It doesn't take a lot of thought to see the advantages in the reduced weights of hanging chairs. They're much easier to adjust and move when necessary. Since the lighter weight allows for more give in the structure of the chair, it's less prone to strain from pressure, and it can certainly survive a good fall. Despite the hardiness inherent to any good hanging chair, most models are under ten pounds.

Suspended chair designs vary as widely as the needs of those who buy them. There are expensive bubble chairs made primarily for indoors use, and extremely cheap hammock chairs for the outdoors. There are also cushioned chairs that are suspended, and swinging chairs. Each one of these basic types feels different from all the others, and has a drastically different look. Just by browsing with a few glances you ought to be able to figure out which ones appeal to you and which ones don't.

Individuals with larger builds will want to watch out for those pesky weight limits. Listed weight limits for suspended chairs are often a bit iffy on the upper ends, and to be safe you should try to find a model that supports a bit more than your maximum weight. Breaks in the support ropes may require replacing the entire chair, which isn't something anyone wants to go through.

To insure your satisfaction in the chair you buy, look for the telltale signs of a product that can take a beating and still keep on going. Is there an epoxy coating to protect the metal parts of the chair? Is there a resin finish to protect the wood? And are the chosen fibers used for the ropes and any fabrics a durable one? Particularly if you want your chair to be used outside, this is something you can't afford to neglect.

You may be looking at a hard wood **outdoor swing chair**, or you might prefer a softer fabric-based model. Whichever type you get, be sure to get something you can sit comfortably in, or you'll regret the purchase in short order. Get cushions for hard wood models if you need them. If you're using a softer model, remember that polyester is sturdy but far from the softest choice on the skin.

An overlooked but central component to any chair with a hanging design is the spreader bar. This simple little bit of wood both supports the tension of the whole chair and keeps the chair's form in place so it can fit the average human body comfortably. If the bar is bad, it will be the first thing to fail once your chair has any amount of real weight in it. Therefore, you should remember to inspect it both before buying and afterwards during ownership. Keep it clean and free of rot and you'll be saving yourself a lot of trouble.

Chairs based on hammock designs are by far the cheapest, simply because they use the least materials. Don't assume that you can't afford a new chair when you can get one of these for the same cost as a meal at home! Even more extensive models aren't out of easy reach, with the majority being only slightly more expensive. In fact, it may very well be the cheapest furniture you'll ever buy.

The **hanging bubble chair** is, as a general rule, the priciest of hanging chairs on the market. Their unusual, if comfortable and shady, structures causes them to be more expensive to make as well as more fragile over a lifetime of use. Because of these factors you should probably only consider them if you have a fair amount of spare money and don't have children or pets running around that would likely damage these more delicate models. Nonetheless, the enclosed feeling they provide is truly irreplaceable for those who would have it.