World’s most cheerful chair? Here’s a roundup of our rattan-inspired favorite swings (with a few fabric options for hammock lovers).
Take note that natural rattan is best when it’s kept in a dry location–perfect for hanging on a covered porch or indoors from a ceiling beam (bring that summer feeling inside). Want to hang a chair from a branch in the garden? Synthetic rattan to the rescue. Several of our selections are made from weather-resistant fibers.
If you prefer something more horizontal, see 10 Relaxation-Inducing Indoor Hammocks.
Above: The Original Cobble Mountain Chair is handmade in Vermont and has a bentwood frame of locally harvested oak. The $265 price includes two cushions. Photograph via Refinery 29.
Above: Made in Indonesia of hand-bent rattan, Serena and Lily’s Hanging Rattan Chair is suspended by a heavy-duty loop and rope (included). Available in natural or white, it’s $450, and a Double Hanging Rattan Chair is $695.
Above: Anthropologie’s Rattan Hanging Chair has a lacquered finish and is intended for indoor use; $598, including hardware.
Above: The Layla Grace Rattan Hanging Chair will hold up to 180 pounds in weight. It measures 40 inches high by 24 inches deep by 40 inches wide and costs $544.
Above: Spotted at the Montauk Surf Lodge and the Jonathan Adler–designed Parker Palm Springs, the Single Hanging Swing from Fran’s Wicker is handcrafted from a natural-finish rattan and comes with a hanging chain; $358.
Above: The Two’s Company Hanging Rattan Chair is made of natural rattan and measures 40 by 24 by 28 inches; $381 on Amazon.
Above: From Spanish design team MUT, the Nautica Swing Chair looks like bentwood and comes with a fabric seat. The indoor version is crafted of peeled and tinted rattan, while the nearly identical-looking outdoor version is made of high-resistance aluminum tubing. Contact Expormim for pricing and availability.
Above: Urban Outfitters’ Cuzco Hanging Chair, $198, has a macrame swing and hangs from a loop (hardware not included).
Above: A Scandinavian classic designed by Nanna Ditzel in 1959, the handmade rattan Egg Chair is designed for indoor use; €1,759 ($1,876) through Sika Design.
Above: Another midcentury design, the Eureka Hanging Chair by Giovanni Travasa is still being handmade in Italy, and finished with a leather hanging strap. Prices start at $5,925, depending on the finish, at Property Furniture.
Above: From Ladies & Gentleman Studio, the Ovis Hanging Chair pairs a felted Navajo wool sling (also available in black leather) with a wood and metal frame of either brass or copper; from $2,800.
Above: The Paola Lenti Slide Swing from Italy is made of ash and hangs from stainless steel cables covered with braiding. Go to Paola Lenti to find a dealer near you.
Need something that will hold more people? Take a look at Gardenista’s DIY: Giant Porch Swing. And check out Julie’s 5 Favorites: Porch Swings.
And for some real indoor swinging, go to 14 Children’s Swings for Indoor Play.
This post is an update; it originally ran on Gardenista on August 13, 2013, as part of the Travels with an Editor in Barcelona issue.
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