As if we needed an excuse to lounge away an afternoon, today is National Hammock Day, so put the electronics away, grab your sunscreen, and allow yourself some quiet time in the fresh air. If you have a hammock waiting for you … why are you still here? If you don’t have one, here are a few recommendations to have you prepared for next year.
Learn the Ropes
A quintessential piece in the grand scheme of summer relaxation, the rope hammock is the most popular choice. It offers a classic look, hardwood spreader bars, and built-in ventilation. This Island Bay 13 ft. XL Rope Hammock and Pillow has a 450 lb. weight capacity so the kids could join you, too. We won’t tell them if you won’t. This one’s available in cotton or polyester to suit your environment.
Quilted for Comfort
Quilted hammocks offer a solid fabric bed for a firmer approach to hammock use. Quilted hammocks are especially ideal for the fall or spring seasons when temps are a little lower and airflow isn’t as much of a concern, but it’s a fine choice for summer, too. The crisp stripes of the Island Bay 13 ft. Nautical Quilted Hammock make it a refreshing option.
Hand Woven Hammocks
Crafted the old fashioned way, Mazatlan, Mayan, Nicaraguan, and Brazilian hammocks offer more than a spot to relax. You also get a work of art, hand-crafted by a skilled artisan in the hammock’s country of origin. We especially love the XL Mazatlan Mayan Hammock for its beauty. They say you should lie in this hammock diagonally or vertically for the best support, but we think it’s so you can take in all the beautiful colors and handiwork.
Somewhere between quilted and hand woven lies the fabric hammock. Most fabric hammocks with spreader bars are quick drying so they’re perfectly suited to life by the pool. Those without spreader bars are designed for a life between two trees. We’re particularly fond of the UltraLight Portable Travel Hammock. It folds up to practically pocket-size, dries quickly, and is made of breathable, flexible material.
Hayneedle was built on hammocks. This Hammock Day, we’re proud to pay homage to the product that brought us all here.
– Lisa, hayneedle.com editor