arrangements. Generally, you’ll want to overlap the bags slightly and alternate the seams in each row.

Once you have a shape you like, use straight pins to connect the layers of burlap. Pin each seam you intend to sew.

3. Sew the Bags Together

Thread your needle with upholstery thread. In long stitches, sew up each pinned seam to join the coffee bags together.

Remove the pins as you work. Double-stitch over each seam for durability.

4. Fill the Beanbag Shape with Filler

With the seams sewn, turn your connected bags right side out. Through the 3-4 inch opening, pour in polystyrene beads to fill the shape.

Add 10-20 lbs of beads for a standard adult-sized beanbag. Pour beads into each section and distribute evenly.

5. Seal the Opening

Once the bag is filled to your desired density, use duct tape or packing tape to securely seal the opening you filled through.

Make sure no beads can escape through gaps. Consider double-taping for a tighter seal.

6. Fluff & Enjoy Your Beanbag!

Fluff the beanbag with your hands to break up any clumps of filler. Your upcycled coffee bag chair is now ready to use and enjoy!

Rearrange the beads periodically for even filling and maximal comfort.

Tips & Tricks

  • For a smaller child’s beanbag, use 3-5 bags and 5-10 lbs of filler.

  • Get creative with different fabrics – try a patchwork style with mixed prints & colors.

  • Add a removable cover for easy washing. Use a zippered cover over your sewn bags.

  • If beads escape through seams, secure gaps with fabric glue or additional stitching.

  • For super softness, use a Shredded Memory Foam filling instead of polystyrene.

With a little time and effort, you can create a fantastic recycled beanbag chair for free using old coffee bags. It’s a budget-friendly project that’s perfect for beginners and crafty pros alike. So grab some burlap sacks and make yourself a cozy new spot to lounge!