What Are Bungee Chairs?
Bungee chairs are known by many names: Bunjo chairs, trampoline chairs, spider web chairs, and my personal favorite dream catcher chairs. Each name describes what a bungee chair is. But to put it in words, a bungee chair is a metal frame with bungee cord woven in a strong pattern. The bungee is stretched tight across the round, triangle, or hexagon frame and they look more like vertical trampolines than chairs.
Once you sit in it the bungees take the shape of your body and you are suspended in the air in either a seated or more relaxed hammock style position.
The appeal to bungee chairs is that they are lightweight, very easy to clean, and in my experience, they are very comfortable to sit in. I especially enjoy wrapping myself in a cozy blanket and sitting down in a bungee chair. The blanket gets snuggled around my body and it becomes a cozy suspension seat.
While dream catcher chairs look flimsy and like they wouldn’t take the weight of an adult they are actually quite durable. Especially the ones made right with high quality and strong bungees. If you shop right your bungee chair will last for years.
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Bunjo Bungee Chair Reviews & Info
Zenithen is a popular bungee chair brand and they have two chairs that have made this list. Their version on the spider web or dream catcher chair is both durable and large enough for the average-sized adult to get comfortable in. The weight limit is 225 lbs.
The round bungee chairs are for relaxing and will seat you in a comfortable slightly reclined position. They are perfect for adding pillows and cushions for ultimate coziness. The Zenithen bunjo bungee dish chair has a 32″ wide ring which is almost 3 feet of room for sitting. When folded out and set up the top of the ring is 33 inches tall and the legs+the ring are 26 inches long or deep.
The ring is made of durable steel and the fabric which holds the bungees to the ring is made with ultra-durable 600D polyester. The eyelets the cord is wrapped around are steel and hold the bungee to the fabric tightly and will not break or rip easily.
The spider web chair is light and folds easily making it very portable and easy to carry around. There is also a locking mechanism that keeps the legs open when unfolded.
Some lower-quality bungee chairs don’t use very much bungee and they have large holes. This makes them less comfortable and less durable as there is a smaller amount of bungee to hold your body weight. It also doesn’t look as pretty.
When you sit in a bungee chair with the right amount of thick bungee cord your back gets more support and it’s more comfortable overall. One of the best things about sitting in a bungee chair at the beach or on a hot day is you get a lot of airflow, it’s like sitting in a nice cool breeze. If you want to be warmer all you have to do is bring out a blanket and suddenly you are in a cozy comfortable chair.
The Zenithen Bunjo Bungee Dish Chair has tightly woven bungee cable that makes an intricate spider web pattern with small holes. It’s strong and can hold the rated weight with no issues. Because of the amount of bungee cable used it won’t stretch out over time like other bungee chairs.
- Lots of bungee cable used.
- Thick 600D polyester border fabric.
- Adult Sized
The Bunjo bungee chair is a lot like the Zenithen but slightly more affordable for a few reasons. The biggest one being this bungee chair requires assembly. The good news is it’s not very difficult to put together but it will take some time.
The bunjo chair once put together is 32 inches tall, 27 inches deep, and the steel ring is 32 inches in total width. It’s very large and the perfect size to fit an adult comfortably. The weight capacity is 225 lbs.
The bungee cord is thick and there are no large holes in the dream catcher weave which makes it very strong, durable, and comfortable to sit in. This chair is a close second to the Zinithen but the only downside to it is the required assembly.
The web chair is very lightweight and folds up making it extra portable. When set up there is a locking mechanism on the legs to ensure that they stay open.
The Bunjo Bungee Chair is the perfect option for hands-on people who aren’t afraid to do a little assembly. It’s affordable and made with durable high-quality bungees and fabric.
- Lots of bungee cable used.
- Adult Sized
I know this is an article about bungee or dream catcher chairs but I had to add this mesh outdoor bungee chair to the list because it’s still a very comfortable bungee chair but it has a fabric seat which may be just what you are looking for.
The thing that makes bunjo bungee chairs so comfortable is the flexible, bouncy bungee cable that suspends your body and creates a natural cushion. The Zenithen mesh bungee chair has the flexible bungee cable but the seat is made with a padded mesh material that is not only comfortable but also breathable.
The steel frame is pretty big measuring 32 inches wide. The entire chair is 39 inches tall and 39 inches long. It’s very stable when set up and you can take a long nap under the sun in total comfort with full support. The chair is lightweight and folds up easily. There is even a locking mechanism to keep the legs open.
The mesh bungee chair is adult-sized and has a weight limit of 225 lbs. There is a padded pillow for extra comfort and a fabric cup holder that is attached to one of the legs.
The Zenithen Air Mesh Outdoor Bungee Chair is a great combination of a bungee and camping chair. It has all the comfort you get from being suspended by bungees but the solid feel of a fabric seat.
- Large seat size.
- Padded seat with mesh fabric
- Adult sized.
Impact is another well-known bungee chair brand and their version of the classic chair is both comfortable and very durable. Instead of making the entire seating area out of bungee cable they made the seat part out of fabric. This offers more support for your rear and can be more comfortable when seated for a long time in thin clothes like a swimsuit or basketball shorts.
The steel ring is 32.38 inches wide and has a thick 600D polyester fabric border that holds the bungee pattern together. The chair is 32.68 inches tall in total and the legs & the ring are 26 inches deep.
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The bungee pattern has slightly larger holes than some of the other bungee chairs on this list and the reason for that is the fabric seat takes a lot of your weight and there’s no need for a thick web to hold the 225 pound weight capacity.
The entire thing folds up easily and is very lightweight.
The Impact Canopy Bungee Chair is one of the best of this style of bungee chair. Some people prefer to have fabric supporting their bottoms instead of bungee cable. If you’re one of those people you can’t go wrong with the Impact bungee chair.
- Comfortable fabric seat area.
- Adult sized
The Camp Field is another classic version of the bungee chair sometimes called a trampoline chair. It’s a lot like the other bunjo chairs on this list but the legs fold a little differently and the locking mechanism is a plastic half pipe that snaps onto the other leg tube.
The bungee cable is also slightly thinner than the others which makes this a more comfortable bungee chair for lighter, smaller people.
The legs might be slightly lesser quality than the other chairs but the steel ring, fabric border, and bungee pattern are just as good and this is still a high-quality chair for adults that will last through the years.
The weight capacity is 220 lbs and the ring is 32 inches wide. The total bungee chair height is 32 inches tall, it’s not stated how long the chair is but I would guess around 26 inches like the other similar bunjo chairs.
It’s lightweight and folds up for a very portable chair for camping, dorm rooms, bedrooms, games, patios, tailgating, the beach, and really anything else.
The Camp Field Bungee Folding Dish Chair is a fantastic traditional bungee chair that is made with lots of bungee cable which is important for them to keep their elasticity longer. All-in-all it’s a great option for bungee chair lovers.
- Adult sized
- Easy to fold up and down
The Zenithen has the quality materials and the tight, thick bungee weave to last the longest of all the bungee chairs on the market today. The thing that pushes it ahead of its counterpart the Bunjo Bungee Chair is the Zenithen comes assembled.
Because of its quality, comfort and bungee strength, the Zenithen is my pick for the best bungee chair.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do bungee chairs break easily?
Bungee or trampoline chairs are much more durable than you would think. When built the right way, like the chairs on this list, a bungee chair can take as much as 225 lbs and won’t break.
That being said a flimsy bungee chair made with thin fabric and bungees will break easily or stretch out in a short amount of time.
How to fold a bungee chair.
Bungee or spider web chairs fold almost exactly like regular old folding chairs. Some have a locking mechanism and you may have to push a button to release the tube so the hinge can move and the chair will fold.
How to adjust a bungee chair.
If the bungees on your bungee or trampoline chair are too tight the best thing to do is keep using it as the bungees will loosen slightly over time and the chair will become more comfortable to sit in.
If your bungee chair becomes too loose you can tighten it by finding the end of the bungee and tieing it off further in. Once you shorten the bungee cable you will need to work the weave so it becomes the same level of tautness all the way through.
How to repair a bungee chair.
Bunjo bungee chairs can break several ways, the most common is one of the eyelets will get ripped out of the fabric border. You can fix this by making a fabric patch with a new eyelet in the center and sewing that onto the ripped area.
For a quicker fix, you can also take another bungee cable or even a rope and loop it around the loose bungee then tie the cable to the outer steel ring on the bungee chair. It’s not the most beautiful fix but it’s effective and keeps your bungee chair working as it should.
It’s very uncommon but if one of the bungee cords breaks simply tie it together.
If the bungee cable has gotten old or too damaged to tie back together you may need to replace it entirely. Make sure you get bungee cable that is at least 1/4 inch thick and very long so you have a lot of material to work with. This kayak bungee cable is a great replacement.
Once you’ve removed the old bungee simply start weaving the new bungee cable. Make sure you keep it tight.
If you don’t know how to weave a web it’s very useful to look at how people weave dream catchers. The weaving style is the same for bungee chairs just a much smaller version. You can use the dream catcher weave part of this tutorial to learn how to weave the bungee cord on your bungee chair.
Are bungee chairs good for your back?
A loose bungee chair can be uncomfortable on your back. That’s why you should always buy a sturdy tightly woven bungee chair because it will support your back and reduce the risk of pain.
Are bungee chairs comfortable?
Yes, bungee or trampoline chairs are very comfortable. A well-built bungee chair offers support but also gives the comfort of being suspended. They are perfect for hot climates because they allow a ton of airflow. It’s almost like not sitting in a chair at all.
You can make bungee chairs even more comfortable by adding blankets and pillows.
Are bungee chairs safe?
Bungee or dream catcher chairs may not look it but they are very sturdy and safe. The weave of the bungee supports your body weight and unless you are over the recommended weight limit you won’t fall through. And even if you did fall through, bungee chairs sit very low to the ground and you won’t have far to fall.
Do all bungee chairs squeak when you sit in them?
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