With spring just around the corner, you’re probably as keen as we are to start enjoying the fresh air again. There’s nothing better than relaxing in your back garden or local forest with a good book and a crackling campfire. All you need is something comfy to sit in; a hammock chair.
With a cosy hammock chair, you can sit and swing, read a book or take a nap whilst enjoying the great outdoors. Many hammock chairs are portable, so you can take them with you wherever you go. Meanwhile, others will be an excellent addition to your patio décor.
To help you find the right hanging chair for you, we’ve taken a look at the best hammock chairs on the market and picked our top five.
What is a Hammock Chair?
A hammock chair is similar to a regular hammock because it’s suspended and can swing, but there are some key differences. Firstly, a hammock chair hangs from a single anchor point rather than two, so it takes up much less horizontal space. Secondly, hammock chairs usually retain an L-shape which makes them more comfortable for sitting in rather than lying down or sleeping.
Like regular hammocks, a hammock chair can be made from a range of natural materials, cotton being the most popular, lightweight synthetic fabrics, or a blend. Similarly, a hammock chair may have a fabric back and seat or they can be made from knotted ropes. Some less-portable hammock chairs have wicker or metal frames.
Top 5 best hammock chairs
Top Pick: Y-STOP Hammock Swing Chair
Stylish, sturdy, and super comfortable, the Hammock Swing Chair from Y-STOP is our top pick. With a maximum weight capacity of 330 lbs, this hanging chair is strong enough to seat an average adult and a child.
Thanks to the 40-inch hardwood spreader bar, the chair holds its shape widthways. Meanwhile, the high back and open rope sides allow you to recline into the chair. This model also comes with two removable square pillows so you can really get cozy.
Furthermore, the hammock is made from durable polyester-cotton fabric that is soft enough for comfort but tough enough to withstand rips and scratches. Although it’s advertised as pet-friendly, I bet most house cats will be attracted to the chair’s tassels.
Another very useful feature is the built-in side pocket that’s large enough to fit a book, tablet, reading glasses, or a thermal flask. That should be handy when there’s no table to put your things on.
High weight capacity
Built-in storage pocket
- Poor setup instructions
If you’re looking for a less expensive hanging chair, the Chihee Hammock Chair might be the right one for you. With a price tag of just under $30, the Chihee Hammock Chair offers great value for money.
Like the Y-STOP Hammock Swing Chair, it’s made from a blend of polyester and cotton. It’s deep enough to recline in and this model comes with a 39-inch wooden spreader bar, making it almost as wide as its competitor.
Plus, with 26 chords and reinforced stitching on either side, the Chihee Hammock Chair boasts a weight capacity of 330 lbs.
Additionally, the Chihee Hammock Chair weighs just 3 lbs and rolls away into a compact 59 x 5.9-inch carry bag, meaning that you can easily take it on your travels or carry it to your local park. Although it doesn’t come with pillows or hardware, the drawstring carry bag is included in the price.
- Carry bag included
- Great value for money
- Hardware not included
- Not the most durable
If you want something that you can really spread out in, take a look at the Greenstell Hammock Chair. This model is available in two sizes; the larger has a 48-inch spreader bar that should make it wide enough to sit diagonally with your feet up whilst reclining. That should make it comfortable enough for an afternoon nap, even if you’re tall.
We like that the Greenstell Hammock Chair is made from 100% polyester fabric. This makes it more breathable but also more resistant to rot and mildew than cotton or cotton-polyester hammock chairs. Because of this, the Greenstell Hammock Chair would be a better choice if you want a hanging chair that you can leave outside.
This hammock chair comes with installation hardware for hanging the chair from a ceiling. The kit also includes an adjustable hanging strap with a 660 lbs weight capacity that you can use to hang the chair from trees or other structures when you’re away from home.
- Great for tall people
- Weather-resistant fabric
- Installation hardware and adjustable
- Strap included
- Stylish design
- Not as structured as solid fabric hammock chairs
The Y-STOP Macrame Hammock Swing Chair offers a compromise between a typical chair and a hammock chair. With rope-wrapped hoops that make the base and top of the chair, this model offers a more rigid shape than others on this list. That said, the macrame seat and backrest still conform to your shape.
Another advantage of this macrame hanging chair is that it’s highly breathable and should be comfortable to use in summer. It’s also very easy to clean as crumbs, sand, and dirt will drop through the holes.
We also like that the Y-STOP Macrame Hammock Chair has two suspension methods; from a single anchor point or two anchor points. Installation hardware is included and you the option of setting up this chair like a traditional swing.
One drawback is that, because this hanging chair is made from 100% cotton, it’s less resistant to damp weather and UV rays. For this reason, it’s best for inside or sheltered outside areas.
- Very stylish design
- Rigid structure
- Two suspension methods
- Shouldn’t be left outside
Of course, it’s not just adults that can enjoy a hammock chair. Kids do too, and the OUTree Kids Pod is specifically designed for children.
It’s made from cotton canvas which is both breathable and machine washable. You shouldn’t need to worry about cookie crumbs or spilt drinks. Plus, the sides are reinforced with nylon edgings, and this child-friendly hammock chair can hold a weight of up to 100 lbs.
Additionally, the teardrop shape with an opening on just one side should stop kids from falling out. Because the Kids Pod comes with the installation hardware and an adjustable hanging strap you should have everything you need to set it up safely.
Furthermore, the Kids Pod is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. It’s lightweight and portable so you can take it on the next picnic or family camping trip. Plus, it comes with a blow-up pillow that zips into the base of the hammock chair for extra comfort. It’s also available in a range of bold colours.
- Child-specific design
- Pillow and hardware included
- Small size – best for kids under six years
How to hang a hammock chair
The easiest way to hang a hammock chair, inside or outside, is with a hammock stand for a hanging chair. With a hammock stand, you won’t need to install any anchor points, and you’ll be able to move the stand to different rooms in the house or to the garden. Some hammock chairs already come with hammock stands included.
Without a hammock stand, the best place to hang a hammock chair inside is from the ceiling. You (or a professional) will need to install a heavy-duty eye-screw or hook on your ceiling or ceiling beam. You can hang your hammock chair directly on the eye-screw/hook or attach a hammock strap if it’s too high. Remember to check that your ceiling is strong enough before hanging a chair from it.
You can use the same method to hang a hammock chair from an outdoor wood or brick structure in your garden. Alternatively, you can hang the chair from a sturdy tree branch or a horizontal pole or frame using a rope or a hammock tree strap.
Frequently Asked Questions
ARE HAMMOCK CHAIRS GOOD FOR YOUR BACK?
Hammock chairs can help relieve back and neck pain, although this may depend on the style of hammock chair you use. Soft fabric or rope hammock chairs conform to your body’s shape and move as you do, which can help reduce pressure on your spine. Additionally, hammock chairs are continually swaying; this can engage your core muscles and correct poor sitting posture.
CAN YOUR CEILING SUPPORT A HAMMOCK CHAIR?
A ceiling with sturdy joists (horizontal ceiling supports) should be strong enough to hold a hammock chair, but you’ll need to check the joist’s width and depth. You can do this with a stud tool if the joists are not visible or call in a professional. Dry-walls and plasterboard ceilings are not strong enough to support an adult’s weight.
HOW MUCH WEIGHT CAN A HANGING CHAIR HOLD?
This varies from chair to chair but manufacturers usually include the maximum weight recommendation in the product description. The hammock chairs in our top five all have a maximum capacity between 300 lbs and 330 lbs, excluding the OUTree Kids Swing Pod, which has a maximum capacity of 100 lbs.