Hanging Chair

Let's Hang Out!

If you would like something a little different in your garden, a hanging chair or bench might just fit the bill: great for those lazy days in the sunshine!

Of course, it is a must that you have something to hang it from!

So, what can you hang it from? A tree branch maybe, the rafter of a pergola, a strong bracket attached to the house or under an arch. Wherever you choose to position your chair, it is important that the structure is strong enough to hold the weight.

Don't be disappointed if there isn't anything suitable, there is the option of a free-standing frame, which gives you more flexibility, as you can move it about.

Ideas For A Hanging Chair

Handing garden furniture looks great on a seating area such as a patio, deck or under a pergola. Pergola accessories can make a world of difference to the overall feel of the area and a relaxing effect that can be achieved.

Copyright image: A beautiful and romantic arbour with a hanging bench.

Any of the pergolas made from the plans can have swing seats added to make them a very special area.

How inviting does this look!

Copyright image: A stunning hexagonal pergola  with a hanging chairs and garden trellis feature.

Here's a beautiful Asian-style pergola made by Howard.  He built the pergola with a hanging chair on two sides. What a beautiful area to spend time out!

Free-Standing Hanging Chair Solutions

A free-standing hanging seat is great for creating a sleek and sophisticated look, with its curved shapes and clean lines that looks great in a very modern design.  

Alternatively, it works very well surrounded by more traditional planting.

Learn how to make this patio circle here.  You will have step-by-step instructions and pictures to create an interesting feature on which to stand your hanging seat.

Copyright image: An interesting garden feature with a hanging chair and patio circle.

Fabric chairs give a more informal feel and can really jazz up an area.

Both styles have their place and create something different and special. The free-standing hanging chairs can be more expensive, but if that is the style you wish to create then they are well worth it!

Some are weatherproof: those that are made out of all-weather rattan and those made from weather-proof material. Do check this if you would prefer to leave your chair outside.

Co-ordinate your seat with other garden furniture and planting to create a really welcoming space. There are many fabrics to choose from so that you can do this easily.

Maybe use alongside some outdoor bean bags, a hammock and colourful cushions for a very relaxed area. Or have dining furniture in one area, with the 'chill out' area nearby.

Copyright image: An fantastic pergola made from the free plans, with a beautiful swing benches and accessories.

This is an idea for a seating area made with the free plans.  If you don't already have them, you'll find them here

It's amazing what can be done!

Buying A Hanging Bench

These have not always been easy to get hold of, and tend to be seasonal, so if the one you want isn't available, like anything else in the 'Garden and Outdoors' departments, you may have to wait until it comes back into stock.

It's been so fantastic this year, with so many fabulous hanging seats and benches coming onto the market.  They have, in the past, been notoriously difficult to get hold of.  So many people ask about sourcing them for DIY projects and now, at last, there are some beauties to choose from.

They range from the more costly to the more expensive, but, whichever you choose, try to make sure it is weatherproof.  For metal this means powder coated; for wood it means treated with a waterproof paint or even a composite wood. Rattan is also weatherproof.

Romantic hanging metal benches come in wonderfully intricate designs and styles, including single swing seats for those smaller spaces.

Powder-coated metal swing bench.

Now we are seeing several all-weather, eco-friendly chairs and benches that are ideal for a maintenance-free solution.  They come in several different colours and materials to match your own scheme.

You can find them here, and this is one for the kids-amazing!

Patio Canopy Swing Seat 

This larger hanging seat is also very popular, because the whole thing is free-standing, making it very versatile and easy to install; the seat has a ready made structure to hang from, and it can be moved around, if a change is on the cards. 

They are available with or without a canopy and some are, in fact, arbour swings with a solid roof; really cosy, providing a very attractive feature in the garden.  Team up with comfy throws and cushions for a special place to relax.

Wooden swinging arbour

Using unusual garden furniture accesories can really transform your seating area. And you can be sure that everyone will be drawn towards it! This angled swing bench is so welcoming.

Find more ideas on creating your perfect seating area here.

Copyright image: An attached pergola made from the plans, with a beautiful swing bench and accessories.

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