In this practical guide, you will find relevant information on the history of the hammock, the categories of hammocks, the choice, installation and maintenance. If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Good reading!
Short History of the Hammock
Who has never seen a hammock in a house, garden or park? Colorful and inviting, it decorates our home by bringing it an exotic touch. We particularly like it for napping, resting, reading a book, sipping a drink, doing therapy, etc. Yes, the hammock has carved out a special place in our daily lives. But, this versatile piece of furniture, before being an instrument of relaxation and decoration, served as a real bed centuries ago and is still used as such in certain regions of the world.
Hammock Categories and Options
There are today different types of hammocks:
The cotton fabric hammock is mainly made in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Ecuador. The real hammocks of cotton canvas are made on looms and entirely finished by hand. They are of different sizes and strengths, from one category to another. They are often fringed and constitute an appreciable decorative object. A cotton fiber hammock, when first used, stretches somewhat at first, until it finds its final tension. Without a doubt the most comfortable hammock with perfect balance, for one, two or three people. Be wary of dubious quality imitations made in Asia.
It is almost always a hammock in Mexican mesh (Yucatán), made of cotton or nylon. This light hammock, which is easy to transport, is entirely handmade by craftsmen who have passed on this know-how from father to son. It is the typical MAYA hammock coming from the southeast of Mexico. It provides excellent comfort. The finer and larger the thread, the better the hammock.
The hammock chair or the hammock chair, unlike the hammock itself, is a contemporary piece of furniture. It can be cotton fabric or mesh made of natural or synthetic fiber. It occupies little space and is used to sit and lie down. Be careful, a real hammock chair does not need a solid frame or footrest. This is an alteration that causes more inconvenience than pleasure.
Hammock with sticks:
Made mainly in Central America and the United States, in rope or quilted, this type of hammock is the result of a Western invention. As the first settlers settled along the length of the hammock, they locked themselves in, they had the idea of adding wooden bars to open the grader, which reduced its stability. However, this type of hammock is majestic and aesthetic all the more if it is well designed and you know how to use it. It quickly becomes a good place to rest.
Designed more recently, this type of hammock is made of ultra-light and resistant synthetic material for camping or hiking. It can be found in single or double format with or without integrated mosquito net and dome roof. Some are even designed for extreme conditions. To each his own style!
How to choose a hammock?
There are different types of hammocks on the market. This does not make the choice easy! To choose your hammock, it is necessary to take into consideration the following factors:
The location :
You often stare at a corner of the backyard, your balcony or a room inside the house and say to yourself, “It will be good if I set up a hammock. Except that I don’t know if I have enough space! “. In reality, in almost any available space you can install a hammock. We learned this well by fitting out the demonstrator models in our shop. What is more, truckers have already bought us hammocks to install in their cabs.
Before shopping for your hammock, check and measure the places where you plan to install a hammock. For a 1-person hammock, allow at least 2.75 m (9 feet) distance between the two anchor points, although it is possible to stretch a hammock in a distance as small as 2.13 (7 feet)! Just anchor the hammock loops a little higher or use one or two length adapters. A distance of 3.65 m (12 feet) and more will be ideal for intermediate or 2-seater hammocks. In a cramped place, you can opt for a hammock chair. A minimum height of 1.82 m (6 feet) is to be expected. It goes without saying that if the distance or the height are greater than the size of the hammock, an extension cord can be used to remedy this.
How to use hammock?
What you plan to do with your hammock is also a deciding factor. A good nap tempts you? Then let yourself go in a woven or net hammock. Do you prefer to cover yourself and make a cocoon? Hammocks without wooden bars are easy to shape according to your taste. Do you like your hammock to always stay open? The hammock with wooden bars remains a good option.
That’s it! You finally have your long-desired hammock. Now it remains to find where and how to install it. Most of hammock companies provide you with a leaflet containing technical specifications as well as installation instructions with your purchase of the hammock, without forgetting that if you opt for a hammock stand, you are already leaving all these hassles behind. However, nothing prevents you from installing your hammock between two trees, two walls, two columns or any other solid anchor.
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