Soap Central

Nov 3, 2006

Ann Tancio


A New Place to Curl Up and Watch the Soaps

On the day that the Sumo Omni arrived, I was taken aback by the enormity of the FedEx shipping box. Maybe I shouldn’t have been. After all, the Omni measures about 4.5′ x 5.5′. For whatever reason, I expected to need a helping hand to lug the box inside. Of course, being stuffed with probably a billion virgin polystyrene foam balls, the Omni was light as a feather.

Still, I have to admit that I didn’t see what that hubbub was about. It’s a big – really big – bean bag chair.

I put the Omni down on the hardwood floors in my living room and took a few minutes to look at it. I took a deep breath and plopped down in the middle of the chair. Almost instantly those billions of little foam balls started pushing and fighting to get out of the way and find a spot where they would better cushion my body. I wriggled and wiggled around for a while, trying to see if I could make the chair uncomfortable. I couldn’t. I was truly amazed at how comfortable the Omni felt. And remember, I was sitting on hardwood floors without any sort of carpet, rug or other cushion.

Its exterior is available in one of eight different colors ranging from midnight blue (my choice), black, white and more exotic colors like tangerine and hot pink – but the Omni is surprisingly versatile. According to the Omni’s website, the item can be molded and shaped into eight different designs. “What’s your favorite position?” the web site asks provocatively.

The Omni is large enough to seat two people, perhaps as you and your loved one watch television. It can also be used to curl up and take a nap, sort of like a doggie pillow for humans. Of course, the Omni is also suitable for dorm rooms, the kid’s room or as a comfortable waterside reading spot.

My Omni gets a work out moving from the living room when I want to watch television on the big screen to my office when I curl up for a marathon session of soap episodes to the guest bedroom where visitors curiously ask me, “What is that?”

That is something far more than just your average beanbag chair.

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