Fabric Hammocks – What’s not to like?

Fabric Hammocks – What’s not to like?

Sometimes even purveyors of metal garden furniture like ourselves want something a little different.  And every garden should have a hammock.  More than any other piece of aluminium garden furniture, a hammock gives off a relaxing vibe adding colour and balance to any outdoor space, no matter how big or small.  A securely hung hammock can double up as a seat or couch for all the family, or offer a comfy place to snooze.

Structural Requirements

If you are lucky enough to have the right sort of trees in the right sort of place, nothing can be simpler than stringing up a hammock between two trunks.  However, most hammock manufacturers also provide wall mountings and free-standing frames in wood or metal.  This is not an area where you want to cut costs – you will need your hammock stand to be very stable.  Hen and Hammock sell a very attractive wooden frame with the advantage that it can be easily disassembled for storage in the winter months.  http://www.henandhammock.co.uk/hammock-stand.html

Fabric Hammocks – What’s not to like? Styles

Pick the style to suit the rest of your outdoor decorating scheme, and take the lead from your metal  patio furniture.  If you are going for a retro-rustic look, you will probably want a simple, cheerful hammock in bright cotton.  Large ones can accommodate more than one person and the simple design, without a spreader bar makes them easier to hand and much easier to get in and out of.

If you have cast aluminium outdoor furniture, and the scheme is more traditional, you might want a pretty fringed and tasselled hammock.  Since these (usually in creams or pale shades) look so good empty, they really do enhance a garden, whether they get much use or not. 

For the kind of people who forget to put the bins out, and to bring the hammock in when rain is forecast, consider the advantages of a spreader bar hammock.   They are hung relatively taught and so dry more easily than conventional hammocks.

Where space is at a premium

You can still get the hammock style with a hammock chair.  These have the distinct advantage of being suspended from only one branch.

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