Cocoon chairs, eggs chairs, hanging chairs. Whatever you call them, the trend for suspended, cocoon chair garden seating has taken off in the last few months. While we spend more time at home right now – and sunny weather keeps us in our gardens – they’re a must-have.
But they can come with a hefty price tag, so be sure it’s right for you before you invest. I bought a cocoon chair near the start of lockdown (this one!). I had coveted one for ages, and now love it more than any other recent home purchase.
Why I love my cocoon chair
While we’ve still been working during lockdown, we’ve also – of course – been home a lot more. This feels like the first summer we’ve really spent time in our garden, which is slowly coming together. Until this buy, I didn’t have anywhere particularly comfy – certainly not cosy – to spend time out there. But a cocoon chair is perfect for curling up with a coffee in the morning, breaking from work with a book, or whiling away an evening. The gentle swinging is immensely peaceful. And if the weather’s not brilliant, you can simply pad them out with blankets and cushions, throw on a hoodie and snuggle up. I plan to use ours throughout crisp autumn days and well into winter mornings if we’re lucky enough for it to stay dry.
To help decide if one is right for you, here’s a few questions I asked myself before I took the plunge…
How does a cocoon chair hang?
This depends which model you buy, but there are a few basic types. The cheapest are simply chairs – sometimes more like hammocks – with rope or chain attached to the top. It’s up to you how you suspend it. You can buy an arm on its own (like this one), or hang it securely from a tough tree branch, a strong pergola beam or other strong fixing point.
The more expensive models come with an arched arm. This will also require more space as the arm has to counter balance the weight of the chair plus sitter. Some models (mine included) come with a static stand if you don’t have space for the arm.
How do you wash cocoon chair cushions?
Choose a cocoon chair approved for outdoor use. Then any upholstery should be rugged and shower-proof – mine has a tough canvas cover which zips on and off. I can machine-wash it (but not tumble-dried). So far, I haven’t had to wash it – if it picks up marks I just wipe down with a cloth.
Can egg chair cushions stay out in the rain?
Most can, yes. I left mine out solidly since we bought it, with plenty of rainfall since then! It hasn’t stained or got musty. We don’t have lots of storage or a good shed though – if you do, it would be worth bringing yours inside to keep it pristine. As it stands, I’ll likely bring ours in if we have a long run of bad weather in winter – then I’ll wash it before putting it back out for spring.
Of course, if you add to your chair with more cushions, blankets etc, you should keep these out of the rain unless they’re also specified for outdoor use.
Are hanging cocoon chairs difficult to assemble?
Mine wasn’t – it came in three parts: the chair body, the arm itself and the base. Some of the pieces are heavy (that counter-balancing again) so it’ll be a lot easier with two people. You’ll need some bolts to attach different parts, and check whether yours comes with a spanner or if you’ll need one for tightening.