What's the difference between a bean bag chair and a foam filled chair?
Bean bags and foam filled chairs generally look the same, but there's a world of difference. A bean bag chair is filled with polystyrene beads, dried beans, or a similar substance.
A foam chair is filled with foam, usually furniture-grade foam similar to that used in couches and arm chairs. Foam is more durable, more resilient, and it bounces back and keeps its shape longer.
Both foam chairs and bean bag chairs are anatomic furniture, meaning that they adjust to the shape of the person using it. People "plop down" onto a foam-filled or bean bag chair for a typically soft seating experience.
But a foam-filled chair is much more comfortable and consistent in performance. Because the foam is superior to beads, it lasts longer and keeps a consistent shape and comfort level. Many people comment that a foam chair is the most comfortable furniture they've ever sat on.
Bean bags are famous for "bursting" which sends their tiny beads everywhere causing a cleaning nightmare. Foam chairs don't have that problem. Xorbee foam-filled chairs and pillows are filled with pieces of foam that are about the size of a fist, and they are encased in an inner liner.