They’re quirky, fun, and surprisingly versatile. See why hanging chairs are becoming more and more popular, plus how to install one in your home.

By Hannah Bruneman
June 28, 2019
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Curvy designs and retro materials are just two of this year's furniture trends. However, you've probably also noticed hanging chairs making their way into homes across social media and magazines alike. On Instagram alone, #hangingchair results in almost 40,000 uses of the furniture piece!

Commonly made from rattan, the chairs are suspended from the ceiling or a beam and are most often shaped like an egg—and they really do swing! Hanging chairs have a unique shape that might remind you of another retro trend—the egg chair—that was popular in the '50s or even the peacock chair with its cocoon-like structure.

eclectic living room with crystal chandelier

Decorating With Hanging Chairs

Hanging chairs work especially well in a four-seasons room or on a patio, where the breeze can give the furniture a gentle sway. The chairs are also frequently spotted in bohemian-style living rooms, where rattan and wicker are plenty. In a living room, top a hanging chair with a faux fur pillow and an ultra-soft throw blanket to create the ultimate hygge corner.

For kids, hanging chairs are the perfect place to curl up after school. Put one near your child's bookshelf for a fun reading nook.

When it comes to design, hanging chairs are commonly made with rattan and have an oval structure; however, there are plenty of styles and materials. If you love lounging in a hammock, consider a macramé hanging chair. If you lean more toward a contemporary aesthetic, a glass bubble chair might be a better fit.

enclosed porch with black chairs and ferns

Tips for Buying Hanging Chairs

Before you buy a hanging chair, you should have an installation plan. They're commonly suspended from ceiling beams and must be secured to a joist. To do so, find and mark a ceiling stud in your preferred location, drill a hole into your mark, and twist an eye-hook through the hole by hand.

Once you've picked a chair to purchase, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for hanging. If you don't want to put holes in your ceiling or don't have a sturdy surface, you can find hanging chairs with a stand-alone base, similar to a hammock. This is an excellent option for an apartment or outdoor room that might lack a joist.

Rattan chair by pool
Image courtesy of Pier 1.

Hanging Chairs We Love

This hanging chair from Pier 1 has that signature cool factor, but its straight back adds an extra layer of comfort. We love the optional cushion and open sides. There are even built-in cupholders on each side to rest your tiki drink as you flip through your favorite summer read. Plus, you can't beat the price at just under $150.

rattan hanging chair in window
Image courtesy of Serena and Lily.

Serena & Lily has a large variety of hanging chair options so you can find one that suits your style. This classic hanging rattan chair has a weight capacity of 300 pounds and comes with a 13-1/2-food heavy-duty rope. No tumbles here!

hanging egg chair on patio
Image courtesy of Walmart.

You don’t need a roof over your head to enjoy a hanging chair. This wicker option from Walmart comes with its own base and is available in black or tan. The included cushion is weather-resistant, and the stand is treated to avoid rusting.

Hanging chairs are quickly becoming a staple of summer. But even as the weather cools down, you’ll love having this fun piece of furniture in your home.


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