ISSUE 35  |  Hardworking Gardens

10 Easy Pieces: Hanging Chairs

September 08, 2016 6:00 AM

BY Janet Hall

Treat yourself to a time-out in a hanging chair. Here’s a roundup of our rattan-inspired favorites.

Take note that natural rattan is best when it’s kept in a dry location—perfect for hanging on a covered porch or indoors from a ceiling beam (bring that summer swing feeling inside). Want to hang a chair from a branch in the garden? Synthetic rattan to the rescue. Several of our selections are made with weather-resistant synthetic fibers.


Above: From Sika Design, a Holly Swing is 3,845 SEK (about $455 US) from Artilleriet.


Above: A Cuzco Hanging Chair made of woven cotton on an iron frame will hole up to 200 pounds and is on sale for $149 (marked down from $198) at Urban Outfitters.


Above: Made in Indonesia of hand-bent rattan, Serena and Lily’s Hanging Rattan Chair is suspended by a heavy-duty loop and rope (included); it’s $498.


Above: A Pod Hanging Chair available for pre-order (delivery estimated in September) has a powder coated aluminum frame with a woven recycled resin shell; $699 from CB2.


Above: A Scandinavian classic designed by Nanna Ditzel in 1959, the handmade rattan Egg Chair is designed for indoor use; $2,238 from Danish Design Store.


Above: From Spanish design team MUT, the Nautica Swing Chair looks like bentwood and comes with a fabric seat. The indoor version is crafted of peeled and tinted rattan, while the outdoor version is made of high-resistance aluminum tubing. Contact Expormim for pricing and availability.


Above: A natural Hanging Rattan Bowl Chair is £555 from Out There Interiors.


Above: From Seattle-based Ladies & Gentleman Studio, the Ovis Hanging Chair pairs a felted Navajo wool sling (also available in leather) with a wood and metal frame of either brass or copper; from $2,800.


Above: A midcentury design, the Eureka Hanging Chair by Giovanni Travasa is still being handmade in Italy, with a leather hanging strap. Prices start at $5,600, depending on the finish, at Property Furniture.


Above: The Layla Grace Rattan Hanging Chair will hold up to 180 pounds in weight. It measures 40 inches high by 24 inches deep by 40 inches wide and costs $552.

Need something that will hold more people? Check out the Lollygagger Sofa in our recent post, Outdoor Furniture Spotlight: Colorful, Recycled Designs from Loll.

N.B.: This is an update of a post originally published August 13, 2013.