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Reviews & Guide: The Best Hanging Chairs

The Ultimate List of Best Hanging Chairs

With this list, we would like to help you get an overview of all best-rated hanging chairs. It includes all different types of hanging chairs: hammock chairs made of cotton and basket chairs; indoor and outdoor; for adults and kids.

The list is kept up to date and contains all the important information. By clicking on the “Read Review”, you can jump to our review. There you will find then more detailed information about the featured hanging chair.





What should I look for when buying a hanging chair?

You are definitely not the first person who is looking for a hanging chair. Many other people have been faced with the same questions as you, made a decision and in the end bought one of hanging chairs.

Some of these customers have eventually shared their experiences with the new hanging chair on Amazon as a customer review. The more good reviews a product has, the more often it is bought of course. But that bestseller list is not really suitable for everyone.

The Amazon best-seller list contains many particularly favorable hanging chairs that also serve the purpose for some customers. However, many of the hanging chairs in their overview are no-name products, which are manufactured in Asia under lousy or unknown conditions and at dumping wages at all cost.

Anyone who wants to buy a really high quality hanging chair, or at least want to know where the hanging chair comes from, how was it produced and was it tested for safety, should rather buy a hanging chair made by one of the well-known manufacturers. Their products usually have a proper certification that proves their dedication to quality.

If you want to buy a classic hanging chair made of fabric – hammock chair–  there are a few things to keep in mind. Below we explain what should you pay attention to when shopping for a hammock chair


The right size

Will it fit?

You should, of course, measure a space for furniture before you buy it.  You should consider the sounding area, cause the hanging chair is not a static piece of furniture and especially if you have kids, you’ll need more space then usual cause swings are fun.

The size of a hanging chair is directly related to its comfort. Although you are more likely to sit in a hammock chair rather than lying in it, the model of choice should be big enough to fit your whole body.

Rule of thumb: The fabric surface of hammock your chair should be at least 20 cm longer than you are tall. If it’s longer, that’s good because it means you can use it also as a hammock chair lounger. For basket hanging chairs the measurements are obvious and it is big enough or not.

Length of the spreader bar

The spreader bar of a hammock chair for adult models is usually between 90 and 140 cm wide. We recommend a bar length of at least 110 cm. For hammock chairs for kids, the spreader bar may be shorter.


Cloth surface about 20 cm longer than you are tall

Spreader bar wide about 110 to 140 cm

Enough free place around your hanging chair



Not only the size of the hanging chair must be right, but also its quality. There are a lot of low-cost suppliers out there but it is worth taking a look at the recognized and well-known hanging chair brands. We recommend hanging chairs produced in the USA, Europe or hammock chairs from South America, cause hammock, and hammock chairs have been produced there for many years.

Quality features

  • The fabrics: for example cotton, organic cotton or weatherproof synthetic fibers..
  • The weave density: While some providers use cheap, thin fabrics, brand suppliers often use thicker, densely woven fabric, often a  blend of 70% polyester and 30% cotton, making the material windproof and extremely hardwearing.
  • Suspension cords: While some manufacturers here sew simple loops, there are also special called “Cadejos”, in which the fabric surface goes directly into the suspension ropes. This is not only beautiful but also incredibly durable.
  • Origin and the conditions: Hanging chairs from South America (the home of the hammock) or from fair production generally are of better quality.



The load capacity is, of course, a very important point. Especially when buying big size hanging chairs that you want to use for two, you should pay attention to a sufficient capacity.
The load capacity is mostly specified by the manufacturer. Anyway, if you buy a no-name hammock chair, we advise caution.


Design & Comfort

Having a hanging chair in your living room is a hype. It is so casual and cool and modern and chick at the same time. Of course, that modern piece of furniture, which is also a lifestyle, should look beautiful, but do not forget the comfort. A hanging chair must be ergonomic.



The design is very important for basket chairs, especially for indoor ones. Anyway, although all hammock chairs look similar, we do not recommend to buy the cheapest, cause the quality is usually not cheap. Otherwise, if a swing chair is expensive, that doesn’t mean that particularly that one will also be comfortable.



We just want to mention that only fair trade is fair. As simple as that!

A controlled trade in which producers are paid that “minimum price” for their products, determined differently by the individual fair trade organizations, will make you feel really comfortable and relaxed when swinging in your new chair. We recommend paying a few bucks more and having clear conscience.


Origin of the hanging chair

The hammock chair was created as a modification of the classic hammock in South America. Accordingly, high-quality hammock chairs still come from Brazil, Mexico and other parts of South America today. Cheap hanging chairs in the price range up to 50 USD and are very often produced under inhumane working conditions in Asia. Often these models are of bad quality and smell extremely unpleasant in the first few weeks.


Hanging chairs brands

There are several brands in the USA  market, which have high quality. They are mostly imported from South America. We recommend the following providers:

  • Byer of Maine
  • La Siesta
  • Cobble Mountain
  • Hatteras Hammocks

But there are also many new suppliers who usually import cheap models from Asia and sell them on Amazon.


The main types of hanging chairs

Hanging chairs are available in various designs and made of different materials. Hammock chairs have a soft surface and usually include cotton and wood fort he spreader bar. Basket chairs are usually made of rattan or wicker, wood or even glass and plastic.

Here is a brief overview of the most important variants:

  • Classic fabric model – hammock chair
  • Wicker hanging chair made of rattan or poly rattan
  • Wooden hanging chairs
  • hanging nest
  • Swing chairs (for one person)
  • Patio swings (for two or more person)
  • Luxury and design hanging chairs


The classic hammock  chair made of fabric

The best known and at the same time the most classical hanging chair is made of cotton fabric or synthetic fibers and can be seen as a modification of a classic hammock. It usually consists of a spreader bar, the seat of fabric and a rope system of cords. Some models already include hanging hardware and some not, so you need to buy this separately.

The fabric hammock chair is generally the cheapest hanging chairs on the market.

Wicker chairs made of rattan and poly rattan

Hanging chairs made of rattan, which are also called hanging basket chairs, are also very popular. They are usually made of poly rattan, an artificial rattan imitation. Poly rattan is extremely weatherproof, making rattan hammock chairs particularly suitable for the garden. But they are also a popular design object for your home.

But also the natural rattan comes back: In the meantime, woven baskets made of real natural rattan are in the market again.

Unlike the fabric models, a rattan hanging basket is not that flexible. You do not have much in common with a hammock, rather with a classic armchair. Although you are more stable in them, the seat does not adapt so well to the body.

Due to their weather resistance, poly rattan hanging baskets are often used on terraces or on the balconies. If you remove the padding, you can usually let your chair outside even if it rains. This is not possible with natural rattan and we recommend real natural hanging chairs as indoor furniture.


Weatherproof models for Outdoors

Many models can also be used in the garden. You will need either a suitable frame, or you can use a sturdy tree in your garden.

However, a few things should be noted: not every hanging chair and not every hammock chair frame is weather resistant. The hanging chairs themselves should be covered in rain or better stored indoors to protect them from moisture.


Models for children

Every kid’s room should have a hanging chair! Thanks to its free-floating suspension, it improves the motor skills of the child and is also a huge climbing fun for the little ones. Hanging caves offer a perfect place to play, hide, dream, read or learn. Yes, that’s right, cause swinging improves concentration and helps a child to focus on.

In addition, it is quickly hung up and stowed away in the closet and thus does not take away so much space as a conventional piece of furniture.



The best hanging chair is waiting for you to buy it. Which one is the best for you, you have to decide alone. We hope we could help you with your research for the right hanging chair.

Have fun and swing!

Here is our Hanging Chair Guide 2019

And here you can have a look at beautiful pictures: Hanging-Chairs’s Choice: The Photos We Want to Share with You. Enjoy!


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