I can not even handle how much I love this chair. Who knew something like a hanging chair could make me so happy! Actually I knew. I have been wanting one ever since birth…not really but close. Funny thing is my mom saw our new hanging chair via a picture and she reminded me of the one we had growing up, the one that my sister got stitches after falling off of it. It was one that didn’t hang from the ceiling, just from an arm attached to the chair and it had metal parts and was probably really not safe at all (I should find a pic of it), not like this magnificent chair we just hung from Serena & Lily. My mom said she wished she still had it, then she regretted that statement and decided she wanted one like mine. I told you in yesterday’s post that my husband and I were discussing if we should hang it ourself or “hire someone” as my husband likes to suggest. But I won- and we hung it ourselves and it was WAY easier than I made it out to be in my head, as typically most things are.
TA-DA! I actually sing whenever I talk about it. Another thing I debated about was to do the single hanging chair or the double hanging chair, that we did end up going with. My talented friend Annie who works in my dream store, Serena & Lily (if I could pick a store to live in, it would that store) she totally talked me through my chair dilemma. I knew I could fit the double, but I was worried about it overwhelming the space and not having enough room to swing. She had THE best point, she reminded me that I have two girls who share this room who would love to swing and sit in it together. And she was SO right! We are happy we went with the double chair. No fighting about who gets the chair- just love.
I wanted to show you this is what we had right before we had the hanging chair. I am a BIG believer in not thinking small when you have a small home. Larger pieces of furniture in a small space actually make it feel bigger. Below is another picture of what this room looked like when the previous home owners owned the home.
See what I mean about thinking big in a small space? I guess that is good advise for life! Think BIG;)
This is the other side of the room in relation to the hanging chair. Also you might notice I added the cream rug. I stole it from our babies nursery. I actually like it better here, I like how it break’s up all the pink in the rug.
Here is the the opposite side of their shared bedroom- where the girls twin beds are.
The other night the girls and I sat in the chair and read our new chapter book. It was extremely cozy. Yesterday I came up here with Finn and rocked him when he was fussy and he was so calm…not trying to jump out of my arm’s, he let me rock him.
I can’t post this without telling you about my Christmas gifts from the girls. My sweet hubby had the girls paint pictures for me of “whatever they thought I would like.” Ella painted the lighthouse and Lola painted hydrangeas, my favorite flower. They are so cheery in their bedroom and it makes my heart melt thinking of the three of them working together on this project.
I love how hanging chairs look great in any space. I recommend them anywhere you are thinking of adding a chair or want to create a unique charming space. Remember I said my husband wanted me to hire someone to hang the chair? I do agree- it seemed pretty scary to install. I just pictured a huge hole in our ceiling after we attempted it. But we went to Home Depot and found the best tool to hang it. Below our the easy steps we took to install the chair.
#1- Determine where the studs are with a Stud Finder
#2- We used two of THESE a 2″ Hitch Ring with ring attachment. My husband just manually twisted it into the stud.
#3- Test it to make sure that it can support some weight! My husband hung from it. So we knew we were good.
#4- Loop the ropes through the ring attachment. We looked up different knots and found one that we could do and that held tight. I suggest not cutting the extra rope, just loop it around several times to create a big loose looking knot.
*Just a note that might be helpful- the back of the hanging chair is 18 1/2″ from the wall and that is plenty of space.
That’s it! It took less than an hour, maybe 30 minutes. I would always test the hanging chair before you jump right into sitting in it. Be cautious at first to make sure everything is holding.
I will share more details of the changes we made with the new dresser next week. We got really organized for this new year! I will show you where we keep everything in this room and how we keep it cleaned. And I will share more sources too.
Love that I have already found my girls spending time reading here. Makes me so happy to create these little spaces for them. xoxo
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