Swing Time The Ultimate Guide to Hanging Chairs
A hanging chair adds a touch of whimsy to any space, but can also be a practical seating choice for your indoor or outdoor area. Here we explore some of the popular styles and designs available, and the range of materials they’re made from. Plus we throw in a few cool decorating tips from the pros.
When you’re in the market to buy these chairs, you’ll notice that some styles work well for both indoor and outdoor spaces, while others are designed for specific areas only. We’ll be exploring that at length.
The great thing about this style is that the chairs look casual and sweet and are ideal for hanging indoors. During summer, they make for a striking addition to verandahs and patios too. These hammock chairs are generally made up of cotton or poly-cotton ropes tied and woven together. There’s enough slack for you to stretch your legs and relax, and once aboard, the chair will adapt to your body’s shape so you feel cradled.
Cotton is the softest type of rope, but may not be very durable and takes longer to dry when wet. Many manufacturers also use soft-spun polyester, so their hammocks feel softer and last longer than cotton. Polyester will also dry faster and is more resistant to mould and mildew.
Rattan (natural and synthetic) is a popular material of choice for these iconic and classic hanging chair designs.
Good to know: Natural rattan is suitable for indoor use, while synthetic rattan or all-weather wicker is a better choice if you want to hang your chair outdoors. What’s more, rattan is easy to clean. That said, chairs made from this material are comparatively more expensive than others. If you’re not in favour of suspending your chair from ceiling beams, you could opt for swing chairs that come with independent stands.
Interior designer, Allison Williams of Green Apple Interiors & Design swears by anything that looks bohemian this summer. “I’m going with anything macrame and woven, especially with tassels,” she says. “Hanging teepee styles are fun too. Also big chairs – as in doubles – and hanging daybeds are great.”
What’s popular today? Interior designer, Allison Williams of Green Apple Interiors & Design swears by anything that looks bohemian this summer. “I’m going with anything macrame and woven, especially with tassels,” she says. “Hanging teepee styles are fun too. Also big chairs – as in doubles – and hanging daybeds are great.”
When it comes to hanging your chair, there are two ways to go about it:
ou’ll have to locate the ceiling joist (horizontal ceiling supports) in your room or verandah ceiling, depending on where you’re hanging the chair. You can use a stud finder to locate the joists. Then select a spot along the centre point of the joist to install the chair.
Always make sure that the beam you’re hanging your chair from is strong enough to bear the weight of an occupant in the chair. If you’re worried about the strength of the joist, always call on a professional to prevent accidents later on.
According to interior designer Ioanna Lennox, “When it comes to hanging chairs, a big mistake that most people make is placing other furniture [such as side tables or stools] or accessories too close to them. Swinging chairs are not stationary; they swing and therefore need more space, at least half their diameter extra in circumference around them.
“Swinging chairs are their own ‘moment’ or vignette and when placed in the corner of a room, all they need is an inviting cushion or faux fur that says ‘Come over and linger’,” says Lennox.