So long egg chairs, a Hangout Pod is the only thing I want this summer
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When it comes to sunny days I have one dream and one dream only: to while away the hours on a hammock between two palm trees on a beach in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
But I'm also a realist, and so I'm well aware that this summer, I'm more likely to be hanging out in my garden than a secluded tropical island.
I was feeling sad about this fact until I stumbled across a piece of outdoor furniture so comfy and relaxing that I forgot all about my exotic dream in favour of it: the Hangout Pod.
Forget the egg chair and that Ratan chair set you had your eyes on, because this gently swaying pod is the stuff of outdoor furniture dreams.
A cross between a sun lounger, hammock, day bed and swing, this pod can be easily assembled in less than 10 minutes and means you can be kicking back with an Aperol Spritz, a juicy novel and factor 50 in no time.
Not only is the gentle swaying movement super-relaxing, it's spacious enough to fit a few people on it, or for you to really spread out – or curl up – and get as comfy as possible.
Plus, it's also a pretty chic piece of equipment and is available in numerous colours: green, black, cream and blue.
And because it's got sides, it's safe for you to cuddle up with your children in, or add your dog into the mix for the ultimate family chill-out vibe. Or, why not just enjoy some me-time and set yourself up with copious pillows?
Whether you want to shield from the sun, shelter from the rain or protect yourself from pesky bugs, the hangout pod can also be bought with all sorts of accessories to make this a year-round piece, though it's easy to deconstruct and pack away into its bag when you want the space back.
Hangout Pods range between £199 and £299 depending on what size you want and are available to buy through the Hangout Pod website and on Made.