Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Create Cozy Reading/Nap Areas for Kids!

I am on the prowl for a hanging wicker basket chair for our home. I fell in love with these chairs on a recent vacation where every balcony at the hotel had one. It is super cozy and it brings you back to childhood days no matter how old you are. That one (above) was big enough for hubby and I to doze off in almost every night and I thought, how fun would it be to have this at home...In the living room, our room or even in the kids room-hung low enough for them to climb in and out for story time or nap time. I know I would have loved that as a kid!

I found this one (below) at pier1imports. It is big enough for one adult and child or two kids to sit in at once. You can buy whatever color cushions to match your decor. How perfect is this...
The photo above is the same chair from pier1imports and this is with the stand. Love it.
This chair is about the cheapest you will find anywhere and it is great quality. I would hang this from the ceiling (no stand). Make sure it is hung professionally if you choose not to buy the stand. Most people have a handy hubby (or wife) around so get them busy with this project! 

Below, is my Photoshop composite of how you can avoid the  expensive hanging chairs offered out there--some cost about $600 and up...Purchase a papasan chair. They cost a fraction of the price. Buy strong, medium sized rope and hang it! It can be hung outdoors from a tree branch...
 Or indoors hung from the ceiling or swing stand.
Tie the rope at about three even spaces apart. Figure out how tilted you would like the chair to hang and mark the ropes. Then tie securely. Hope this has inspired someone to try this...It is perfect for kids, tweens and most adults :) For kids, tie this low enough to the ground for safety.

Tip: For the base of the Papasan chair, place a glass or wooden top on it and use it as a side table next to your swing chair! Nothing gets thrown away here...You can pretty much hang any comfy chair as a swing. Choose basket looking chairs or whatever suites you. Cut off the legs and hang!

Hanging Tips: You can always buy a swing chair stand if you do not want to go through the hassle of hanging this. Depending on the type of chair you will hang, check with your  local hardware store or Home Depot for advice on how to hang and what type of ceiling (beams, concrete etc,) you have. This will determine the kinds of hooks, screws, chains or ropes you need. If you are using this outside on a tree, all you need is rope. Hang the same way you would a normal swing.

Enjoy!

First photo is from iberostar.com Third photo from top is from buildingwithryan.blogspot.com I was not paid for posting this information on my blog. It is all my own opinion and likings. Thank you!
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12 comments:

  1. AnonymousMay 24, 2012

    how do you hang it though?

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    1. I will update the blog with helpful links on how to hang. Stay tuned :)

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  2. AnonymousMay 30, 2012

    Thanks for the wonderful ideas

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  3. AnonymousJuly 12, 2012

    Just FYI, I bought the Pier1 Papasan's on CraigsList SUPER cheap, I splurged for the expensive cushions though :)

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    1. Thanks for the FYI that's a great tip!

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  4. Man, I just passed up a papasan for $10 at Goodwill today and now I see this post. Great idea!

    Michelle
    from www.TrashToTreasureDecorating.com

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    1. Too bad Michelle :( Thats a great deal hope you see one again soon...

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  5. I just bought the swingasan chair from pier1 for Christmas this year.. hung it from the ceiling (in a beam) and it's the best gift I ever could have got for her. She lives in it as she is an avid reader. I never would have thought of this as a gift for an 11 year old, thankfully her grandma was shopping in pier1 with her and saw her LOVE for this chair! We went in on it together and I must say, I kinda want one myself now!

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    1. Sorry, bought this chair for my 11 year old daughter for Christmas! :) I should proof read before publishing! :D

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    2. Thanks for the awesome comment Tracy!

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  6. I saw a papasan chair on the side of the road a few months ago and couldn't pass it up. FINALLY, after waiting and conjuring up project ideas over the winter, I have a papasan swing hanging from a sturdy tree branch a good 20 ft. up! My kids haven't gotten out of it all day!! If you'd like a photo, I'd be glad to send you one. : )

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