Reading Nook Hanging Chair

Did you see me over at SoYouThinkYou’reCrafty??  I made it another round (who knew!!) – it’s down to the top 3, so go vote!  This week is WINTER.

Here was my entry last week:

 After wandering through the hardware store, I came out with:  chains, eyebolts, nuts, washers, painter’s dropcloth, lumber, metal bucket, bubble wrap, and colored duct tape.  All for the same project – crazy!!  But it all pulled together for my amazing Reading Nook Hanging Chair.  

I LOVE the look – it’s the shiny hardware that makes the biggest statement:

 The chair doesn’t hang too high off the ground, so it’s easily accessible to young children.  I mounted it in the corner so it won’t swing back and forth too much.  The chair is a relatively easy construction project that anyone can conquer (really!  just a few cuts – I was proud that I worked the chop-saw by myself – and then a few screws to hold it together).  I will provide you all the measurements for mine so you don’t have to think, but you can also adjust my measurements to fit your own needs.

And I just had to share this cute picture of the Reading Nook Hanging Chair in action as my little guy was winding down for bedtime last night…

Want a quick tutorial??

–First, I spray-painted a dropcloth orange.  I did this because everything had to come from the hardware store – normally I would have just used a fabric that I liked.

–Cut 3 pieces out of a 2×4 – mine short ones were 12 inches, but I don’t think they needed to be quite that long.  You’ll need one 18 inches long as well. Paint and set aside.

–Cut a piece out of the dropcloth.  12 inches wide and long enough to drape to where you’d like it. Then fold over each end to make a pocket for the 2×4 – make it a little big so a bolt can fit in.  Refer to the picture:

 –Then I added a back to the sling part – mainly because my kids are little, so this wouldn’t be a have-to.  I set out the sling part like in the picture above and traced that curve.  To make it more of a bucket-seat, I added pleats to one edge, like so:

 The back side of the pleats:

 Then I sewed the pleat side to the sling, right sides together.  That’s it.

Screw the long 2×4 onto the back of the shorter ones after they have been fed into the pockets – to hold the sides apart.  I then used eye-screw things in the 4 corners to hold the chain.    Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks for checking out this post from – – click on over to read it in its entirety – you’ll love it!

Thanks for Reading


  1. says

    Mandy! This is AWESOME!!! I will totally be making one of these! My daughter will LOVE it! Perfect invitation for little ones to read!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!


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