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How To Look After A Hammock

Mammoth XXL Family Hammock - Azureus

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.

mammoth xxl hammock - hamaca hammocks from Hammock Heaven
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

Hanging Chair - Hamaca Cayo Cupcake

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

Iguana Single Hammock - Jungle

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

mammoth xxl hammock - hamaca hammocks from Hammock Heaven

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.

Mammoth Family Hammock - Colora - Xlarge (Seconds)
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 ?

Tunco Hanging Chair

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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How Much Does A Good Hammock Cost ?

Henry in a travel hammock - travock

How Much Should I Pay for a Hammock?

When you own the best possible hammock for your needs, then you can relax anywhere. There is no other experience quite like it on our plant today.

The first question most people have when they first start thinking about the benefits of a hammock is this: how much will it cost me?

Here’s the good news. A hammock is one of the most affordable investments you can make for yourself today.

Relaxing in a denim hammock
Relaxing in a denim hammock – Why does Paul look so grumpy with his big pink book ?

How About a Colombian Hammock for £70?

If you want to enjoy the benefits of a good quality new hammock for a sensible price, then consider a single hammock. You’ll find several colorful options, suitable for indoor or outdoor use, for as little as £70.

Maybe you want to put your hammock outside and leave it there all the time. You’ll want something constructed of weather-resistant materials then, so expect to pay somewhere in the region of £100.

Hammock - Chill Love - Double Hammocks

Adding a frame to your hammock will increase the price too. One of our most popular products is the Fat Hammock with Wooden Stand set, which you can fetch for a surprisingly competitive cost today.

Then double-check for shipping costs if you choose to order your hammock online. At Cool Hammocks, we offer free delivery on every order, so you’ll receive your shipment in three working days or less under most circumstances.

With prices like these, why wait? Choose from a full range of stands and fixings to create the perfect indoor or outdoor setup today. Then enjoy a superior level of relaxation and comfort.

What Are Some Good Materials To Make A Hammock ?

Knit Hanging Chair - White - Medium

The quick answer is that cotton probably feels the nicest, but it is hard to tell the difference with a polyester cotton mix or even pure polyester. The polyester hammocks will last longer and fade less.

hammocks with cadejos
hammocks with cadejos

Differences Between Cotton, Polyester, and Synthetic Hammock Materials

When you start shopping for a hammock, then you will find three primary materials to consider: cotton, polyester, or other synthetics. If you look at a canvas hammock, then this material is usually made from cotton to create a durable layer of protection.

Many synthetics have a brand name associated with them because it is a proprietary product. Tropilex offers a durable poly/cotton blend for many of their hammocks as well. Each material brings something to the user experience.

Cotton Rope Hammock - Double Natural
Cotton Rope Hammock

Cotton: This material provides you with the classic hammock experience. It is soft, comforting, and very durable. You’ll want to store it somewhere dry during the winter or an extended period of poor weather.

Polyester: This material offers more durability for challenging climates. It is resistant to mould, mildew, and common forms of rot. Most hammocks made from this material feel the same as the natural cotton ones.

Synthetics: This material can come in a variety of formats. Some will offer breathability that will keep you cooler during use. Others provide a remarkable amount of durability.

Cost is a significant factor when deciding which material type to choose for your new hammock. Natural materials are often the cheapest. That’s why selecting a poly/cotton blend as you can find with many hammocks is a tempting choice.

You’ll receive a higher level of durability and easier maintenance without breaking your budget. Every material used to make a hammock offers distinct advantages. Think about what your needs are, and then choose the material that will support you well. 

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Sleeping In Hammocks

In 2019 so many of us are looking for new ways to feel better in our everyday lives. Sleep is one thing that affects us all, a bad nights sleep can equal poor productivity the next day as well as low moods and generally feeling unwell.

The NHS advise that we can get seriously ill from lack of sleep and The Sleep Council recommend finding somewhere we feel comfortable to relax is the first step to getting a better nights sleep.

Hammocks have been around for at least 1000 years which is the earliest trace of one on record. They were originally used for protection as opposed to leisure.

The Eco Mail shares that they were even used in the Navy for three centuries allowing the sailor to gain more room. Today we are going to share with you why a hammock is the ideal place to sleep to help you feel better.

Arc Hammock Stand for Family Hammocks

Easier to get to sleep:

Sleeping in a hammock can help your body to relax in a more comfortable position and when you find that key position your body is going to stay put, with the curve in the hammock providing extra support so you don’t fall out. Making sure the curve is lose will provide a better nights sleep as you will not feel squeezed within the hammock as this can also be bad for your body. If you can get the hammock to your ideal position where you feel secure and relaxed, this will reap benefits for your body. According to The Ultimate Hang laying on the diagonal is the key to comfort. Hammocks such as the Tropilex Cherry Double Hammock is ideal for this as you can achieve the perfect position.

Deeper sleep:

Did you know Hammocks help you to sleep deeper? The rocking motion that hammocks make actually helps you to fall asleep into a deeper sleep also known as N2. Sophie Schwartz who is a professor of neurology led a study that concluded that swinging can modulate physiological parameters of human sleep. She advises that lying on a slowly rocking bed helps to facilitate the transition from being awake to sleep. With that in mind purchasing a hammock to sleep in is seeming more like a good idea by the minute. Hammocks are available for indoor use as well as outdoor and can be more comfortable overall than a bed.

Good for feeling better?:

According to Alaska Sleep Clinic finding the perfect sleep position is crucial for feeling better. Sleeping on your back is great for helping with neck and back pain and allows you to gain a better nights sleep and wake up feeling better. The National Sleep Foundation  advises elevating your spine can help with getting a more comfortable position for your back this can be done by a cushion or a rolled up towel. Using a hammock in place of a cushion can allow your pressure points to be elevated, allowing your body to feel soothed.

Whether you want a hammock for napping or just for relaxing outdoors, the benefits seem apparent when it comes to improving your mood and general wellbeing.

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Newsletter September

New Hammocks

New Hammocks!

1. We have increased our range by 122 quality hammocky items. So now you will find some new standsnew fixingsnew hammocks and new hanging chairs. Wooden Arch Hammock Stands start from £222.83.

2. Check out our new guide of how to hang your hammock. You don’t even need to read it. I managed to persuade my boys to narrate it out loud. It contains some tips learned from long experience with hammocks.

3. 4 items on our clearance page, each having 20% off. This page is always worth a look.

New Hammocks
One of our newest hammocks – click here
20% off with the code'hammo'

We have a giant SALE taking place at our other website THE REAL RUG COMPANY. We have to sell our big rugs to make space in our warehouse. So many of them have 80% off.

Here is a customer comment from 20th September:

“Love the rug, it’s a beauty. Weighty, unusual, gorgeous colours. Great to be able to order a bulky item of furnishing and not have to wait for weeks before getting it, too. Customer service kept us updated every step of the way and we got the order in a few days. Thank you.”

20% off with the discount code hammo

There is currently 33% off pure cashmere striped scarves at MYPASHMINA at the moment.

These are ideal for children in the autumn and winter. Handy and cosy.
Also, each one is unique in the world and has been individually photographed. There are about 200 different designs in stock.

How To Hang A Hammock. A Guide With 14 Easy Tips. 3 Is The Best.

Hammock Fixing Kit

A 10 minute read

Read The Ultimate Guide To Easily Hang Your Hammock So It Is Secure And Comfortable.

You can listen to Henry(7) and Winston(9) read this article so that you don’t have to!

Firstly, relax! It is not difficult to hang up a hammock. If you have a decent hammock and use suspension equipment which is suitable for your chosen location, then it will be quick and easy to make yourself a bed in the sky.

The basic principles of hanging a hammock are as follows:

  1. You need two supports strong enough to carry all the people in the hammock.
    • The main tree trunk of a living tree is almost always strong enough. Branches are more risky. I would always go for the main trunk unless it is a really substantial tree.
    • If it is supporting a house, then it is probably strong enough. You can attach hammocks to interior walls or to the support for a pergola. The wall of a standard British garden shed will probably not be good enough. Fence posts are risky. You will know if it is strong enough. 
    • Street furniture is usually designed to withstand plenty of abuse. We have hung hammocks from posts at train stations, public railings and sign posts before.
    • The tow-bar or roof rack or your vehicle can make a useful second post. The tow-bar is often low to the ground, so that will usually only work if the topography is correct. Roof racks and roof bars should be carefully assessed on an individual basis.
    • It is possible to rig up a bi-pod with a guy rope pegged into the ground for one end of the hammock. This would be most suitable for a 1 person hammock, as it is not the strongest solution, but it does solve the ‘two-tree problem’.
  2. You need something tall enough to hang it from at a comfortable height.
    • If you look at all the photos of people laying in hammocks when they are between trees, you will see that the rope is at about 30-45 degrees. So depending on the hanging distance , extend that line upwards and outwards to your hanging point. I usually find myself attaching my ropes to a tree at about head height.
    • When we set up the hammock for children, we usually have it as low to the ground as possible. That means that when they fall out, nobody gets hurt. So you can take the hanging height into consideration. Remember that a brand new hammock will stretch a little on it’s first few uses, so you will want to leave some room for adjustment. It will also hang lower to the ground with more people or heavier people in it.
  3. You need to fix it to your supports in such a way that the attachment gets stronger when there is more weight in the hammock, but can be easily undone when the weight is removed.
    • An example of this would be hanging the hammock from simple S-hooks. It is very easy to remove the hammock from the hooks when it is empty, but when you have some weight in the hammock it is perfectly secure. There is no need for carabiners until you plan to be jumping around in the hammock. Even in that case it is hard to dislodge a hammock from s-hooks.
    • When you wrap a rope around a tree, getting in the hammock will pull it tighter and hold it in place. This principle works on even the smoothest trees. This means that if you simply wrap a rope twice around a tree trunk so that it overlaps itself and then attach one end to itself and the other end to the hammock, it will be stronger the more weight is in the hammock. I hope that was explained clearly.
    • You should stick to simple knots that are easy to undo. There is nothing less relaxing than having to spend an hour trying to untie a rope from a tree. Most hammock ropes are polyester which is strong, but it is also slippery enough that it is easier to untie knots. Tree straps with s-hooks make it easy to clip on to itself, so it is very easy to untie again once the weight is removed.
  4. Your hanging points should be a good distance apart. The range is quite big, There is a clear limit when the supporting objects are too close together. This is roughly 90% of the overall length of the hammock.

    For hanging points which are further apart, the limit is more down to personal preference. I would be quite happy with a hanging distance of about ten meters. You get a nice slow swing with a longer hanging distance. However, you need more rope and you have to attach the rope quite a lot higher.
  5. You need a hammock you can trust not to break.
Fix the hammock to any wall
Fix your hammock to a wall

Fixed vs Temporary Fixings

Are you planning to keep your hammock in one place, or even move it between two or three regular places? Maybe you want your hammock at one end of your deck or terrace in the morning and at the other end in the evening. If that is the case then I would suggest setting up fixings at each location. It is much better to simply unclip your hammock from one place and clip it on to another one without having to check and adjust a rope each time. In my ideal world, I would have wall hooks attached all over the place at just the right height and spacing.

If you are planning to put your hammock in it’s handy carry bag and take it off to the forest or beach then you will find ropes a much better solution. You could start screwing hooks into every tree you use so that they are there for future visitors. Most healthy trees will not be damaged by this, especially if you use stainless steel or other rust proof fixings. Most fixings are in this category. However you are probably looking to relax in your hammock rather than setting out on a minor DIY task.

Vivere Single Hook Set
This is an S-Hook

S-Hooks Vs Carabiners

Advantages of S-Hooks

  • Quick and easy to hang and remove your hammock.
  • Cheaper
  • Easy to adjust

Advantages of Carabiners

  • Feels very secure.
  • Is more secure, especially if children are playing in the hammock.
  • You could attach two things pulling in different directions without added risk.

Moving on from the mechanics of hanging your hammock, some things to consider when aiming for ultimate relaxation and comfort in your hammock are:

  1. It is more comfortable to have a hammock that is well balanced. The most balanced hammocks are the ones that self adjust. Does the hammock have strings which can slide through the loops at the end of the hammock ?

    The Colombian hammocks have an open loop design, which many people say  enhances balance compared to the closed loop design. In my opinion, the difference is very small. But they do look nicer and are easier to hang.

    ‘Cadejos’ are continuations of the main hammock bed fabric which are woven into plaits. Logically this would spread the weight perfectly and make the hammock more comfortable. I think the difference is small, but every detail is worth considering.

  2. It is worth thinking about the comfort of the fabric against your skin. Cotton feels nice. Polycotton, which is 70% polyester and 30% cotton feels very similar, but are more durable and weatherproof. Nylon doesn’t feel quite as comfortable against the skin, but the travel hammocks pack up really small and are really strong, so it is a trade off.

  3. Durability. A hammock kept indoors will last for as long as any other furniture. If it is going to be left outside to the elements, then it should be allowed to dry when it gets wet, and man made fibres like polyester or polypropylene will last longer than cotton.

  4. Portability: How small does your hammock pack up? Will you be moving it often ? The travel hammocks are the most portable, but a single cotton hammock only weighs just over a kilo and takes up about the same space as a wooly jumper in your luggage.
Elegance Double Hammock - Ecru
The Elegance is a beautiful HAMACA famiily hammock

Other factors to consider. Although this guide is more about hanging your hammock, so this is just a quick list.

  1. Price: You don’t have to pay a fortune for a good hammock, but really cheap ones are not the best value.
  2. Design: It feels better to lay in a beautiful hammock.
  3. Fair Trade: No need to feel guilty.
  4. Environmental concerns: From an environmentalists  perspective, for cotton hammocks , recycled cotton is the best, followed by organic cotton, followed by regular cotton.
  5. Opportunity cost: You could buy some Bitcoin instead.

I hope you found this guide useful. I intended to lay out the basic principles. It is not rocket science and as long as you check and test your hammock before diving in, then it should all be fine. Good luck and happy relaxation.

Hammock Heaven - Only the best Hammocks
Hammock Heaven – Only the best Hammocks

You can see our range of hammocks here, and you can see our extensive range of fixings and accessories here. We offer free shipping on most orders and you are welcome to call or email us with any questions. Hammock Heaven has been online since 2004, so we have learnt a thing or two about hammocks in the last 15 years!

This video is a reading of this article with a selection
of hammocks and fixings from our range.