Through all the hustle and extraneous amount of studying going on in college, you’re going to need some areas within your dorm to chill – that’s what we call, chill dorm room chairs. Now, while looking for a chair or some healthy mixture of bean bag and paradise, there’s a few things that you’re going to want to know beforehand while making a decision because some of these chairs aren’t something you’re going to want to waste money on but will be the best investment you ever made. We’re going to take you through a variety of different options, compare some of the pros and cons, then help you make a decision on what will suit you best. Sound fair? Alright, let’s get started.
We’ve put bean bags first because they’re objectively the best kind of chair that you can get for dorm rooms. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, I once purchased a bean bag in my first year college and guess what, 8 years late, I still have it. I may be living what some consider a “bachelor lifestyle” but all that really means is I have one fork, one spoon, one plate, and one knife – for my dinner and I cook for one. It’s not all as luxurious as it’s hyped up to be, trust me. Anyways, this list could effectively end right here, right now, and that would be better than a home cooked meal from the parents. But to be serious for a moment, bean bags are actually awesome. Here are a few of the reasons why bean bags are the best sort of chair you can have in your dorm room and a few stories about why I felt necessary as listing this as numero uno:
Wooden chairs scrape along the carpet and make horrible squeaky noises on anything else, and they’re heavy and cumbersome to move. You know that sound of nails on a chalk board? Well, I really hate it and bean bags have never scarred me that way. Bean bags are extremely quiet and just there when you need them. If you can’t sleep and it’s the middle of the night, no worries, just head out into our living room and plop down into your ninja bag, no one is going to hear a thing while you eat your top ramen and watch Desperate Housewives. I’m here to keep you on your roommates good side, and bear in mind that this sort of thing becomes important when you’re living away from home- the people underneath your room wouldn’t like to hear you scraping your chairs across the floor.
Most would say they can’t be drawn up to a dining table (but if you do have one of these in your dorm room then you probably don’t need to worry about space). That isn’t true. There have been many occasions where my dorm roommates welcomed me at our dining table from bean bag. Sure, at first it may have seemed a little strange but they got used to it, they always do.
If your university days are going to be anything like mine, this is something you will need to know: how, when and where you sleep is going to be more important than ever. So what’s better than a chair that doubles as a bed, should the need or urge arise? You can’t sleep comfortably for eight hours in a stiff backed dining room chair. You can in a bean bag. And don’t shy away from getting the large bag, it’s huge enough to fit my 6’1 butt and some more comfortably. Below is a picture of my college girlfriend enjoying my bean bag (just kidding, I had a late awkward phase and she’s too cute for me anyway.)
I actually didn’t really know what folding butterfly chairs were until I started my research and went to test them out. If you can imagine, a grown man, well 28 years old, heading into a Target to ask for folding butterfly chairs, the weird looks I got…
Well, long story short, I wanted to list these as our second pick for this list because of their functionality and cheap price. Like I said, I wasn’t sure what they were and if you weren’t either, here’s my definition: they’re those folding camping chairs normally made of canvas; they’re designed to be the most basic chair, the very essence of ‘the chair’ with all the frills, bells and whistles taken out. We’re talking no electric reclining action, no foot massage attached with bubble bath, we’re missing surround sound stereo systems, no back massage or rolling pin of “make my horrible week go away” kind of luxury I’m used to but, for the price, it’s hard to say no. If you’re confident like me, you’ll want to work on your salesmanship skills to convince your friends who haven’t bathed in a few days to use this chair, rather than your bed.
If you’re meeting friends at the park for a barbecue or pre-gaming before the football game, you won’t have to sit on the grass like all the other peasants: you can lord it over them with your chair. Butterfly chairs are designed to be really light and easy to carry, so getting there and back won’t be a hassle. Some actually pack small enough that you can take them to festivals. No more green jeans from sitting on the grass for you!
The humble office chair
Last but not least, the humble office rolly chair is our third choice for your dorm room. They can be found almost anywhere, both new and second hand, and in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you shouldn’t have any difficulty getting your hands on one.