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Why Having a Hammock in the Garden Helps Everyone Enjoy the Outdoors?

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Installing a hammock or swing seat in your garden is a fabulous way to get your family out of the house on a beautiful day. A cotton rope hammock is a natural for this purpose. If you prefer sitting to lying down, a natural cotton swing seat in your garden is equally satisfying.

Swing Seats or Personal Hammocks?

Both swing seats and personal (one-person) hammocks are ideal additions to your garden area. If you have the space, you could install a “family hammock” in your garden to encourage the entire family to join you while you’re enjoying the warmth of the sun.

If asked about their preference, your kids typically want a rope swing seat instead of a hammock, since they enjoy swinging more than relaxing or taking a nap. You can always accessorize your rope swing seat or hammock with a canopy or pergola to keep out most of the sun. For more swing consistency, you could always add a hammock or swing seat stand.

Where Should You Place Your Garden Hammock?

The answer, regardless of the size of your garden, is always the same: Your favorite relaxing area of your garden. Typically, this is a place that your favorite plants and/or flowers surround you with quiet and tranquil feelings.

Your backyard is the favorite area in most yards of most homeowners. In general, the preferred place is near flower beds, ponds, or a group of your favorite trees. When you favor surrounding trees, you’ll also enjoy other benefits, such as avoiding some sun and some disquieting noise. Trees serve as effective buffers for too much sun and unwelcome noises that disturb your relaxing bliss.

When you clear an area in your garden to surround yourself with your favorite flowers and greenery, you can use a contemporary or traditional hammock stand to enhance the area, even when there are no suitable posts or trees around the garden. If you’re goal is to get the family out of the house and into the garden, you may want to add a hanging chair (on an attractive chair stand) to your hammock area. Since it’s typically kids that want to use hanging chairs most, you might be amazed at the time your children spend in your garden retreat.

Alternatives for Those Needing Extra Support

Some people require firmer support than offered by a cloth hammock. If you are one of those people, but enjoy an occasional nap, you might consider a “hanging bed” as an alternative. While somewhat more complex to install, sometimes needing four points of attachment (at least, on the bed itself), instead of two (typical hammock), you’ll still enjoy the outdoors, with the sun and sway of the wind, with a hanging bed, along with the extra support you get.

If you need extra support, but enjoy sitting more than lying down, a hanging wire-mesh chair, instead of a rope swinging chair on a strong stand may be ideal. You’ll find different designs, one of which could be perfect for the support you need, but still very comfortable.

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Five Places to Hang Your Hammock in a Garden

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Your home garden is a popular setting to install your favorite hammock. You can install it anywhere you feel a sense of “peace” in your garden. However, here are some suggestions to fuel your ideas for ideal places for your hammock or hanging chair.

Some Places to Hang Your Hammock in Your Garden

  • If you like to read in quiet, hang your hammock anywhere that’s quiet in your garden.Pick a place that you like, that’s quiet and peaceful, and, at least, semi-private in your garden so you can read without being disturbed.
  • Do you have a pergola in your garden? You might want to hang your hammock (attached at two poles) under your pergola top.Unless your pergola top is solid, you’ll still get some filtered sunlight. Just be careful not to nap for too long, or you’ll get a tan or sunburn with the design of the pergola roof (top) on some parts of your body.
  • Clear a place you prefer that surrounds you with your favorite plants and flowers.Being surrounded by your favorite plantings is a perfect place for your hammock in the garden. That’s why you planted these in the first place, didn’t you?
  • Invest in a hammock stand, so you can place your hammock or hanging chair in your favorite area in your garden, without the need for trees or sturdy posts.Not all gardens are home to strong trees. If your garden is lacking trees to install your hammock, you can still pick your favorite spot, by using a hammock stand. A utilitarian or innovatively-designed, contemporary hammock stand makes it possible for you to locate your hammock in your favorite area in your garden without nearby strong trees.
  • Clear a space for a family hammock if your spouse and kids like to relax with you.Does your family like to enjoy a hammock with you? A hammock large enough to fit your whole family, including the kids, is the answer. Although you may need to clear a slightly larger space in your garden, it will be worth having your family enjoy your “hammock time,” while they are surrounding you.

Conclusion

Your favorite place in the garden is the best place for your hammock or hanging chair. While these suggestions are the fuel that ignites your imagination, you can place your hammock anyplace in your garden that pleases you.

Just be sure to take it down when you water your plants and flowers if you use a sprinkler to feed your plants the water they need to grow healthy and strong. If it’s sunny and hot, you may want to leave your hammock up to cool it off when you turn the sprinkler on.

There is really no bad place to locate your hammock in your garden. While you may have location preferences, use them to find the perfect place to locate your treasured hammock.

Why We Have Low Staff Turnover in Our Columbian Hammock Factory

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We have some staff that have worked in the hammock factory for 25 years. We seldom need to find new craftsmen as replacements. Since our hammocks and hanging chairs are hand-fashioned, we treasure our craftsmen and our quality control staff.

We take our mission to treat our staff as valued employees very seriously. Many of them expansively refer to good working conditions as a reason they continue to work for us. We marvel at the advantages this commitment delivers to our customers.

Why Factory Staff Turnover Is Low

We believe that our low turnover is not a function of luck, but results from our consistent treatment of our staff as “quality” craftsmen, whether they are male or female. Our hand fashioners are as dedicated to producing quality hammocks and hanging chairs as our supervisors.

In the words of Marta, our Production Manager, “. . . I check the processes to make sure that every hammock is made very well.” She has worked at our factory for over 13 years. “The majority of the people who are here have worked here for a long time.” Why?

  • They like working for us.
  • “The owners treat us very well.”
  • Each craftsman “does his or her very best at our task.”
  • We want all our customers to “be satisfied” with our quality hammocks.
  • “. . . one of the things that has made us stay her so long is that we love this company. . .”
  • Unlike some Asian factories, “. . . we always try to keep it (factory) really clean, so the products will be very good.”
  • When working with fabrics, there will always be “fluff,” but there isn’t much here because staff always keeps it clean.
  • Craftsmen take pride in carefully stitching the ends of hammocks and hanging chairs by folding the ends over and reinforcing our products for durability.
  • Staff takes equal pride in handmaking the superior sturdy ropes that keep our handcrafted hammocks and our customers out of “harm’s way.”
  • When you order a high-quality colorful hammock from Hammock Heaven, the craftsman who builds it for you probably has years of experience creating quality hammocks.

Conclusion

Our low turnover proves the theory that employers who treat their staffs respectfully, fairly, and generate pride of workmanship, creates an effective team who do their best to excel. In the 21st century, it can be challenging to find, train, and retain high quality employees.

However, treating them well is a rewarding approach, particularly when giving them the responsibility to create handmade products. Studies have proven that people work for companies where they are appreciated for their expertise, not only for the highest wages. Our staff consistently builds high-quality hammocks and hanging chairs – and is very proud of their company.

Five Places to Hang a Hammock Indoors

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Hammocks are favorite additions to your outdoors at home. Did you realize you can bring your hammock or hanging chair indoors, too? Many people love their hammocks so much they want to sleep in them instead of a bed. Installing a hammock indoors is not difficult, so you’ll enjoy making this a do-it-yourself (DIY) project.

While there are literally hundreds of websites with text and/or video to instruct you how to install your hammock indoors, there are few sites with suggestions about “where” to hang your hammock. We’re going to solve that curious problem momentarily. Stay with us.

Places to Hang Your Hammock Indoors

This issue stumps even those who love relaxing outdoors in their treasured hammocks. Don’t worry. It’s easier than you might first think.

  • Your bedroomIf you love taking relaxing, rewarding naps in your outdoor hammock, you’ll probably get the best sleep of your life when you desert the traditional bed and sleep in a comfy hammock.
  • Your living or family roomYour living room, great room, or family room is another ideal place to hang your hammock. If you don’t have a DVR, you better get one, as you’ll find yourself nodding off during movies and games in your always comfortable hammock. Should you think a hanging chair is a better idea to keep you awake till the end of the movie or live game you’re watching, you’re probably wrong. It’s just as easy to find “nap time” in a hanging chair as a hammock.
  • Guest bedroomsGuest bedrooms are ideal places to hang hammocks indoors. Instead of taking up valuable space with traditional beds try hanging hammocks in guest bedrooms. You can always store them away when you’re not entertaining overnight friends or family. Your guests will love the sleep they get in a hammock, if they don’t have one in their yard now. Most of them will install one after trying out restful sleep in your “guest hammock.”
  • A sunroom or “9-month” roomA sunroom, particularly a so-called 9-month room with heat for those cool spring and fall days and nights, is an equally perfect place for your favorite hammock. While a warm, sunny spring or summer day is ideal when you have an outdoor hammock or hanging chair, installing a hammock in a sunroom, even when it’s raining outside allows you to enjoy your hammock even in inclement weather.
  • A finished basementWhen you’ve finished your basement as a game room, TV room, or “man cave,” you have a perfect place to hang a hammock indoors. Since the anchors in the walls are unobtrusive, you won’t have a problem if your finished basement has a lower than average ceiling (under 7 feet) or has a “drop” ceiling (not strong enough to hold your weight in a hammock or hanging chair).

Conclusion

If you love relaxing in your outdoor hammock in the yard, you’ll equally love hanging a hammock indoors in one of these places. You also may have other rooms, e.g., a home office, which might be your personal preference for installing an indoor hammock or hanging chair to be available in all types of weather.

When you’re not using your hammock, you can easily store it in small spaces. Since your wall anchors are harmless, they pose little danger to anyone. If you’re concerned with their presence when your hammock is stored, you can easily cover them with a wall hanging or a plant hanging on the exposed anchor.

As long as you carefully install your anchors into wall studs, they will be secure and support your hammock (with you in it) for long periods, e.g., naps or overnight sleeping. Regardless of the size of your home, you can install a relaxing hammock in almost any room except a bathroom or kitchen. When you’re taking a shower, or making gourmet dishes, you probably won’t want to relax in your indoor hammock or hanging chair.

Advantages of a Travel Hammock When You’re Traveling

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Travel hammocks are increasingly popular as alternatives to tents, when you go camping, hiking, and/or traveling almost anywhere. Traveling is exciting, but, sometimes, it can become annoying, particularly when you need to navigate airport security. Yet, camping and hiking are popular, healthy alternatives.

Better than most tents, even upscale ones, travel hammocks make traveling easier and more pleasant. There are multiple good reasons why. Whether you’re traveling by car, or using public transportation, e.g., trains, travel hammocks provide distinct advantages for you. When you’re going on long hikes or camping, these advantages will be graphically evident.

Travel Hammock Advantages That Make Traveling Easier and More Comfortable

  • Travel hammocks are versatile, offering you the pick of locations where you’d like to sleep. 

    You can sleep wherever you’d like. Pick your location and you can set it up.

  • Travel hammocks are easy to install if there are some trees around.Just install your travel hammock, which is fast and simple, where you want it. It should only take a few minutes.
  • Travel hammocks are lightweight and ideal when packing space is at a premium (almost always). 

    These hammocks pack small and light. You can literally take them anywhere you want to go.

  • Safely sleep in the great outdoors, since you’re off the ground.Unlike even the best tents, you’ll sleep safely and won’t need to contend with night-hunting ground insects and arachnids (spiders).
  • In summer, you’ll love the cooling air circulation a travel hammock provides. During fall, you can line your travel hammock with a sleeping bag or insulated blanket to keep you warm and toasty.Hammocks promote air circulation around your body, without the confinement of a tent. Even on the cool nights of fall, you can place a sleeping bag in your travel hammock to keep you warm and comfy, instead of trying to sleep on the hard ground.

These are but a sampling of the many benefits travel hammocks offer you. If you like to travel and camp out in the outdoors and you love your hammock at home, you should have a travel hammock to make traveling easier – and lighter.