A hammock chair is an excellent substitute for a traditional hammock.
Not only does a hammock chair more easily enable you to sit upright while enjoying much the same comfort and relaxation of a traditional hammock, but they also take up less space.
This makes a hammock chair the perfect new addition to your patio, garden, or other outdoor space. Buy two or more and place them near your outdoor fireplace, throw up some backyard string lights, and soak up the good vibes.
Here’s how to sort through all the options to select the best hammock chair for 2020.
Best Hammock Chair Reviews
Here are our picks for the top 5 best hammock chairs in 2020:
This comfortable, stylish hammock swing is perfect for hanging out in your backyard or living room.
It boasts a structured chair shape that’s very comfortable for long periods of time. This is an excellent hammock chair for reading, watching TV, studying, or just chatting with friends.
The sturdy cotton and polyester fabric is durable, weather resistant, and washable. Although a wooden spreader bar is included, all hanging hardware is sold separately.
This handcrafted hammock chair from Lazy Days is most notable for its incredible overall comfort.
Sit in the woven cotton ropes and sink in. Relaxation is imminent. Although not as structured as the Sorbus chair, this Caribbean-style hammock chair is arguably better for lounging back and relaxing in.
This Lazy Days hammock chair holds up to 300 pounds total. It comes with a stylish spreader bar that further increases comfort without sacrificing looks. Hanging hardware is not included.
Another stylish hammock chair, this one from Krazy Outdoors, the Mayan model also features an unstructured woven rope design hung from a wooden spreader bar.
The traditional Mayan rope style offers time-tested comfort. There’s plenty of room to stretch or spread out into your preferred lounging position.
The loop-end top makes this hammock chair extremely versatile. Hang it from just about anywhere – including a stand or the ceiling. It’s lightweight and very portable so you can move it from the indoors to the outdoors and back with ease.
Hammock Sky is known for their wide range of top-notch hammocks, including the best double hammocks for backyard relaxation.
Their Brazilian hammock chair is no different. It’s constructed of tightly-woven cotton thread – not a woven rope material – for long-lasting comfort. It’s easy to clean and wash if it does get dirty.
Best of all, this hammock chair is incredibly spacious. There is ample room to kick back and lounge out. The vibrant colors ensure this is a stylish choice for your backyard space or living room.
We’ll be honest – the Mock ONE isn’t specifically a hammock chair.
That said, this portable foldable hammock works better than almost any other hammock on the market as a makeshift chair, especially for camping or hanging out on the beach.
Thanks to its built-in stand and stable design (with minimal sway) you can easily sit perpendicularly with your feet kicked off the side. Ample fabric enables you to construct a makeshift backrest for long-lasting sitting comfort.
What About Sitting in a Normal Hammock?
Just because you have a traditional hammock doesn’t mean that you always have to lay down in it.
In fact, many hammocks, especially nylon camping models, can easily double as a makeshift chair. Just sit perpendicularly in the middle with your feet hanging off the side. Adjust the fabric so the majority is against your back. The key is achieving a proper hammock hang so that you’re sitting roughly 18 inches off the ground once your bodyweight is added to the hammock.
Although most camping hammocks can double as a hammock chair, few perform better than the Mock ONE. Thanks to its built-in foldable frame, this portable hammock sits exactly the right height off the ground for sitting or lying.
And, because it hangs from built-in supports, there’s no nearly as much sway as with most other hammocks. This enables a more stable sitting position which is ideal for cooking camping meals or lounging by the campfire when it doesn’t make sense to bring a separate camping chair.
Hammock Chair Buyer’s Guide
Buying a quality hammock chair is pretty straightforward – but there are still a few key factors to keep in mind to ensure you’re happy with your decision.
How do you plan to use your hammock chair?
You’ll need a different model if you hope to move it around from place to place versus installing it in a single location and then leaving it be.
Will you primarily use it indoors, on your patio, or on camping trips and other excursions?
Size is also important. Many people find larger more spacious hammock chairs more comfortable. But buy too big and you might feel swallowed up whole. Size is all about personal preference.
Lastly, take a look at maximum capacity. Although how much a hammock chair can hold is largely dependent upon the hammock stand or hanging method, each individual model is also rated to hold up to a certain weight (usually around 250 pounds).
Materials & Construction
The materials and construction influence pretty much every important factor of your hammock chair.
Most importantly, comfort, durability, and strength.
Comfort is mostly up to personal preference, although certain types of hammock chairs are more comfortable than others. For example, some people prefer woven rope hammock chairs while others prefer those made from a single cotton, nylon, or polyester sheet.
Durability influences the lifespan of the product. Note that natural materials (such as cotton) fade faster when used outdoors. If you plan to keep your hammock chair outdoors all the time, it’s essential to buy a weather resistant model.
Finally, the materials and construction methods directly influence strength. Most hammock chairs come with a maximum capacity. But it is important to ensure the listed strength is backed up by strong materials and strong positive experiences from other users.
The best way to get an idea of the comfort, durability, and strength of a hammock chair is to read reviews like ours and other customer reviews like them.
Indoor or Outdoor
Do you plan to hang your hammock chair indoors or outdoors?
Naturally, an outdoor model must be durable and weather resistant. It must be able to stand up to sun, rain, and other elements. It should be easily cleanable. An indoor model doesn’t need to be quite as burly, although you’ll likely still want a model you can wash.
Of course, portable indoor/outdoor models are also available that can be moved from one location to another.
How to Hang a Hammock Chair
A hammock stand is by far the easiest way to hang a hammock chair.
This method does away with the need to install hardware or find anchor points. It also allows for easy portability.
Luckily, many of the best hammock chairs come with hammock stands included in the price.
Your other main option is to hang a hammock chair from the ceiling. It’s very important to correctly install the right hardware. Heavy-duty hardware is a must. Always only hang from a structurally-sound ceiling structure like a joist or a beam.
Although it’s possible to hang a hammock chair from the ceiling by yourself, we recommend hiring a professional if you’re the least bit unsure of where joists are located or how heavy of a load they can support.
Here’s more info on how to hang a hammock indoors.
Hammock Chair FAQ
Here are answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions about hammock chairs:
Q: How is a hammock chair different?
A: You sit inside a hammock chair rather than lay in it like a normal hammock.
Q: How to hang a hammock chair?
A: Most people hang a hammock chair from the ceiling or from a hammock stand.
Q: Can you take a hammock chair camping?
A: Most hammock chairs are relatively bulky. That said, you can still take a hammock chair with a stand to the campground. Another option is to hang a hammock chair from a sturdy tree branch.
We think you’ll love a hammock chair – whether on its own or in addition to your normal hammock.
But make sure to take time and do your research. A lot of different models are available so you’ll be much happier narrowing down your options to the ones that best suit your individual needs and preferences.
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