A Personal Guide To Hanging Chairs
Right now our son is laying on the floor on his back with just his feet in his hanging chair. He’s seven, and he has spent the last hour in various positions in and around the Playa Rainbow hanging chair in our apartment. He’s probably planning who he is going to attack next in Minecraft.
I have a few of observations:
My first is that a hanging chair is a bit more convenient than a hammock. Especially if you are the type of person who can’t really sit still, or if your home life means that staying still for more than a few minutes at a time is not really feasible. It is easy to sit in and to get up out of. When you compare it to a hammock, I would say it takes half the effort and half the time to get in and out of.
My second observation is how little space the hanging chair takes up in the room. Granted, it is one of the kids hanging chairs and the spreader bar is only 70cm long. It is located quite near to the kettle in our open plan lounge and kitchen area, and we pass by that area of the room all the time. It never seems to be in the way when it is not in use, and it doesn’t get in the way when any of the children are using it.
My final observation is that in a room that is mainly wood and white and beige, the hanging chair really brightens up part of the room. It looks colourful and cheerful. We have had this chair hanging there for about 18 months. It has been washed in the washing machine about 10 times, and it still looks new and fresh. You can call it a long term hammock test if you like and it has passed with flying colours!
We have hung this hanging chair so that it is only about 5cm from the from the ground. We would usually hang it a bit higher, but our 18 month old boy loves it and being 18 months old, he is totally reckless and keeping it low to the ground means he can’t fall far. He can’t get in the hanging chair by himself yet, but he can get out.
I would strongly recommend hanging chairs for children. Obviously think of the safety and don’t hang it above a concrete floor if you have a two year old who likes to throw herself about!
Our Other Hanging Chair
The other hanging chair that we use regularly is one of our denim hanging chairs. We really like this hanging chair for a few reasons:
Firstly, I love the extra long foot and leg rest. Many hanging chairs come with a separate mini hammock for the feet. We used to sell chairs like that. It never seemed as comfortable or convenient as it looked on the pictures. You had to get your heel in just the right place. Not terrible, just not instantly relaxing. The roll out foot and leg rest on the denim hanging chair is just an extension of the base of the chair. It is super comfortable.
My wife likes to nurse our youngest in this hanging chair in comfort. It works very well.
I like the fabric. Denim looks great. Maybe it just goes especially well with the rest of our apartment, but I expect it will look very nice in most locations. The fabric feels strong and comfortable.
I like that it was made as part of an organization in El Salvador which is trying to make a difference to the lives women there.
As with the children's hanging chair, it is also easy to get in and out of and it doesn’t take up much space when not in use. I like to sit in it and read for a few minutes until something more important to do comes up.
5 Benefits Of Hanging Chairs
So, in summary, the main benefits of a hanging chair are as follows.
- Space saving
- Easy to get in and out of
- Looks good
- Easy to wash
- Can be put away or hung up in 2 seconds
Hanging Chairs Outside
We used to live in Sweden, where there are almost a hundred thousand lakes each surrounded by trees. As soon as the weather turned warm enough we would take a hammock and swimming equipment down to a lake for a swim and some relaxation.
We would usually take a hammock. Probably because it comes in a handy shoulder bag and it doesn’t feel as bulky to carry. But a hanging chair is not much trouble to carry at all.
We did take hanging chairs to lakes. Mainly for photography. It works really well. If you have any branch that sticks out from the tree, then you can hang a hanging chair from it. Your feet are clear of the ants on the ground and you can relax in the breeze.
It’s very cosy to have a hanging chair hanging next to a hammock by the lake. So that’s one reason to get both.
If you want to use your new hanging chair outside, but you don’t want to take it around with you, then you can easily hang it from any tree in your garden. You might want a tree band to hang it from, but any strong piece of rope will do the job.
You can also use your hanging chair on a veranda. It is easy, plus it will not take up much space on your veranda. I think every veranda wishes it was bigger once you start filling it with stuff, but a hanging chair really helps with that problem.