Few sights of summer inspire as much joy as a child swinging for the sky in a neighborhood park.
But why should kids have all the fun? Grown-ups may call them hanging chairs instead of swings, but the idea's still basically the same -- and almost as fun, too. Just make sure that whatever you dangle them from, be it tree or ceiling, the weight is safely supported.Two's Company makes one that retails for about $370. Or for bohemian muchness, swing toward the egg-shaped Knotted Melati Hanging Chair at Anthropologie for $498, in neutral brown shades or brights. They're pictured side by side here.
IKEA's blue or white hanging seat is categorized as a children's product, but the maximum weight is 220 pounds, so have at it. The chair is $70, available only in stores -- and that's if you're lucky; IKEA frequently sells out of items, as any devotee knows.aerodynamic-looking Sky Chair shown at right has been around for decades, the brainchild of an 18-year-old who was working on a homework assignment. Its angles, like those of the IKEA chair, pleasingly echo the recent geometric trend; possibly the wooden dowels could be painted with stripes or contrasting colors for extra style? With the optional $20 footrest, it's $110, and it comes in a number of colors.
If you lack somewhere to hang a chair, no problem: Some swings come with their own frames to hang them from. Tonic Home's all-weather synthetic rattan set is suitable indoors or out; it's $1,159 and comes in white all-weather synthetic rattan with a zingy orange pillow or espresso with a white pillow.
Pier 1 carries a hippie-style Swingasan rattan chair in dark brown or in light tan on special for $250; if you're not afraid of color, check out the Daisy variation, which even has a matching side table. An optional swing stand is $150. None can be purchased online, but you can reserve one for pickup at the store's website.authentic version retails for $4,914 at Plushpod, above left, but you can find a "quality reproduction" for $639 at Overstock.com, above right.