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4 Boring Things About Hammocks

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Not everything is interesting.

The humble hammock has been around for centuries but what do we actually know about them? Where do they originate from? Why do I sleep better in a hammock?  Well we have picked our top interesting facts about hammocks and have put them all in one place here for your perusal! 

Who invented the hammock? 

Well depending on who you ask you will be either told the Mayans invented hammocks or you will be told we simply do not know. The Mayans invented a lot of things among them something you can enjoy in a hammock – Chocolate! But truth be told no one can definitely tell you who invented the humble hammock! We can however tell you who brought them to Europe – Christopher Columbus! Yes he found the America’s and brought hammocks to Europe!

František Křižík (1847-1941) – An Interesting Czech Inventor

Hammocks give you a deeper sleep

There is a reason you feel relaxed and chilled when you climb into a hammock – and it has to do with the rocking motion in a cocoon that makes you feel like a baby being cradled by its mother that triggers a relaxed and comfortable leading to a deep, satisfying sleep! There is also the question of weight distribution – as your body weight is more evenly spread out in a hammock, there are less pressure points on parts of your body again leading to a more relaxed and deeper sleep!

Raya Family Hammock - Rainbow

They were not always for relaxation 

Modern day hammocks are usually seen as a relaxation tool rather than a work item, but back in approximately the 1500s a century after Christopher Columbus brought them back to Europe the Royal Navy adopted them as beds on board their ships, partly due to space saving but also for the comfort of the sailors as the hammock would sway with the movement of the ship meaning less sailors falling off beds! 

World’s highest hammock

Bit of a daredevil? Like a room with a view? Head for heights? The world’s highest hammock was over 492 feet in the air over a canyon! It was hanging around for a week in 2014 and suspended 492 feet off the ground and 213 feet away from the nearest piece of solid land! Not for the faint of heart! 

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FIVE Types Of Hammock

FIVE HAMMOCKS
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One hammock is never enough . Especially Travel Hammocks

There are currently five primary hammock designs which you can find right now. Each offers specific advantages which are worth considering. So here are the best types of hammocks to try!

Most people buy a hammock, then realise they need a travel hammock, then realise they need a hanging chair. Then realise they need a second hammock and a spare travel hammock. So most people end up with 5.

#1. Colombian Hammocks

This option is perfect if you live in a colder climate. It features a thick weave that blocks the air, ensuring you can stay warm. They’re available in bright colours, often made from 100% cotton, and don’t usually have spreader bars incorporated into the design.

#2. Rope Hammocks

You’ll find this hammock at the beach or a tropical location for one specific reason: it keeps you fresh. It offers plenty of support with a design that stays open for getting in or out quickly. Look for an option that doesn’t dig into your skin to maximise your comfort.

Rope Hammocks
The TUNCO rope hanging chair is one of the most comfortable

#3. Travel Hammocks

These lightweight hammocks can go anywhere to give you the perfect night of rest. They’re usually constructed from the same materials as parachutes to provide you with the toughness that is needed. Bring a mosquito net along to protect yourself in the backcountry.

#4. Woven Hammocks

These portable hammocks usually come with a frame, which means you can take advantage of the benefits of sleeping in one even if you don’t have any trees nearby. They work well for pools, porches, and decks to help you spend some extra time outside.

A nice big fabric hammock

#5. Hanging Chairs

If you don’t have enough space for the other hammocks on this list, then give this option a try. They work from a fixed point or use a free-standing frame to ensure there is a comfortable way to enjoy the outdoors.

Choose the best type of hammock that meets your current needs, and you’ll be able to find the peace and rest you crave.

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4 Festival Essentials for 2020

One of the many things the UK, Sweden, Czechia, Germany and many other places do well is putting on a great festival.

Each summer swarms of revellers head towards a festival or multiple in aid of an escape from reality and a chance to enjoy fantastic music, time with friends and the ultimate down time.

Whether you’re visiting a huge festival such a Leeds, Glastonbury or Download or a smaller one the they all have something in common and that’s the camping. With it being a festival, first things we’d recommend not taking anything valuable as it may get lost or stolen. Bring back the Nokia brick and grab your wellies as here are our top 4 must haves for any festival.

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Your own food:

We would advise to take a lot of tinned food like beans and maybe a pot noodle or two, as the food can be expensive. We’d advise taking as much low weight food as possible as it can get heavy. Snacks such as crisps, cereal bars and fruit are ideal.

Your own hammock:

Not all hammocks need to be hung up, we have a great range of hammocks which are ideal for festivals as you can pitch them up wherever you go, not only does it save you sleeping on the hard ground it can help with things such as not getting cold and should give you a decent night’s sleep (read more here). There is not much worse than trying to enjoy yourself when you’re tired.

Denim Hammock

 

Sun cream:  

Although it may not seem important within the list of essentials such as food and clothes, sun cream is super important at festivals. Whether it’s hot or not, spending hours in the sun can be damaging for your skin and can give you bad sunburn. Carry it around in an easy to apply travel size bottle and fill it up each day before you head out and it saves you from needing to carry around a full bottle of sun cream.

A first aid kit: 

Is it really a festival if someone doesn’t injure themselves in some way or another? From cuts and blisters to bites. Buying or putting together a small first aid kit can be crucial in your time of need. Plus, your friends will probably thank you for it later when they need something from it. You can buy one of these online or pretty much every shop on the High Street. 

We hope you’ve found our tips of what to take to a festival helpful and if you’re going to a festival this year we hope you have a great time.

Bitcoin

Well, how are you going to pay for stuff, if all that fiat currency in the bank has been inflated away to zero. Bitcoin never gets inflated away.

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Hammocks? Is It Normal ?

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The Ropes on My Hammock are Fraying: Is That Normal?

Whether you own a full rope hammock, or you’re concerned about the strands that connect the body of your product to its connection point, there will come a time when the ends seem to start fraying.

Many hammock owners become concerned at this stage because its This process is called tasseling. In most cases, it is harmless to the hammock. It does not impact the durability of the rope. Seems like the product is beginning to unravel.

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Looks Normal , but is it ?

Why Does Tasseling Occur with a Hammock?

Tasseling is a different process than fraying when dealing with the durability of the rope in your hammock. If the rope begins to fray, then you will have multiple strands start to loosen and unwind. This process will eventually impact the integrity of that rope strand, which could reduce the maximum weight capacity of your hammock should it occur.

Tasseling occurs when individual strands of the rope, either natural or synthetic, begin to look like they break loose from their attachment point. During the manufacturing process, it is not unusual for hammock makers to dip the rope components in wax or seal the ends with heat to improve the creation process.

That’s why you will see fraying occur in the middle of the rope, whereas tasseling typically appears along the knots. If tasseling causes the knot to begin unwinding, then you should stop using the hammock immediately to have it repaired. Otherwise, you can continue to enjoy the comfort and convenience of your hammock!

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Good Campsites For Hammock Lovers 2020

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Camping is one of the best things you can do outdoors, especially in campsites where you’re provided the ultimate freedom, all around the UK there is campsites dotted around. However, not all of them allow hammocks, so today we’ve created round up complied of the best hammock friendly campsites in the UK for you, so all you need to do is head on over and pitch up your hammock. Some of the places have hammocks for rental too, so if you’re unsure about purchasing your own this may be the perfect way for to try one out before you buy one from Cool Hammocks. If you’re already on the look out for a hammock to take on holiday feel free to check out our shop here where we have a variety of double and single hammocks on offer.

Camping with a hammock is fun

Dreamy Hollow Campsite:

Dreamy Hollow campsite offer a variety of unique and fun types of camping on their site. Whether you’re on the look out for pitching your tent, trying out one of their amazing hammocks or looking to arrive in a campervan there is a pitch suitable for all. The Hollow site also has a wood fired pizza oven which is available to be used by campers, sounds like a dream to us. The site also offers a range of activities like archery and nearby there is shops, a beach and lots of local events. If you’re interested in visiting the campsite, they are based in Norfolk.  

Visit their website here for more information: www.dreamyhollowcamping.co.uk/campsite

Haggs Campsite

Based in the North Pennines Haggs campsite is the perfect location for you to hang your hammock for the weekend, with small woodland area on the site which can used for hammocks. Allowing you to enjoy your stay, your way. Set within the area known as England’s Last Wilderness, you will be surrounded by pure beauty for the duration of your stay. The campsite also offers some great activities and puts on events too.

Visit their website here for more information: www.haggsbank.com

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The Secret Campsite Beech Estate

If you’re looking for campsite pitches in the trees, the campsite beech estate has you covered. Deep within the glades of the forest you can pick one of their single pitches or one of their double pitches dependant on how many of you are camping, pitch up your hammock and your good to go. With the campsite full of great activities from Den Building to building a campfire and even camping games for grownups (which you can find here).  There is something for everybody in the family to enjoy.

Tyle Crwn Woodlands

For an experience which is camping closer to nature, Tyle Crwn is the site for you. With places to pitch up your hammocks and see the stars followed by a wake-up call of the morning sky rising, the woodlands at Tyle Crwn have you covered. A campsite which is peaceful, secluded and full of wildlife in their natural habitat it’s an explorer’s dream. 

We hope you have enjoyed our list of campsites around the UK where you can pitch your hammock and have a fantastic stay.

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How To Look After A Hammock

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How Do I Keep My Hammock Looking New?

If you have purchased a colourful hammock for your home, then fading is an issue that you will want to confront immediately. Your approach depends on the materials that were used to create the hammock in the first place.

If you have a cotton or canvas hammock, then rinse it with mild, soapy water before washing it down with your garden hose. Then lay it flat or hang it to dry before using again. Keep the spreader bars out of the water whenever possible.

When you own a polyester hammock, then the same rules apply. If your material is white, then you can sometimes use a 1:4 bleach/water solution to clean it if you need intensive results. A soft-bristled brush is often useful too.

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mammoth xxl hammock – hamaca hammocks from Hammock Heaven

If you have a synthetic-based hammock at home, then use warm, soapy water and then rub the material against itself instead of using a brush. For hammocks that are made with quilted fabrics, spot cleaning is the best approach to take. Any fill that the product contains can bunch up when exposed to moisture for an extended time, which can then make it challenging to have the product return to its usual shape.

Some hammocks feature a quick-dry fabric that promotes breathability. Use the same approach with this material as you would with polyester. As a best practice with your hammock, make sure that leaves, twigs, and other debris doesn’t accumulate in your yard. The wind can blow these items into it, which will reduce its lifespan over time. Then keep your materials out of direct sunlight to prevent premature fading.

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How To Set Up A Hanging Hammock Chair

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How do you hang a hanging chair? What is the correct height for a hanging chair? Don’t worry Cool Hammocks is here with all these answers and more in our blog post – How to hang a hanging chair! 

Denim Hanging Chair
Very Relaxing – We had some hooks installed in the RSJ

What is the Correct Height for a Hanging Chair?

There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ answer to offer when you’re trying to find the correct height for a hanging chair. Each model has a unique dimensional profile which you must consider. Additional variables, such as the weight of the person who will sit in the chair, must also be part of the equation.

Most people prefer about 40 to 50 centimeters of leg space when they use a hanging chair. Add this figure to the overall height of the product to reach the correct height for the installation.

The difficult part here is that the materials for a hanging chair typically stretch a little bit with use. You may want to account for this issue immediately by giving yourself a few extra centimeters of space. It can also be an adjustment that you make later on.

Hanging Chair – Video has music!

How to Install Your Hanging Chair Correctly

There are three hanging styles from which to choose when installing your new chair: pivot, swing style without spread, or swing style with a spread bar.

If you incorporate a spreader bar along the top of your chair, it will allow you to hang it in smaller spaces because it reduces the size of your anchor.

The minimum distance for the swing style hammock chair is 44 inches, while the maximum is 84 inches. If you incorporate a spread bar, then the max. recommended distance is 66 inches between the hanging points.

Then secure your chair to where it will hang. You can choose a tree branch, a hook from your ceiling, or an overhead beam above an outdoor patio. Make sure that the structure can support your full weight before use.

Then remember the correct height for the installation, and you’ll be ready to have some fun!

Relax in a Hanging Chair
This looks EXTREMELY relaxing!

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Hammock Durability

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Today’s hammocks are more durable than ever before. You will find that some products are rated to last for 20+ years with proper care and maintenance.

The actual lifespan of your new hammock depends on a variety of factors. The maintenance, climate, and care that you give it will go a long way toward a strong experience.

Synthetic materials typically last longer than natural ones, especially if you have a challenging outdoor environment. Natural fibres can degenerate within 12 months if your new hammock does not receive the care that it requires.

erm… M A R T H A S T E W A R T

Can I Leave My Hammock Outside All Year?

Even if you choose a hammock made from polyester or synthetic fabrics, it is not a good idea to leave it outside during the winter months. Prolonged exposure to challenging precipitation and temperatures will eventually shorten the lifespan of your hammock. You may also want to take your hammock inside whenever there is a period of bad weather to ensure it can maximise its lifespan.

There are several ways that you can support your hammock so that it will last longer.

  • Keep it clean and free of debris whenever possible.
  • Bring it inside if there is an extended period when you are not using it.
  • Hang it in a place where your dog will not have a chance to chew it.
  • Avoid storing your hammock near pesticides, chemicals, or corrosive materials.

Some models can last almost indefinitely when they receive the care and maintenance recommended by the manufacturer, so regardless of the materials that you choose for your next hammock, think about the amount of attention that you can put into it.

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Guide To Measuring Hammocks

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How Do You Measure a Hammock? What size do I need? Hammock Heaven has put together this helpful guide on measuring hammocks so you can take the guess work out of it!

How Do You Measure a Hammock?

If you want to select the perfect hammock for your home or property today, then knowing how to measure this product will help you find the correct solution.

Length is the primary measurement that you will want to review as you shop for your new hammock. Most will need a space that is two feet longer than the area you intend to use the item for proper hanging.

That means if your space is 450cm, then your hammock can be 400cm feet in length. You would take this measurement from ring-to-ring on the product.

This measurement applies most often when you are also purchasing a stand for your hammock to use outside in your yard. If you have two trees that you plan to use, then measure the distance between them. Take that figure, then choose a hammock that fits in that space comfortably.

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Cadejos on the Mammoth Hammock

Weight Capacity Is Another Important Measurement

Don’t forget to look at the weight capacity of your preferred hammocks before completing a purchase. Some models can hold 200kg when correctly installed. There are also some that struggle to carry a 80kg person.

Think about what your needs will be for the hammock, then review the product specifications online to determine if it will meet them.

If you purchase a hammock stand, the weight capacity will be a measurement to consider with that product as well.

A quick flick through some of our hammocks, with information about how to hang a hammock narrated over the top

When you have a hammock that works well for your space, then you will have an enjoyable experience with it. Consider these measurements first, and then you can find an amazing product to enjoy.

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Are Rope Hammocks Comfortable ?

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If you have enjoyed some time at a seaside resort, then there is an excellent chance that you saw a rope hammock swinging in the breeze. You may have thought, “That is something I should have at my home.”

Because there are multiple styles of hammocks available today, you might be wondering if a rope-based model is superior to the other forms of quilted or soft-weave products that are on the market today.

Rope Hammocks
A rope hammock . Looks good, feels comfortable

Here is a look at some of the key pros and cons of rope hammocks.

PROS

  • Rope hammocks are usually one of the most affordable options that are available right now without compromising on the overall durability you receive.
  • Rope hammocks are incredibly breathable, so there is never a worry about feeling sweaty or damp during use.
  • Your maintenance needs are minimal when you have a rope hammock at home. Use a soft-bristled scrub brush and some warm, soapy water to make sure it remains at its peak condition.

CONS

  • They will leave impressions in your skin when you use them, which can become uncomfortable if there are large spaces in the product.
  • They still need some maintenance, especially if you own one made from cotton rope. Persistently damp areas can see mold or mildew develop on the hammock if it remains wet outside.

So, there you go. 3 PROS and 2 CONS. The PROS win by 1.

Rope hammocks offer one way to enjoy the comfort and convenience of this technology. You will find affordable alternative materials are readily available today as well.

Choose the option that works best for your home, and then rest peacefully knowing that your new hammock has got your back – liter

Tunco Comfortable Hanging Chair
Tunco Comfortable Hanging Chair

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