• Hammock and Decorating

    There's nothing quite like a hammock for relaxation. The way the hammock enfolds you as it rocks gently back and forth can be just the thing you need to chase your troubles away and make you feel that everything is right and peaceful in the world. Simply placing a hammock in a room can transform the look and feel of the space. The hammock communicates the idea that this is a place of relaxation and ease.

    There are three basic types of hammock material-fabric, rope, and string.

    Fabric

    Fabric hammocks are sometimes considered the most comfortable since they provide total support for the body and conform more particularly to the body's contours. They also tend to take up less space. However, fabric hammocks do not offer the same degree of ventilation as rope or string hammocks. On a hot summer day, resting in a fabric hammock may seem a somewhat sweaty proposition. Fabric hammocks can come in a variety of attractive colors and patterns. But for some people, no matter how attractive the fabric, it can't match the aesthetic appeal of a rope or a string hammock.

    Rope

    Rope hammocks are constructed of cotton rope or a cotton/polypropylene mix. The ropes crisscross each other to provide support for the back and meet up in a single rope at each end which is used to suspend the hammock. The rope work can be quite simple or it can be fancy, incorporating various macramé designs. Most rope hammocks are white or a natural tan color. However, the ropes can also be dyed different colors to fit in with a decorating scheme or just a personal preference.

    String

    String hammocks are like rope hammocks, but with much smaller ropes, woven closer together. They provide more support than the rope hammock while still allowing a lot of ventilation to keep things pleasantly cool. String hammocks are often called Mayan hammocks and were introduced to the world by that culture. To this day, Mayan descendants in Mexico and Central America hand weave these beautiful, brightly colored hammocks.

    Once you've decided on a hammock type, you'll want to decide where to put it. Traditionally, a hammock is an outdoor device, but it doesn't have to be. If you have an area inside by the window that gets sunlight, that might be the perfect place to hang your hammock. Outdoors, you'll want to decide whether the hammock should be in the shade or in the sun. And you'll want to decide whether it should be in a secluded location or easily accessible. Most people prefer the secluded location if they can get it. There's something so peaceful about lying in a hammock that you don't want to be disturbed if you can avoid it.

    Lastly, you'll need to decide how you're going to hang your hammock. If there are overhead supports (say, in a sun porch), then you can simply suspend the hammock from those. If there are two trees spaced a convenient distance apart, you can suspend the hammock between them. If you don't have trees, you can buy hammock poles that will provide a sturdy support on each side. Or for the ultimate in portability, you can purchase an arc stand and hang the hammock on that.