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How to Hang a Hanging Chair

When it comes to leisure and relaxation, sometimes there is just nothing better than sitting down and reading a book in the warm summer air, or maybe even just taking a break from everything and staring off into nature.

That said, a big part of relaxation is comfort, and one of the most comfortable things to sit on can be a hanging chair.

It’s like a hammock, but with added support for your back and butt. You first need to hang it so you can sit in a hanging chair. This article discusses how to do that.

How to Hang a Hanging Chair – The Easy Way

The first method for hanging your hanging chair is easy. Many of these chair models come with stands, or you can purchase a stand on the side.

This is a very convenient way to go because all you have to do is spend a few minutes assembling a stand.

However, a stand may not be the look you’re going for; it may not fit where you want it to go, or maybe you want that chair to hang from your patio or sunroom ceiling.

Whatever the case, if you don’t want to use a hanging chair stand, move onto the next section on how to hang a hanging chair from a ceiling joist.

How to Hang a Hanging Chair from a Ceiling Joist

man sitting on a hanging chair inside of the house


More likely, you’ll have to hang your chair from a ceiling joist. This may sound like a challenge, but as long as you have a couple of tools and a ceiling joist, it shouldn’t be much of a problem. Let’s go over a step-by-step tutorial on how to get this done.

Find the Stud

Depending on the ceiling style, you may need to find the stud to hang the chair from. Don’t hang your chair from a ceiling plank, especially if it is not made out of natural wood.

To support the weight of yourself and the chair, it needs to be drilled into a strong ceiling joist, rafter, or beam. If your ceiling rafters or joists are not exposed, you will need to use a stud finder to find the best one to hang the chair from.

Once the stud has been found, mark it using a pencil or something similar.

Drill a Hole

Your hanging chair should come with an eyelet hook that everything will hang from – a screw that has a loop on the end of it. You will need to drill a small pilot hole for this screw, so use an appropriately sized drill bit to make this hole.

In general, you will need a 3/8” drill bit, although this will depend on the hardware’s diameter.

Screw It In

Now take the eyelet hook and screw it into the hole you just made. Start the process by hand and screw it in as far as you can. This needs to be very tight and secure so that the chair doesn’t crash down with you in it.

To achieve a secure fit, insert the end of a small pipe, metal rod, or screwdriver through the eyelet to provide increased leverage so you can really tighten it as much as possible.

Hang It All Up

All that’s left to do is hang your chair from the eyelet screw that you just mounted in the ceiling. How the chair is to be hung will depend on the specific chair.

In general, this will include hanging either one or two chains from that eyelet, with the other end(s) of the chain attaching to the chair.

You may also be able to adjust the chain’s length to adjust the height of the chair. Before you sit in the chair, check everything one more time.

Ensure that the eyelet screw is secure in the ceiling and that all hardware is attached correctly. Start by pushing down on the chair with one hand or putting a foot on it and applying some weight.

If all seems well, you can sit in your newly hung hanging chair.


There you have it – the easy way and the slightly less easy way to hang your hanging chair. In all reality, this should only take a few minutes to accomplish.

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