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10 Things To Know About Our Travel Hammocks

HammockHeaven’s Travock and Parachute travel hammocks are the ultimate travel accessory. Perfect for everyone from day trippers to road warriors, they are sure to become an indispensable part of your travel gear. Here are ten things you should know about these popular packable models.

1. Stuff sack included

Did we mention packable? Both the Parachute and Travock travel hammocks come with their own stuff sack. The one on the Parachute models is even attached, creating a convenient pocket that you can use to keep a water bottle or flashlight close at hand. When you’re finished using the hammock, there’s no need to fold it like Marie Kondo folds shirts; just stuff it in the included sack and throw it in your bag.

Henry in a travel hammock - travock
Fun in a travel hammock – Travock

2. Magic or manufacturing?

How is it possible for them to fit in such a compact stuff sack? Is this magic? Nope. They can be squeezed into such a small space because they are made from nylon. This silky synthetic material is very strong and durable, but also very thin and lightweight.

3. Irresistible resistance

HammockHeaven’s travel hammocks are weather resistant and mildew resistant. The properties of nylon allow the Parachute and Travock models to dry in a flash. Got caught in a downpour? Surprised by a sudden snowfall? Hang your hammock in the sun and it will be dry in minutes. No mildew. No musty scent. No lingering dampness.

4. Single to supersized

The Parachute and Travock travel hammocks each come in two sizes perfect for one to two people. The Parachute is available in single and double sizes, while the Travock is available in regular and XL sizes. The regular Travock model can hold up to 120 kg and the XL model holds up to 180 kg. The single Parachute model is weighted for up to 118 kg, while the double-sized model can hold up to 181 kg.

5. Cool color combos

Our two-toned Travock and Parachute models come in stylized color combinations from bright orange and turquoise to neutral black and sand. Choose colors that express your personality or will stand out on Snapchat. Because HammockHeaven’s travel hammocks are made from colorfast nylon, they won’t fade in the sun or become less bright with each wash.

6. Two minutes and counting

If you’re traveling solo, you won’t need an extra pair of hands to help you set up your hammock. With just the built-in ropes that are part of every travel hammock and either the stainless steel S-hooks that come with the Travock models or a hanging kit (purchased separately) for the Parachute models, you’ll be relaxing within minutes.

7. Sweet dreams

Did you know that sleeping in a hammock has been scientifically proven to be beneficial for your health? A study done at the University of Geneva Neuroscience Center concluded that the a gentle rocking motion like that of the hammock helps you sleep like a baby. Not only did the gentle rocking help a majority of the study participants fall asleep faster, it improved the quality of their sleep.

8. Buy them with Bitcoin

You can buy our hammocks with Bitcoin. Cool, right? That’s just the kind of hip company HammockHeaven is. We even give our customers a discount if they use Bitcoin to make their purchases. To buy a travel hammock with Bitcoin, transfer the amount of your purchase into your smartphone wallet. At checkout, open your wallet, scan the QR code, and press the button to confirm. It’s as simple as that.

Bitcoin Hammocks
Swap Bitcoin For Hammocks

9. The best things in life are free

HammockHeaven’s commitment to quality customer service includes FREE shipping to most UK locations on all of their hammock models. The Travock travel hammocks by HAMACA can even be on your doorstep overnight if you place your order by 12:30 in the afternoon! Not in the UK? No worries, mate. We ship everywhere from Austria to Australia. We have low cost shipping options for our neighbours in the EU and charge our international customers only what the courier charges us. The shipping rates will be displayed at checkout.

10. Don’t you worry ‘bout a thing

Our travel hammocks have the same warranty as our other hammock lines. If anything you buy from HammockHeaven breaks or malfunctions within the first 365 days, we will replace it or give you your money back. If you want to return an unused hammock you ordered or received as a gift, you can send it back to us within 60 days and we’ll refund the purchase in full. We also offer a low price guarantee on the HAMACA hammocks. If you find a Travock travel hammock for a lower price on another site, we’ll refund you the difference in price AND give you £20 to spend on any of our other products.

Quick Hammock Guide

Deck Hammock XL

Comparing Different Hammocks

This quick guide will go from the smallest and cheapest hammocks up to the biggest and most expensive, then we will finish it off with some comments about hanging chairs, and some notes about hammocks with spreader bars.

Nearly all Hamaca hammocks are hand made in Colombia from recycled cotton. The cotton is soft, strong and comfortable and the colours and designs are gorgeous.

I will try to mention only the benefits and disadvantages specific to each type of hammock, and only when compared to other types of hammocks.

Nearly every Hamaca hammock has the following features which are an advantage over other brands of hammocks:

Hamaca Hammocks
  1. Cadejos – the stylish cotton chains at the end of the hammock which look great, but also help distribute weight perfectly.
  2. Handy matching carry bag, which is big enough for the hammock, but with room for a book a drink and some ropes. Many other brands you really have to squeeze the hammock in…
  3. Colombian style with an open loop at the end.
  4. Recycled cotton with Azo-Free Dyes, and transported by ship. I.e. This is the most eco-friendly type of hammock you can buy.
  5. Easy to wash in the washing machine.

Children’s Hammocks / Kids Hammocks  

Advantages

  1. Single rope attachment for child safety.
  2. Just about big enough for an adult.
  3. 2 x 3m ropes built in.
  4. Packs up small and light, so perfect for taking on holiday or to the lake.
  5. Low price per hammock.Transform a bedroom for £30 !

Disadvantages

  1. Small for an adult, so only one lying position (straight).
Cuadro Kids Hammock - Rainbow
Hammocks For Children

Travel Hammocks

Advantages

  1. 2 x 3m Ropes with Hooks built in to each Travock ( Travel Hammock ).
  2. Packs up small for travels. The 2 person XL size packs up to 20x12x12cm which is about  2.4 litres in volume. The 1 person is slightly smaller.
  3. Big hammocks, especially compared to the packed up size.
  4. Extra strong, made from nylon, like parachutes.
  5. A travel hammock will dry  very quickly if it gets wet.
  6. Price. At the lower end of the price range.

Disadvantages

  1. Cotton is softer and more comfortable than parachute silk.
Travock - Travel Hammock - Treasure
Travel Hammocks

Single Hammocks

Advantages

  1. The perfect size for an adult, a squeeze for two, plenty of room for kids.
  2. Packs up small and lightweight, so good for travelling or taking to the park.
  3. Inexpensive
  4. Cadejos, a carry bag and machine washable, as are all hammocks in the rest of this guide.
  5. It’s a single hammock, so you remind others of this fact for some peace and quiet.


Disadvantages

  1. I can’t think of any disadvantages, unless you want a bigger or smaller hammock.
Knit Single Hammock - Fuschia
Single Hammocks

Double Hammocks

Advantages

  1. Room for two adults.
  2. Same advantages as other size hammocks

Disadvantages

  1. If you want a different size hammock, choose that. Price and size…

It’s a short list for this one, but it’s one of our most popular hammocks. I just didn’t want to repeat the advantages of the single hammock.

Cuadro Double Hammock - Ocean
Double Hammock – You Can Sit Across it

Family Hammocks

Advantages

  1. Plenty of room. You can lay which way you like, or have lots of people in the hammock.
  2. Value per person, or per square meter of hammock area.
  3. Big hammocks look fantastic.
  4. Can fold the edges around you as a sunshade or even a cosy roof.
  5. Same advantages as other size cotton hammocks. Washable, bag included etc.

Disadvantages

  1. Not as portable for flights. Fine to take to beach or park, but maybe it takes up too much luggage space if you are just taking hand luggage.
  2. Our biggest hammocks are our most expensive hammocks, but they work out quite cheap per person or for the size.
Supernova Hammock - XXL - Kaleidoscope
Supernova Family Hammock – Room For Everyone

Hanging Hammock Chairs

Advantages

  1. Space saving, so suitable in almost any space.
  2. Easy to get in and out of.
  3. Sitting position allows typing etc.
  4. Brightens up a room.
  5. Cheaper than other types of chairs.

Disadvantages

  1. Can’t lay down, except in our denim hanging chair with it’s fantastic foot rest.
  2. Not as portable as a hammock due to the bar. It has a bag with a shoulder strap, so it is fine to take to the park or beach, but more difficult to take on a flight.
Knit Hanging Chair - Fuschia - Small
Hanging Chairs

Spreader Bar Hammocks

Advantages

  1. Fabric drys quickly if it gets wet.
  2. Easy to get in and out of.
  3. Looks great

Disadvantages

  1. Not as portable as a hammock without the spreader bars. It has a bag with a shoulder strap, so it is fine to take to the park or beach, but more difficult to take on a flight.
  2. Marginally less stable than hammocks without the spreader bar.
Deck Hammock XL
Spreader Bars

Conclusion

I hope this quick guide was useful. Please tell us your experiences with your hammocks. We woould love to hear from you. Contact us.

Fake News – Hammocks

Deck Hammock XL
Actually the study had nothing to do with Hammocks

TLDR; Apparently the Daily Mail article saying that hammocks are good for sleep is Fake News. It was based on a study where the participants lay in a gently rocking BED, not a hammock!! Details below.

Do hammocks aid sleep? Don’t be swayed

Page contents
Where did the story come from?
What kind of research was this?
What did the research involve?
What were the basic results?
How did the researchers interpret the results?

The news is based on a small sleep study which found that lying on a slowly rocking bed can help the transition into sleep, and that rocking also alters the type of sleep experienced. Researchers say that these changes in brain and sleep behaviour could explain why humans find rhythmic rocking to be soothing, for example when mothers rock their babies.

While this research is interesting, it was only a small study and its results were based on 10 healthy men who did not normally have sleep problems. It also only looked at the effect of rocking on a 45-minute afternoon nap rather than a whole night’s sleep. Given the limited scope of this research, it remains to be seen whether rocking might be able to help treat sleep disorders such as night-time insomnia.

Very Relaxing – Even if this study was misinterpreted by the Daily Mail!

Where did the story come from?
The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Geneva, Geneva University Hospital and the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, and the Université Paris Descartes in France. It was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The study was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Current Biology.

The media generally reported the story accurately. However, many articles gave the impression that the study took place in a hammock, whereas it was performed in a type of slowly moving bed. It should also be noted that none of the study participants had sleep disorders such as insomnia. It has yet to be determined whether rocking could help treat insomnia.

What kind of research was this?
This small-scale sleep study compared sleep during an afternoon nap in which a bed was either stationary or rocking. It aimed to demonstrate that gentle rocking can change types of sleep experienced during a short afternoon nap. The study’s design was appropriate, but the study would have to be performed in greater numbers of participants before general conclusions could be drawn.

What did the research involve?
Twelve healthy male volunteers, aged 22–38 years old, had two 45-minute afternoon naps (lasting from 2.30pm to 3.15pm) on a bed that either remained stationary or rocked gently at a rate of one full rock every four seconds.

The participants were good sleepers who did not have excessive daytime sleepiness and did not normally nap in the afternoon. Participants all had low anxiety levels and had enjoyed a good quality and quantity of sleep for three nights before each afternoon nap. This was determined using sleep questionnaires and from measurements of motor activity.

Supernova Hammock - XXL - Kaleidoscope
Hammocks are great fun. Study on sleep yet to be carried out scientifically!

The two naps were at least one week apart, and the order in which the participants slept on the rocking or stationary bed was randomly determined. The naps took place in complete darkness, at a controlled temperature (21°C) and with the same amount of background noise (37 decibels). During the naps, the researchers continuously took multiple measurements of physiological changes and brain function. Sleep stages and brain activity were then classified from the measurements by sleep experts who were blinded to the experimental conditions. The volunteers also completed sleep questionnaires and their motor activity was recorded.

The data from 10 of the 12 participants were analysed. The data from one participant were excluded because he had elevated anxiety levels which prevented him from falling asleep during one of the naps, and technical problems prevented sleep measurements from being recorded during one other participant’s nap.

What were the basic results?
Eight participants rated the rocking bed as more pleasant than the stationary bed, one participant found both conditions equally pleasant and one preferred the bed stationary.

The researchers found that rocking accelerated sleep onset. Sleep normally happens in cycles of non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM). NREM is further divided into three types: N1, N2 and N3. A sleep cycle normally follows the pattern: N1-N2-N3-N2-REM.

The researchers found that N1 sleep duration was shorter on the rocking bed (about 30% of total sleep time) compared to on the stationary bed (about 50%). The duration of N2 sleep was greater on the rocking bed (about 66% of total sleep time) than on the stationary bed (about 46%). Rocking also modified brain activity during N2 sleep. The brain activity observed was characteristic of deep sleep. These brain changes were observed across all the volunteers.

How did the researchers interpret the results?
The researchers suggest that rhythmic rocking enhances “synchronous activity” in the brain, which could “promote the onset of sleep and its maintenance”.

Conclusion
This study showed that falling asleep is aided by gentle rocking, and that rocking can affect the sleep cycle. However:

This was a small study with only 12 participants, of whom only 10 where included in the final analysis. Also, the study only included male participants.

A previous study looked at whole-night sleep and found that rocking does not consistently affect N1 sleep, although it did reduce the percentage of the deeper-stage N2 sleep. However, it did not look at how the ease of falling asleep was affected.

None of the volunteers in this study had any problems falling asleep. It remains to be determined whether rocking can be used to treat insomnia or other sleep disorders.

Our Hanging Chairs At Home

Playa Kids Hanging Chair - Rainbow

A Personal Guide To Hanging Chairs

Right now our son is laying on the floor on his back with just his feet in his hanging chair. He’s seven, and he has spent the last hour in various positions in and around the Playa Rainbow hanging chair in our apartment. He’s probably planning who he is going to attack next in Minecraft.

I have a few of observations:

My first is that a hanging chair is a bit more convenient than a hammock. Especially if you are the type of person who can’t really sit still, or if your home life means that staying still for more than a few minutes at a time is not really feasible. It is easy to sit in and to get up out of. When you compare it to a hammock, I would say it takes half the effort and half the time to get in and out of.

My second observation is how little space the hanging chair takes up in the room. Granted, it is one of the kids hanging chairs and the spreader bar is only 70cm long. It is located quite near to the kettle in our open plan lounge and kitchen area, and we pass by that area of the room all the time. It never seems to be in the way when it is not in use, and it doesn’t get in the way when any of the children are using it.

My final observation is that in a room that is mainly wood and white and beige, the hanging chair really brightens up part of the room. It looks colourful and cheerful. We have had this chair hanging there for about 18 months. It has been washed in the washing machine about 10 times, and it still looks new and fresh. You can call it a long term hammock test if you like and it has passed with flying colours!

We have hung this hanging chair so that it is only about 5cm from the from the ground. We would usually hang it a bit higher, but our 18 month old boy loves it and being 18 months old, he is totally reckless and keeping it low to the ground means he can’t fall far. He can’t get in the hanging chair by himself yet, but he can get out.

Playa Kids Hanging Chair - Rainbow
Playa Rainbow – Kids Hanging Chair

I would strongly recommend hanging chairs for children. Obviously think of the safety and don’t hang it above a concrete floor if you have a two year old who likes to throw herself about!

Our Other Hanging Chair

The other hanging chair that we use regularly is one of our denim hanging chairs. We really like this hanging chair for a few reasons:

Firstly, I love the extra long foot and leg rest. Many hanging chairs come with a seperate mini hammock for the feet. We used to sell chairs like this. It never seemed as comfortable or convenient as it looked on the pictures. You had to get your heel in just the right place. Not terrible, just not instantly relaxing.  The roll out foot and leg rest on the denim hanging chair is just an extension of the base of the chair. It is super comfortable.

My wife likes to nurse our youngest in this hanging chair in comfort. It works very well.

I like the fabric. Denim looks great. Maybe it just goes especially well with the rest of our apartment, but I expect it will look very nice in most locations. The fabric feels strong and comfortable.

I like that it was made as part of an organization in El Salvador which is trying to make a difference to the lives women there.

Like the childrens hanging chair, it is also easy to get in and out of and it doesn’t take up much space when not in use. I like to sit in it and read for a few minutes until something more important to do comes up.

Denim Hanging Chair
Denim Hanging Chair With Leg Support

Top 5 Benefits Of Hanging Chairs

So, in summary, the main benefits of a hanging chair are as follows.

  1. Space saving
  2. Easy to get in and out of
  3. Looks good
  4. Easy to wash
  5. Can be put away or hung up in 2 seconds

Hanging Chairs Outside

We used to live in Sweden, where there are almost a hundred thousand lakes each surrounded by trees. As soon as the weather turned warm enough we would take a hammock and swimming equipment down to a lake for a swim and some relaxation.

We would usually take a hammock. Probably because it comes in a handy shoulder bag and it doesn’t feel as bulky to carry. But a hanging chair is not much trouble to carry at all.

We did take hanging chairs to lakes. Mainly for photography. It works really well. If you have any branch that sticks out from the tree, then you can hang a hanging chair from it. Your feet are clear of the ants on the ground and you can relax in the breeze.

It’s very cosy to have a hanging chair hanging next to a hammock by the lake. So that’s one reason to get both.

If you want to use your new hanging chair outside, but you don’t want to take it around with you, then you can easily hang it from any tree in your garden. You might want a tree band to hang it from, but any strong piece of rope will do the job.

Hanging Chair - Hamaca Cayo Cupcake
Cayo Cupcake – Hanging Chair (Customer Photo)

You can also use your hanging chair on a veranda. It is easy, plus it will not take up much space on your veranda. I think every veranda wishes it was bigger once you start filling it with stuff, but a hanging chair really helps with that problem.

Final Words

I hope you found this information useful. If you want to share any information about hammocks or hanging chairs, we would love to hear it. Contact Us.

Why Buy A Kids Hammock For Your Children?

Cuadro Kids Hanging Chair - Rainbow

What Is A Kids Hammock ?

Let’s start with our definition of a kids hammock . There are two characteristics that define a kids hammock.

  1. A kids hammock is one which has a single cord at the end rather than a spread of cords. This is a safety feature. It means that if the child climbs up the end of the hammock and climbs through the cords, there is nowhere to enclose around the child’s neck.
  2. Kids hammocks are smaller than a single adult hammock. The maximum fabric laying area of a kids hammock would be 120x200cm. Most of our kids hammocks are this size.

Why Children Love Hammocks

As a dad to three boys, I see on a daily basis how much they love hammocks. Every time they go in the hammock, either together or by themselves, they smile. I have asked them why they like it, but as they are still young, I get answers like ‘I just like it!’ or ‘because it’s good’. Therefore, I will have to substitute some of my own theories as to why my boys, and kids in general love hammocks so much:

You are never really still in a hammock. Every time you make a slight movement, it triggers a general swaying at least. Any bigger movements make more momentum, which then has to be controlled. Children love moving or perhaps they just can’t sit still. So I think a hammock allows a child a place to rest and relax without being still.

There is always some feeling of some physical risk or instability when in a hammock. This feels quite exciting for children. Even though the worst that can happen is a drop of a few inches on to a lawn or carpet.

If there is more than one child in the hammock, they will inevitably tumble in to each other. Everything contact seems to be ticklish and hilarious, and sharing a hammock makes contact inevitable.

You can kind of disappear in a hammock. Many children like to be in the vicinity so they know what’s going on without being the focus of attention. When you lay in the middle of a hammock, with the sides up high, it is quite a concealed little hidey-hole. It is also a very comfortable place to be ensconced. It’s a place where you can carry on reading the book you were enjoying without disruptions, but still be around the rest of the family.

When two children are in a hammock, they can make their plots and plans with a feeling of being in a den. You can easily also put a string above the hammock and hang a blanket over it to make it even more den-like.

A hammock is a good place for make believe and role playing. Our boys like to pretend they are on a pirate ship or in a spaceship. The hammock provides the feeling of flying or floating so it allows the imagination to work it’s magic.

So, that is why I think they love it so much.

6 Other Reasons To Buy A Kids Hammock

From my dads-eye point of view I love how much they enjoy it and that is the primary benefit to me, but I have noticed how having a hammock around gives them a space to read. This means they read more which I like.

By the way, the kids hanging chairs are also a great hit with the boys. They never sit still in them, constantly pushing off from a nearby wall, and they can do that for a long time and read a book at the same time. I have to admire the coordination going on there. If it was me I would be crashing in to the wall all the time.

You can just about fit an adult in one of our kids hammocks. I am 5feet 10inches and it is just about comfortable. I only have one position I can lay in , which is straight, but it is perfectly comfy for an adult until someone comes and jumps on you!

Because the kids hammocks are smaller, they are more easily transportable. They weigh under a kilo and will easily fit in the bottom of your hand luggage if flying. Next time you are stuck at an airport due to drones, you can just whip out your hammock and tie it between two benches, so the kids can have a sleep. At least until someone comes and tells you off.

It is perfect to take on any picnic with you. The ropes are built in and it comes in a handy carry bag. It is the most portable of the cotton hammocks. The travel hammocks are more portable, but the cotton is more cosy than the nylon.

A hammock always makes a great present. The price is in the range of normal niece and nephew gifts and everyone will love it.

The last reason to buy a kids hammock, or at least something that you don’t have to worry about, is that it is machine washable. Simply tie up the ropes at the end and wash it like you would with anything else that is colourful and made from cotton.

Why Buy Your Kids Hammock From Hammock Heaven ?

Now you have read the arguments as to why you might want a kids hammock, we think you should buy one from Hammock Heaven, especially hammocks of our own Hamaca brand. Here are 3 reasons why.

  1. Great quality – a thicker and stronger hammock means it will last as long as you need it.  
  2. Gorgeous designs – very nice colours and patterns which means it looks better than other hammocks.  
  3. Free overnight delivery in the UK – so that the price you see is the price you pay and you can expect to receive your hammock tomorrow.

Last words

If you disagree with anything, or think we missed anything, please contact us. We love to hear from people interested in hammocks outside of just shopping.

If you thought this was interesting, you might want to read the advantages of family hammocks, or some reasons to buy a double hammock.

There is a reason for everything, but I think the case for kids hammocks is the most compelling.

A Case For Family Hammocks

Family Hammocks

If you liked our last article about the advantages of double hammocks over single hammocks, you will enjoy this.

Why Buy A Family Hammock ?

We define a family hammock as a traditional style hammock with a fabric width of at least 175cm, or a hammock with spreader bars with a fabric width of at least 155cm.

We use this definition because it means there is room for three people. To be specific, three people can lay on a family hammock without touching each other. That sounds a bit unfriendly doesn’t it ?

The maximum size of a family hammock is unlimited according to our definition. That is why the Supernova hammock, which is probably the biggest hammock in the world, is in this category. Maybe it should have a category of it’s own? something like party hammocks ? Tell us what you think.

Three Reasons

First, here are three reasons to buy any hammock from us. Especially hammocks of our own Hamaca brand.

  1. Great quality – thicker and stronger means it will last as long as you need it.
  2. Gorgeous designs – very nice colours and cadejos which means it looks better than other hammocks
  3. Free overnight delivery in the UK – so that the price you see is the price you pay and you can expect to receive your hammock tomorrow.

6 Reasons To Buy A Family Hammock

Reasons to buy a family hammock .

The first question to answer is compared to what ? In this case I will argue why yuou should buy a family hammock, when compared to a double or single hammock.

  1. More people is more fun
    It is fun to have 3 or more people in a hammock. It is a great way to spend an afternoon outdoors. Gently swaying between two trees, chatting and laughing.
  2. You can have your own space
    With 175cm at least of width, even with 3 adults in hammock, you can have your own space. You can lay in the hammock top to tail so that you each get your own section with a soft ridge in between. I love how hammocks arrange themselves to fit the people.
    This advantage is magnified if you get the Supernova hammock, or if you have just 2 adults in a family hammock, or a bunch of children. Although hang the hammock nice and low to the soft grassy ground if a load of kids are going to be playing in it.
  3. You can lay any way you want.
    Even in our Raya Hammock which is 175cm or (5ft 9inches), you can lay perpendicular to the hammock. This is 97% of women in the UK, or 99.97% of Nepalese women. We do business with Nepal (mypashmina.co.uk), so I was curious. Half of men in the UK are under 5ft 9. Our Mammoth hammock is 210cm wide, so only 1 in 685 men will be too tall to lay widthwise.

  4. It means that if you lay at any angle you will be able to find quite a flat laying surface if that is what you prefer. It all comes down to flexibilty. Surely more comfortable positions is better than less.
  5. You can close the hammock around you.
    I was toying with the idea of adding straps and holes to the sides of the mammoth hammocks, so you can join them together at the top and make a little tent. Or how about installing some little LED lights. It sounds very cosy to me. My boys love to make the big hammocks in to dens. The bigger the hammock, the better this idea will work. As the hammock is made from strong cotton (recycled by the way), you can add what you like to it’s design. Please tell us you ideas.
  6. More space with less weight
    You could take 5 hammocks on a picnic, but they you would need to take 5 sets of ropes and hooks too. With a family hammock, you can be sure of room for everyone, but you only need to take one bag. Hamaca family hammocks come complete with a matching shoulder bag, which is big enough to hold the hammock plus ropes and a book and a drink. We made the bag generous on purpose, because we found with other brands we used to sell that it was an inconvenience to fold up the hammock and try and fit it in to a ‘just right’ bag. We wanted it to be relaxing, and it is.
  7. It looks impressive
    I know this is a shallow point, that people don’t like to admit, but why do people spend £50k on a car when a perfectly good car can be had for a few thousand pounds? It’s a status thing. Many socialogists would claim it is a mainly male status thing. So if you have a supernova in you garden, people will be impressed. Then everyone will jump in the hammock, and think what a smart cookie you are for buying the biggest hammocks available in the world.

Disadvantages of Family Hammocks

Some disadvantages of family hammocks

  1. Maybe you want some peace.
    If you have a single hammock, at least you can say to the kids or the other half that it is a single hammock, so sorry but there is no room. Then you can go back to your book and glass of wine in peace.
  2. Bit big and heavy
    Compared to a single hammock, a family hammock will weigh more, so is not really suitable for using up your Ryanair baggage allowance. A single hammock weighing under 1kg is perfect for this, but the family ones , not so much.
  3. Depends how much space you have.
    Obviously if your trees are too close together, or your indoors space for a hammock is not big enough, then a family hammock won’t work. If you have the right space, then bigger is better in my opinion. It is only the length of the space that matters when calculating the space, because when you are not using the hammock, it closes itself and takes up hardly any room at all.
  4. Price
    Family hammocks cost more per hammock, although they do cost less per hammock user. For example the Supernova hammock is easily good for 8 people, and at £199 that works out to less than £25 per person. A single hammock costs at least £39 per user.
    The Raya hammock costs £90, so with 3 users, thats £30 per person, still cheaper per simultaneous hammock user than a single hammock. I wonder if they use the same units on the other side of the pond !

Tell Us About Your Experience With Family Hammocks ?

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Why Buy A Double Hammock over a Single Hammock ?

Nirvana Double Hammock - Amethyst

Here are some reasons, but please wait for next weeks blog post which will argue the opposite case! Plus look out for ‘Why buy a Family Hammock over a Double Hammock‘ coming soon!

A double hammock is one that is big enough for two adults to relax in comfort.

I would say the minimum width of fabric for a traditional hammock to be counted as a double hammock is 150cm. For a hammock with spreader bars which will hold the fabric open, i would say 130cm would be wide enough.

For the traditional cotton hammock, 150cm+ allows two people to lay side by side.

You can also fit two adults in a single hammock, but in a double hammock you can even create your own area with a soft ridge in between. You can easily lay top and tail like this, almost like having two hammocks.

So, the first reason to buy a double hammock is that it is big enough for two people.

Double Hammocks Allow Room For Kids

You don’t have to always have two people in the hammock of course. We have 3 boys. My youngest is still a baby, but I can hang with my older two in the hammock. I guess that technically makes it a triple hammock, but there is plenty of room while my boys are still under 130cm tall. It’s a fun place to relax and chat or read with our children.

Cayo Double Hammock - Lime

A double hammock is also better than a single hammock if you intend to use it mainly for one person. More width and a bit more length, means you have more positions in which you can lay.

Lay And Sit Across A Hammock

You can lay directly across the hammock if you have your legs bent. It makes a very comfortable half sitting position, from which you can see your surroundings.

If you prefer to lay as flat as possible, then laying diagonally in a 160cm wide cotton hammock will give you a flatter laying suface than you would get in a 120-140cm wide single hammock. It is just more comfortable.

Use A Hammock As A Sun Shade

If you have taken your hammock to a nice sunny area, then the extra fabric of a double hammock allows you to arrange it in such a way, that part of the hammock can shade your head. This is easy and comfortable.

Mammoth XXL Family Hammock - Azureus
Hammock as a sun shade

It is easy to carry your hammock where you go because our Hamaca hammocks come complete with a nice matching shoulder bag, which is also big enough to fit a drink ,a book, and some tree bands along side your hammock. The bag is comfortable and the hammock is not heavy. Or should I say that the hammock is comfortable and the bag is not heavy?

Cayo Double Hammock - Handy carry bag included
Handy and strong carry bag that comes for FREE with all Hamaca hammocks

One Disadvantage Of A Double Hammock

The only downside is that you can’t really claim there is not room for more people when you want it to yourself.

NOT JUST FOR RETIREES ANYMORE, HAMMOCKS SEE UPSWING IN SALES

Hammocks Retirees

TLDR: Everyone is buying hammocks, so you should too!

Millennials are hung up on hammocks. Once typically just for retirees and their country estates, the lounging beds are now appealing to everyone including college students and hard-core outdoor enthusiasts.

Hammocks are now more popular than ever before
Hammocks are now more popular than ever before

Sales of hammocks increased a whopping 30% for the 12 months ending in March, compared with the year-earlier period, according to market research firm NPD Group Inc., which found that overall sales of the product have doubled since 2014. Amazon promoted a discounted hammock on its site during its annual Prime Day this month–the item ended up selling out, with a reported 24,000 units sold by afternoon. Retail experts say the sales uptick is led by millennials, who love the hanging contraptions for their ease of use, convenience and portability. With prices starting below $100, they’re also affordable for younger consumers. And finally, hammocks also tap into that other all-important buzzword in retail: experience.

“Millennials are looking for products they can share with their friends that they can turn into an experience,” explained Matt Powell, sports industry analyst at NPD, noting that many college kids use them around campus for activities like sitting in the quad. “Hammocking is a way of hanging out with your pals—you don’t have to be in a deep forest, you can be in a backyard. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to spend an afternoon.”

mammoth xxl hammock - hamaca hammocks from Hammock Heaven
Mammoth Hammock – room for all!

Of course, hammocks are nothing new. Around for roughly 1,000 years with Central American origins, the product has had centuries to marinate with manufacturers. Now, brands have modernized hammocks with more lightweight, portable fabric and various iterations like the colors of the Jamaican flag, geared to more relaxed consumers.

Manufacturers like HAMACA are designing their products for everyone, rather than just the seasoned outdoorsman, experts said.

“They’re trying to remove the barriers to participation by offering products that make it easy for folks to get out—it’s not necessarily super technical, you don’t have to rough it anymore,” said Mac McKeever, a spokesman at L.L. Bean.

Other retailers are also hanging their hopes on hammocks. “Be a swinger,” read a hammock email sent to customers of Moosejaw, a Madison Heights, MI-based outdoors industry retailer, in June. The company, which operates an ecommerce site and about a dozen brick and mortar stores, reports that the business is booming. Between March and July, sales of the product were up nearly 100% over 2015, said Eoin Comerford, president and CEO. He noted that a new craze is the tent-hammock hybrid, which is a suspended tent that makes sleeping more comfortable for campers.

“These hammock tents are exploding right now,” he said, noting Moosejaw, which offers some 40 different hammock styles already, is prominently adding the product to its inventory.

Cayo Coast Hammocks from Hammock Haaven
Cayo Coast Hammock from Hammock Heaven

Ecommerce home furnishings site Wayfair, which owns Joss & Main and DwellStudio, is also capitalizing on the uptick, in a different way. Alex Bowman, a trend forecaster at the Boston-based retailer, said many consumers are bringing their hammocks inside as a new seating option—it’s an extension of the trend of bringing other outdoor items, like porch rugs, inside because of their durability.

“The times when you’re happiest are when you’re living in a hammock outside—this is a cheat to bring that moment of relaxation inside so you can close your eyes and pretend you’re outside,” said Mr. Bowman. Sales of hammocks at Wayfair are up 140% year-to-date over the year-earlier period as customers gravitate to styles like the cocoon-like egg-chair hammock or one of the site’s other 599 iterations. Since hammocks popped up in popularity, Wayfair has been tracking them through more specific promotions.

“Hammocks is not a new category but it is a category that not everyone has—it’s a great trending item,” said Nancy Go, VP-brand marketing at the 14-year-old company. “As we see things trend, we end up promoting them more.”

How far apart do hammock posts need to be?

A Gorgeous Hammock under a Pergola

One of the most common questions asked is how far apart do hammock posts need to be?

We will answer that question with the definitive guide to hanging your hammock between posts.

Follow installation directions carefully. Prior to each use, inspect your hammock, hardware, installation points and objects supporting your hammock for wear or weakness. Proceed carefully and take your time getting into and out of your hammock. Any hammock may tip if your weight isn’t centred. Swing gently. A hammock is not a playground swing or a trampoline. Excessive swinging and other rough play may result in falls and may wear out your hammock and hardware prematurely. Small children should not play unsupervised in your hammock. Maximum safe weight limit is 450 pounds (205 kg).

Hammock Length

Your new hammock may initially be shorter than its full length (approximately 13 ft (396 – 411 cm) for a family size and approximately 11 feet for a single size). It will stretch to its proper length after a short time in use. Based on this information, how far apart do hammock posts need to be?

Hanging Your Hammock

Hammocks are versatile! Although traditionally slung between two big trees, you can also hang them between posts set in the ground, on a porch, or on a hammock stand. We recommend trees or posts be a minimum of 6″ (15 cm) in diameter or posts a minimum of 4″ x 6″ (10 cm x 15 cm) in size. Make certain the wooden supports you are using are strong enough. Do not use wood supports which are cracked, split or rotten or which are too soft to properly hold the screw hooks.

Setting posts in the ground allows you to install your hammock wherever you like, even if you don’t have trees. Post holes should be at least three feet (0.9 m) deep and carefully back-filled with concrete. Remove air pockets. While concrete is fresh, posts may be tilted slightly away from the direction of the hammock. Wait at least 24 hours before hanging your hammock.

It’s easiest to hang your hammock in a space a foot (30 cm) or two longer than the overall length of the hammock. In such a space, the hardware to hang your hammock should ordinarily be mounted five to six feet (1.5 m to 1.8 m) off the ground. If the distance between the hanging points is shorter, try mounting the screw-hooks higher, though this will make the hammock hang more bowed. If the distance between the hanging points is longer, you can mount the hardware higher and use extra chain and S-hooks, and the hammock will hang as normal.

We recommend using Tree Bands .

Drill a pilot hole where you want your hooks. This pilot hole should be approximately 1/2 the diameter of the screw of the hammock hook. For example, if the hammock hook screw is 3/8″ (1 cm) in diameter, then the pilot hole should be approximately 3/16″ (0.5 cm). Screw the hammock hooks into the pilot holes. Be sure to set the screw deep enough that the eye is against the wood but do not over tighten the screw or allow the hook assembly or eye screw to be twisted or bent. Install screw hooks only on the side of the tree or post facing the hammock. Your hammock should not pull sideways on the hook.

Safe Hammock Installation

Use one or two lengths chain and S-hooks as necessary to reach between the hammock and the hooks. See first illustration. It is normal for your new hammock to stretch considerably when it is new, so the first time you hang a new hammock stretch it very tight, and then be especially careful when getting into the hammock the first time! As it stretches under your weight be careful not to hit the ground, or if using a hammock stand not to hit the center pipe. Be careful not to let the hammock tip as you get in.As it stretches, keep shortening the chain. If you store it for months, you may have to stretch it like this again. After it stretches you can get into it much more easily.

How far apart do hammock posts need to be?

Once the hammock is stretched out, it should be hung loosely enough that when the hammock is in use (when there is weight in it) the angle of the chain as illustrated in second illustration is at least 25 degrees from horizontal. Hanging your hammock more tightly than this greatly increases the load to the hardware and supports.

Did sailors sleep in hammocks?

Did sailors sleep in hammocks?

From Wikipedia

Naval hammocks

Around 1590, hammocks were adopted for use in sailing ships; the Royal Navy formally adopted the canvas sling hammock in 1597.[citation needed] Aboard ship, hammocks were regularly employed for sailors sleeping on the gun decks of warships, where limited space prevented the installation of permanent bunks.

Since a slung hammock moves in concert with the motion of the vessel, the occupant is not at a risk of being thrown onto the deck (which may be 5 or 6 feet below) during swells or rough seas.

Likewise, a hammock provides more comfortable sleep than a bunk or a berth while at sea since the sleeper always stays well balanced, irrespective of the motion of the vessel.

Prior to the adoption of naval hammocks, sailors would often be injured or even killed as they fell off their berthsor rolled on the decks on heavy seas.[citation needed] The sides of traditional canvas naval hammocks wrap around the sleeper like a cocoon, making an inadvertent fall virtually impossible.[original research?] If suitably packed, they could also be used as emergency flotation devices.[8] 

Many sailors in the Royal Navy, during the 1950s at least, used a spreader – a length of wood with a V cut in each end to engage the second hammock string on each side. The first string was set up more tightly than the others so that it raised a protective lip along each side to keep out drafts and prevent the sleeper being thrown out.

A narrow mattress was also issued which protected the user from cold from below. In addition naval hammocks could be rolled tightly and stowed in an out of the way place or in nets along the gunwale as additional protection during battle (as was the case during the age of sail).

Many sailors became so accustomed to this way of sleeping that they brought their hammocks ashore with them on leave. The naval use of hammocks continued into the 20th century.

During World War II, troopships sometimes employed hammocks for both naval ratings and soldiers in order to increase available space and troop carrying capacity. Many leisure sailors even today prefer hammocks over bunks because of better comfort in sleep while on the high seas.

Hammocks have also been employed on spacecraft in order to utilize available space when not sleeping or resting. During the Apollo program, the Lunar Module was equipped with hammocks for the commander and lunar module pilot to sleep in between moonwalks.[citation needed][9]