Bean Bag: Why Every Office Should Have One

Today’s office-scapes are all about sparking creativity, inviting ideas, and fully embracing a spirit of equality and inclusion.  As such, it’s important that when planning your office space, you take care to ensure the feel and mood of your office fully embraces these ideas while still maintaining enough office-like integrity so that work gets done and space is used efficiently.  This can be a real challenge to those of us who have previously only worked in standard wooden-desk-and-chair office spaces.  Fortunately, the task of creating a workable office space that also embodies creativity isn’t that difficult.  Simply using a bean bag in your office can provide a space that’s inviting and warm.  It’s hard to imagine how using a bean bag chair in an office could remain professional, but it is definitely possible.  Here are some great reasons why every office should have a bean bag.  


  • Bean bags in the office spark creativity.  In any industry, you want to surround yourself with employees and co-workers who are imaginative and always looking for better and more effective ways to get the job done.  Imagination and creativity are stifled in an office setting with no color or comfort.  Creativity requires a safe place where workers feel encouraged and comfortable to think outside the box.  Supplying a bean bag chair in an office setting immediately puts workers at ease.  It presents an opportunity that is inviting.  It also shows that the company is looking for employees who think outside the box. When an employee feels comfortable and safe, they are more likely to present ideas that are unique, and with unique ideas come better ways to do business.  


  • Bean bags in the office save space.  Unlike a giant desk and chair, a bean bag offers an alternative to the standard workspace.  While a desk and chair are great for some, many people thrive in an environment where they feel more relaxed.  A bean bag chair is a great way for many workers to stay comfortable while working.  Using a bean bag can eliminate a chair at the very least, and in many cases, a bean bag can eliminate the need for a desk.  With so much of our work being done on a think pad or tablet, the need for a desk is becoming quite obsolete.  Using a bean bag instead of a desk can save valuable space for an employer who has limited space with which to work.  


  • Bean bag chairs provide additional seating when needed.  Sometimes we have a need for a conference room, but sometimes we don’t.  It’s expensive and a waste of space to reserve a room specifically for conferences that only happen once in a while.  Instead of dedicating precious space to a large table and uncomfortable chairs, use the space for something else, and when additional seating is needed, toss a few bean bags into the room.  The use of bean bags for additional office seating has become popular in recent years as they encourage employees to gather and share ideas.  Using bean bags for additional seating in a personal office, break rooms, and conference rooms is a great way to save money and bring employees together in a more inviting and comfortable way.  


The use of bean bag chairs in an office is a great idea.  Although many may think it unprofessional, nothing could be further from the truth.  For companies that truly want to think outside of the box, using bean bags to encourage employees to gather and share ideas can be a great way to foster a sense of creativity and imagination.  Employees may feel more comfortable and at ease sharing and exchanging information in a setting that feels warm and inviting. 


Alex is a small business blogger with a focus on entrepreneurship and growth. With over 5 years of experience covering the startup and small business landscape, Alex has a reputation for being a knowledgeable, approachable and entrepreneurial-minded blogger. He has a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing small business owners, and is able to provide actionable advice and strategies for success. Alex has interviewed successful entrepreneurs, and covered major small business events such as the Small Business Expo and the Inc. 500|5000 conference. He is also a successful entrepreneur himself, having started and grown several small businesses in different industries.