|If you want to relax in the shade, swing
gently in the breeze, and enjoy the scenery
and clouds in the sky, you are in the market
for a hammock. When deciding which hammock
is right for you, here are some things to
- Hammock size is important. Most hammocks
are made for two people but vary in the their
dimensions. Select one with an adequate width
and length for your needs. Hammocks with
end bars that keep the fabric stretched need
to be only slightly longer than the tallest
user. Hammocks without end bars need additional
length to prevent them from feeling cramped.
- Hammocks can either be self-contained or
require attachment to trees or posts. Measure
the area where you want to put the hammock
to ensure it will fit. If securing the hammock
to trees, check that the space between trees
is correct. If a stand is used, make sure
there is space for its legs and adequate
room for you to get in and out of the hammock
without bumping into something. If you donít
have enough space, consider getting a one-person
hammock or a hammock chair swing.
- The hammock itself can be made from rope,
string, or fabric. Rope provides greater
ventilation but if loosely woven, it does
not give good support. String is lightweight
and molds to your body making it very comfortable.
Fabric is durable, provides even support,
and gives you choices in colors and designs;
but fabric hammocks take longer to dry if
they get wet. Look for fabrics that are stain/fade
resistant and easily cleaned.
- Accessories make time spent in the hammock
more enjoyable. Look for:
- pillows for increased comfort and support
to our head and neck.
- pads for more comfort and to eliminate any
rope indentations that occur in rope hammocks.
- weatherproof covers to protect the hammock
during bad weather and when not is use.
- mosquito netting to keep the bugs from bothering
- canopies to provide shade and keep you dry
during rainy weather.
Finally, don't forget a table, either attached
to the hammock or free standing, to keep
drinks, snacks and reading material handy
while you rock away the hours..