How to Buy Polystyrene Beads

Polystyrene beads are the little balls you find inside beanbags and from time to time it is used as protective packaging material.

They can be used to stuff craft projects, refill and refresh your beanbag, protect fragile goods when packing to ship items in the mail or when moving and as faux snow in decorating projects.

Visit your local craft store, and ask a representative if the store sells polystyrene beads for craft projects.

Ask at furniture stores, especially furniture stores that sell beanbag chairs, if you can buy replacement beads. They may not have them in the store, but should be able to order them for you.

Shop online sites like My Freaky Family and Bean Bag Refill to buy bulk bags of polystyrene beads.

Inquire at your local post office, FedEx or UPS store. They may have polystyrene beads for packaging they would be willing to sell you.

Check Craigslist for listings and visit yard sales. You may find people selling old beanbags you could recycle or bulk bags of polystyrene beads.

Things You Will Need

  • Credit card or Paypal account


  • Polystyrene beads may become a choking hazard and should not be ingested.

About the Author

Jennifer Hudock is an author, editor and freelancer from Pennsylvania. She has upcoming work appearing in two Library of the Living Dead Press anthologies and has been published in numerous print and online journals, including eMuse, Real TV Addict and Strange Horizons. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing from Bloomsburg University.