DIY Hanging Lounge Chair

DIY Hanging Lounge Chair @themerrythoughtI know I always get pretty excited about the projects on here but, seriously, this is one of my favorites! I’ve had a hanging chair on my to-make list for months and there are so many gorgeous ones out there but this one just killed me! I decided to make a super basic version inspired by it. Besides drilling a few non-straight holes, (darn round dowels!) it wasn’t too difficult to make.

It’s the perfect seat for some summer lounging, magazine reading, and lemonade sipping. It’s sure to get lots of use around here!
DIY Hanging Lounge Chair @themerrythought What you need:
-Three 1.25″ Oak Dowels
-Two 5/8″ Oak Dowels
-About 20′ of 1/2″ Rope (Make sure weight limit is at least 300 lb.)
-Canvas Drop Cloth
-Sewing Machine
-Drill
-Tape Measurer
-Scissors
-Stain (Optional)

How to make it:
-Cut each of the 1.25″ dowels down to 30″ long. (If you want more of a contrast in color from the canvas, I would recommend staining all 5 dowels at this point.)
-On the two 1.25″ dowels for the seat part of the swing, measure 2″ and 3.5″ in from each end and make a mark at each spot. It is very important to keep your dowel still while measuring and make sure the marks are all level, if they aren’t, you won’t be able to slide the 5/8″ dowels through each of the dowels. If you have a dowel jig around, this will be much easier!
-Drill 5/8″ holes through the 2″ marks on each of the dowels. Then drill 1/2″ holes through the 3.5″ marks.
-On the third 1.25″ dowel measure out and drill only the 3.5″ holes.
-Cut out a 48″ x 23″ piece of the drop cloth. (You might want to increase the 48″ side a bit if possible.)
-Along the long sides, fold in 1/2″ of fabric and iron in place. Then fold again and iron. Repeat for other side.
-Straight stitch twice along both of these folds.
-Fold the top and bottom down 3 1/8″ and straight stitch across the bottom of the fold.
-Slide the 1.25″ dowels (with 4 holes) through each end of the canvas seat then put the 5/8″ dowels into the holes drilled for them.
-Once in place, drill a pilot hole where the dowels comes together and then screw them together. Make sure the screw isn’t too long that it comes through the other side.
-Tie a double knot in your rope leaving about 4′ on one side of the knot. Feed the other (long) side up through the other 1.25″ dowel. And then feed that rope down through the hole on the other end.
-Tie another knot under the dowel leaving enough extra rope on the top to make a loop. (You can adjust the length of the rope on top depending on the height from where you will be hanging it.)
-Tie a loop into the rope. Measure to make sure it is directly above the center of the dowel.
-Feed both ends of the rope down through the top rung of the seat (measure to make sure they are the distance from the top dowel) and tie a knot below the dowel. Trim excess rope.
-Take the leftover rope and cut two equal pieces.
-Make a knot in one end of both ropes (leave 6-8″ hanging down) and feed up through the bottom rung of the seat.
-You will bring these ropes up to the top dowel and tie them around the dowel just inside of the rope from the upper rung. I would recommend hanging the swing at the point so it’s easier to make sure it’s level when you’re tying them in place.
-Trim excess rope (You can leave a bit hanging down again if you want.)
-Use your hands to fray the ends.
-Hang on a hook that supports at least 300 lbs.
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I’m doing some cleaning and reorganizing in my apartment and I think this beauty might end up in my living room!

xo. Caitlin

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19 thoughts on “DIY Hanging Lounge Chair”

    1. Yes, we actually linked to it in the post as our inspiration for this project. We loved theirs, which is why we tried this basic version inspired by it!

    1. Mine were actually 1.25″ – I just corrected the instructions. I had planned on getting 1.5″ dowels but I decided to go with oak for it’s strength and ended up having to get 1.25″ dowels. The 1.5″ measurement must have still been stuck in my mind when I was writing out the instructions. Thanks for checking!

  1. Whew! That wasn’t as easy as I thought it’d be, but I’m soooooooo glad I found your post and tried it. This chair looks amazing hanging next to my fireplace. I even used the excess (drop) pieces from the larger dowels and leftover canvas to make a coordinating footstool. Coolest chair on the block. Thanks so much for posting this, Lady Caitlin!

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