Hammocks are ideal for spending a lazy day at home. These luxurious beds are comfortable and affordable for almost anyone. The best thing about hammocks is that you don’t need much space to use one. If you have enough space to put up two sturdy posts in your backyard, you can hang a hammock right there and use it for a nap, or to unwind after a hard day’s work.
Hammocks can be of different types, including portable hammock, hammock chair, and hammock swing. Portable hammocks are made of a lightweight material that is easy to carry around. Still, the material is sturdy enough to hold up the weight of one person properly. Portable hammocks often ship with hammock posts, so you will not need to hunt for trees that are strong enough and at the right distance from one another when you are looking for a relaxing nap on the beach.
Hammock chairs are great for the rainy or winter seasons, when heading outdoors for a nap might not be a possibility. The hammock chair is compact, and can be set up indoors without much hassle. These are great for lounging with a good book or some comfort food. If you want to hang your hammock indoors, however, you will have to invest in a hammock stand.
A hammock stand is made of wood or metals like stainless steel or aluminum. When purchasing a hammock stand, make sure it is strong enough to support your weight. Also, it should be of the correct type. Hammocks with spread bars need a different type of hammock stand than hammocks without bars. Make sure the stand you purchase meets your requirements.
A hammock swing resembles a hammock folded in half and hung up with a basket at the center of the hammock. It is great for lounging on a patio or indoors on a warm summer evening. Sturdy, comfortable, and cost-effective, hammock swings can provide you with years of faithful service with minimal maintenance. The more expensive versions of hammock swings have a foot-rest installed under those, and are often called ‘air chairs’.
Hammocks are usually made of either rope, or cloth. The rope hammocks are made of nylon or cotton ropes knitted together in the form of a large net. These are inexpensive and usually last for years if used properly. Rope hammocks also let air circulate around your back, and prevent excessive sweating. The only drawback is the fact that the ropes may dig into your skin. However, this can be avoided simply by spreading a thin sheet of cloth on the hammock. Cloth hammocks are made of thick sheets of absorbent cotton. These are even more comfortable than rope hammocks. There are no ropes that dig into your skin, and the fabric will wrap around your body, providing superior comfort. These do not allow circulation of much air around your back due to the thickness of the material, but the cotton fabric will absorb most of the perspiration, keeping you cool on a hot summer day.
Both rope and cloth hammocks are available in two varieties, namely, hammocks with spread bars, or bar-less hammocks. Hammocks with spread bars have supporting bars installed under the hammock. These help in holding up your body, but are obviously less comfortable than the bar-less variety. These are good for people who are overweight. For people with standard weight, bar-less hammocks are better. These hammocks wrap around the body, providing better comfort.
Hammocks last for years, if maintained properly. The base materials of all kinds of hammocks absorb perspiration, and stay wet for extended periods of time. This can promote growth of molds and fungi. The wet ropes or fabrics also get dirty pretty soon. So, it is necessary to wash hammocks every one or two weeks. Cleaning a hammock is pretty easy. You just need to submerge the hammock in a gentle detergent solution and rustle it around. Once it is clean, you should let it dry completely before using it again.
Hammocks are perfect for relaxing after a busy day, or simply for spending a lazy day napping outside home. With proper usage and maintenance, hammocks can be perfect accessories to your home for many years.