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What is the difference between polyester and polypropylene ?
First of all, polypropylene and polyester are synthetic materials. They are both polymers, which is essentially plastic. As a result their colors won’t fade or bleed when washed because the colours are built into the material.
Polypropylene however, is more hydrophobic than polyester meaning that it does not absorb as much water. Since the water cannot be absorbed into the fabric, the water (or rain) has a tendency to spread evenly throughout the garment which in turn helps the water to evaporate much quicker than a fabric that absorbs and retains the water.
As a quick example, if you cup your hand and put some water in it and continue to hold the water in your hand with your hand still in a cup shape, the water will take a very long time to dry. But, if you un-cup your hand and use your other hand to spread the water evenly all over both of your hands, the water will dry in less than 1 tenth of the time.
So, having explained this, polypropylene hammocks will dry much faster than polyester hammocks. Polypropylene has a much lower melting point than polyester so you will want to avoid washing polypropylene in hot water or drying it. For this reason, polyester hammocks are much easier to care for than polypropylene hammocks.
Polyester hammocks are also more UV resistant than polypropylene. Eventually the polypropylene fabric will break down and the color will fade.
So really, whether one fabric is better than the other really depends on what it will be used for. If you just need a fabric to wear next to your skin that will dry very quickly and thus keep you skin dry, then polypropylene is probably what you want. If you want just a good all around fabric that also dries quickly, but is very easy to launder and care for, then polyester is probably your best bet. Therefore we prefer polyester for hammocks.
On balance to me it seems like polyester is the best material for making hammocks.
Here is a very close up image of polyester from wikipedia.
Would you like your children to read more? This is a common issue with most parents after the novelty of learning to read wears off young kids. The difficulty, after your children start elementary school, is many kids associate reading with school responsibilities.
Young children often fail to realize that reading for fun also is possible. However, there are some action plans that can motivate your kids to read more.
Create a Reading Nook
Creating a special place for your kids to read is a “winner.” Regardless of the number and ages of your children, they will love having a special place dedicated to them for reading. Whether you make their reading nook indoors or outdoors, they will use it.
Equip your reading nook with a hanging chair or hammock for optimum results. Kids love hanging chairs and hammocks. Therefore, they will use their reading nook more than you think they will, simply because you installed a hanging seat or hammock.
If your children are small and young, you could install a hanging chair or hammock designed for kids, with vibrant colors. As the kids grow, you can always upgrade to adult models in reading nooks.
Why Hanging Chairs or Hammocks?
Hanging chairs or hammocks are more fun than regular chairs or sofas. Kids love hanging chairs, particularly when they know these swing chairs are for them. Children like hammocks almost as much as hanging chairs.
Even those post-toddler children, who vocally refuse to take a nap (“that’s for babies,” they often claim), often fall to sleep, like many adults, when they read (or look at the pictures) in a gently swaying hanging chair or hammock. Kids also enjoy playing, getting into and out of hanging chairs, running around, and swinging in hanging chairs and hammocks.
Advantages of Hanging Chairs and Hammocks to Motivate Reading
When you install hanging chairs and Hammocks outdoors, they offer some interesting benefits, in addition to the advantages provided when they’re installed indoors.
While the title of this article may surprise you, we’ll show you how a family hammock stacks up to a sofa as a family gathering place. You may think, at first, there is little connection between a hammock versus a sofa. However, family hammocks allow the whole family, kids and all, to have more fun together than any sofa ever made.
In fact, handcrafted family hammocks come in different sizes, like those from Hammock Heaven, depending on the size of your family. From XL to XXL to Supernova family hammocks can deliver fun for your whole family, whether you have one or two kids, up to six or more.
Family hammocks are much more fun for adults and kids than sofas, even when they’re big enough to hold your entire family. These extra-large hammocks are also wider than large so-called “double hammocks,” comfortable for you and your life partner.
Many family hammocks hold up to 600 to 800 pounds of humans. They’re made with thicker cords and feature other reinforcements to hold the extra weight of the whole family.
Often, those who prefer hammocks to traditional flat beds, use double or family hammocks to better enjoy their overnight deep sleep. They find the extra length and width of family hammocks comforting for all night sleeping.
Whether installed indoors or out in the yard, family hammocks offer more fun and relaxation than sofas, however large or expensive. Your kids particularly will enjoy the gentle swaying of the hammock, while playing and relaxing with their parents.
While a sofa makes a design statement about your décor, most are not made with “sleep” in mind. If you want to take a nap, you’ll have to try different positions until you’re at least semi-comfortable.
The best feature of sofas is their mobility, meaning you can rearrange your furniture, including your sofa, with relative ease – easier than relocating your indoor hammock. However, the anchors for your hammock are unobtrusive and can easily be hidden creatively.
Outdoor sofa considerations include being sure the covering is designed to face inclement weather. Indoor sofas can quickly become ruined when used outside in the yard or on the deck/patio. Some materials have a problem drying, even if the hot sun appears after a rainstorm. Drying cushions on a sofa often is a particularly troubling problem.
While a quality family hammock is not for everyone, your family, including the kids, will love it more than a sofa. Sure, if laying on your couch is your favorite spot at home, you may not want to change it. However, when you’re laying on it, a sofa cannot accommodate multiple people.
Locating your family hammock outdoors will offer more fun than a deck or patio sofa. If you are already a hammock aficionado, you know this to be true. For design reasons, you may still want to place an outdoor sofa on the entertaining area of your yard.
Using both a sofa and a family hammock delivers a good solution to this dilemma. When you’re entertaining guests, you might use your outdoor sofa to handle multiple guests. If you’re just getting your family together, you will want to use your family hammock to surround yourself with your partner and your children.
Installing a hammock or swing seat in your garden is a fabulous way to get your family out of the house on a beautiful day. A cotton rope hammock is a natural for this purpose. If you prefer sitting to lying down, a natural cotton swing seat in your garden is equally satisfying.
Swing Seats or Personal Hammocks?
Both swing seats and personal (one-person) hammocks are ideal additions to your garden area. If you have the space, you could install a “family hammock” in your garden to encourage the entire family to join you while you’re enjoying the warmth of the sun.
If asked about their preference, your kids typically want a rope swing seat instead of a hammock, since they enjoy swinging more than relaxing or taking a nap. You can always accessorize your rope swing seat or hammock with a canopy or pergola to keep out most of the sun. For more swing consistency, you could always add a hammock or swing seat stand.
Where Should You Place Your Garden Hammock?
The answer, regardless of the size of your garden, is always the same: Your favorite relaxing area of your garden. Typically, this is a place that your favorite plants and/or flowers surround you with quiet and tranquil feelings.
Your backyard is the favorite area in most yards of most homeowners. In general, the preferred place is near flower beds, ponds, or a group of your favorite trees. When you favor surrounding trees, you’ll also enjoy other benefits, such as avoiding some sun and some disquieting noise. Trees serve as effective buffers for too much sun and unwelcome noises that disturb your relaxing bliss.
When you clear an area in your garden to surround yourself with your favorite flowers and greenery, you can use a contemporary or traditional hammock stand to enhance the area, even when there are no suitable posts or trees around the garden. If you’re goal is to get the family out of the house and into the garden, you may want to add a hanging chair (on an attractive chair stand) to your hammock area. Since it’s typically kids that want to use hanging chairs most, you might be amazed at the time your children spend in your garden retreat.
Alternatives for Those Needing Extra Support
Some people require firmer support than offered by a cloth hammock. If you are one of those people, but enjoy an occasional nap, you might consider a “hanging bed” as an alternative. While somewhat more complex to install, sometimes needing four points of attachment (at least, on the bed itself), instead of two (typical hammock), you’ll still enjoy the outdoors, with the sun and sway of the wind, with a hanging bed, along with the extra support you get.
If you need extra support, but enjoy sitting more than lying down, a hanging wire-mesh chair, instead of a rope swinging chair on a strong stand may be ideal. You’ll find different designs, one of which could be perfect for the support you need, but still very comfortable.
Your home garden is a popular setting to install your favorite hammock. You can install it anywhere you feel a sense of “peace” in your garden. However, here are some suggestions to fuel your ideas for ideal places for your hammock or hanging chair.
Some Places to Hang Your Hammock in Your Garden
Your favorite place in the garden is the best place for your hammock or hanging chair. While these suggestions are the fuel that ignites your imagination, you can place your hammock anyplace in your garden that pleases you.
Just be sure to take it down when you water your plants and flowers if you use a sprinkler to feed your plants the water they need to grow healthy and strong. If it’s sunny and hot, you may want to leave your hammock up to cool it off when you turn the sprinkler on.
There is really no bad place to locate your hammock in your garden. While you may have location preferences, use them to find the perfect place to locate your treasured hammock.
We have some staff that have worked in the hammock factory for 25 years. We seldom need to find new craftsmen as replacements. Since our hammocks and hanging chairs are hand-fashioned, we treasure our craftsmen and our quality control staff.
We take our mission to treat our staff as valued employees very seriously. Many of them expansively refer to good working conditions as a reason they continue to work for us. We marvel at the advantages this commitment delivers to our customers.
Why Factory Staff Turnover Is Low
We believe that our low turnover is not a function of luck, but results from our consistent treatment of our staff as “quality” craftsmen, whether they are male or female. Our hand fashioners are as dedicated to producing quality hammocks and hanging chairs as our supervisors.
In the words of Marta, our Production Manager, “. . . I check the processes to make sure that every hammock is made very well.” She has worked at our factory for over 13 years. “The majority of the people who are here have worked here for a long time.” Why?
Our low turnover proves the theory that employers who treat their staffs respectfully, fairly, and generate pride of workmanship, creates an effective team who do their best to excel. In the 21st century, it can be challenging to find, train, and retain high quality employees.
However, treating them well is a rewarding approach, particularly when giving them the responsibility to create handmade products. Studies have proven that people work for companies where they are appreciated for their expertise, not only for the highest wages. Our staff consistently builds high-quality hammocks and hanging chairs – and is very proud of their company.
Hammocks are favorite additions to your outdoors at home. Did you realize you can bring your hammock or hanging chair indoors, too? Many people love their hammocks so much they want to sleep in them instead of a bed. Installing a hammock indoors is not difficult, so you’ll enjoy making this a do-it-yourself (DIY) project.
While there are literally hundreds of websites with text and/or video to instruct you how to install your hammock indoors, there are few sites with suggestions about “where” to hang your hammock. We’re going to solve that curious problem momentarily. Stay with us.
Places to Hang Your Hammock Indoors
This issue stumps even those who love relaxing outdoors in their treasured hammocks. Don’t worry. It’s easier than you might first think.
If you love relaxing in your outdoor hammock in the yard, you’ll equally love hanging a hammock indoors in one of these places. You also may have other rooms, e.g., a home office, which might be your personal preference for installing an indoor hammock or hanging chair to be available in all types of weather.
When you’re not using your hammock, you can easily store it in small spaces. Since your wall anchors are harmless, they pose little danger to anyone. If you’re concerned with their presence when your hammock is stored, you can easily cover them with a wall hanging or a plant hanging on the exposed anchor.
As long as you carefully install your anchors into wall studs, they will be secure and support your hammock (with you in it) for long periods, e.g., naps or overnight sleeping. Regardless of the size of your home, you can install a relaxing hammock in almost any room except a bathroom or kitchen. When you’re taking a shower, or making gourmet dishes, you probably won’t want to relax in your indoor hammock or hanging chair.
Travel hammocks are increasingly popular as alternatives to tents, when you go camping, hiking, and/or traveling almost anywhere. Traveling is exciting, but, sometimes, it can become annoying, particularly when you need to navigate airport security. Yet, camping and hiking are popular, healthy alternatives.
Better than most tents, even upscale ones, travel hammocks make traveling easier and more pleasant. There are multiple good reasons why. Whether you’re traveling by car, or using public transportation, e.g., trains, travel hammocks provide distinct advantages for you. When you’re going on long hikes or camping, these advantages will be graphically evident.
Travel Hammock Advantages That Make Traveling Easier and More Comfortable
You can sleep wherever you’d like. Pick your location and you can set it up.
These hammocks pack small and light. You can literally take them anywhere you want to go.
These are but a sampling of the many benefits travel hammocks offer you. If you like to travel and camp out in the outdoors and you love your hammock at home, you should have a travel hammock to make traveling easier – and lighter.