Things to Know Before Buying a Hanging Rattan Egg Chair
Rattan egg chairs are a timelessly stylish addition to any garden.
With a gentle swing, a comfortable cushion and a sturdy base, they offer the perfect spot to sit and enjoy your morning coffee or an evening G&T – ideal!
These chairs are great for small spaces; compact enough to nestle into a small corner of your garden or balcony. The best hanging rattan egg chair will be weather resistant and able to be left outside year-round.
Not sure what to look for when it comes to these awesome chairs? These handy pointers will help you make an informed decision:
Your hanging egg chair can be as wacky or as understated as you like.
If you have a traditional or minimalist garden, you may choose to opt for natural colours and materials. These tend to look quite understated yet stylish, and won’t be an undesired focal point in the garden.
If you’re after something a bit louder, rattan egg chairs also come in vibrant patterns, bold colours, and more unique shapes. This could be an excellent option if you’re looking for a great place to sit and also want to make a bright statement.
The weave pattern can differ from chair to chair, some are more of a classic weave whereas others may have a lattice or other pattern. Ultimately this comes down to personal preference, but do keep an eye on how flat the weave is – it can be uncomfortable if it is too raised and digs in.
Finally, you will notice that some egg chairs are more enclosed than others. This is something to bear in mind as you look for the best rattan egg chair for your garden, patio or balcony – you may wish to be hidden away or be able to be a bit more sociable!
Choosing the Right Size
Egg chairs are usually built to accommodate 1 or 2 people.
If you have a larger garden, a bigger egg chair will look great. Plus, you’ll have the luxury of buying a 2-person chair if that’s something you’re interested in.
If you’ve only got a small space like a patio or balcony, you’ll want something more compact so that it can tuck into a corner. If you’re limited on space, take some measurements before making your purchase, and check them against the product specifications.
Egg chairs are extremely relaxing, but they may not be as relaxing if you’re tearing your hair out trying to work out how to fit it on the balcony!
Type of Material
The rattan used to make garden furniture is often made of PE plastic. This helps it be weather resistant and low maintenance.
This ‘rattan’ generally makes up the body of the egg chair, while steel is most often used for the base. These are both very durable and generally weather resistant, although you will need to keep an eye out for rust.
PE rattan is easy to wipe clean, but if your chair comes with cushions ensure the covers are machine washable – especially if you have kids!
Maximum Weight Capacity
Weight capacity is something to cast an eye over when buying a hanging chair. If you’re heavier than average, or you’re wanting to sit with someone else, it’s an important consideration.
Good quality rattan chairs will hold around 100 kg. While this will seat most adults, it is unlikely to last if you regularly have more than 2 people sitting on it.
If you’re heavier than average, look for one with a higher weight capacity. Bear in mind that if you are at the top end of the weight capacity, your chair may not last so long.
Ease of Assembly
Most rattan chairs are very easy to assemble, often with just a couple of parts needing to be slotted together. If you’re not confident at DIY, look for a swing chair that either arrives fully assembled or is specifically designed for easy assembly.
A helpful tip: sometimes the smaller fittings arrive tucked into one of the tubes – so if you can’t find them straight away that may be where they are!
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Hanging Rattan Egg Chair FAQs
How much weight can a hanging egg chair hold?
Depending on the model, hanging chairs can generally hold 100 – 150 kg. This does vary between models though, so it’s a good idea to check the manufacturer’s specifications. Bear in mind, if the chair often has to bear a load cose to its maximum weight capacity, it may not last as long.
Why is my hanging egg chair made of plastic and not real rattan?
Natural rattan is an organic material. As a result, it isn’t very durable unless regularly treated. PE rattan makes a much better alternative for garden furniture because it looks good, is very durable, and is easy to take care of. It also won’t fade in sunlight.
Should I buy a hanging egg chair with or without a stand?
Hanging chairs which come with stands are a lot easier to assemble and start using straight away. You can also be more assured of their safety because the unit and fittings have been specifically designed to bear the weight well. If you buy a hanging chair without a stand, you need to be confident in your ability to fit it safely to a beam or branch, and also know that the hanging point can take the weight.
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