Like Swinging on a Cloud: Why You’ll Love These Hanging Egg-Chairs

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Doing it all from home these days? Yikes, it is NOT easy. The endless re-organizing and Zoom meetings. The dining room that’s become a suite of makeshift offices plus schoolroom. And the backyard cabana that’s been designated as “sick bay.” If you hardly recognize your home life these days, take heart. It won’t be forever.

But consider that carving out a little corner for a hanging chair could be part of an overall strategy for making “life from home” a little saner in the meanwhile. The gentle swaying and cocoon-like designs can really soften the worries of the day.

Cool, But Are Hanging Egg Chairs Comfortable?

A resounding YES to that one! Load them up with squashy pillows and chunky knit throws. Curl up and read. Doze. Stretch out and sway—–swaddled in your own secret hideaway.

Stressed about planning weekly menus for everyone using ONLY what’s in the pantry? Set a timer on your iPhone, and snuggle into your cloud-like hanging chair with an old cookbook and a downy blanket. Ditch the notepad and just get some inspiration from the pictures. All will be well. Eventually.

And twenty minutes of doing nothing—yes, nothing—except floating in your swing chair, can soothe your body, calm your mind, and help restore your focus.

That said, I spent weeks anxiously looking to replace the old swing chair we gave to my niece for her college apartment. She’s always loved it, and we want her to be comfortable away from home. But I do have some positively beautiful new finds I want to share with you below. So please, don’t dash off and go shopping without first taking advantage of my groundwork.

Let’s start with a question several people asked when they saw our hanging egg chair…

How Much Weight Can a Hanging Chair Take?

The chairs reviewed in this post have a weight limit of between 250 and 300 lbs. Or between 113 and 136 kg. Please refer to line 7 of the table below for specifics.

THE HANGING EGG CHAIR REVIEWS –

#1 Chic and Simple. The Skelmersdale Swing Chair by Bungalow Rose

WHAT’S NOTEWORTHY

  • USE OUTDOORS or INDOORS.
  • DURABLE SYNTHETIC WOVEN WICKER.
  • WEATHER AND UV RESISTANT.
  • WEIGHT LIMIT of 265 lbs or 120 kg.
  • NO STAND INCLUDED.
  • STEEL HANGING CHAIN INCLUDED
The Skelmersdale Swing Chair

WHAT I LOVE

The Skelmersdale is my top pick for a chic and simple hanging egg-chair. It’s visually straightforward—often a plus in small spaces—but with well-turned curves. I love the classic, dark brown wicker with the crisp white cushion. This will be your go-to chair when you finally arrive home after a long, busy day. Unless someone’s gotten home before you.

Comes with a generously-sized, poly/foam cushion that is detachable from the chair. The cushion cover is removable for washing. Yes, it’s white, but it’s 100% polyester, so it will repel water-based spills, and hold up to MANY washings.

Two hanging on the front porch would be a simple but high-impact style update. And one tucked into a corner of a guestroom would provide welcome relief for your weary travelers.

The Skelmersdale is THE perfect hanging egg-chair if you want a straightforward but elegant look that gives you many styling options.

A reviewer posted a photo of the chair with plaid throw-pillows and hanging near a fireplace. What a blissful idea for wintertime reading!

And speaking of reading nooks, a hanging chair—whether it’s near your outdoor chiminea, or in a quiet corner of your study—will take up less floor-space than a chaise longue or an ottoman.

DESIGN NOTE: The Skelmersdale is an absolute design classic. You can see a VERY similar chair here, handmade in natural rattan, that costs thousands of dollars more.

  • The Skelmersdale chair is 34 W x 27 D x 49.5 H in inches.
  • A 78.5-inch steel hanging chain is included with the Skelmersdale.

A dealbreaker for you..?

This is a single chair—as opposed to a double, or a chair “for two”—and its weight limit is 265 lbs or 120 kg.

The wicker is a durable, weather-resistant synthetic. I have neighbors who don’t like synthetic wicker for indoor or covered outdoor use, despite the fact that it has become so popular and so natural-looking. I never hesitate to buy it if the overall quality is good. But I’m making note of it here again, just in case you do.

This chair does not come with a stand. You’ll have to figure out how to hang it from the steel chain that’s included. Or call your carpenter. Or go check out the Weller Swing Chair with Stand below.

#2 Make Mine a Double. The LeisureMod Double Hanging Swing Chair

What’s Noteworthy

  • USE OUTDOORS or INDOORS
  • UV AND RUST RESISTANT
  • HANDWOVEN
  • SOFT CUSHION AND IRON STAND INCLUDED
  • DESIGNED FOR TWO PEOPLE
The LeisureMod Double Hanging Egg Swing Chair from Overstock.com

WHAT I LOVE

Big, fun, double chair! Its striking modern shape has been clad in a bold but classic cane webbing pattern. A BEAUTIFUL style statement. Sturdy iron frame is rust resistant and suitable for your porch or patio.

Beige cushion is filled with breathable cotton batting, and covered in a durable outdoor fabric. Beige makes custom styling with your own throws and pillows a cinch, but if you’d prefer a colorful cushion—-blue, orange, red, green—-with a similar chair (circular iron base instead), you can check it out here.

I don’t know about you, but all this social distancing is making a double swing chair look like a timely and appealing idea. Even if you just curl up with your dog—-or the neighbor’s cats—-while making a list of chores, it would be pure delight after six months of having to run away from everyone. It’s also the perfect reading nook, especially for reading to your children.

The LeisureMod Double Hanging Chair will add a contemporary style-note to your sunroom, porch, or patio. It’s also a great way to create an instant reading nook in a small space. Install it near a window, and just add a little bookcase or a tall floor lamp.

OVERALL DIMENSIONS with the stand are 76.77 H x 57.50 W x 27.16 D in inches.

  • The LeisureMod chair itself is 47.25 inches high.
  • Chain Length is 15.75 inches.
  • Width of Iron Base is 47.25 inches.
  • Seat Height is 13.77 inches from the floor.

This is a really fun and comfy swing chair to have in these rather anxious times. Or any time. Don’t miss out on it, as there are only a few remaining in stock!

A dealbreaker for you..?

Sorry, but I can’t determine the weight limit of this chair. I’ve made some contacts and will update this post when info becomes available. Hopefully soon.

This swing chair is suspended from an iron stand. If your floor is uneven, you’ll have to figure out a way to level it.

#3 My Own Private Island. The Berkshire Swing Chair

What’s Noteworthy

  • WEATHER RESISTANT SYNTHETIC WICKER
  • DESIGNED FOR OUTDOOR USE, SUITABLE FOR USE INDOORS
  • STURDY IRON FRAME
  • POLYESTER CUSHION INCLUDED
  • HANGING CHAIN NOT INCLUDED
The Berkshire Swing Chair With Cushion

What I Love

This chair is very similar to the Luna Star Parchment Chair that I reviewed last fall. It’s no longer available, as Pier 1 has, very sadly, filed for bankruptcy. I’ve been looking for something comparable since.

The Berkshire has a great tropical or coastal vibe. It’s very open and airy, but has a tighter weave overhead to keep you from sizzling on sunny afternoons. I love the sturdy iron frame, and the durable, synthetic rattan in an easy-to-style, natural color.

Beige cushion is made of durable polyester and has a canvas-like texture. This chair begs to be installed on a porch or patio, but could also add a coastal style-note to a casual living room.

Two of these on your patio, with a tray of rum tiki cocktails and Tito Puente on iTunes, could make for a budget-friendly stay-cation this year. The Berkshire Swing Chair is currently priced at only $269.99—-far less than airfare to the islands. And tropical fruits, even when layered into a cocktail, are loaded with healthy antioxidants. Just a thought.

  • The Berkshire chair is 34.50 W x 25 D x 46.25 H in inches.
  • Weight limit is 300 lbs. or 136 kg.

A dealbreaker for you..?

No stand. No chain. No clips to attach chain to the hooks that are on the chair. If you’re handy, you might install it yourself. Or call a professional.

The open, airy design lacks the coziness and cocoon-like feel of the other chairs reviewed here. But it might be just what you’re looking for from a style or price standpoint.

#4 Cool and Elegant. Thomas Hanging Swing Chair

WHAT’S NOTEWORTHY

  • USE INDOORS OR OUTDOORS
  • DESIGNED FOR RESIDENTIAL OR NON-RESIDENTIAL USE
  • BLUE CUSHION WITH REMOVABLE COVER
  • HAND-WOVEN WICKER/RATTAN
  • CHAIN NOT INCLUDED
  • NO STAND
The Thomas Hanging Swing Chair

WHAT I LOVE

Wow. What an elegant design. Hanging chairs tend to have a casual vibe, but the Thomas Swing Chair will definitely polish up your style. From the sturdy, hand-woven, grey wicker to the French-blue cushion with removable, washable cover, I LOVE THIS CHAIR.

This is the perfect hanging chair if your porch or patio walls are painted in a light or white color, and you need some punchy contrast.—-and lovely afternoon shadows. Or, you could nestle it into lush, plant-filled corner of your patio where you’re not likely to be discovered for a few peace-filled minutes.

Nice, big cushion is filled with polyester batting.

The Thomas chair is 45 H x 31 W x 30 D in inches.

Weight limit is 300 lbs. or 136 kg.

For installation purposes, the chair itself weighs 50 lbs.

A dealbreaker for you..?

The Thomas chair is very sturdy but open. it will feel less cozy than a more enclosed design, unless you style it with extra swag.

No stand. Hanging chain is NOT ncluded. And you’ll have to install it yourself or call a professional.

#5 Bold and Classic. Weller Outdoor Wicker Basket Swing Chair with Stand

WHAT’S NOTEWORTHY

  • WEATHER-RESISTANT SYNTHETIC WICKER/RATTAN
  • DESIGNED FOR USE OUTDOORS, SUITABLE FOR USE INDOORS
  • POWDER-COATED ALUMINUM STAND INCLUDED
  • CUSHIONS INCLUDED
  • INCLUDES STABILIZING CORD
The Weller Basket Swing Chair with Stand

WHAT I LOVE

The Weller is a bold, beautiful, weathered grey, classic-style, swing chair. Clean, dark lines that will pop against a light-colored backdrop, or disappear into a moodier one. I absolutely LOVE this chair!

Cast aluminum, powder-coated stand is included.

A cord to stabilize the chair is included, making this an excellent choice if you actually don’t want TOO much swinging for whatever reason—a disability, small children, pets, etc.

Grey cushions are included. The headrest cushion has fabric ties that secure it to the chair. The seat cushion has “tufting” which give it a more finished look.

OVERALL DIMENSIONS with the stand are 44 W x 44 D x 79.5 H in inches.

  • The chair itself is 37.75 W x 26.5 D x 47.25 H in inches.
  • Seat height is 19 inches from the floor.
  • Weight limit is 250 lbs or 113 kg.

The Weller is an excellent choice if you want a hanging swing chair that comes with a stand, stabilizer, and cushions. All in a sleek, open, statement-making design and sophisticated neutral colors.

A dealbreaker for you..?

The covers on the cushions are not removable. Spot cleaning, hand washing, and line drying are recommended.

This is a single chair, not a chair “for two.”

And in spite of “Wicker Basket” being part of its name, the Weller’s wicker/rattan is a durable, weather-resistant, synthetic material. Not natural wicker.

I’d recommend two people for assembly. It’s moderately challenging.

Here’s a link to Assembly Instructions for the Weller chair and stand. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to have a look at them ahead of time, so you can gather up tools and “enlist” help you might need.

SUMMARY – A Quick Wrap-Up

I have but one caveat if you’re shopping for a hanging chair and have made it this far. I often think they’re unsuitable for a household with toddlers, babies, or pets. But you be the judge here.

And since we’re all super-busy keeping everything and everyone going from home, I made a handy 10-point “cheat sheet” for you below. The dimensions listed in rows 9 and 10 are for the chair only. I really hope this helps. And I hope you find a chair that you absolutely LOVE!

10-Point Table of Comparison

Skelmersdale ChairLeisureMod Double ChairBerkshire ChairWeller Chair
1No standStand includedNo standStand included
2Indoor/Outdoor Indoor/Outdoor Indoor/Outdoor Indoor/Outdoor
3Dark brown, tightly woven, synthetic wickerBrown wicker in bold “chair cane” patternNatural color, open, airy design in synthetic rattanWeathered grey synthetic rattan
4Simple, straightforward, versatile designModern design with seating for twoBreezy, tropical, coastal styleBold, clean, statement-making design
5White cushion includedBeige cushion includedBeige cushion includedGrey cushions included
6Single chairSingle chairDouble chairSingle chair
7Weight limit 265 lbs or 120 kgWeight limit TBDWeight limit 300 lb or 136 kgWeight limit 250 lb or 113 kg
8Weather resistantWeather resistantWeather resistantWeather resistant
934″W x 27″D x 49.5″H 47.25″H 34.50″ W x 25″ D x 46.25″ H37.75″W x 26.5″D x 47.25″H
1086cm W x 68.5cm D x 125.7cm H120cm H87.6cm W x 63.5cm D x 117.5cm H95.8cm W x 67.3cm D x 120cm H
Skelmersdale ChairLeisureMod Double ChairBerkshire ChairWeller Chair

Be well! Very best to all of you—

Mari

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