All Things You Need To Know Before Buying a Papasan Chair

Also known as moon chairs or nest chairs, papasan chairs are a stable of 70s home décor. Their popularity continued to grow over time, and they won’t be leaving the limelight anytime soon. These unique, lightweight, and extremely versatile chairs are a perfect addition to any home. Buying a papasan chair does require some consideration. Here’s what you need to know before you hit the store:

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What Is a Papasan Chair?

The papasan chair was initially designed in Asia, where it has been used for centuries in countries such as the Philippines and Japan. It is a large round chair with a sturdy base. They’re traditionally made from rattan, but modern designs sometimes make use of metal or even plastic.

Are Papasan Chairs Comfortable?

Papasan chairs are just as comfy as they look. The large, circular cushion accommodates people of most sizes, unlike other chairs that may not be as comfortable for all body types. The papasan chair is simply the best piece of furniture for curling up with a book or simply lounging with your friends. Plus, if you’re looking for even more comfort, you can always purchase a double papasan, called a “mamasan”, which is twice as wide.

How Does a Papasan Chair Work?

A papasan chair typically comes in three or four pieces: the base, the cushion basket, the huge cushion, and sometimes a separate cushion cover. The base has two round openings on either end. You should place the narrower end on the floor with the wider end facing up to accommodate the cushion basket. Throw in the cushion and other accessories such as additional throw pillows or a lap blanket. Papasans are easy to move, so you can easily change its position every time you feel like redecorating.

How much Weight Can a Papasan Chair Hold?

This is a very important question to ask yourself before purchasing this piece of furniture. The papasan chair weight limit varies depending on the model and the materials used in the manufacturing process. Nonetheless, they are typically created to suit people with weight up to 135 kilograms/300 pounds. If you weight more than this, it would be best to purchase a mamasan chair.

Will a Papasan Chair Fit in a Car?

A standard papasan chair has a diameter of 90, 100, or 110 cm/35, 40, or 45 in. You can detach the base from the cushion basket, but because of its diameter, it can often be a struggle to fit this chair in a car, especially a small one.

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Does IKEA Have Papasan Chairs?

You should have no issues finding a papasan or a similar type of chair (BUSKBO Rattan Armchair) at IKEA. The Scandinavian retailer is aware for its rattan pieces which fit so well with the minimalist Nordic design.

Why Is Rattan so Expensive?

The main reasons why these products are not exactly budget-friendly are the materials and the method used on wicker furniture. The price of natural rattan is also more expensive but also durable than synthetic materials.

Which Is Better Rattan or Wicker?

“Rattan” and “wicker” are two terms that we use interchangeably but they actually mean different things. Rattan is the material used in furniture making while wicker is actually the process of weaving rattan or other similar materials such as bamboo or willow. Wicker furniture can even be made of synthetic materials, which can prove to be a better option for chairs that are for outdoor use.

Can You Leave Rattan Furniture outside in the Rain?

Not all rattan furniture is the same. Synthetic rattan garden furniture is from durable plastic that is weatherproof, UV resistant, and rust-resistant to increase its lifespan. If your rattan garden furniture is from natural plant materials; be careful not to get wet. If that happens, with time, your furniture can deteriorate, and water can cause bacteria and mold to form.

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How Much Does a Papasan Chair Cost?

Depending on the materials used, a papasan chair can cost from as little as $50 to as much as $1,700 or even more. Designer chairs are also more expensive than mass-market options. Generally, finding a papasan chair to fir your budget shouldn’t be an issue.

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