About this project
BEAN ABOUT ™ | The foldable beanbag that goes anywhere!
The Bean About is the evolution of the good old beanbag. It’s as comfortable & supportive as a full size beanbag, and with its clever, original design, it’s as portable as a backpack!
Andy and I love the supreme comfort of the iconic beanbag and after one too many kids’ parties, uncomfortably standing about or sitting in the grass we thought... Wouldn't it be great to have a small, foldable beanbag that you could take anywhere!
Up until then, we, like most people, considered the Beanbag to be a predominantly large, static indoor piece of furniture. We loved it, but it just wasn’t practical to take anywhere we wanted to.
We felt the Beanbag should and could evolve into something that would better suit our family’s active outdoor lifestyle. So we set out to create:
- A beanbag that was compact enough to be folded
- One with an innovative design that allowed it to be carried anywhere easily
- While retaining the iconic cozy comfort of the classic Beanbag
That started us on this journey. We have been planning strategies, drawing designs, testing fabrics, and relaxing in prototypes for the past three years, and we’re just getting going.
This journey has been made easier through working with some of the most talented textile professionals in Sydney. The careful craftsmanship and skill of these women has been instrumental in making this unique product look and feel fantastic.
Designing the Bean About
We knew that supporting the spine was the most important thing when it came to designing the Bean About, but we also wanted to retain enough wrap around comfort to keep it cozy.
Finding just the right amount of beans to keep the Bean About compact yet iconic was a matter of fine-tuning. It’s unique design allows for a minimum amount of beans. In-fact, we use LESS THAN HALF of an average adult sized beanbag. This makes it light enough for kids, compact enough to be folded, and easier to carry, while minimizing the impact on the environment.
Then we added straps to the back of the bag for portability, 2 pockets on the outside to secure valuables, and 3 more pockets on the inside for a drink, some snacks, and anything else one might need while relaxing at the park or on the beach.
Using bean distribution the Bean About operates best when it’s just over half full so that it can be folded. Then due to weight distribution the Bean About feels completely full when you're seated!
The bag is deployed by unhooking the wooden toggle and shaking the beans down to the pointed end to create your back rest.
Once the beans are there just flip the bag onto the ground like laying a picnic blanket. This will hold the beans firmly in the backrest area.
Give the beans a little pat around the centre of the bag to move some down towards your bottom area before taking a seat.
When you're ready to go, just shake the beans back to the blunt end, lay the bag on the ground and fasten the toggle. It’s as simple as that.
There are so many ways you can sit or lay on your Bean About. Upright for conversations at a picnic or lounging low to take a nap or read a book. Just adjust your beans to the way you like it.
"Our Bean About goes from the kids footy to picnics to the beach to the balcony. We store it in the car so there's always a comfy seat on hand. Wouldn't be without it! "
Rachel Rodd, Bondi Junction, NSW, Australia.
"As a pretty big guy (over 2 meters and 110 kgs), it can be difficult to find comfortable seating to take with me when I go to the park or the beach. Not only did I find the Bean About easy to carry, it supported my back no matter where I was, which made it super comfortable to sit or lounge in."
Olatundji Akpo-Sani, Tamarama, NSW, Australia.
Each adult Bean About should hold approximately 71 mls of polystyrene beans. Polystyrene beans come in bags of 100 ml so keep the left over beans to top up your Bean About occasionally. There is NEVER any need to throw your beans away as a topped up bag is just as comfortable as a newly filled one! Keep your beans and reuse them over and over again.
FILLING YOUR BAG
When filling, slow down just over the halfway point then test the foldability. If it’s easily folded, then fill a little more. It’s perfect just before the point where you can no longer fold and fasten.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR BAG
The Bean About is a spot wash outdoor product, so if you get the occasional mud or grass stain on it, just get some hot soapy water and sponge the area down to remove the stain before hanging it outside to dry on a sunny day.
To begin with we will offer 2 adult and 3 creative kids designs made from durable, waterproof, polyester. The kid’s bags are 7% smaller in size and a custom fit for little ones as young as 3.
Our kid’s bags are extra special because they represent 3 critically endangered species... the Tiger, Mountain Gorilla and Rock Wallaby. Through your support we will be making quarterly donations to 3 front line organisations fighting to preserve these amazing creatures:
- Virunga National Park and
- The Australian Wildlife Conservancy
We will also be telling their stories and sharing fascinating facts about these animals on our website and blog to bring awareness to their situation.
In addition to conservation, we love the diversity and expression of art and have commissioned the amazing Mulga the Artist to design the Mountain Gorilla bag, featuring Julio the Tree Hugger (also available on t-shirts at the $25 and $35 pledge level). This focus on art and conservation will be something we continue over time by promoting artists and worthy causes. Not only do we want to be comfortable in our world. We want a better world to be comfortable in.
Watch Mulga the Artist in action and see his illustration come to life!
A colourful choice of supportive Bean About T-shirts by Mulga the Artist
Our Funding Goal is...
Where the money will go...
- Manufacturing cost: $17500
- Compliance testing: $2000
- Shipping costs: $4000
- Website creation: $4000
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Risks and challenges
The Bean About is at the final sample stage. We are ensuring the product is just right and made to our high quality standards. This process is going well, and we are working with an international partner to ensure everything is done competently and correctly.
Our products still need to go through final compliance testing to ensure international compliance and safety standards are met. This takes around 2 weeks and could hold things up slightly if something needs to be changed. However, after a lot of research and advice on our product design, we have not been forewarned of any problems and continually ensure that all of our components are tried and tested.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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