How to Install a Hanging Chair

First of all, you should ask yourself this question: Where do I want to hang my hanging chair? And we will show you here how to do it.

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Here you will find details about:

  • How to hang a hammock chair indoors
  • Where to hang the hanging chair indoors
  • What are the best suspension sets
  • What are the best hanging chair stands

So let’s get started

Hammock Chair Hanger: A Stand or a Suspension Kit?

First thing’s first, you need to figure out what will be the supporting structure for your swing. There are just two options; stands and suspension systems. These usually come with the chair but in case the items are not included, you can buy them separately. Here we will show you the best solutions.

Each option has a lot to offer in terms of installation, functionality and physical appeal. The choice is entirely yours depending on your vision for the swing, and space available.

In general, the more flexible you want to use your hammock chair, the more worth it is to purchase a hanging chair stand. So you are on the safe side and can use your hanging chair set where ever you want.

But a hanging chair stand has two significant disadvantages:

  1. It takes up space
  2. It usually costs a lot of money

For small spaces, or if you are ok with the slightly less flexible solution, there are very suitable suspension systems. With these systems, you can safely attach the hanging chair to a ceiling. Some of these models are also suitable for outdoor suspension from a stable branch of a tree in your garden, so that you could use your hanging chair in your backyard during the summer, and it can be brought indoors during the winter.

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As already explained above, you can choose between these two options:

  1. The frame or stand

Stands are meant for setting up the swing chair on the floor. Usually, they have curved frames. This design makes them very stable, but on the other hand, it is space consuming. If you have enough space in your living room or bedroom for a stand, there is a lot to look forward to, including easy installation and high stability. Stands also offer the advantage of portability. You can move it from one to another room or within the same room.

Here you can find our recommendation for the best hammock chair stands (wooden and metal)

  1. Ceiling mount for hanging chair

Attaching your hammock chair to the ceiling or exposed roof beams is the other option.  The installation here is a little more complicated. However, the final result makes all that ladder climbing and continuous drilling worth it. It offers a unique aesthetic, and is definitely worth considering if you prefer a floating chair as a décor centrepiece in the room.

Here you can find our recommendation for the best hanging chair suspension kit.

How to hang a Hanging Chair from the Ceiling?

Indoor swings offer a really simple and convenient way to have a touch of outdoor fun in your indoor space. You get a fun piece of furniture that is not only functional but also super aesthetic. So if you have been wondering what the missing centrepiece to your perfectly decorated room is then here is your answer – a hanging chair. But how to install a hanging chair?

Hanging Styles for a Hammock Chair

There are two ways to hang your hammock chair: Swing Style and Pivot Style.

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  1. Swing Style: If you decide to hang your hammock chair “Swing Style”, you can use it as a comfy swing which allows you to sway forth and back. In this case, you will need two anchor points in your ceiling indoors or a single sturdy tree branch in your backyard. You have here two options- to hang it with or without a spread bar.
    If you want to hang your hammock chair in a smaller area we recommend to hang it swing style with a spread bar. In this case, the optimal span between two anchor points is smaller than without a spread bar.

The high-quality MARATHON swing hanger is a perfect choice to hang your hammock chair “swing style” with two suspension points on our porch or your living room.

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  1. Pivot Style: Hanging your hammock chair “Pivot Style” allows you to rotate 360 degrees and drift smoothly while you relax. If you prefer this hanging style, you will need only one anchor point. Usually, almost all kinds of hanging basket chairs use this hanging technique being suspended from the one anchor point with a chain or rope.

The high-quality swivel power hook by Byer of Maine is a perfect choice to hang your hammock chair “üpivot style” with one suspension point

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A useful video on how to install a hammock chair

You now know what you need, what you might want and where the chair could go. The next important thing is to figure out how to set things up. E.g. how to install a hanging chair in a bedroom.

Take a look at the La Siesta’s video below and convince yourself how easy it is to hang a hammock chair from the ceiling:

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The suspension hardware showed in the video above is a patented suspension set by La Siesta specialized for attaching hammock chairs to a ceiling, and all parts are made in Germany. Thanks to the optimized weight distribution, this suspension hook makes it excellent, and the chair is easy to suspend or remove. But actually, no matter which one of the suspension sets you to choose, you will need the power drill for drilling holes in the ceiling. Here is how to do it without making a mess:

Frame chairs are pretty easy to install as all you need to do is attach and fasten the different parts and you are ready to go. With suspension swings, on the other hand, there will be a little more work to be done. Below is a step by step guide I’d suggest you follow:

Steps on how to safely attach the chair to the ceiling

STEP 1- Find a stable spot

Here, you have to consider the maximum supportable weight for both -the swing and the suspension system or hook you are using. The important thing is to ensure that you find a really stable spot.

STEP 2- Read the installation manual

Before you even pick up a drill driver or a screw, you need to familiarize yourself with the manual. Despite all the tutorial videos you can find on YouTube, or DIY guides you read as this one, the swings’ brands are never the same.

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STEP 3- Install the hook or suspension plate

The hook goes straight into the ceiling. Suspension plates often have drill holes and corresponding screws. All you have to do is to fit the screws and drill them in. The hooks are usually secured by drilling directly them into the ceiling.

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STEP 4- Attach the ropes or chains

Once the hanger hook is attached to the ceiling, you can now suspend the hanging chair using the ropes ot chains. This is usually the easy part as, most swings come with hooks and ropes for easy attachment.

STEP 5- Check for stability then enjoy the swing

Before you sit on the swing make sure it is actually secure. You can do this by applying some downward pressure with both arms to see whether or not it gives way. Then you can sit down and if the roof doesn’t come crumbling down start enjoying your new treat.

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Optional accessories you could include

So how will you make your indoor swing chair homier and… well, indoor-appropriate. The answer is simple; you need to accessorize. Here, it is important to consider things like the interior décor theme in the room where the chair will be set up. It is also important to factor in the chair’s comfort features in order to figure out whether or not you need to make some additions. Either way, here are a few indoor swing chair accessories you can never go wrong with.

  1. Cushions and pillows

Most swing seats come with a cushion on the seat. Some are padded all around which makes them even more comfortable. If this isn’t the case, you could get some that fit the chair. Pillows also help make the hammock chair look and feel a lot more comfortable.

  1. Cup holders

If you get one of these chairs you will most likely spend a lot of your time there. So why not turn it into a self-sufficient unit where you do not have to keep getting up? One of the best ways to do this is by including cup-holders. This is particularly easy to do if the chair has arm-rests. But believe it or not, there is a hammock chair with a drink holder.

  1. Quilts

A throw rug or quilt is another great accessory that is always nice to have. It keeps you nice and toasty so you can better enjoy your time on the swing.

  1. A detached footrest

Finally, if you wish you could get a footrest, like this handmade hammock chair with footrest. These come in handy with C-shaped or egg design chairs that often lack a place to place your hanging feet.

Best indoor spots to hang the chair

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Macrame Hanging Chair by Hang A Hammock Collective. Click on the image to read the review.

Living room

This breaks the monotony of traditional furniture. It also allows you to enjoy the chair without being left out of fun conversations or even simple family hangouts.

Bedroom

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This feels like comfort on comfort. The chair gives you an equally comfortable spot to relax when you do not really want to lie on the bed. It is also a really great place to read and unwind. Still not sure you want a hanging chair in your bedroom? Here are the Five Reasons Why You Should Have a Hanging Chair in Your Bedroom.

Office

Swing chairs with floor stands are great for offices. They are fun, casual and comfortable without interfering too much with the serious vibe of in these rooms. Setting it up here means you have somewhere to take quick breaks from work without having to get distracted by what is happening around the house.

Kids Room

Kids love swings and having one indoors will be like having Christmas every single day. There are thousands of reasons why to buy a hanging chair for kids. But let’s start with  7 Reasons to Hang a Hanging Chair in Kid’s Room. For safety and longevity, it is best to go with those that have firm floor frames. This is because children can get a little too wild for your ceiling to handle.

Conclusion

Outdoors: If you want to hang your hanging chair outdoors, a tree branch or an overhead beam on your porch could be a good choice. In this case “Wrap Ropes” technique over your tree branch or around the beam on your porch is the best.

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Indoors: The other one, “Drill Hooks” technique, is used for hanging the chair indoors.

As you see installing a hanging chairs is not rocket science. Some excellent suspension sets are totally secure and very easy to install, and with each of these products, your chair is easy to hang or remove. However please note – no matter which of these sets and what kind of hanging chair you to decide to use, always follow enclosed manufacturer’s instructions for use for detailed information about installation and safety.

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