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Hammock Buying Guide

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We're happy to run regular sweepstakes for FREE products. Congratulations to our most recent winner, Teressa Poirier from Varennes, Quebec!

She wins a brand new Brazilian Double Hammock. Here is a picture of Teressa chilling out in her new hammock.

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It's more than just a camping Hammock- it's also the perfect travel accessory. "One Weird Globe" reviews our Parachute Expedition Hammock and tells us why here.

There are 101 Ways to Hang your Hammock - Which technique works best for you?



Hanging your hammock in the right place and in the right way is a personal and practical choice that can mean the difference between relaxing and relaxing. You can hang your hammock between two trees in your favorite shady lawn spot, between rafters, on a porch - even in your bedroom using straps, wall hooks, a hammock stand or a combination of methods.

Hanging your hammock boils down to three key steps:

1. Ensure you have sufficient height and hanging distance;
2. Pick a location (there can be more than one!);
3. Choose a hanging method.

It really is that easy!

Keep in mind when choosing a spot that you will need some basic equipment. All hammocks can be hung from trees, anchored posts, stands and even from wall & ceiling wood studs. An easy and convenient alternative is using hammock tree straps, but if you choose the more traditional hanging route, you'll want a tape measure to determine distance & height, a drill as well as your hanging hooks (i.e. this hanging kit). If you can't find those perfectly spaced trees, we offer hammock stands that solve the problem.

STEP 1: Determine Height and Distance


Hammocks usually need anywhere from 10 to 15 feet of space to stretch out. Your needs will be based on the size and style of your hammock.

When it comes to spreader-bar hammocks, a rule of thumb is to measure the distance based on the length of the hammock. A good quality spreader-bar hammock is usually 13 feet long - so you need a distance of at least 13 feet between hanging points. Ideally, you could have a few extra feet to adjust the hammock tension based on the relaxer's preference (some like it flatter, some like it more arched). If your chosen spot is longer than the length of the hammock, hanging straps or extra lengths of chain or rope do the trick.

Hammocks with no spreader bars are more versatile because they are designed to hang with a slumped arch rather than flat. They can be hung between points slightly shorter than their length, which makes them suitable for a wide variety of environments.

Hammock height is another important consideration.. keep in mind that hammocks stretch quite a bit after use, so you need to leave sufficient clearance to avoid surprises down the line (nobody likes to touch the ground while relaxing :). This handy table shows you exactly how high to set you straps or hooks:



STEP 2: Where to Hang your Hammock


As long as you have sufficient distance and height- you're good to go anywhere! Pick your favorite spot that will induce total relaxation bliss. With the right atmosphere, laying in a hammock, for a few minutes, can make life perfect. Put some thought into whether you prefer sun or shade; what you'll see when you slowly open your eyes from that restful nap and whether you're far enough from noise distractions such as road traffic, etc..

STEP 3: Choose a Hanging Method

With Hammock Tree Straps

Straps are by far and away the simplest and quickest way to hang your hammock. The advantage of straps is that they can be adjusted for distance, won't damage your trees (they also work on posts) and can be brought anywhere as they're lightweight and compact (ideal for camping).

With Hanging Hardware

This is another popular hanging method. What you need is 2 good wall anchors (usually j-hooks), 2 lengths of chain (we recommend about 1.5 feet long) and 2 large s-hooks. The beauty of this system is that adjusting the hammock tension takes seconds (simply move the s-hooks up or down the chain). Folks hanging their hammocks indoors as bed replacements from wood beams usually use this system.

With Rope

Simple... 2 lengths of strong rope looped around the hammock end-loops and secured to a strong tree will do the trick. Low-tech, yes... but easy & effective!

On a Hammock Stand

This is the easiest of all. Stands are already geared for hanging- so all you need is the Hammock & you're ready to go. If purchasing both hammock and stand from us, you have all the hanging gear required.. however if you buy one of our stands (with the exception of the Universal Stand, which requires no hardware), and plan to use your own hammock, you'll need 2 lengths of chain + s-hooks for hanging.

A Few other Creative Hanging Spots...

From the Ceiling

Why not hang your hammock from the ceiling? The procedure here is similar to post hanging - just make sure the beam you've chosen can handle the weight. Use a finder to locate the the beam (If the beam is exposed it's even easier!). Drill a pilot hole for both locations and screw in the bolt and hook. If your hammock needs more distance, just add chain or rope to achieve the desired length.

Combinations

You can also hang your hammock between a tree and a solid building wall, between two buildings, between two vehicles, or between a vehicle and a tree. If you have a solid roof rack and enough height you can pull your car up to a tree, tie the strap around the tree and roof rack and relax. You can do the same thing between two cars - just separate them at the distance you need and get ready for some R&R.

  Hanging Method   Pros   Cons
 Hammock Tree Straps
  • Lightweight & compact (great for camping)
  • Won't harm trees
  • Adjustable for any distance
  • Can't use them on walls
 With Hanging Hardware
  • Solid hold
  • Can be used on walls & ceilings
  • Easy adjustable distance via chains
  • Not mobile
  • Can harm trees
 With Rope
  • Everyone has rope!
  • Won't harm trees
  • Must secure good knots and ensure very tight loops for solid hold- not as easy as with straps
 On a Hammock Stand
  • Mobile, chase the sun!
  • Lots of different styles
  • Look fantastic and become part of backyard or home decor
  • No measuring
  • Easy set-up
  • Not great for camping
  • Requires space

A chiropractor can do wonders for working out those kinks that result from daily activity or waking up on the wrong side of the bed - but you have to keep returning if you want those benefits to stick.

A hammock can be your best buddy and help you reduce or even eliminate those costly chiropractor visits.

Sleeping in a hammock delivers a very different kind of relaxation than sleeping in a bed. Because hammocks hang, they’re incorporating gravity to support only your body weight, rather than battling gravity like a mattress does.

This super flexible kind of support can reduce strain on pressure points like hips, ribs and vertebrae. Your weight is distributed evenly, while the fabric molds to your body naturally.

Take the hammock nappers' challenge

Next time you feel a bit sleepy, do a test: try out your hammock instead of your mattress. Slip in to your hammock and give it a gentle rock. Make sure to lie down diagonally, and make slight adjustments until you feel close to weightless.

That’s the magic spot.

Before you know it you’ll be rocked into a gentle sleep, and our guess is you’ll wake up feeling fantastic. Post your results on our blog and let us know how your back feels - we love compiling hammock stats!

Instead of going back to the chiropractor, just start paying regular visits to your hammock – it’s a lot cheaper and more relaxing! Not only are you likely to get better and deeper sleep, you’re also likely to wake up less stiff and less sore – ready to face the day.

Check out our latest weaves and styles and pick a colour to go with your decor. Hammocks that work well for sleeping are Mayan Hammocks, Brazilian Hammocks and Nicaraguan Hammocks. Whether you’re using your hammock for napping, a good night’s sleep or sleeping off the effects of a bad night, the gentle sway and ultimate comfort is sure to put you in a great mood!

Philippe Bourdeau
"Relaxation in Chief"

Thank you so much for all the Hammock photos you submitted for our contest- we're truly overwhelmed!

The bitter-sweet feeling for us at this stage is that we couldn't pick more winners. It was such a close call in the end, with over 20 photos chosen as "finalists". I would like personally extend my gratitude and thanks to all who participated! Your pictures were wonderful and inspirational, reminding us how something as simple as a Hammock can make a profound quality-of-life difference.

Below are the winning submissions.

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 backyard hammock

"Love my Hammock !!!"
Robert S. , St. Catharines, ON.

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travel hammock hawai

"Hi, you refer to your Parachute hammock as a "camping hammock", but we refer to it as our Travel hammock and take it with us wherever we go. And we only take carry-on luggage!! This photo was taken on the island of Hawaii, Hawaii (aka, the Big Island) at a volcanic lava-flow lagoon just outside the town of Kona. Your hammock tree straps held perfectly on the only two palm trees in sight."
Bruce Chortel, Alberta, CA

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child hammock in bedroom

My son's room is small and he was finding that he didn't have enough room to spread out when he wanted to build/create. We decided to get rid of his bed and replaced it with one of your hammocks. His hammock is so comfortable that everyone in the house uses it for reading and for naps. We also took it camping last summer and it was a great hit.My son has been sleeping in his hammock for over a year and has a comfortable, peaceful sleep every night. I encourage others to consider this option. It is a natural way of sleeping and has made a great addition to our home"
Monique & Oscar, Ottawa, ON.

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hammock chair with stand

Miti & James, Ontario, CA

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson dropped in on our "popify" store this past weekend and relaxed (even if for 30 seconds!) in our Hammock. Way to go Jim! :)

We're happy to take part in Shopify's "Popify" event! Front-page Ottawa Citizen story HERE

And here's our interview with CTV where I attempt to explain the future of e-commerce (a movie star I am not! :).

Relaxer in Chief Phil presents a few Hammocks on CTV morning live.

Hammock-Office

What do hammocks have to do with productivity, you might ask?

Every week I take time out of my busy schedule to slowwwwww down and read non-fiction for a couple of hours.

As you probably know, a few days ago was St. Paddy's day, but instead of going out with the revellers (like I usually do), I finished reading a good book called "Master Life Faster" by Paul Lem. One snippet was particularly insightful:

"A Japanese study showed that a student group that napped for 20 minutes between work sessions were sharper, less fatigued, and performed better than a group that rested in a chair for the same time."

Now, who woulda thunk that smart siestas are productivity enhancers?

Well, it will come as no surprise that we at Hammock Universe are huge believers in the "mid-day siesta". Although it might sound insane at first, we consider Hammocks in the office a productivity tool. A healthy, rested mind is a productive mind...

Let's face it, we all have time chunks in our day where we aren't particularly productive and laying in a Hammock for even 20 minutes is a recipe to break through that wall. Companies like Google understand this (they have hammocks in most of their offices)- the mainstream just hasn't caught up yet.

Do you agree? Would you try to talk your boss into setting up hammocks at the office? Let us know what you think by commenting on this post or on our Facebook Page.

All the best & Happy Relaxing,

Camron Sabour
"Relaxation Engineer"

P.S. I wrote this post from my office Hammock.

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