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Today is National Hammock Day!

Today is National Hammock Day!

Jul 21 2015

Dog resting on a hammock 

If you’ve always dreamed of having your own hammock to while away the hours, rest assured that there are many possibilities to make one a part of your outdoor space. Whether you go the traditional route, purchase a hammock stand, or make your own DIY hammock from scratch, there are plenty of options that will let you enjoy a relaxing day out in the sun (or an evening under the stars). The best place to start if you do plan on incorporating a hammock into your outdoor space is by assessing the type of hammock that will fit best into your yard. 

The most traditional hammock styles, which are hung in trees, are not an option for most homeowners. These hammocks require a strong base and trees that are sturdy enough to withstand the weight of at least two people. That’s not to mention the fact that the trees have to be the right distance from one another and of a similar size for a hammock to even be a possibility. If an in-tree hammock strikes your fancy, there are alternative options available, such as hammock “pods” that need only one sturdy tree to be hung. Examine plenty of options before settling on any hammock, and don’t fret if you don’t have the trees available to hang a more traditional hammock. There are still plenty of options out there. 

A hammock stand, constructed of either wood or metal, provides a firm foundation for a hammock in your yard. One of the best aspects of using a hammock stand is that they can move around. However, more permanent hammock stands can be constructed if you prefer. Those with old playground equipment or who have previously had a hanging swing in their outdoor space may find their existing setup to be perfect for converting into space for a hammock as well.

Relaxing hammock 

Keep in mind that a hammock can be as large or as small as you want it to be. While the traditional hammock has space for about one person to stretch out under the summer sun, other options may allow two or more people to relax. Likewise, you can find smaller hammocks that function as chairs. 

Finally, those with a DIY bent may be inspired to make their own hammock for their outdoor space. An old trampoline, wood pallets, or any other sturdy base can be used to create a swinging hammock, while a good set of chains and hooks along with some sturdy canvas or netting are enough materials for the creation of a simple, traditional hammock.

Whether you are looking for a simple, temporary hammock solution for an outdoor space or you want to incorporate a hammock into an overall patio design, there are plenty of options available. Celebrate National Hammock Day by planning out the perfect way to incorporate a hammock into your outdoor space.  

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