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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.

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.”

Tents vs. Hammocks: How a Traditional Camper Took to Sleeping in Trees

Hamaca Hammocks

Hammock brand Kammok tried to sell me — a lifelong tent-user — on hanging versus traditional camping. So I went along with the brand for overnights in Texas heat and cool Colorado mountains to see how hammock camping stacks up.

Top image — Roo single hammock with Kuhli Weather Shelter;  Meyvn Creative

I have never been interested in hammock camping; It’s never seemed that comfortable. What about bugs, weather — and how do you move around? As a climbing guide certified by the American Mountain Guides Association, I’ve camped more times than I can count, in just about every condition. An ultralight one-person tent comes near the 1-pound mark, so I haven’t seen the need to hang in the breeze.

But Kammok, an Austin, Texas-based brand focused on all things hammock, is near my hometown. So this summer, we arranged a local camping trip to introduce me to sleeping slung, followed up by a kayak and camping outing near Gunnison, Colorado. I started as a nonbeliever, but now I see how hammock camping can add enjoyment to plenty of outdoor endeavors.

Here’s how I went from hammock curmudgeon to enthusiast — well, ally, at least.

5 Advantages of a Hammock on paper

Kammok lobbied me initially with a healthy list of hammock camping advantages. In general, the brand boiled hammock camping down to five primary benefits:

Set up and break down camp faster. There are no stakes, poles, or sleeping pads necessary — just a pair of tree straps and the hammock for mild, bugless conditions.

Travel lighter. Kammok claims a Roo Single $69 with a pair of 10-foot Python straps $29 weighs in at 1 pound, 2.2 ounces — together under $100. Expensive ultralight tents, like the Big Agnes Fly Creek HV1 Platinum, come in at 1 pound 7 ounces and run $500. Though the tent is slightly heavier, it includes bug and rain protection.

Sleep better. Kammok’s site touts a study that suggests the natural rocking motion of a hammock can elongate the non-REM portion of sleep.

Camp wherever you are. In addition to better sleep, hitting the proverbial hay is presumably less of a chore. No need to clear the ground of rocks or sticks, and mud is never an issue. You just need the appropriate trees.

Leave no trace. Hammocks never leave smashed-down foliage, and the Python straps spread the load across 1.5 inches of webbing to leave trees unscathed.

Some of these claims seem plausible, but I required convincing for others. A local camping trip and subsequent Colorado trip gave me the opportunity to give each reason a stamp of approval — or the thumbs down.

Texas Hammocking With Kammok Staff

Kammok decided on a car camping trip to Pedernales Falls State Park as my initial hammock camping experience. A typical Texas summer guaranteed high temperatures and humidity, a great test for what I considered the apparent venting advantage of hammocks.

Ease of Setup

Upon securing a campsite, two Kammok staffers let me venture off to set up a Roo Double $99 with Dragonfly Insect Net $79 by myself. I had previously set up a Kammok at my house, but I didn’t reference any resources. And even with the added net, common sense got the hammock up more quickly than any tent.

The setup is logical, intuitive, and doesn’t require knot tying. So yes, even in an uneducated, unassisted state, getting a hammock up and functional proved faster than a tent. That is, as long as live, suitable trees 12-15 feet apart are available. And with some pro tips from the Kammok designer, setting up became even faster.

Sleep Quality

One Kammok team member warned me my first night in a hammock might be restless. But I had zero issues falling asleep after setting my preferred hanging tension Kammok recommends starting with a 30-degree angle, which was easy with the 20 adjustment points on each Python strap and the hammock’s carabiners.

I am a side sleeper and have restless legs. The “hugging” effect of the hammock kept me still for the entire night — a rarity for me — without disrupting my slumber. I also slept on my back, as it was more comfortable than sleeping on my side. Lying on my stomach required much higher hammock tension and, in my opinion, wasn’t as comfortable as a tent floor.

Although I was in a “double” hammock, I think it would be difficult for two adults to sleep comfortably throughout the night due to transmitted movement and inability to avoid contact. I enjoyed having the extra space on the hammock as a solo camper, sprawling unimpeded. But for simple relaxation and lounging, the Roo Double was a comfortable and cozy affair for two adults.

Photo credit: Meyvn CreativeComfort and Strength

Kammok rates the Roo Double and each Python strap to 500 pounds, the Dyneema hammock slings to 22 kN, and each Kanga Claw carabiner to 23 kN 13 kN for the Roo Single. All of this quelled any fears I harbored of a sudden midsleep collapse. For safety and comfort, Kammok also recommends a maximum hanging height of 18 inches.

And with overnight temperatures in the 80s with relatively high humidity, the airiness under the hammock proved excellent at keeping me comfortable. Even the slightest breeze provided a cooling effect, and the 70-denier LunarWeave ripstop nylon DWR-treated offered much more breathability than coated tent fabric.

Overall, hammock camping proved pleasant, easy, and environmentally friendly in the humid, high-temperature Texas testing grounds. But I still needed to try it out for more rugged environs.

Kammok Camping in Colorado

Kammok and Oru Kayak put on a trip to Gunnison, Colorado, to test its techier offerings, and I was eager to escape to colder temperatures.

Photo credit: Meyvn CreativeKuhli Weather Shelter

Our first night found us on a forested mountainside. Trees were in abundance, and the night promised a dip in the mercury.

I set up a Roo Single, this time with a wind- and precipitation-proof Kuhli Weather Shelter $169 and 30-degree sleeping bag my own. What was previously an advantage in the heat of Texas became a disadvantage in the mountain cold. The hammock’s openness wasn’t as protective against harsher climes.

Firebelly Trail Quilt

Another cold-weather hammock camping issue was the added challenge of insulating against the cold air beneath. Theoretically, an insulating pad could work, but an underquilt, like the 30-degree down Kammok Firebelly Trail Quilt $279, is a more elegant, comfortable, and efficient solution. It’s expensive, however.

The quilt places the insulating layer underneath the hammock, eliminating loss of loft due to crushing from your body weight. The overnight temperatures dropped into the lower 40s, but I managed to stay warm by engaging the full mummy mode of my sleeping bag and slept well.

Sunda: The Hammock-Tent

The next day put us on the Gunnison River at Blue Mesa Reservoir. We paddled to a sandy beach that had a limited selection of trees. Here, I chose to sample the Sunda Tent Hammock $399, a unique, albeit complex, hammock-tent combination.

Because of its size and componentry, it was the only shelter we had to stow on the exterior of the kayak. Others’ hammocks were compact enough to stow inside the Oru foldable kayaks.

Photo credit: Meyvn Creative

The group congregated in a narrow grove of trees, everyone successfully and quickly finding workable anchors. Finding a suitable tent site in the shade on this beach would have proved difficult, as there wasn’t much flat ground near the trees.

I pitched the Sunda in the tent configuration in a separate area than most of the hammocks to secure a flat tent site. This exposed me to the early morning sun, but the Sunda proved breezy, so sleeping past dawn wasn’t an issue.

At 100 inches, the tent-hammock’s floor is much longer than a typical two-person tent. This leaves plenty of space above or below the sleeping bags for gear and pets within its spacious 34.7 square feet.

Although I didn’t get to try the Sunda as a hammock, a Kammok staffer demonstrated this mode. It was a bit complicated to set up but yielded a hammock with a built-in bug net and fly.

The Sunda left a visible footprint in the sand. But all the hammocks indeed left no trace: No telltale signs of a tent floor, only footprints, and trees were left unharmed.

Kammok Hammock: The Verdict

I came into these Kammok-sponsored outings as an experienced outdoor adventurer that wasn’t impressed with or overly interested in hammock camping. I figured it would take a lot to sway me into believing the advantages could overcome the disadvantages. Or that the hammock camping movement was nothing other than a hipster-driven, backyard-oriented flavor of the month. No offense.

At the outset, Kammok claimed five hammock advantages over traditional tent camping. I tested each of the brand’s claims thoroughly during my outings with the company.

Set up and break down camp faster. I now agree that camping hammocks can be quicker to set up and break down.

Travel lighter. This is possible in mild conditions. A Roo Single and a pair of Python 10-foot straps weight just over 1pound — compact and relatively inexpensive under $100 compared to ultralight one-person tents $500+.

But the hammock package swells in weight, size, and cost if a bug net and tarp are required. Adding Kammok’s accessories increased the claimed weight to 3 pounds, with a total price of $346, negating both weight and cost advantages. And that’s without the underquilt.

Sleep better. Sleep is so subjective. I did sleep better and more still in warmer conditions than I typically do in a tent. But this had nothing to do with the rocking motion, as the brand claimed. Rather, the “hugging” of the hammock subdued my restless legs.

I also believe that temperatures lower than the 40s Fahrenheit require an underquilt, which adds expense and weight. And should storms brew, a tarp — Kammok’s or third-party — is a must to ensure sound sleep. Finally, stomach sleepers may have issues with creating enough tension to avoid back hyperextension.

Camp wherever you are. This is true if there are trees. And that can be a big “if.” Desert dwellers need not apply.

Leave no trace. I completely agree. As noted above, all the hammock options left fewer visible signs of human presence than a tent does.

Hammock Camping Is Fun

One thing Kammok failed to list as a primary advantage of hammock camping is the added fun factor. The novelty and unique feel of sleeping in a hammock added an irrepressible grin to my outings. And having one up for relaxing during the daytime, in favorable conditions, is worlds nicer and more social than crawling into a tent.

For this tester, the bottom line is that hammock camping can add comfort and fun to both front-country and backcountry adventures, as long as 1 the conditions remain mild and 2 appropriate trees are available.

And for me, hammocks will also get a favorable nod when the temperatures are high, as they allow more breathability than a tent. Perhaps most importantly, as a dad, I will bring a hammock or three along on every family car camping trip. No matter where we sleep, having hammocks hanging around invites relaxing — a primary goal of any getaway.

By Seiji Ishii Seiji Ishii is an adventure journalist that blurs the lines between work and play, writing about his climbing, two-wheeled and on-foot adventures, and the gear involved. He is also an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor and an ACSM certified personal trainer, specializing in climbers and motocrosssupercross athletes. He lives in the woods with his wife, daughter, and a small herd of pets in Wimberley, Texas.

The Biggest Hammock in the world

Supernova Hammock - XXL - Kaleidoscope

If you can find a bigger one, please let me know … contact

HAMACA SUPERNOVA – click here

Bigger is better…
– Biggest hammock in the world
– All hang out together
– Colourful and strong
– 1 year warranty
– FREE matching shoulder bag
– HUGE!!! Really HUGE!!

Hammock Details
Laying area – 300x400cm
Total length – 600cm
Capacity – 280kg+

The HAMACA Supernova hammock is the biggest hammock we know of. It is truly huge, it even makes the Mammoth look small and that is one giant hammock too!

You can easily have the whole family in this hammock. The fabric is made from 100% recycled cotton, so it is gentle on the environment.

Being cotton, it is soft and breathable and very comfortable to lay in. It is brightly coloured and machine washable. Designed for years of use, this hammock is perfect for those who want nothing but the very best for summer.

This hammock is a great place for friends to hang out in, there really is room for everyone.

 

Supernova Hammock - XXL - Kaleidoscope

April 16th Hammock Heaven Newsletter

This months newsletter is to give customers on our mailing list advance notice that we are offering 50% off our family hammocks from 16th April to 23rd April.

Newsletter receivers can actually buy these half price hammocks on the 15th April also.

It’s a great opportunity to get a fantastic and big hammock for half price.

https://www.hammockheaven.co.uk/product-category/hammocks/family-hammocks/?orderby=price-desc

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

Mammoth Family Hammock - Colora - Xlarge (Seconds)

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

Swing Seats or Personal Hammocks?

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

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

Where Should You Place Your Garden Hammock?

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

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

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

Alternatives for Those Needing Extra Support

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

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

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Why We Have Low Staff Turnover in Our Columbian Hammock Factory

hammock factory

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

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

Why Factory Staff Turnover Is Low

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

Five Places to Hang a Hammock Indoors

Bora Bora Hammock

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

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

Places to Hang Your Hammock Indoors

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

A Perfectly-Balanced Hammock Is Good for You

Iguana Single Hammock - Jungle

Did you know that hammocks offer the perfectly-balanced sleep position for humans? If you did not, you know it now. Even physicians consider a hammock offers the best sleep position for most of us. Many doctors say the perfect sleep position is “. . . lying on one’s back with the head slightly elevated, about 10 to 30 percent. This is postulated to give the brain optimal blood circulation rather than congestion and also allows for more unobstructed breathing.”

You can learn that many native cultures sleep this way in hammocks, “rather than on flat surfaces,” as is common to most western cultures. According to Janet Kinosian, writing for the Huffington Post in 2010 in her article “What Your Sleep Position Says About You,” she examined the link between personality and typical sleep positions.

For example, hardworking businesspersons and entrepreneurs seem to be more likely to sleep on their backs (called the royal position), while persistent, goal-oriented people seem to favor sleeping on their stomach – stomach-sleepers also appear to exhibit dominant compulsive traits.

Health Benefits of Hammocks Are Being Studied

Finally, science is realizing what native cultures have known for hundreds of years. Hammocks provide ideal sleep positions for humans, including children. Medical hammocks constantly become more popular with physicians from all types of specialties. Now hammocks are actively being used to treat premature babies, arthritis, acid reflux conditions, autism, and sleep apnea.

Scientific studies indicate that sleeping in a hammock is an effective road to better health and fitness, along with delivering deep, restful sleep to recharge your human batteries to successfully face a busy day. Quality hammocks slept in properly, with your head slightly raised, reduce stress, while eliminating the chance of falling out on the ground or floor.

A gently rocking hammock has proven to help you fall asleep faster, while having you enjoy a deeper sleep than on a traditional bed. Why gentle rocking motions encourage sleep in babies and adults remains a mystery? But it works, as every parent learns when it’s time for their babies to sleep.

A 2011 study by the University of Geneva (Switzerland) determined that participants fell asleep faster with hammock-like rocking motion, but also changed the type of sleep they enjoyed. Researchers noted a “dramatic boosting of certain types of sleep-related [brain wave] oscillations.”

During each participant’s nap or sleep time, researchers monitored brain activity with an EEG, so they had proof of the brain wave changes. While this pleasantly surprised researchers, they noted the lack of increased brain activity when there was no gentle rocking when a non-rocking traditional flat bed was involved.

The study results displayed the rocking bed heightened bursts of brain activity called “sleep spindles,” which correlate to deep sleep and “memory consolidation.” Study researchers determined the rocking lengthened the duration of “N2 sleep,” non-rapid eye movement sleep that on good nights consumes about one-half of a good sleep.

Conclusion

The gentle rocking you feel with a perfectly-balanced hammock when you sleep does more than give you a super nap and a good night’s sleep, but also improves your brain activity while you sleep. The scientific question fueling future studies: Will the results of this university study encourage further study to learn if hammock power can be focused on treating various sleep disorders, e.g., insomnia.

If you use a balanced hammock to nap or sleep for the night, you will enjoy the sleep of your life, and wake refreshed and alert. The rocking motion you receive from a quality hammock will only help you stimulate your brain while you get the deep sleep you need to function high levels.

Why You Should Consider a Hanging Chair as Well as a Hammock

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We often hear the question: Should I consider a hanging chair in lieu of or in addition to a hammock? The best answer: Yes, you should consider a hanging chair as a replacement for or, if you already enjoy a hammock, as a complement to your hammock.

Why Consider Getting a Hanging Chair

Hanging chairs are highly versatile and complement your yard and/or the interior of your home. While some people prefer fabric chairs, others, particularly if installed indoors, sometimes prefer hanging chairs with more rigid frames. Here are popular reasons to consider getting a hanging chair as well as a hammock.

  • You may prefer a hanging chair to a hammock.Some people report they are equally or even more comfortable in fabric hanging chairs than in hammocks. When you want to surround yourself with your spouse and kids, a hammock chair is perfect.
  • If you have kids, be aware that children absolutely love to sit, lie, and play in hanging chairs.Kids love hanging chairs. They like to sit in them, “cocoon” in them, and get in them. They find it easier to get in and out of hanging chairs than some hammocks. Since kids seldom stay relaxed for too long they typically appreciate the ease of getting in and out of hanging chairs.
  • You can “float around” in fabric or rigid frame hanging chairs offering similar relaxation to hammocks.The same gentle rocking motion common to hammocks also exists with a hanging chair. Scientists have proven it’s this gentle swaying that promote excellent, healthy sleep.
  • If you love to read, a hanging chair is ideal for focusing on the book you’re reading as well as relaxation.You’ll be amazed at how focused and relaxed you’ll feel in a hanging chair when you’re reading. You typically will enjoy your book or magazine even more than you normally do.
  • If you already enjoy your hammock, you should equally enjoy the gentle swaying motion of a hanging chair.If you love the gentle rocking motion of your hammock, you will equally love a hanging chair, as it offers the identical rocking as your hammock does.
  • A wonderful addition to a bedroom or family room, a hanging chair is a great way to maximize your comfort while watching TV movies or live sporting events.Hanging chairs are ideal for indoor or outdoor use. Along with being super comfortable, they allow you to enjoy TV and games in supreme comfort.
  • An indoor hanging chair makes a bold statement to any décor.Once in fashion, then out of fashion, hanging chairs are back as high-fashion additions to your home décor. They always make a statement. Since they come in many colors and designs, you’re sure to find an ideal complement your décor.

Whether you consider a hanging chair as an alternative to a hammock or addition to your hammock, you will be pleased with the look and comfort of these chairs. When you want to read, watch TV, or take a short nap in total comfort, consider adding a hanging chair inside or outside your home.