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Best Hanging Chairs Australia | Egg Chairs, Hanging Benches and Hammock Chairs

Hanging egg chairs are the best thing you never knew you needed. I spent years trying to convince my partner that we didn’t need an egg chair – that it would be too big. But, one day, I turned up at home and there’s a hanging egg chair in the garden. It’s the single best piece of furniture we own. 

In this article, I’ve got all the tips to help you make the most of your hanging chair, and a run-through of the best hanging egg chairs you can buy in Australia right now.

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Hanging Chairs Buying Guide

Hanging egg chairs are the most popular types of hanging chairs

What are Hanging chairs?

Hanging chairs come in so many shapes and sizes, with different designs to suit different gardens; from free-standing hanging chairs to hammock chairs, to garden swings, and swing benches.

Hanging chairs, specially egg chairs, adds comfort and style to your garden with next to no effort. In the buyers' guide to hanging chairs, we’ll look at the different types of outdoor hanging chairs to help you decide which the best hanging chair is for you.

What to Look for When Buying Hanging Chairs

When you’re looking for a new hanging chair, there really isn’t that much to consider. Hanging chairs are about style and comfort, so as long as it’s got a cushion and it's safe, that’s about everything you need to know. 

Do check the weight limits to hanging chairs though, as some are designed for kids and won’t last for long with adults swinging around in them.

It’s also important to state that most hanging egg chairs are designed for sitting, not swinging, so shouldn’t be used as a plaything.

Different Types of Hanging Chairs

I adore outdoor hanging chairs. There was a time when I was really against them and thought that hanging chairs were too big and too overpowering to fit subtly in a garden, but now I wouldn’t be without one.

Different Types of Hanging Chairs

Hanging Egg Chairs

Hanging egg chairs are the most popular types of hanging chairs, typically woven with rattan or plastic, and hanging from an overhead structure that folds away for winter to protect them from the elements. 

Hanging egg chairs give a sense of enclosure and privacy, wrapping you in their domed arms as you rock gently in the corner of the garden. Based on the 1960s and 70s egg chairs, they up the game by dangling, rather than simply sitting as static chairs.

Double Egg Chairs

Double egg chairs are great for families as they can usually take the weight of two people and a child so are perfect for snuggling up together in the evenings. They rock less than egg chairs, and typically just gently sway backwards and forwards.

That might seem disappointing to anyone who enjoys the 360 rotation of a hanging egg chair, but the double chains they hang from make them far stronger and help them support the weight of multiple people.

Swing Seats

Swing seats are great for small spaces, and anyone going for a more traditional style. Rather than having the structure of an egg chair, swing seats typically come attached to small arbours, so make a great climbing frame for plants as well as a practical place to sit.

Swing Benches

Swing benches come in so many styles that it’s hard to define just one, but the most common design is free-standing support, with a standard bench seat suspended from above.

They’re great for traditional garden designs, and some modern designs are incredibly comfortable too.

Hammock Chairs

Hammock chairs are great for informal, relaxed gardens, where you don’t want large structures, and flopping back into a fabric chair is all you need to enjoy your garden.

Hammock chairs are harder to install, as they do need existing patios, or sturdy branches to hang from, but in essence, they are the same as hanging egg chairs and pod chairs.

If you are leaning towards hammock chairs then you will definitely love this list of DIY macrame hammock patterns.  

How to Install a Hanging Chair

Most egg chairs are free-standing and come with instructions, but for standalone outdoor egg chairs, or hanging chairs like hammock seats, you will need an existing structure in place to hang from.

How to Install a Hanging Chair

Always use sturdy materials to hang from, like steel beams, solid timber rafters or mature branches on tall trees. 

When hanging, use the rope or chain provided with the chair to stick to manufacture guidelines, but if none is provided, use good quality rope, sprung mounting hooks, strapping or chain which is tested for strength up to your weight as a minimum.

Installing mounting hooks

To install a hanging chair using sprung mounting hooks, you’ll need a few particular materials. The main principle is that you need to use nuts and bolts, not screws, regardless of the material you’re attaching to.

This means the load is spread properly, and not reliant on the wood grain to hold the screws (and you).

  1. Mark the timber, or metal beams with the holes on the mounting bracket.
  2. Drill all the way through the timber so your bolts are a tight fit.
  3. Attach the bolts with washers on both sides of the beam, and a sturdy nut on the top.
  4. Tighten fully.
  5. Hang your chair.

Hanging Chairs Safety Guide

Hanging chairs are generally safe to use, but do come with some general guidelines to keep you safe while using them:

  • Don’t swing
  • Don’t exceed the weight limit
  • Secure well to overhead structures
  • Place freestanding chairs on level ground
  • Keep any soft furnishings away from fire or electric heaters

Best Hanging Egg Chairs

1. HelloFurniture Arcon Outdoor Hanging Chair

HelloFurniture Arcon Outdoor Hanging Chair

Source: catch.com.au

  • Frame included: YES
  • Cushions included: YES
  • Weight limit: 100kg

The PE (polyethylene) rattan furniture from Hello furniture is well worth considering as a long-lasting option for any garden. As well as being hard-wearing, it holds up to all weathers, and this egg chair is woven around a sturdy frame, giving you comfort and security at the same time. 

The simple round base also gives stability on flat floors, making this hanging chair easy to set up and install.

2. Havana Hanging Egg Chair

Havana Hanging Egg Chair

Source: catch.com.au

  • Frame included: YES
  • Cushions included: YES
  • Weight limit: 120kg

Everything about this hanging egg chair looks natural, from the steel frame to the rattan weave, but it’s all a clever disguise, using sturdy manufactured materials to provide safety, while blending neatly into the natural surroundings of your garden.

If you’re after a truly beautiful egg chair, this one from Havana is surely the way to go!

3. Gardeon Outdoor Hammock Egg Chair

Gardeon Outdoor Hammock Egg Chair

Source: amazon.com.au

  • Frame included: YES
  • Cushions included: YES
  • Weight limit: 150kg

I love the industrial corners of this egg chair, designed for comfort and utility over visuals, but for many modern gardens, this would fit much better than the more natural curved designs of most egg chairs.

The other really big benefit of this design from Gardeon is that it’s got a four-legged base, meaning it can be installed on slightly uneven ground without rocking thanks to the more even weight distribution across the base.

4. Costway Outdoor Hanging Egg Chair

Costway Outdoor Hanging Egg Chair

Source: au.costway.com

  • Frame included: YES
  • Cushions included: YES
  • Weight limit: 120kg

This simple egg chair from Costway is a great budget option if you’re looking for comfort without breaking the bank. It might be the budget option in our list, but it’s actually really cleverly designed, with a U-shaped foot which helps it withstands kids playing and swinging backwards thanks to the clear downward pressure.

5. HelloFurniture Outdoor Swing Egg Chair

HelloFurniture Outdoor Swing Egg Chair

Source: catch.com.au

  • Frame included: YES
  • Cushions included: YES
  • Weight limit: 100kg

These teardrop egg chairs from HelloFurnature are starting to take over from the standard egg chairs with a little bit more attention to detail in the design, which clearly appeals to most gardeners and garden designers.

There’s also something about that thick rim that helps these chairs to feel more encompassing, safer, and more secluded too.

6. ARTISS Egg-Shape Wicker Double Hammock

ARTISS Egg-Shape Wicker Double Hammock

Source: amazon.com.au

  • Frame included: YES
  • Cushions included: YES
  • Weight limit: 240kg

If it’s an egg chair for two people you’re after, then check out this double egg chair from Artiss, which can hold up to 240kg. What’s really lovely about some of the double hanging chairs is that they have a smaller footprint than the chair itself, meaning it’s not taking up unnecessary floor space, so you could even install this slightly overhanging the patio, or squeeze it into the corner dangling over your flowers.

7. Delilah Hanging Egg Chair

Delilah Hanging Egg Chair

Source: catch.com.au

  • Frame included: YES
  • Cushions included: YES
  • Weight limit: 120kg

This egg chair uses all-natural colours to trick the eye into thinking it's woven wicker but doesn’t come with the hassle of having to clean natural materials.

Just power wash it once a year to keep it looking pristine, and the powder-coated steel will do the rest, as mildew and dirt just roll straight off it.

I love the delicacy of this chair, and the elegance of the cushions that come with it. This would make a perfect hanging chair in any tidy, well-kept garden.

8. SNAILHOME Swing Hanging Egg Chair 

SNAILHOME Swing Hanging Egg Chair

Source: catch.com.au

  • Frame included: YES
  • Cushions included: YES
  • Weight limit: 120kg

Here’s something you didn’t expect… this egg chair folds away completely! Snailhome is known for innovative garden design, but this takes it to another level.

Garden chairs are always hard to store, especially when you just want them out of the way for winter without having a huge tarpaulin cover over the top.

If you’re short of storage space though, this egg chair, its cushions and its frame fold away to virtually nothing for easy storage, and can still easily hold 120kg.

Best Hanging Benches

9. Chenqian Iron Hanging Patio Swing Chair

Chenqian Iron Hanging Patio Swing Chair

Source: amazon.com.au

  • Frame included: YES
  • Cushions included: YES
  • Weight limit: Dependant on fixings

This hanging bench is straight out of Little House on the Prairie, and completely perfect for any patio with a well-built pergola. Picture sitting out with a cold drink on a summer evening, just lying back and reading a book as your bench swings beneath you. 

I can’t really think of anything more perfect, and the welded iron bench from Chenqian is exactly what you need to recreate that.

10. Tidyard Garden Swing Bench

Tidyard 3-Seater Garden Swing Bench

Source: amazon.com.au

  • Frame included: YES
  • Cushions included: YES
  • Weight limit: Unknown

This style of swing bench isn’t for everyone, but there’s a reason that freestanding swing seats have stuck around in the gardening world for so long – they work. 

There is no easier way to add permanence, shade, and comfort all in one go than with a hanging swing bench, and Tidyard has done an incredible job with this model, which is entirely made from coated steel and durable rattan, with an effective shade that can be easily adjusted to block out the sun.

11. Gardeon Wooden Bench Outdoor Swing Chair

Gardeon Wooden Bench Outdoor Swing Chair

Source: amazon.com.au

  • Frame included: YES
  • Cushions included: YES
  • Weight limit: 250kg

While this self-assembly timber swing bench might seem like hard work at first glance, it’s actually really simple to put together with just a few bolts and wingnuts.

The chain can hold up to 250kg too making it ideal for families to enjoy together, and the shade cover is completely removable if you want a simpler-looking swing seat through summer.

Best Hammock Chairs

12. Agility Macrame Hammock Swing Chair

Agility Macrame Hammock Swing Chair

Source: amazon.com.au

  • Frame included: NO
  • Cushions included: NO
  • Weight limit: 150kg

Nothing says relaxed like macramé, and there is no better way to use macramé in a garden than in your seating. Whether it's traditional hammocks or framed hammock seats like this one from Agility, there’s just something magical about the lightness of design in macramé furniture.

As well as its good looks, this hanging chair is easy to install with simple fittings for any sturdy beam.

13. Costcom Portable Hanging Hammock Chair

Costcom Portable Hanging Hammock Chair

Source: amazon.com.au

  • Frame included: NO
  • Cushions included: YES
  • Weight limit: 150kg

As well as looking good, this simple swinging hammock seat is convenient too, with an entirely machine-washable seat and cushions with removable covers.

These swing seats are designed for camping more than permanence but work really well out in the garden too. The easiest way to install swing hammocks like this is with a set of sailing ropes wrapped around the branch of a tree, but they can just as easily be bolted onto rafters.

14. Agility Hammock Hanging Rope Chair

Agility Hammock Hanging Rope Chair

Source: amazon.com.au

  • Frame included: NO
  • Cushions included: YES
  • Weight limit: 120kg

Agility makes a wide range of garden furniture, and fittings are always important to them. If you want simple, efficient, and reliable hanging systems, then this hammock chair comes with everything you need for installation so you’re confident the chair will take your weight.

The simple hammock design is incredibly comfortable too, supported with sturdy timber at the top, and held in place with clever rope work around the entire chair that gives you just enough support, without making you feel restricted.

15. Vivere Single Cacoon Chair

Vivere Single Cacoon Chair

Source: amazon.com.au

  • Frame included: NO
  • Cushions included: NO
  • Weight limit: 200kg

Cocoon chairs are great for adults but designed for kids, with a beautiful filtered light that relaxes even the most overactive imagination.

The single hanging point makes them really easy to install, but you will need to buy some extra fittings, or use a really good quality rope to attach to a tree branch.

What’s even better about these hanging pod chairs is that they work just as well in the garden as they do out camping thanks to being so incredibly easy to pack away!

16. Vivere Double Cacoon Chair

Vivere Double Cacoon Chair

Source: amazon.com.au

  • Frame included: NO
  • Cushions included: NO
  • Weight limit: 200kg

The double cocoon chair is perfect for parents to sit with their kids, or even find a hiding space away from them for a few minutes. The seclusion of cocoon chairs is like nothing else, wrapping you in beautiful filtered light, with a neat window onto the rest of the garden.

Hanging Chairs Frequently Asked Questions

What are hanging chairs called?

Hanging chairs have all sorts of different names, and are often called swing chairs, hanging chairs, basket chairs, outdoor swing seats, hammock seats and pod chairs.

All have slightly different designs, but all come under the same umbrella of hanging chairs.

Are hanging chairs comfortable?

Hanging chairs are comfortable. No matter how much you think you don’t want one or that it will get in the way of the garden, just step back, maybe find a hanging chair on display at Bunnings, and enjoy it. 

Can you hang a hanging chair from the ceiling?

As long as hanging chairs are supported by joists or solid beams they are safe to hang from the ceiling. Plaster or roofing battens are not strong enough to support hanging chairs, so always be absolutely sure to bolt hanging chairs right through ceiling joists.

How much weight can a hanging chair take?

Hanging chairs can take up to 300lbs (130kg) but every chair will have its own weight limits, with some hanging chairs only capable of a max weight of 75kg.

Check the manufacturer's instructions before purchasing or installing a hanging chair.

To boost your outdoor design, be sure to check out our list of outdoor decor buying guides below: 

Choose from Best Hanging Egg Chairs, Benches, and Hammock Chairs for 2022

Hanging egg chairs, hanging chairs, pod chairs. Whatever you call them, they’re worth buying because they’ll coax you out into the garden more, and you’ll be able to sit in secluded, private comfort.

Best Hanging Chairs Australia Egg Chairs, Hanging Benches and Hammock Chairs

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