Papasan chairs are characterized by thick round removable cushions that sit atop a short pedestal base, which is usually made of a wicker or rattan – a bamboo-like structure. The cushion is thick enough so that the one doesn’t feel the frame protruding from underneath, and the design of the chair actually provides good lumbar support.
They originated in the 1950s post World War 2 when veterans brought them back to the US, but didn’t gain massive popularity until the 1970s after being featured in various popular movies and TV shows.
Given their extreme comfort and portability, they make great chairs for indoor or outdoor lounging, and add a touch of elegance and vibrancy to any room.
Double papasan chairs have a larger frame designed to accommodate two or more people and have larger oblong cushions to cover the wider rattan frame. In short, a double papasan chair, also called a mamasan chair, is essentially twice as wide as a standard size papasan chair. It’s a papasan couch.
Given that the cushions are replaceable, there are a wide variety of patterns and colors to choose from and we’ve listed a few of our favorite double papasan cushions, along with a few tips and tips below to help you choose the right one for you.
That said, given that these chairs use twice the amount of material and cost nearly twice as much as single papasan chairs, they are hard to come by and so your options are fairly limited.
International Caravan Double Papasan Chair
This double Papasan chair from International Caravan is based in Indonesia, an East Asian country where these chairs originated, for those who prefer a truly “authentic” chair.
It may be the only double papasan chair available on Amazon, most likely because most consumers opt for a single papasan chair due to the double chairs being nearly twice as expensive.
It has limited customer reviews but it is a well-crafted and sturdy papasan chair with a durable rattan frame and comfortable easy-to-clean top cushion that provides a large and spacious seating area that’s great for indoor or outdoor use.
Boca Negra Double Papasan Chair
This is a large 35” H x 63” W x 45” D inch double papasan chair from Bay Isle. If you want a chair wide enough to fit you and a loved one that offers a variety of different replaceable tufted cushions and sturdy construction, this is the chair for you.
The fabric is extremely thick to provide additional comfort and support, is UV resistant so the colors won’t fade, and is easy to spot clean with any mild detergent or stain remover. It has great reviews and we understand why.
Double Papasan Chair Cushions (on Amazon)
Papasan chairs are comprised of three to four pieces with the chair cushions being completely independent from the chair’s frame, which enables one to easily replace the cushions.
But its important to keep in mind the chair’s frame dimensions so that you can match it up with the appropriately sized cushion.
With double papasan chairs, you’ll need a larger cushion to fit the wider area – a mamasan cushion. Here are a few cushions you might like.
Papasan Cushion by Blazing Needles
Another great choice from Blazing Needles, a well-respected manufacturer of Papasan chairs. This is a 48 x 65 inch double papasan (also called mamasan) chair cushion goes great with a double papasan chair frame.
The large rattan frame (not included) provides room enough to seat two adults or three small children, and once again, the thick cushions are easy to spot clean in case the kids make a mess.
Solid Aquamarine Microsuede Papasan Chair Cushion
A soft oval shaped super comfortable cushion that is 4 to 5 inches thick and easy to clean due to its microsuede construction.
We love the Aqua blue color as it provides a subtle pop and cool vibe feature to any room. Pair it with any double papasan chair frame.
Solid Twill Toffee Brown Double Papasan Chair Cushion
As we mentioned before, be sure to match the use the right cushion size for your papasan chair. This mamasan cushion measures 48” x 6” x 65” and is available in toffee brown, among other colors.
The material and design are almost identical, but the price will differ depending on the size of your cushion.
Patterned Papasan Chair Cushion
This double papasan chair cushion features a vibrant pattern that is a break from the traditional one color styles. We love the exotic patterns. The cushions are filled with 100% polyester, thick and sturdy to provide ultimate comfort in style.
Things to Keep in Mind when Choosing Double Papasan Chairs
As you may have noticed by now, there isn’t much variation in traditional papasan chairs. They all look fairly similar, and the difference in chairs basically comes down to the size of the chair and the color of the cushions
Size: The single cushion papasan chairs (also called round chairs) range in three different sizes from 44 to 56 inches. They are made for one person seating but they can either accommodate a small or large adult.
The double cushion papasan chairs, also known as mamasan chairs, also known as papasan couches, are meant to fit two people. They also range in size depending on your space requirements.
In short, ask yourself whether you need a chair that is large enough for you to stretch out and lie down comfortably or do you just need something lightweight and portable for you to snuggle up in the corner with your favorite book.
Indoor or outdoor: The vast majority of papasan chairs are meant for indoor use as their frame and cushions aren’t meant to withstand water damage and will eventually rot if they are subjected directly to the outdoor elements.
However, there are a few options available for you that we cover in our outdoor papasan guide.
Design: Color. There a ton of different colors from which to choose. Do you ant a vibrant and lively color to add a bit of vibrancy to your living space, or do you prefer something more subdued?
Just keep in mind that darker colors may be easier to clean as they hide stains more easily than lighter colors.
Either way, it’s a matter of personal preference and so long as you choose the right sized chair and cushion, there is no right or wrong papasan chair. We love them all.