To hang a ceiling chair, you’ll usually need just a single anchor point. Here’s a quick overview of the four best suspension sets for the hammock and hanging chairs on the market which you can easily install and relatively quickly attach your hanging chair to the ceiling.
1. SWING HANGER BY MARATHON
UPDATE: Here is an alternative product, now available on the market, which includes also a swivel:
This high-quality swing hanger is a perfect choice to hang your hammock chair “swing style” with two suspension points on our porch or your living room.
This is certainly not the cheapest swing hanger you could find, but it is a high-quality product, very solid, easy to fix up and completely silent. You can leisurely enjoy the midnight swinging without disturbing the neighborhood, cause this swing hanger works like a charm with no squeaks, no rubbing and no plastic ring that breaks down after a couple of days.
Thanks to modern ball bearings technique, the suspended snap hook runs like on rails, which allows constant movement up to 60 minutes nonstop and beyond. The excellent rolling feature guarantees a maximum of smooth motion and pure relaxation without any background noise.
You can choose between premium zinc plated or stainless steel hanger, which is seawater proofed and perfect for the beach or in swimming pools with chlorine-containing air.
- It is really smooth without noise and suitable for almost nonstop movements
- Made in Germany.
- Very easy to install due to drilling template
- STRONG: Weight capacity 300 lbs
For outdoors we recommend the new model made of stainless steel AISI 304. The model with improved runnability will let you enjoy many minutes of really smooth and continuous motion. One small push on the porch swing and it keeps going, and going, and going, and…
Keep in mind that you are buying individual hangers. For a porch swing or any other swing chair with two suspension points, you need to purchase 2 of them.
2. HANGING CHAIR SWIVEL POWER HOOK BY BYER OF MAINE
If you want to hang your hanging chair “pivot style”, this suspension system is the best one. It is suitable for hammock chairs with a spreader bar or basket hanging chairs which require only one anchor point. This ball bearing swivel hook lets you rotate freely in your swing chair all-around full circle, and ensures the cords do not chafe allowing free rotation in any direction.
Byer of Maine is an American distributor for their partners, Amazonas from Germany. They are well known in Europe for their top-quality, original cotton hammocks and hanging chairs and accessories. This ball-mounted ceiling hook with an extension chain for adjusting the height should give you many years of excellent service in your home when used for quiet relaxation. Thanks to modern bearing technique, this suspension system hook assures a safe hanging spot for your hanging chair, whilst providing the flexibility of rotating a full 360 degrees.
- Special hook including ball bearing, one chain, 4 bolts, 4 metal plugs
- Manufacturer: Amazonas in Germany
- Very easy to install
- Made with industrial bearings for safe swinging.
- FLEXIBILITY: turns a full 360 degrees
- STRONG: Weight capacity of 300 lbs.”
- You don’t need to get springs. It comes with the swivel hook and chain.
- Only for use in concrete!
For wood, you’ll need an adapter available here. This adapter is designed to allow for the Swivel Hook to be mounted using 1 1/2″ wood framing.
Watch the installation video here:
3. UNIVERSAL ROPE SET FOR HAMMOCK CHAIRS BY LA SIESTA
This universal suspension set by La Siesta, one of the leading suppliers of high-quality hammock chairs from Latin America, is excellent for flexible installation on a wall, a ceiling, beams or trees.
The Smart Hook allows easy modification of rope length. The hook can be simply fixed using common tools and is suitable for attachment to a lot of different surfaces. Its three-sided shape with three holes guarantees optimal weight distribution.
This set is very practical, weatherproof and resistant to UV-rays, so it is suitable for indoors and outdoors use. All components are 100% “Made in Germany”, which is a brand promise for excellent, high-quality products.
- Hook: fiberglass reinforced polyamide; rope: heat set polyester.
- Easy installation. Enables swift suspension and demounting.
- Rope length easily adjustable with the Smart Hook
- Made in Germany. Products tested and certified by the German TUV Rheinland
- STRONG: Maximum weight capacity: 160 kg (355 lbs)
Read our installation guide here.
Ball bearing Technique
The Marathon Hanger and the Power Hook have integrated ball bearings, which reduce friction between moving parts. The advantage of ball bearings is reflected in a longer duration of movement and in a longer lifetime. The fidget spinners for example, which uses ball bearings to allow it to spin, are toys designed to spin with little effort.
As you noticed, the three suspension kits named above are made in Germany. They are not the cheapest but definitely high-quality products. That being said, there are in the meantime a lot of cheaper suspension kits available online. Most of them were imported from China. According to the number of positive reviews, some of them seem to be good. Here s the best one “no name” product we found on Amazon
4. HAMMOCK CHAIR ULTIMATE HANGING KIT BY ARBOR HAMMOCKS
This stainless hanging chair suspension kit includes all you need to hang any hammock or swing chair reliably from any usual ceiling joist or wood beam or any other overhead surface. Included in the pack are a spring and a swivel that allows 360 degrees of rotation without any tangling or twisting chair rope so that hammock chair never comes undone from the ceiling.
- Easy to install
- A heavy duty 500 lb spring provides bounce and an extra level of comfort to any swing.
- FLEXIBILITY: turns a full 360 degrees
- STRONG: Weight capacity of 300 lbs.
We haven’t tested this suspension system personally, but as there is no certificate for the product, we would strongly advise, to be skeptical about spring hook capacity of over 500lb. Also, don’t mix up weight and the spring capacity. Even if the spring has a capacity of 500 lb, this doesn’t mean that the set itself can hold more than 300lbs. The manufacturer is Arbor Hammocks. As this is the only product offered by them, we assume the product is made in China.
Parts appear to be very high quality, strong and carefully finished. The set seems to be perfect for punching bags or hanging any other heavy object from an overhead mount. Anyway, note the following points:
- spring is hard, which means, it doesn’t stretch and does not relieve stress, even when a nearly 200 lb person sits in the chair.
- hooks on spring are very shallow. Seems like it could easily slip off when getting in out of the chair and hurt you (it’s very heavy)
- swivel is metal on metal so it doesn’t rotate easily as this is the case with the Power Hook by Byer of Maine, which uses the bearing technique. The chain or rope will twist more easily making it useless.
- with all these components, it is not uniform and therefore not the most beautiful solution
Conclusion: According to the review rating on Amazon, hundreds of customers are satisfied with this product, so if you need a low budget solution, the suspension kit might work for you. Otherwise, we recommend buying the Power Hook reviewed above.
Last but not least – Liability Note
This was the best hanging chair hardware that will help you to attach a hanging chair to the ceiling. Anyway, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and safety when fixing the suspension set. The installation must be done by a competent person and to a load-bearing material. Check all individual parts for signs of damage regularly. Should you find signs of damage, replace the respective parts immediately. An extraordinary exposure to weather and intensive use will bring about wear and tear faster. Never exceed the specified maximum loading capacity of the product.
In the case of new installation, before using your new ceiling chair, be sure to test it for safety.