How to Hang an Indoor Hanging Chair

An indoor hanging chair provides place to sit, relax and enjoy a book. You may like the idea of a hanging chair, but you might not know how to install it. Safely hanging a chair from the ceiling is not as hard as it looks. You can install a hanging chair with a few basic tools. Much of the hardware for the job comes with the chair.

  1. Climb the stepladder and use a stud finder to locate a ceiling joist. As a general rule, ceiling joists are spaced 16 inches on center. Follow the instructions provided with your stud finder. Select a spot along the ceiling joist to install the chair.
  2. Mark the selected spot on the ceiling with a pencil. This is where you will install the eye hook that came with your chair.
  3. Drill a 4- to 5-inch-deep hole at the pencil mark perpendicular to the ceiling, using a 1/4-inch drill bit. This is the pilot hole for the eye hook.
  4. Screw the eye hook into the pilot hole. Continue to screw the eye hook into the joist until all of the threading is into the ceiling.
  5. Attach the chain or rope-hanging mechanism on the chair to the eye hook as specified in the chair directions. Each model of hanging chair is different, and directions will vary.

Things You Will Need

  • Stepladder
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit


  • Complete the final turns of the eye hook by sliding a screwdriver through the eye and turning it with the handle. This will provide more leverage at the final turns when it becomes difficult to do by hand.


  • Wear eye protection when operating power tools and working over your head.

About the Author

Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.