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FIVE Types Of Hammock

FIVE HAMMOCKS
Travock - Travel Hammock - Treasure
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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Hammocks? Is It Normal ?

Raya Family Hammock - Sunset

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.

Refresh - Family Hammock - Cocktail
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

Travock XL - Travel Hammock - Spice

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

Hammock Heaven - Only the best Hammocks

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

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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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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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.

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.

Quick Hammock Guide

Deck Hammock XL

Comparing Different Hammocks

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

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

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

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

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

Children’s Hammocks / Kids Hammocks  

Advantages

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

Disadvantages

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

Travel Hammocks

Advantages

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

Disadvantages

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

Single Hammocks

Advantages

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


Disadvantages

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

Double Hammocks

Advantages

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

Disadvantages

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

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

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

Family Hammocks

Advantages

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

Disadvantages

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

Hanging Hammock Chairs

Advantages

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

Disadvantages

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

Spreader Bar Hammocks

Advantages

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

Disadvantages

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

Conclusion

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

Fake News – Hammocks

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

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

Do hammocks aid sleep? Don’t be swayed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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