The Papasan chair is an indoor basket chair traditionally made of rattan. The removable cushion is filled with cotton fluff. It looks like a big bowl, so it is also called “bowl chair”. This extremely comfy bowl-shaped chair has always been known in Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, and the Philippines. In America, it was introduced for the first time in the 1950s and became highly popular first in the 70s when, with all its really “hip” styles and colors, it was the biggest furniture rave. A double-seating version is called “Mamasan”, and is also available as a macrame saucer swing.
Today designers have borrowed their innovative ideas from years past and combine them with creative, almost futuristic looks and styles, giving the Papasan chair a kind of rebirth that has re-established its popularity and overall presence in the home interior design category and the furniture marketplace.
The best part about this chair is that its base and bowl-shaped seat are not fixed, enabling the chair to be completely adjustable cause the seat to be tilted to any angle. With three hanging ropes and appropriate accessory kit, Papasan bowl can be hung from any appropriate point. You can call it now Swingasan for example.
The hanging Papasan chair is a great reinterpretation of the old-fashioned Papasan chair. This updated version is more stylish and with patterned cushions is it an extremely comfortable and relaxing seat.
In this video you can see how it looks like:
Hanging Papasan DIY
The Hangasan by Skycarte described above is unfortunately not available in the US market. Some similar hanging basket chairs from this category are pretty expensive, but the good thing is- the DIY hanging papasan chair project is really pretty simple.
To make your dreams about a swinging version of papasan chair come true, you actually need a classic bowl chair and additional kit to convert it into a hanging Papasan chair.
You can use your old papasan for this project, but even if you buy a new one and the appropriate suspension system, you’ll get a beautiful hanging basket chair for little money.
We recommend using a papasan with huge removable cushion and a beautifully woven wicker frame. You’ll don’t need the base for a hanging version. The bottom needs to be removed, so the most important thing is, that the base and the bowl are detachable.
Some suitable Papasan chairs for this project you can find here:
- Papasan Chair (available in blue, black, grey and red)
- Papasan Chair (outdoor version, available in brown and grey)
If you do not want to spend a lot of time researching, here you can find a brief overview of hanging chairs we recommend.