Sure, you know they’re cool and they’re hip; hanging egg chairs are ‘with it’ – after all, that’s why your teenage daughter and her friends love those whimsical things. But here’s something you may not have known: they’re comfortable and relaxing! Hanging egg chairs let you unwind in a few different postures.
You may have noticed the girls sitting upright in them when they want to, usually swinging gently, sometimes they’re drowsily slumped to one side, and not infrequently they’re curled up and legs tucked in, sound asleep.
One might guess that hanging egg chairs are a legacy of the 1970s – they do look like something dating from the ‘Peace Decade.’ But such a guess would be way off. Back in 1958 Danish designer Arne Jacobsen came up with a single-piece tightly-curved (standing) chair that became known as the ‘Egg Chair.’ A year later furniture designers Nanna and Jorgen Ditzel, also from Denmark, imparted a couple of tweaks to Jacobsen’s creation. The Ditzels re-designed it to make it really egg-shaped and suspended it by a strong cord, and voila! ‘Hanging Egg Chair’! The original was made of rattan whose cream-brown hue resembled that of eggshells, thus enhancing the ‘egg effect.’ Today, the majority of hanging egg chairs are still made of rattan or wicker.
Having written ‘rattan or wicker,’ a little clarification is in order. Natural rattan is made from palm fronds and natural wicker is made from willow twigs. These tree-sourced materials are expensive and also deteriorate very quickly when exposed to the elements. Therefore, it wouldn’t do to use natural rattan for hanging egg chairs that are meant to be placed outdoors (as well as indoors). Also, if natural rattan were used it would jack up the input cost of a product that is pricey to begin with.
These drawbacks can be turned into advantages by using PE rattan for outdoor furniture or garden furniture. PE rattan or Poly-Ethylene rattan is made from a synthetic resin. It tolerates rough weather and the elements rather better than natural rattan and is also relatively cheaper. Many persons will find PE rattan egg chairs more comfortable than those made from natural rattan because PE rattan is less stiff and more flexible. Even though PE rattan is more weather resistant than its natural counterpart, if your hanging egg chair is out in the open be sure to cover it with a weatherproof sheet in wet weather.
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Underneath we present quite a diversity of hanging egg chairs – they differ in ease of assembly, colour combinations, materials, adjustability, seating space, and, of course, price.
Attractive, comfy, sturdy – Divine Style’s ‘Clara’ wins points across the board; also, the weave is open and airy so it’s great even on hot days.
Divine Style’s ‘Clara’ hanging egg chair comprises of a frame and chain made of powder-coated steel and aluminium, PE rattan basket, and a cushioned full seat, including headrest and armrests, which nestles within the basket. The whole affair is in ‘Urban Grey’ which is a mid-tone grey. In the looks department this baby is a winner – it is stylish, even decorative.
The basket measures 84 x 60 centimetres by 105 centimetres high. This hanging egg chair is rated to support 120 kilogrammes.
The basket is not made of rattan weave; rather, the chair comprises of substantial horizontal bars wrapped round with PE rattan and long vertical strands of rattan fibre. Because of this smart design, if you remove the padded full seat and put in only a thin cushion on a hot summer day, you’ll find it marvellously cool and airy. On the other hand, if you leave in the cushioned full seat you’ll find it offers unmatched comfort.
On some pieces, the welding of the frame is not exactly smooth. However, the frame is unusually and remarkably solid and sturdy. Moreover, on the latest model the four long and shallow legs also make this hanging chair very stable. For the Clara’s latest model the basket itself, as it is not made of a solid woven material, is ‘fully collapsible.’ If you place the chair on the floor, the cord and strand sections fold in on themselves.
How high the chair is off the floor is adjustable by simply threading the appropriate link of the chain into the suspension hook. The chain is attached to the top of the chair by a screw carabiner. There is even a strap to tether the chair to the frame. Adjust the length of the strap to limit the arc of the swing but no matter the length, the tether will prevent rotation and spinning of the chair.
Putting together Divine Style’s ‘Clara’ is not as quick as assembly of some other hanging egg chairs but it is very simple to do. Besides the fasteners, a hex key and spanner are included. However, the fasteners or sometimes the hex key and spanner go AWOL from some packages!
Scoring as high as it does in looks, comfort, and solidity, Divine Style’s ‘Clara’ wins the day as our Best Pick.
- This hanging egg chair is not only comfortable, the open weave makes it cool and airy too.
- The frame is remarkably sturdy and, more importantly, very stable.
- All-round stylish kit is a ‘looker’ and can be called decorative.
- On some units, now and then a part of the frame may show rough welding.
- Occasionally a package may be missing the nuts and bolts.
Not a ‘looker’ but so affordable and of surprisingly good quality, Garden Classics’s chair lets you get as snug as a bug in its textilene basket.
Garden Classics’s hanging egg chair pairs a complementary steel grey frame and light grey basket. The frame’s smoothly-curved upright arm rests on three splayed legs. The basket is made of a fabric, weatherproof Textilene. The basket is reinforced by three stout cords running lengthwise. It is 90 centimetres wide and 100 centimetres in height. Frame and basket are rated to hold 110 kilogrammes.
The basket attaches to a firm tightly-coiled spring that has some ‘give’ for a comfortable, ‘hovering’ feeling. A cushioned seat with support and armrests plus a separate pillow are included. However, the base of the seat is insufficiently padded and gets flat pretty quickly.
The basket is billed as being foldable for storage but this ostensible ‘foldability’ is seriously not recommended because the ‘unfolding’ of it is more difficult than even the assembly of the frame!
Garden Classics’s egg chair is “nothing to look at,” as the song says, but it is a very cozy and snug cocoon that will work well even on cool or breezy days. Furthermore, both frame and basket are admirably robust, especially in view of the price.
The instructions are well written and helpful. The entire frame is fairly easy to put together. The basket itself also needs to be ‘assembled’ in a way and this is the hardest part. To begin with, some strength is needed to keep it stretched and opened up besides which it is fiddly to insert the ‘second’ pair of bolts and nuts; therefore, getting the basket ready for use requires two persons.
This ‘Economy Class’ hanging egg chair provides a’ First Class’ comfy-cozy experience and nicks dirty pro tools’s chair to our Value Pick position.
- Both the frame and the basket are surprisingly robust for a budget-priced kit.
- This hanging egg chair’s particular brand of comfy tends toward the cozy.
- So much quality at such little money – an excellent deal.
- Getting the basket open, holding it open, and putting in the screws is a real struggle.
- The seat of the cushion is insufficiently padded.
- Looks and style are not this chair’s strengths.
Authentic rattan weave, stunning colour combination, superior comfort, easy assembly – SunTime’s double egg chair delivers the goods like no other.
SunTime’s extra-wide hanging egg chair is a two-person deal. The entire basket is made of a resin rattan in natural grey-brown in an oriental style mid-weave. The net result is the most authentic type of rattan weave, similar to what you might see in India or Thailand. This also makes the basket cool and airy to sit in. It is 130 x 75 centimetres, and is 115 centimetres high – space enough for two normal-sized adults. It is rated to hold up to 220 kilogrammes.
The flip side is that this chair is too big for most rooms, most balconies, and even many patios. At the same time, it may be too little for two well-built, stocky adults.
The frame is made of a charcoal grey powder-coated aluminium. The dual arms rest on a very firm oval-shaped base that renders this kit very stable and indubitably sturdy enough for two. Offsetting and complementing the charcoal grey of the frame, the rattan basket is of a light grey-brown shade. The third and last neutral colour we get is a light beige. This is the shade of the futon-like setup with seat, backrest, and armrests, all with removable covers, that tucks into the basket. Two separate pillows are included. All of it is well cushioned and comfortable.
The triple neutral colour combination is really unusual and cleverly thought out. It contributes massively to making SunTime’s double egg chair very attractive, and a style leader. That’s not where it ends, though. While the rattan weave is airy, the futon’ish setup is relatively plush, so SunTime’s offering scores very high in comfort too.
Two chains and two supports, side-by-side, are necessitated to suspend this two-seater. A side benefit of this necessary design is that annoying spinning and rotation is eliminated. How high the chair is off the floor is adjustable by simply threading the same appropriate link of each chain into the suspension hook.
Surprisingly, putting together this kit with a double-sized frame is quick and easy, mainly because there’s not a whole lot to assemble. The component parts come so remarkably well wrapped and securely packaged as to reduce the chances of in-transit damage to nil.
Finally, don’t disqualify this double chair just because you’re not (one of) a couple – it’s even better for singles: climb into it, swing your legs in, and streeetch out!
- The most authentic type of rattan weave, similar to what one sees in the Far East.
- The stunning looks of this kit are majorly enhanced by the brilliant triple neutral-colour combination.
- Get into this big dual-seater by yourself, and enjoy all the comfort and room in the world.
- Simply too big for most rooms and also for many an outdoor setting.
- Not a good buy if the two persons using it would be classified as ‘big and tall’.
Yaheetech’s chair is not very stable and is costly but its eye-pulling striking looks, and its strength and ruggedness, probably justify the price.
Yaheetech’s hanging egg chair brings the most striking colour combination: both the frame and the basket are hard black with a sheen. Inside the basket, the cushioned full seating, complete with headrest, is a spanking white. The ultra-high contrast is quite eye-catching and very stylish. It is also available in snowy white frame and basket with light grey seating. This hanging egg chair has an expensive look about it . . . and it actually is expensive being significantly costlier than comparable products.
The frame comprises of rod, struts, and oval base with stabilizing bar all made of powder steel. The basket is made of PE rattan in a crazy weave and has several thick supports running vertically. It is 109 x 69 centimetres and is 91 centimetres high, and is rated to support up to 150 kilogrammes.
This kit even comes with a zippered waterproof nylon cover big enough to cover the basket (not the whole thing with frame). A minor niggle: the zipper is of dodgy quality and breaks easily.
While the frame is exceptionally solid and sturdy, what is surprising is that the basket too is strong and rugged. Though solid and sturdy, the overall design is not stable: if you swing more than merely gently, the basket – and possibly even the frame – may tip over.
The cushioned seat is not up to snuff and the pure white covers will show stains and discolouration very quickly. On the other hand, while nearly all competing hanging chairs come with five-link chains, Yaheetech’s chair’s suspension chain is almost twice as long with nine links, therefore the basket’s suspended height is much more adjustable. It is wonderfully comfortable for children and normal-sized adults.
Yaheetech’s supplier wraps and packages this item so very securely that you may find it a nuisance to unpackage but it also means the product cannot get dinged or dented en route to you and will arrive in perfect condition. Assembly – if it can be called that – is as easy as can be; the pole needs to be slotted into the base and bolted, and the basket suspended!
- Makes a style statement and attracts eyeballs with its striking hard shiny black and pure white combination.
- Both the frame and the basket are unusually strong and robust.
- Height is much more adjustable than all other hanging chairs because the chain is nearly twice as long as those of all others.
- The frame is not very stable and swinging in a wide arc can cause the chair to tip over.
- The bright white covers of the seating show discolouration and staining very quickly.
- Rather more expensive than other similar chairs.
The rich chocolate brown hue of the whole kit and rattan crazy-weave of dirty pro tools’s comfy chair are truly striking – and so is the low price.
dirty pro tools’ hanging egg chair is entirely in a rich chocolate-brown hue – frame, chain, and PE rattan. The basket is made of 6-millimetre crazy-weave rattan. It has a metal frame that is wrapped with PE rattan and also has longitudinal rattan-wrapped support bars. It measures 99 x 73 centimetres by 112 centimetres high. The kit is rated to hold up to 100 kilogrammes.
The cushioned seating is in steel grey. It has no headrest and no separate cushion is supplied. You will probably need to get an additional pillow. The chocolate brown colour of the frame and basket and the steel grey of the seating do not combine well at all – the colours are neither matching, nor complementary, nor contrasting. However, at the bargain price one can hardly complain.
The steel frame stands on an oval base with stabilizing bar and struts. As with most other hanging egg chairs the height is adjustable by threading the appropriate link of the chain through the suspension hook.
dirty pro tools’ product, both frame and basket, is virtually identical to the Yaheetech egg chair reviewed above except for the colour and a small difference in the size of the basket. It would be a fair guess that both kits are sourced from the same suppliers in China.
Putting it together is a piece of cake as all that needs to be done is for the bar to be screwed to the base, and the basket suspended from the rod via the chain! It is suppled with a very useful waterproof cover.
This one is undoubtedly a very comfortable chair but its standout ‘feature’ is surely the very unusual and distinctive chocolate-brown colour which makes its own style statement. Another appealing ‘feature’ is its low price. In sum, this baby’s attractive twice over: in looks and in price. All in all this hanging egg chair is a terrific value for money and could very well have pipped Garden Classics’s chair to our Value Pick slot.
- The rich chocolate brown colour of both the frame and the basket is unusual and distinctive, and quite stylish.
- It is as comfortable to sit and swing in as it is quick and easy to assemble.
- Such a wonderful product at such a low price constitutes an excellent value for money.
- The grey colour of the seating does not work well with the chocolate brown of the frame and basket.
- The seating has no headrest and no separate pillow is supplied.
Why Are Egg Chairs So Expensive?
Three reasons: input materials, manufacture or labour, and the inherent stylishness.
A hanging egg chair’s metal frame must needs be very well fabricated from sturdy and high-quality metal, and has to support over 100 kilogrammes at minimum; often hanging egg chairs are rated to hold 150 kilogrammes. The same applies to the suspension spring and chain. Next, even artificial PE rattan is not cheap. Moreover, making any type of rattan-woven product, be it by machine or by hand, incurs considerable cost. Finally, hanging egg chairs are a high-style, fashionable accessory and there is always a premium to be paid for fashion.
Are They Comfortable?
In the main hanging egg chairs are considered to be comfortable. However, whether or not they are comfortable to a particular person depends on body type and personal preferences. Large-boned and heavy-set persons, or those who like recliners or traditional easychairs, are unlikely to take to egg chairs. The slender and lithe-limbed will and do find egg chairs to be very comfortable.
If truth be told, girls and women of all ages naturally take to snuggling and curling up inside hanging egg chairs and tend to find them more comfortable than do boys and men. That said, you never can never tell whether or not they’re comfortable for you until you give them a try!