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The different types of hanging chairs
There are countless hanging chairs available on the market - but which one is right for you?
A hanging chair is any chair supported by a rope or chain that sits off the ground.
Let’s take a look at the most popular types of hanging chairs and their distinctive features.
Ceiling-mounted hanging chair
With a spreader bar, it is possible to attach a hanging chair to the ceiling of a balcony, pergola or interior room.
These chairs often come in a popular boho design, adding a stylish touch to your space.
Remember to double-check whether your balcony ceiling can safely support the chair and your weight.
After all, you don’t want a construction disaster on your hands!
Alternatively, hang your chair from a load-bearing wall or even a sturdy tree branch in your garden.
With a mounted hanging chair, like the VonHaus Blue and White Striped Hanging Chair, the possibilities are endless.
Standalone hanging chair
A standalone hanging chair comes with a metal frame that holds it off the ground without needing to mount it anywhere.
This type of chair is much easier to build and can be placed anywhere around your home.
You can even move the hanging chair stand between your inside space and garden.
The standalone chair usually comes in the form of an egg chair or hanging bubble chair.
The Dunelm Singapore Hanging Egg Chair is an excellent standalone option.
Fabric chairs, often called hanging chair pods, are popular and affordable.
It closely resembles a hanging cocoon chair and is typically made of cotton cloth.
These chairs can be attached to a spreader bar mounted to the ceiling.
Fabric chairs are known for their adaptability, providing a comfortable and relaxing experience.
Net chairs are a great choice for those seeking a more elegant option.
A rope hanging chair features a seat made of net woven from cotton cords and can be hung from the ceiling.
Remember that net chairs can become uncomfortable over time without a good seat cushion.
Carefully consider the quality and material of the accompanying seat cushion to ensure optimal comfort.
For example, the Vounot Swing Chair has the perfect cushion to keep you comfy all day without any rope or net digging into your legs.
Wicker hanging chair
Hanging wicker chairs are considered the most modern and aesthetically pleasing type of hanging chair.
But they are generally more expensive due to the woven poly rattan material.
They are highly regarded for their durability and weatherproof characteristics, making them an ideal option for outdoor seating.
How to hang your new chair correctly
If you have chosen a ceiling-mounted hanging chair, you need to learn how to install it correctly and safely.
Installing an indoor hanging chair
It is important to choose the right hardware for installation. ⚒️
Here are a few tips to consider when installing your indoor hanging egg chair:
1. Select screws and dowels suitable for the hanging chair's weight.
2. Locate a sturdy ceiling joist or beam to ensure proper support.
3. If available, use a swivel joint on the rope to allow the chair to rotate 360 degrees.
Remember to follow any specific instructions the manufacturer provides and be careful.
Is it safe to hang a chair from your ceiling?
Hanging a chair from your ceiling can be safe if done correctly.
It all comes down to your ceiling structure and whether it can support the weight of the chair and the person using it.
You can't hang your chair from anywhere in your ceiling; you need to look for the strongest point.
You should attach the chair to a load-bearing ceiling joist or beam for optimal stability.
If you are unsure about ceiling joists and strength, consult a professional or consider using a hanging chair with a standalone frame instead.
Better to be safe than sorry!
Besides, the Dunelm Singapore Egg Chair is a great standalone option.
Installing an outdoor hanging chair
When installing a hanging garden chair, it is important to consider the weather conditions in your area.
Choose a suitable location that provides enough space and clearance for the swinging chair to move freely.
If you have a sturdy pergola in your garden, you could install your hanging garden egg chair onto the strongest point.
Double check it is strong enough, and always consult the manufacturing instructions if you're unsure.
If you're installing a garden egg chair with a standalone frame, assemble it according to the manufacturer's instructions and place it on a flat and stable surface.
Remember to ensure the chair is securely anchored to prevent tipping or movement while sitting in it.
You could place a few bricks on the chair's base to keep it secured to the ground. 🧱
How much room do you need for a hanging chair?
The amount of room required for a hanging swing chair depends on its size and desired range of motion.
This will prevent any collisions with walls, furniture, or other objects.
You should also consider the height clearance to ensure the chair has enough vertical space for swinging without obstruction.
As a general guideline, aim for between 40 to 50 cm (16 x 20 inches) underneath the chair so you can swing freely.
You may opt to hang the chair a little higher if you're on the taller side.
Colours, designs and sizes for hanging chairs
Hanging chairs come in all different shapes and sizes, but which one is right for you?
Hanging chairs come in countless different colours to match your style and decor.
The most popular hanging chairs tend to be in neutral tones, like black, white, grey, light grey, brown, anthracite, taupe, and beige.
Whether you prefer a sleek and modern look or a more vibrant and playful aesthetic, there is a colour that can complement your space.
The most popular hanging chairs often feature boho styles with fringes and macramé designs, like the Vounot Swing Chair.
The basket hanging chair, often called an egg chair, is also a popular option with a rattan composition and metal stand.
The egg-shaped design provides a cosy, sheltered feeling and the perfect reading nook.
Bear in mind that some hanging basket chairs can be quite uncomfortable and make you feel secluded from others sitting around you, depending on the design.
Consider your personal taste and the overall ambience you want to create when choosing the perfect hanging chair for your home.
The size of a hanging chair is an important consideration to ensure it fits well in your intended space.
Choose between a single, triple or double hanging chair for your family.
There are even XXL sizes for those who prefer extra space or want to share the chair with others.
Measure the available area where you plan to hang the chair and consider the dimensions of the chair you are interested in.
The smaller cloth hanging chairs are suitable for balconies or more compact spaces, while larger two seaters provide ample room for couples or families.
Opt for a size that suits your space and seating requirements to ensure a comfortable and functional hanging chair experience.
Alternatives to hanging chairs
If hanging chairs aren't your cup of tea, these alternatives can provide an equally enjoyable and relaxing experience.
One popular choice is a hanging hammock chair, offering a comfortable lying position for those who prefer to recline or want to take a break from sitting.
When setting up a chair hammock, ensure you have two sturdy points to attach it and avoid stretching it too tightly, as it can result in discomfort.
Scroll up to read how to hang a chair safely.
Another alternative worth considering is a sun lounger or a Hollywood swing.
These options come with the added benefit of a sun canopy and are easily foldable, making them convenient for outdoor relaxation. ⛱️
Some even come with a separate footrest to put your feet up and enjoy a cocktail or two in your back garden.
Whether enjoying a lazy afternoon or soaking up the sun, these alternatives provide a comfortable and stylish seating option.
Elevate your summer garden with a hanging chair
Hanging chairs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
A hanging garden chair is the perfect piece of furniture to add a boho touch to your summer parties or relaxing Sundays.
Use our recommendations to find the best chair for your family, and make sure to install it safely.