Best Hanging Chairs

The Best Hanging Chairs UK (2024)

Last updated: 19.03.2024 Reading time: 12 Min.

The viral Aldi Hanging Egg Chair has been stalking your social media for the last few years, and you’ve finally decided to bite the bullet.

Only every time you go to buy one of the viral egg chairs from Aldi, B&M or IKEA they are sold out.

Every single time. 🤦‍♀️

So, we decided to find a few alternatives and dare we say, they are better than those viral items.

In this post, we look at the different sizes, designs and materials available for hanging chairs and the best suppliers to purchase them from.

hanging chair in living space
Budget-Friendly

VonHaus Hanging Chair Blue and White Striped

Introducing the VonHaus Hanging Chair, where comfort and style meet affordability.
  • Polycotton blend 
  • 120 kg (265 lbs) weight limit 
  • Indoor & outdoor use

 

Tell me more about the VonHaus Hanging Chair

The VonHaus Hanging Chair is made from white and blue striped cotton, which is durable and lightweight. 

Its padded seat and back provide an extra layer of comfort, ensuring a blissful lounging experience.

Versatility is key with this chair, as it can be used indoors or outdoors. 

The portable and compact design makes it easy to transport and store, allowing you to enjoy comfort wherever you go.

Setting up the chair is a breeze, thanks to the included instructions.

Reasons to buy

2-year guarantee 

Easy to transport and store

Budget-friendly 

Reasons to avoid

Customers have mixed opinions on the size

Best For Storage

VOUNOT Swing Chair with Seat Cushion

The Vounot Swing Chair is a budget-friendly and space-saving hanging option.
  • Cotton polyester
  • 120 kg (265 lbs) weight limit 
  • Indoor and outdoor use 

 

Tell me more about the Vounot Swing Chair

The Vounot Swing Chair features a bohemian chic style and a heavy-duty steel hanging kit for stability and safety. 

Just remember that with a hanging chair like this, your ceiling will also need to be strong enough to support your weight in this chair.

The chair even comes with a thick cushion for a little extra comfort while you’re lounging in the swing on a hot summer’s day. 

You can hang it indoors or outdoors, in a baby's room, bedroom, reading room, garden, patio balcony, yard, porch, patio, deck, or bar. 

Its versatility and functionality make it a charming addition to any space and super affordable, too! 

Reasons to buy

Stylish macrame design 

Extra pocket to store your things 

Reasons to avoid

Some customers have issues with quality 

Compact Design

Argos Habitat Malta Double Steel Garden Hanging Chair

This hand-woven swinging chair features a natural rattan design and soft grey washable cushions.
  • Luxurious, hand-woven rattan effect chair. 
  • A sturdy steel frame supports up to two people.
  • Easy to assemble and dismantle for convenient storage.

The Habitat Malta Double Steel Hanging Chair has a hand-woven design with a hood and soft grey washable cushions.

The chair is constructed with a robust rattan effect and steel. It supports two people.

The assembly is straightforward, but requires two people to put it together. 

In the colder seasons, you can easily dismantle the frame and store the chair inside, away from the elements. 

The chair comes with a 1-year manufacturer's guarantee.

Reasons to buy:

  • Comfortable, washable design.
  • Supports two people.
  • Easy to dismantle and store.

Reasons to avoid:

  • Needs self-assembly.
  • Heavy and may be hard to move.

What types of hanging chairs are available?

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, a hanging chair can be attached to the ceiling of a balcony, pergola, or interior room.

A spreader bar allows you to attach your hanging chair on either side of the bar, spreading the weight load and keeping the chair suspended.

These chairs often come in a popular boho design, adding a stylish touch to your space.

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!

hanging chair next to tree
A spreader bar can help distribute your weight.

Alternatively, hang your chair from a load-bearing wall or 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.

BUY VONHAUS HANGING CHAIR£ 29.99

Fabric chair

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 chair

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.

BUY VOUNOT SWING CHAIR WITH CUSHION£ 24.85

Standalone hanging chair

A standalone hanging chair comes with a metal frame that holds it off the ground without needing to be mounted anywhere.

This type of chair is much easier to build and can be placed anywhere around your home. 🪑

two standalone hanging chairs
Hanging chairs are a great conversation piece!

You can 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.

Wicker hanging chair

Hanging wicker chairs are considered the most modern and aesthetically pleasing type of hanging chair.

However, 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.

What to look for in a good hanging chair

When shopping for the best swinging chair, it is essential to consider the different features that make it suitable for your home.

Suspension

One of the key features to consider when purchasing a hanging chair is the suspension system.

A suspension mechanism in hanging chairs uses a robust rope or chain connected to a secure point above, like a ceiling beam or tree branch, to distribute the chair's weight evenly.

A suspension system allows the chair to float off the ground while ensuring stability and safety for the user.

This helps to dampen jerky movements and allows for a gentle rocking motion. ⚙️

Weight

It is important to consider the weight of the hanging chair, especially when assembling and installing it.

Cloth-hanging chairs are typically lighter, weighing around 3 kg (7 lbs), while rattan models can weigh up to 10 kg (22 lbs).

The VonHaus Hanging Chair is a great option for a lighter chair, weighing only 2.25 kg (5 lbs).

BUY VONHAUS HANGING CHAIR£ 29.99

Durability

Durability is crucial for a hanging garden chair.

Look for chairs made from weather-resistant and robust materials like poly rattan or FSC-certified [1] tropical wood. ♻️

woman holding eco friendly sign
We love finding products made from eco-friendly materials with an FSC certification.

Take the Habitat Malta Double Garden Chair, for example.

BUY HABITAT MALTA DOUBLE STEEL HANGING CHAIR£ 500

These materials are known for their ability to withstand different weather conditions and provide long-lasting durability.

Some hanging chairs also come with a guarantee, which helps to keep the buyer protected and ensure durability.

Comfort

Comfort is essential when it comes to hanging chairs.

Ensure the chair provides adequate support and cushioning for a comfortable sitting experience.

Man looking happy
A great cushion makes for a better hanging chair experience.

Look for models with high-quality seat cushions made from materials such as cotton or polyester.

You could also read customer reviews from customers with similar comfort needs to you.

Pay attention to the sagging of the chair and ensure it offers proper support for your body.

For example, the Vounot Swing Chair has a high-quality cushion for a super cosy hanging experience.

BUY VOUNOT SWING CHAIR WITH CUSHION£ 24.85

Weather resistance

If you are looking for a garden hanging chair, weather resistance is a crucial feature to consider. 🌧️

A hanging rattan chair made from poly rattan can withstand frost, rain and sun year-round.

Just remember to check if the cushions have removable and washable covers so they are easy to clean and maintain.

Design

The most popular hanging chairs, like the Vounot Swing Chair, often feature boho styles with fringes and macramé designs.

BUY VOUNOT SWING CHAIR WITH CUSHION£ 24.85

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.

If you find this is the case, we recommend trying an outdoor chair and sunlounger instead.

Consider your personal taste and the overall ambience you want to create when choosing the perfect hanging chair for your home.

Size

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.

people-sat-on-outdoor-sofa
Pair your hanging chair with a large outdoor sofa for parties!

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 the 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.

How to set up your new hanging chair

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 when installing your hanging chair from ceiling joists.

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.

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.

hammock hanging off trees
Make sure you're hanging it safely, whether it's an egg chair or hammock.

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. 🧱

The different hanging chair materials

Each hanging chair material comes with its own set of disadvantages and advantages.

Hanging rattan chair

Rattan is a natural and sturdy material derived from the rattan palm tree [2]. 🌴

The pros of rattan hanging chairs include their charming rustic look and suitability for indoor use.

However, a rattan hanging egg chair is not as weather-resistant as other materials and requires outdoor protection from the elements.

egg chair on balcony
Make sure your balcony chair is weather-resistant!

That’s where poly-rattan comes in.

You can enjoy the appearance of rattan while reaping the benefits of its weather and UV-resistant sister.

Poly-rattan is often used for the egg swing chair design.

The Habitat Malta Double Steel Garden Hanging Chair is made from rattan and looks great inside and outside.

BUY HABITAT MALTA DOUBLE STEEL HANGING CHAIR£ 500

Wooden hanging chairs

A wooden hanging outdoor chair offers a warm and cosy feel and is available in many types of wood [3]. 🪵

They can be used inside and outside, depending on whether the wood has been properly treated and protected from moisture and sun exposure.

Without this treatment, your wooden hanging chair will quickly deteriorate outside.

Metal hanging chairs

Standalone hanging chairs have a metal frame of aluminium or powder-coated steel to provide extra stability.

These materials are much easier to clean than rattan or wood.

If you leave a steel chair outside, it will begin to rust after a while due to wet British weather.

So, if you leave the chair outdoors, it’s best to use a waterproof cover over the chair to protect it from weather damage.

Fabric hanging chairs

Fabric hanging pod chairs are comfortable and available in various colours and patterns. 🛋️

They tend to be much lighter than other materials, so they can be easily stored on rainy days.

kids playing in hanging chair
Kids hanging chairs come in all shapes and sizes.

However, cotton fabrics are far less durable than metal or wood and require more cleaning.

You can wash the fabric chair in your washing machine at the end of the summer and store it away for the next heatwave. 🌞

We recommend the following fabric hanging chairs:

Who are hanging chairs suitable for?

The best hanging egg chairs are suitable for many people, from families and children to couples and campers.

Hanging chairs for families and kids

For families with young children, safety is paramount when choosing a hanging chair.

Toddler sleeping on pillow
Your little ones can feel safe and sound in the new family hanging chair.

A standalone egg chair is the most stable option, often including a metal base and sturdy poly rattan construction.

However, a fabric hanging chair for bedroom spaces is a great option for young kids if you’re looking for something a little softer.

If anything gets spilt or stained during playtime, you can wash the chair in your laundry machine, and it will look brand new again.

The Vounot Swing Chair is a great option for kids' playrooms.

BUY VOUNOT SWING CHAIR WITH CUSHION£ 24.85

Hanging chairs for couples

Couples often seek hanging chairs that provide a comfortable space for snuggling together.

Fortunately, plenty of two-seater hanging chairs are on the market for this exact purpose.

We love the Habitat Malta Double Hanging Chair as a love seat that can withstand the combined weight and British weather conditions.

BUY HABITAT MALTA DOUBLE STEEL HANGING CHAIR£ 500

Hanging chairs for campers

For campers, practicality and portability are key.

It’s all about space-saving and foldable hanging chairs that can be packed away easily.

Just imagine chilling in your hanging chair next to the fire pit on your next camping holiday!

camping accessories
Add a hanging chair to your camping must-haves.

Lightweight frames made of aluminium are a great choice for easy transportation.

Hanging chairs for garden lovers

Garden enthusiasts can get a lot of use out of a hanging garden chair UK.

Opt for a weather-resistant wicker or rattan chair that complements your garden's aesthetic while withstanding the British weather.

A hanging chair with a stand is ideal for garden lovers, offering the flexibility to move the chair to the perfect spot.

It's also a great vantage point for bird watching or enjoying the tranquillity of your outdoor space.

We recommend the Habitat Malta Steel Double Hanging Chair for gardeners as it's sturdy.

BUY HABITAT MALTA DOUBLE STEEL HANGING CHAIR£ 500

Hanging chairs for readers

For avid readers, a hanging chair offers a cosy spot to dive into the pages of a book.

A fabric or net chair that moulds to your body can make a great personal reading nook in a quiet corner of your home or under a shady tree.

We recommend the VOUNOT Swing Chair for readers as it has a padded seat cushion to make long afternoon reading more comfortable.

BUY VOUNOT SWING CHAIR WITH CUSHION£ 24.85

What are the disadvantages of hanging chairs?

While hanging chairs offer many advantages, there are a few potential disadvantages to consider:

  • Installation: Hanging chairs require a suitable support structure, which can be challenging to find or set up.
  • Limited mobility: Once you're seated in a hanging chair, it can be challenging to move around or reach nearby items.
  • Space requirements: Hanging chairs typically need a fair amount of space to hang freely and swing without obstruction.
  • Weight limit: Some hanging chairs have weight limits, so it's important to check the specifications to ensure they can safely accommodate the intended users.

If hanging chairs aren't your cup of tea, these alternatives can provide an equally enjoyable and relaxing experience.

Hammock

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.

Woman relaxing in hammock
Imagine you’re on a remote island in your hammock.

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.

Sun lounger

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.

Sunlounger with parasol
Relax in the shade on your sun lounger!

Whether enjoying a lazy afternoon or soaking up the sun, these alternatives provide a comfortable and stylish seating option.

You could also make your own hanging chair if you're on a limited budget.

We dive into this in the frequency asked questions section.

Do you need 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.

Just make sure to consider the durability of your chosen hanging chair and whether it can withstand the unpredictable British summer.

You also need to be prepared to install your hanging chair, whether it's outside on a tree brand or inside on a ceiling beam.

Use our recommendations to find the best chair for your family, and make sure to install it safely.

Here is a reminder of the best hanging chairs UK:

Frequently asked questions

  • How to make a hanging chair


    Making a hanging chair can be a fun DIY project. 

    Here are the basic steps to create your own hanging chair for bedroom spaces:

    • Choose a sturdy, comfortable seat material like canvas, rattan, or macrame.
    • Select a strong support structure, such as a wooden beam or tree branch. Or, you could build a hanging chair with a stand to place anywhere in your home. 
    • Secure the seat material to the support structure using strong ropes or chains, ensuring it can bear the user's weight.
    • Test the chair for stability and make any necessary adjustments before using it.

    Remember, always put safety first when installing your hanging chair. 

    You should also make a hanging egg chair cover to protect your masterpiece from the elements. 

     

  • Are hanging chairs good for your back?


    Hanging chairs can provide several benefits for your back and overall well-being.

    The suspended design of hanging chairs allows for a gentle rocking motion to help relieve stress and tension in your back muscles. 

    The ergonomic design of many hanging chairs provides proper support for your spine, promoting good posture. 

    However, it is important to choose a hanging chair with adequate back support and to use it in moderation, as prolonged or incorrect use may cause discomfort.

  • How much weight can a hanging chair hold?


    The weight capacity of hanging chairs can vary depending on the design, materials, and construction. 

    It is crucial to check the manufacturer's specifications for the recommended weight limit before using the chair. 

    Generally, most hanging chairs can support anywhere from 200 to 500 lbs (91 to 227 kg), with a double hanging egg chair being at the higher end of the scale. 

    It's always best to check the manufacturer's specifications first.

  • Other hanging chairs to consider


    We've given our top recommendations for hanging chairs.

    Here are a few more popular hanging chairs on the market that didn't make our list:

    • B&M hanging chair: Siena Hanging Egg Chair 
    • IKEA hanging chair: Svinga Hanging Chair 
    • Hanging egg chair The Range: New Hampshire Foldable Hanging Chair 
    • Hanging egg chair Aldi: Gardenline Large Hanging Egg Chair

    There are plenty of fantastic chairs to choose from on the market. 

  • 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, like the Habitat Malta Double Steel Hanging Chair. 

    Better to be safe than sorry!

  • Hanging chairs delivery and returns


    Check out the following suppliers instead for excellent delivery and returns:

    All of our recommended suppliers provide fast and free delivery options so you can get your garden egg chair in time for the next heatwave. 

    If you don’t like your chair when it arrives, no problem!

    These suppliers provide quick and easy returns for all customers. 

  • References

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George Arkley

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I’m always the first person to try the latest sleep hack - whether it’s drinking coffee or counting sheep. Now, I get to write about the latest sleep gadgets, mattresses and much more in a bid to help you find the perfect night’s sleep.

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