What Are Mamasan Chairs?

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A mamasan chair is a wide, oval chair with a big cushion that is large enough for two people to sit on. It is also referred to as a double papasan chair, because it is the larger version of this type of bowl-shaped seating. The frame of a mamasan chair is usually made of rattan, wicker or bamboo, all of which have various benefits and colors. Most mamasan chairs' frames come with a cushion, and some even come with a matching ottoman, but both of these accessories can also be purchased separately. It is helpful to consider where a mamasan chair will go in the house before buying one, because the cushion and frame should match the décor of the room.

Many cushions meant for mamasan chairs are full of crushed poly fiber, which is typically made from recycled plastic. Thus, these types of chairs are usually considered environmentally friendly. The cushion's cover is often made of a combination of polyester and cotton, though chenille and microfiber may also be available. In addition, an all-weather cover is usually available so homeowners can lounge in the chair outside. In most cases, the cushion's cover cannot be thrown in the washing machine — it is often dry-clean only — though it is usually possible to spot-clean the cushion with a damp cloth.


Some mamasan chairs feature a bamboo frame, which is typically a light-colored material that provides a natural look. It is hollow inside, though, so it is not as strong as rattan, which is otherwise similar. Rattan frames tend to be more popular, because this type of vine is known for its strength and variety of colors. Some people prefer wicker furniture, which is woven out of rattan, bamboo or another material, providing a unique look. While the choice of frame is a personal preference, the highest quality mamasan chairs are typically made from rattan.

Mamasan chairs can be placed nearly anywhere in the home, even outdoors. Before buying a chair, however, consumers are advised to first take into consideration where they will place the chair, because both the frame and the cushion should match the rest of the room. Cushions often come in solid colors, but it is possible to buy covers that feature patterns. The sheer variety of cushion covers for mamasan chairs allows homeowners to either perfectly match their home's theme or frequently change the appearance of the chair. Homeowners should consider whether to get a matching ottoman for their chair, in which case they need to first make sure they have enough room for this comfortable combination.


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