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By Robby McWhorter
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The Stella Swing - an ultralight, super comfortable hammock chair that you can hang almost anywhere!

The Stella Swing includes its own suspension and packs down into a slim, easy to carry case. In about one minute you can easily hang The Stella Swing from almost any tree branch or crossbeam (from between 5 to 30 feet high), so you can enjoy the freedom of watching a sunset, spending time with friends or reading a book while gently swaying in the breeze. Also, children (and adults) love swinging in The Stella Swing - now you can take the playground with you!

At under 2 lbs, you can carry The Stella Swing with you wherever you go! Relax in a comfortable seated position and put your feet up! When it's time to head back inside, taking The Stella Swing down couldn't be any easier and you can leave the tree or beam undamaged and exactly how you found it.

No more worrying with finding a spot to sit on uneven, rocky or wet ground...get off the ground and into The Stella Swing!

This project really began as something else entirely. 

My 2yr old daughter Stella loves to swing, but I didn't want to install an ugly swing set or mount something permanent/damaging to any of our beautiful trees.

So, I started by hanging a small stool on some rope from a tree limb and it was pretty sad.

Prototype #1, Ridiculous
Prototype #1, Ridiculous

 

Prototype #2, Uncomfortable and Unstable
Prototype #2, Uncomfortable and Unstable

I kept changing it and letting Stella test it...until one time I sat down in it and it was so comfortable that I didn’t want to get up.

From that point on, it became my chair instead of my daughter's swing. I began to work on every aspect of the chair, ensuring a more comfortable seating position and a quicker set up/take down time.

Hang from a Tree
Hang from a Tree

 

Hang from a Bridge
Hang from a Bridge

During this two year period, I learned many new skills that helped me create this chair. In an effort to make it more portable, I began using ultralight ripstop fabrics, insanely light lines, and super light metals. I finished it off by making the seating position adjustable, and by adding an adjustable footrest and a convenient carrying case.

Adjustable Footrest
Adjustable Footrest

 

Stella still thinks it is HER swing
Stella still thinks it is HER swing

One of my favorite parts of The Stella Swing is that it includes all you need to hang it from almost anything at heights from 5-30 feet. Also, tree limbs and beams don't have to be perfectly horizontal; the suspension will grip almost anything, even if it's on an angle. You can hang it under a tree, a porch, a dock, or a bridge - pretty much anything. It's not just for sitting either; you can put a huge smile on your face by getting your feet out of the footrest and using it as a swing!

Hang on almost anything
Hang on almost anything

 

Convenient Carrying Case
Convenient Carrying Case


The chair alone weighs next to nothing (under 1lb), so even the most weight-conscious hikers will love to bring it along.

Kickstarter is Awesome!

I have hit a wall with my finances and with this Kickstarter campaign we will be able to finance production of The Stella Swing in large batches. This will help with keeping equipment and production costs down (something I can't do by producing in small batches). We also want to create different sizes, colors and a youth specific swing. This Kickstarter campaign will help by getting a mass audience and the financial backing we need to get The Stella Swing to the people that will love it and use it. We will source components and keep production in the U.S. whenever possible.

 We are so excited to join the Kickstarter community!

Risks and challenges

There are always challenges involved with any project, but since I have thoroughly tested my prototype and will be working closely with manufacturers and suppliers the only problem we can foresee would be a slight delay in getting the product shipped. I look forward to meeting my backers highest expectations and delivering a very high quality product.

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