How to Install a Hanging Chair for Retro Style Seating


Furniture styles that combine retro materials and sinuous shapes are one of this year’s big trends, and perhaps no piece sums that up better than the hanging chair. Typically oval in shape and suspended from the ceiling, these funky chairs are making their way into homes through social media and magazines. Just on Instagram, the hashtag #hanging chair results in nearly 70,000 uses of the furniture.

Typically made from rattan, hanging chairs have a unique shape that might remind you of another retro trend: the egg chair that was popular throughout the mid-century period. the peacock armchair from the 60s and 70s, with its woven construction and cocoon-like shape, also bears a resemblance. Whatever the historical significance, it’s clear that these chairs are back in full force.

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Decoration ideas for hanging chairs

Hanging chairs work especially well in an all-season room or on a patio, where the breeze can give furniture a slight sway. Chairs are also frequently spotted in bohemian style living rooms, where rattan and wicker abound. In a living room, top a hanging chair with a fluffy pillow and an ultra-soft throw to create a cozy corner for reading or relaxing.

In children’s rooms, hanging chairs are the perfect place to curl up after school. Hang one near your child’s bookshelf to create a fun reading nook.

When it comes to design, hanging chairs come in a variety of styles and materials aside from the classic rattan model. If you love lounging in a hammock, consider a hanging chair macrame. If you lean more towards a contemporary aesthetic, a glass bubble chair might be a better choice. Select the style that best suits your space, then use these must-have hanging tips.

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How to hang a chair from the ceiling

Before buying a hanging chair, prepare an installation plan to make sure you can hang it safely. Hardware should be secured into a ceiling joist for adequate support. Always follow the instructions provided by the chair manufacturer and refer to the instructions below as an additional resource. Some chairs come with their own hanging hardware, or you can purchase the necessary items separately.

If you don’t want to punch holes in your ceiling or don’t have a solid surface, you can find hanging chairs with a free-standing, hammock-like base. It’s a great option for an apartment or outdoor room that might lack joists.

What do you need

Step 1: Locate a joist and mark the desired hanging location.

Use a stud finder to locate a ceiling joist in the desired location. For a more secure hold, you’ll want to hang the chair in the center of the joist. Lightly mark both sides of the joist, then make a third mark in the middle to indicate the center point. Make sure the chair has enough clearance on all sides to avoid hitting a wall or other obstacle when hung.

Step 2: Install the screw eye in the ceiling joist.

Drill a pilot hole in your center mark on the ceiling. Thread a screw eyelet into the hole, squeezing it completely into the joist. Use a screw eye with a weight capacity of at least 300 pounds to make sure it can hold your weight.

Step 3: Attach the chain or rope.

Hook a sturdy chain link or locking carabiner around the screw eye. Loop the end of a pre-measured galvanized chain over the link and screw down the connection. You can also use a sturdy rope with loops attached to both ends. Make sure your rope is rated for at least 300 pounds in weight and tied securely.

Step 4: Hang the chair on the chain.

Connect the second chain link to the other end of the galvanized chain. Wrap the chair attachment ring over the link and screw the connection. Let the chair hang freely, then check its height. If necessary, adjust the height of the chair by attaching it to an upper link in the chain.


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