A hanging egg chair or standing garden egg chair is the pièce de résistance of the garden, creating a stylish focal point that will have your friends and family fighting over who gets to sit pretty in the best seat on the patio.
Once you've sorted the best garden furniture for your outdoor space, whether that's a timeless rattan corner sofa set, a contemporary outdoor dining set, or one of the best garden benches of the season, a garden egg chair is the one thing that can really transform your outdoor living area into a luxe retreat, offering the perfect place to curl up with a book, enjoy a long cool drink on a warm summer's day, or just swinging gently and escape into a daydream.
However, as well as not coming cheap, a garden egg chair can also be a tricky product to track down, especially if you're looking for one at an affordable price point. As such, it pays to start shopping early in the season to get your hands on one before they sell out.
In order to speed up your search, we've done the legwork and tracked down the best options available right now, including a foldable hanging egg chair from Homebase, stylish options from Marks & Spencer and John Lewis & Partners, and affordable buys from B&Q, plus many more.
Best hanging egg chairs and garden egg chairs
Size: H195 x W100 x D103cm
One of the most affordable hanging egg chairs we've come across, we think this chair will sell out fast, so snap one up sooner rather than later. Ingeniously, because the cocoon seat is made of weather-resistant braided polyester rope rather than the usual structured PE-rattan frame, the chair can also be folded away when not in use for space-saving storage.
One of last year's bestsellers, B&Q's Apolima hanging egg chair is back in stock and ready to shop. It's a relatively affordable price point and complimented by the wider Apolima outdoor furniture collection which includes a stylish rattan-effect loveseat, butterfly wing garden chairs, and a static egg chair for those who prefer both feet on the ground.
Size: H195 x W95 x D80cm
This hanging egg chair from Charles Bentley features some of the most generous cushions around, with a padded seat, backrest, armrests, and headrest for comfortable lounging whilst you swing gently to and fro. Mixing a black powder-coated steel base with contemporary grey PE-rattan it makes a smart addition to the garden or patio.
Size: H197 x W110 x D96cm
Colours: grey or black
You can opt for the black or the grey Jaye hanging egg chair, both of which come with removable cushions included. Multiple positive reviews testify that this egg chair is easy to assemble, which also makes for simple disassembly when it comes time to store it away over winter. We really like the smart black design that comes with padded seat cushions including armrests and headrests.
Size: H197 x W96 x D110cm
Although we think it may get a little muddy after a downpour, if you're looking for an egg chair with a difference then this white version from Very certainly stands out from the crowd. The powder-coated white stand is matched by a white PE-rattan cocoon seat that we think also works particularly well indoors if you choose to over-winter the chair in your living room or conservatory.
Size: H196.5 x W94.5 x D94.5cm
Colours: natural or grey
Available in natural or grey rattan-effect weave, this stylish egg chair may be an investment, but it has multiple rave reviews attesting to its quality and sturdiness. The powder-coated steel frame has been tested to withstand 15 stone (95kg), which John Lewis states exceeds the industry standard. We also like those side cut-outs that make reaching for a drink or book an easier affair.
Not all egg chairs have to be hanging, in fact, if you're prone to motion sickness then it's a boon to find one with all four legs planted firmly on the floor! This static garden egg chair on legs is a relatively affordable and super stylish buy, and comes in either a Scandinavian-inspired pale grey colourway or an all-black option.
A sell out last year, we love this contemporary natural rattan-effect egg chair from B&Q which is complemented by a wide range of coordinating furniture in the brand's Apolima garden furniture range. There's even a matching Apolima kid's egg chair for your mini-mes to curl up in, which we think is pretty adorable.
Available in grey or natural, this standing egg chair makes a striking focal point in the garden. The removable cushions offer plenty of padding, and there's a strong range of coordinating furniture in the Marks & Spencer Melbourne garden furniture collection to kit out the rest of the patio.
Where to buy a hanging egg chair?
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What to consider when shopping for a hanging egg chair or garden egg chair
It's very easy to fall in love with the stylish good looks of a hanging egg chair, but there are also some practical considerations to take into account to make sure your investment is worth your hard-earned cash.
Firstly, storage. Most affordable hanging egg chairs or garden egg chair frames are made from powder-coated steel or iron. These heavyweight metals give the chair some much-needed weight to prevent it from toppling, however, steel and iron aren't as rust and weather-resistant as aluminium-framed garden furniture, so most manufacturers will advise that you cover a powder-coated steel or iron hanging egg chair when it's not in use, or store it indoors or under shelter during the worst of the weather.
So, factoring in some storage for the winter months will need to be a consideration if you want to prolong your egg chair's life. Of course, as long as you have the space, then making it a winter addition to your indoor living set-up or conservatory is no bad shout. After all, sitting indoors and swinging gently whilst you enjoy a cup of tea in the warm during autumn sounds pretty blissful to us.
Secondly, cushions. You're going to want some padding to make sure a hanging or standing garden egg chair is as cocooning as you envisage. Most of the options on our list come with cushions included, although they can differ in how generous the snuggle-factor is, with some just offering seat padding, and others combining armrest and headrest padding in one. Just make sure that whichever egg chair you opt for you read the small print to check exactly what you're getting included.
And, thirdly, this goes for the stand too. Again most of the hanging options on our list come with the stand included, but if you come across a buy that seems almost too good to be true, this might be because it only includes the pod chair. So make sure you read the specifications carefully to ensure you're getting what you're hoping for.
Lastly, there's placement to consider. You'll want a flat surface for a sturdy seat, so decking or a patio area is ideal. And of course, you'll probably want to place it somewhere that gets the sun and where it can become the focal point of your outdoor living area. Take a look at our garden ideas page for lots of inspiration on how to style your outdoor space, as well as our small garden ideas page if you're working with a particularly compact space.
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After studying Print Design at Winchester School of Art, Amy spent multiple years working in the interior industry, including styling and visual merchandising for many well-known brands. She’s now Ecommerce Editor at Ideal Home, offering expert advice on the best products for decorating your home and ensuring it functions smoothly. That includes sourcing stylish yet affordable furniture – from the best sofa beds for combining style, comfort, and function, to the best artificial Christmas trees for a stress-free festive season – helping our readers to find the best mattress for their sleep style, and testing top-rated dehumidifiers and air purifiers to narrow down the best-in-class.
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