Hammocks

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Few things are as comfortable in life as HAMAKI. Whether you're lying on the beach, by the lake, or just in the garden, a hammock provides a high level of relaxation.

Did you know that there are many types of hammocks? There are different types of fabrics that provide different levels of comfort and durability. Some are self-made, while others require some kind of support. Finding the right hammock isn't difficult, as each will provide you with a high level of comfort, but exploring all of your options is a great way to make sure you're getting exactly what you're looking for.

What is a hammock?

Let's start with this: a hammock is a piece of cloth or mesh suspended between two points using a rope, chain, or other material. In modern times, hammocks are typically used for leisure, but over the years they have been used for sleep, among other things. In fact, their use often depends on which part of the world they are used in.

Who created the hammock?

This question can't really be answered unequivocally, but it is known that the hammock has existed in the Americas for a very long time. One of the first Europeans to notice a hammock was Christopher Columbus. During his first visit to the continent, Columbus wrote about Native Americans bringing things to boats for trade. In his notes, he wrote that they came to the ship in the hope that they would "exchange their cotton and the hammocks or nets in which they sleep."

El Salvador

Other cultures also have a long tradition of using a hammock. In El Salvador, the natives used hammocks as a way to protect them from earthquakes. Over time, they became part of the culture, not tied to any single social class. In some parts of the country, locals even celebrate at the annual Hammock Festival. If you visit El Salvador, look around for a good hammock.

Mexico

Further north, the hammock becomes something truly unique and historic. Many villages in the Yucatán create Mayan-style hammocks, even though they are not part of Mayan culture. According to records, the hammock did not appear in the Mayan civilization until a hundred years before the conquistadors decided to invade. In culture and home, hammocks are a big deal. In the Yucatán, they don't hold a hammock festival, but they have them almost everywhere, especially in homes.

Venezuela

A Venezuelan or Brazilian hammock is a work of art. In the jungle, you need to be careful for both your own safety and comfort, and the Venezuelan hammock has this in mind. You are elevated above where all the fearsome reptiles, amphibians and jungle animals like to live, you are protected. In a hammock, you don't have to worry so much about a scorpion sticking its sting into you. In addition, some kind of networks have been created to ensure the safety of sleepers. The hammock is made of breathable material that provides good airflow and prevents moisture accumulation that has an adverse effect on the fabric. A thin net (mosquito net) was also invented to keep mosquitoes and other insects away from the sleeper, which is important in areas where diseases are transmitted.

India

Although not the same as in America, the hammock existed in India in a similar form. However, it was mainly used by children. In the traditional Indian method of Sari, which is a woven piece of cloth worn as a garment by Indian women and used as a hammock for a toddler. This children's hammock concept helps keep them away from very hot places and keeps them safe while they sleep.

Hammocks in modern times

Many hammocks produced today still resemble the old traditional hammocks but offer modern amenities that make them more comfortable and functional. Different styles of hammocks is one thing, but the fact that there are different types of hammocks makes it interesting to say the least.

1. String hammocks

When you first read the word "hammock" at the beginning of this article, an image probably popped into your head. What? Most likely, a rope net attached between two trees was waiting for someone to climb into it and take a little nap. This was a string hammock that is usually made of cotton or polyester ropes and to prevent the user from turning around too much, it has an expansion strip (wooden bar) at each end to help keep the shape flat instead of sagging. Trust me, you don't want a rope hammock without a spreader bar. Of the two materials, cotton is considered more comfortable, but polyester is more durable. Polyester is not prone to mold, while cotton can absorb water, keeping it in place until it starts to cause problems. Since the main body of the fabric is made up of mesh, the rope hammock will not be a good family hammock.

2. Quilted hammocks

My personal favorite, at least in concept, is the quilted hammock. It consists of two layers of fabric stuffed with soft filling and is therefore one of the most comfortable hammocks. This type of hammock is the best alternative to a traditional bed in the bedroom, if you are interested in such a swap. However, it's important to note that while a quilted hammock is soft, it won't be as flexible as, say, a Mayan hammock or any of its variations. For a long hammock, a quilted one may not be the best, and it may be better to choose a different type and add your own layer of softness with a thick blanket or sleeping bag.

3. Mayan Hammocks

Hammocks made in the traditional Mayan style that we wrote about earlier have a high value. Their design allows them to support large amounts of weight, being able to more easily adapt to the dimensions and shapes of the user. And because they don't have a bar, they are very easy to transport. They are also helped by the fact that they can be used in all weather conditions, but they will last the longest outside of the elements. They can be good for traveling, but they will also serve you perfectly in the bedroom.

4. Brazilian and Nicaraguan Hammocks

These two varieties have many similarities to the Mayan hammock. They are constructed from multiple fibers made on a loom, making them very durable and sturdy. They also don't include spreader bars, so it's easier to take them on a trip, although you can find some Brazilian models with a spreader bar if you want. Nicaragua uses a special type of weave that makes it a bit stronger. As in the case of the Mayan hammock, each of them will work great indoors.

5. Hammocks by the pool

If you are in the habit of jumping into a hammock after getting out of the pool, you should consider buying a model that is extremely resistant to moisture. The fabric used to create such a hammock allows the water to evaporate quickly, not allowing it to accumulate and stay in the fibers, which would certainly contribute to the growth of mold. What's more, it's a great way to add visual interest to your backyard pool, just like adding a nice decorative rug in your living room.

Stay safe in the hammock!

Regardless of the type of hammock, it is important to take care of your safety and that of other users. This includes not only maintaining the look and feel of the hammock, but also making sure it is hung in the right way to avoid the risk of injuring yourself or damaging the hammock. To achieve the optimal result, you need to make sure that the distance between the two suspension points is adequate and in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. The hammock should be attached to something very sturdy, such as a wall with hooks if indoors, or fence posts or a tree in the garden. Also, remember about the right mounting height so that you do not end up on the ground when you enter the hammock.

Assembling the hammock

There are many ways to lift a hammock into the air. You can drive hooks and dowels into posts, trees, walls, and similar heavy-duty structures. There are also less durable and less invasive options, for example, hanging on a tree with straps and ropes, so as not to damage the bark of the tree, we strongly recommend straps, for ropes you can use home-made pads. You can also use a dedicated hammock stand made of wood or steel. These stands are easy to assemble and can be easily moved with ease to any location. On a clear day, you can put it in the sun to sunbathe or in the shade if it's too hot. And when rain clouds appear, you can further hammock it by moving it to the porch or terrace. The key to secure attachment is to make sure you have enough space for the hammock and that the mounting hardware can handle the weight it is designed for. Usually, all of this information can be found in the documentation that comes with the product, so be sure to take a look at it and read it carefully. If you're going to mount your hammock on posts driven into the ground, there are a few things you need to consider. For optimal strength, the posts should be metal or wood and should be buried at least 50 to 70 centimeters in the ground and then secured with cement. Thanks to this, everyone who finds themselves on the hammock will not pull the posts out of the ground, which would gradually lead to their complete extrusion.

Don't buy twice!

You can buy a hammock in almost every DIY store during the season, but are they the best? According to the opinions of our customers, they are not worth anything and did not last even one season, we also did a test and we strongly advise against buying a hammock from a "nameless" brand that produces them in China for a supermarket chain. For less than 150 PLN, you can only buy a product that looks like a hammock. Our store offers all branded hammocks available on the European market, these are handmade products by specialized artisans from Colombia, Brazil, Mexico and India. Made to techniques passed down from generation to generation, very durable and comfortable hammocks for years. Brands that we can particularly recommend are: La Siesta, Amazonas, Koala, Hamaca and Jobek.

Hammock chairs

One of the biggest problems people have with hammocks is getting into them. Climbing up to them can be a lesson in patience and a real test. The trick is to sit on the edge of the hammock and then lie down on it. If for some reason you are not able to get through this stage (physical conditions, illness or disability), a good solution will be to buy a hammock chair. Hammock chairs are an interesting proposition for those who want to feel floating without having to lie down. They typically only need a single hanging point in the ceiling or on a tree branch to attach to and are extremely convenient.

Special hammocks

There are also other types of unique or specialized hammocks that I don't think I'll ever have the courage to try to lie down in. I once saw giant nets used as hammocks. Networks similar to those found under a trapezoid in a circus. They are large and can accommodate many people, making them great for a garden for many family members. Others are still designed for safety. Climbers sometimes use special hammocks to sleep on the cliff if they need a break or sleep. It is certainly a breathtaking rest. I'm guessing they have to be careful not to get up and make it to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

How to get the most out of your hammock

To really enjoy your hammock and avoid any possible negative side effects such as aches and pains, there are a few tips to keep in mind. Whether it's common sense or not, these are suggested ways to make sure your relaxation is top-notch.

Tip 1: Proper suspension is the most important thing. If your hammock is hung badly, you may find that you are unable to lie down properly in it and you will find that it will not adapt to you as it should.

Tip 2: Second, don't forget the toppings. You may think you need a pillow, but if you use a pillow in bed, you'll need one in your hammock as well. You'll probably also need something to cover yourself with, whether it's a blanket or a sleeping bag.

Tip 3: The laying angle is also very important. When looking at the hammock, it's easy to see where your head and feet should be. It is not advisable to lie parallel to the hammock. It should be arranged diagonally so that you can stretch and expand the hammock, giving yourself a huge amount of space.

Tip 4: Because hammocks are designed to provide good airflow, especially those that are South American-style, it's easy to get cold. Use a sleeping bag or blanket to wrap yourself up, this will keep you warm and at the same time protect you from any bugs and mosquitoes.

Life in a Hammock

Whether you're spending your free time by the sea, relaxing in your garden and on your terrace, or using your hammock as a bed, these wonders of human ingenuity are truly amazing. The hammock is light enough to take anywhere, strong enough to hold more people, and comfortable enough to use every day. With all the options in mind, choosing the perfect hammock isn't difficult. In many situations, one of the Central American hammocks will be the perfect choice, but there's nothing wrong with choosing a more traditional mesh model if that's going to be your favorite. All that's really important is to find the best way to lie down, kick off your shoes and enjoy some time for yourself. Hammocks are great places to read books, listen to music, enjoy nature, or just sleep through the night.

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