It’s perhaps the most perfect furniture for socially distancing
Sure, spending the afternoon on a poolside lounger is pretty blissful. But might we also suggest the wonder of the outdoor hanging chair? These simple, suspended seats have it all: a cocoon-like embrace to get comfy, basically built-in shade, the perfect breeze, and a gentle rocking motion that will likely lull you to sleep.
Perhaps the best part of all: As this long, hot summer of continued social distancing chugs on, the hanging chair offers a totally solo place to get away from it all. Sharing is not only discouraged, but it’s also more or less impossible as far as we’re concerned.
You can place one in pretty much any outdoor space where there’s a sturdy support system: your porch, on its very own stand, or on a branch if you’ve got one available. Apartment dwellers can also get creative here; a hanging chair is a perfect accent for a living room or bedroom anywhere a reading nook might be welcome.
Feast your eyes on hanging chairs of all styles from sculptural rattan and practical canvas to washable nylon camping options. We’ve rounded up 13 that’ll help you get acquainted with all things hanging chairs. Grab a book, a comfy pillow, or a cocktail and curl up.
All products featured on Architectural Digest are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
1. Pod Hanging Chair
Made by hand in Indonesia of 100% recyclable resin, this adorable hanging pod is as protective as it is a pleasure to look at.
2. Hammock Hanging Chair
This plush fabric chair is so cozy-looking it is basically a suspended pillow in the sky, and we are here for it.
3. Cacoon Single
An incredible pod hanging chair that is super lightweight and transportable. Keep it in your yard or pack it up for camping trips.
4. Ragland Swing Chair with Stand
Everything is included in this hanging pod chair package: stand, cushion, and swing. The contemporary woven design is available in two colorways and can be used both indoors and out.
5. Multicolor Sitting Hammock
Macramé at its best this hammock chair is handmade in Nicaragua and available in numerous color combos, but we like this bright and sunny version best.
6. Nanna Ditzel Outdoor Hanging Egg Chair
A true thing of beauty, this streamlined rattan egg chair is made to withstand the outdoor elements, but it’ll cost you. Though you can buy the components à la carte, with swing, chain, cushion, and stand included it can total more than $5,000.
7. Knotted Melati Hanging Chair
Okay, this macramé egg chair is intended for indoor use only, but the lacelike details are so beautiful we had to include it.
8. Nest Rattan Hanging Chair
In what is absolutely the closest thing to a nest a human might ever have, this rattan chair–handmade in Indonesia–is a beachy beauty. Accessorize it with the right cushions and throws to create a spot you might never want to leave.
9. Ischua Swing Chair with Stand
A slightly more pulled-together option, this indoor-outdoor chair comes with a stand (yay for easier assembly) that is collapsible for post-patio-season storage. It’s also available in a teal colorway for those craving a bit of color.
10. HugglePod Lite Chair Hammock
A tiny option for kids (or adults on the smaller side), the HugglePod is great for indoor or outdoor use and is made of lightweight nylon.
11. Meltham Cotton Chair Hammock
With all the comforts of a hammock but exponentially improved back support, this canvas option is begging to be curled up in.
12. Flowerhouse TearDrop Hanging Chair
More like a tent in the sky, the Flowerhouse TearDrop gives a little extra lounging room for laying out. Plus, the durable material makes it weather-resistant while the cutouts keep it airy.
13. Luna Hanging Chair
The dark stripes and subtle shape of this rattan chair give it a refined look that is still boho but perfect for a minimalist’s decor. While we wouldn’t recommend keeping it out in the elements, it’d fit beautifully on a porch or patio.