I’ve tried and tested Homebase’s popular hanging chair – and it’s perfect for summer
Egg hanging chairs don’t go out of style anytime soon, so Senior Content Writer Shani Cohen put this best-selling garden accessory to the test – here’s her take
- Sturdy and supportive
- Easy to move
- Easy to assemble
- Arrives fast
- Good for smaller balconies/patios
- Doesn’t hang straight
- No cover included
Egg chairs have become a real trend over the last few years and when I moved into my new apartment I knew I just had to fill my empty patio with one.
The egg chair has also become a favorite piece of furniture for many celebs, including cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch, while budget supermarket Aldi has seen huge queues when the egg hanging chair was launched as part of its ‘special buys’.
But since Aldi’s egg chair is pretty hard to come by, I decided to broaden my search for egg chairs and found one that is similar in price, style, size, and most importantly, in stock.
Introducing Homebase’s Florence Hanging Chair, available now for £360.
Described as a “cocoon of relaxation”, what could be nicer than lounging in your backyard on warm summer days?
The all-weather rattan style makes it the perfect accessory for any garden and the range also includes matching dining and sofa sets, so you can have your garden complete in time for summer.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Egg Chair, including delivery, assembly, and comfort.
Florence hanging chair, £360
An inviting cocoon of relaxation, the Florence hanging chair is a statement piece for any garden. The intricate handwoven rattan design brings an element of the modern garden and perfectly complements our Florence rattan garden dining sets.
- Powder coated steel frame
- Handwoven synthetic rattan
Florence hanging chair review
As with many large items when ordering online you will normally be expected to pay a little more for delivery and in this case Homebase will charge an additional £12.50 for Monday to Friday named day delivery.
If you want it delivered on a Saturday it will cost you £20. Although this sounds pretty hefty, it means you can choose which day you would like to receive your item(s) to ensure you don’t miss delivery.
The egg chair arrived in a medium sized box that easily fit through my door and the weight of the box was pretty manageable but I would suggest getting someone to help you if you plan to lift it.
Now I’m the first to admit that building doesn’t really suit me (or my freshly painted nails), so it was my partner’s job to assemble the chair while I ‘supervised’.
The chair came in about six different pieces to make up the base, the chair itself, the frame to hang it on and a comfy gray cushion to complete the look.
According to my partner, the instructions were easy to follow with six simple steps that tell you how to attach the screws to the holes on the base and frame. A wrench is included, but my partner said it lacked grip, resulting in some of the bolts not turning in as far as he would like. Attaching the egg to the frame is definitely a two man job due to the heaviness.
It took my partner about an hour and a half to assemble the chair.
Design and comfort:
Overall I’d say I’m really impressed with the design. The synthetic rattan material is sturdy and water resistant with no signs of wear, which I think is pretty common for rattan furniture.
The heavy steel legs and stand keep the chair firmly planted on the ground, so there’s little chance of it tipping over (but it hasn’t survived a thunderstorm, so I have to hope for the best).
As our patio is small we were a bit concerned that it would take up too much space but it fits absolutely perfectly and goes very well with our other rattan furniture.
So, in the glorious sunshine, I took the opportunity to try out my new Egg Chair – and what I discovered was pure bliss.
I was immediately surprised at how comfortable it was, especially with the padded gray pillow that came with it.
It rocks slightly when you sit in it, which I found very relaxing, and even creates a little breeze when the sun is out – I could honestly sit in it all day.
One flaw is that the chair doesn’t seem to hang straight and sways sideways. Also, the chair comes uncovered, which I think is essential for outdoor furniture.
If you’re looking to buy a cover to protect your new chair we bought this from Amazon for £17.98 and it fits perfectly.
I’m definitely impressed with the egg chair and would recommend getting your hands on it before it sells out!
The chair is also available in select stores across the UK. Simply enter your zip code here to see if the chair is in stock at your nearest Homebase store.
There are many more egg chairs on the market if this one doesn’t capture your imagination. Check out the best hanging garden egg chairs here.
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