A hammock is perfect setting to relax and enjoy the summer. DecorHD tells about the tips on choosing materials and right type of suspension for you.
Braided or woven Hammock
The hammocks originated from the bark of the tree and they are today available in countless materials and colors. Most hammocks are made of textiles but there are hammocks, whose lying surfaces are wholly or partly made of wood or plastic. Traditionally, there are two different types of hammocks that are made from mesh or cloth. But now there are many different types:
- Net Hammocks: Traditional Mexican hammocks are made of thin tangle-free interlocking looped cotton threads woven into a mesh. By knotless weave the material is stretchable and adapts to the body. In addition, the braid is permeable to air, which is why this type of hammock is used especially in hot countries. In addition, the fabrics are extremely stable. Another type net hammock is made from thicker cord and is associated with usually wider mesh network through which air can penetrate better. However, the fixed knotted fabrics are not as flexible.
- Cloth hammocks are made as their name suggests from firmly woven cloth. They are especially preferable when the hammock is to be used in a colder climate or the colder months because due to the thicker and quite impermeable material they offer a better thermal insulation. However, they adapt less to the body as net Hammocks and are not quite as strong. They also take longer after a downpour to dry.
Hammock with or without rods
Spreader bars are attached to both ends of the hammock and keep the lying surface of the hammock flat. This is good for the view of the surroundings and one also gets to sunbathe. A disadvantage of hammocks with spreader bar is that these lie relatively unstable and therefore it can happen easily that you fall out of the mat. Furthermore, hammocks cannot be washed in the washing machine.
Suspension possibilities for the hammock
Normally hammocks are suspended from two points, for example to trees or indoors to ceiling joists or hooks. If you want to attach the hammock on a wall, it is advisable to use suspensions offered by hammock manufacturers as these are designed for high loads resulting from the use of a hammock tensile forces. These fasteners usually allow rapid installation and removal of the hammock.
In case that in the garden only a tree or a wall is available for fixing a hammock, some hammock manufacturers offer a special frame which is intended to replace missing mounting option. This frame has the shape of an inverted V, which is attached by means of a rope and a tent herring on the bottom and the upper tip of the hammock can be fastened.
If there are no trees or walls present, where one could attach the hammock, you can alternatively choose U-shaped bottom racks. The hammock is thereby suspended from the ends of the existing wooden or metal frames.