It is hard to imagine a more comfortable piece of outdoor furniture. For the Mayans, their supposed inventors, hammocks offered an easy, elevated place to rest away from tropical insects and other creatures. They were also much more comfortable than the ground, as well as cooler, allowing air and breezes to envelope the hammock user.
You can bring all the ancient comfort and function of a hammock to your deck or patio. There are several types of hammocks to choose, from Quilted to Brazilian to hammock chairs. Most popular to decks and patios, however, are American—or Patio—hammocks.
Patio hammocks come in two main styles: rope and fabric. White cotton rope hammocks are easily the most popular. Fabric hammocks are usually made from polyester or canvas. Type of material is the only real difference between the two. Patio hammocks are typically equipped with spreader bars, which keep the hammock somewhat taut for easy in-and-out access, a key feature for patios geared toward entertainment.
American hammocks also usually come with stands. This makes them maneuverable as well as practical, considering that most decks and patios are not equipped with trees to hang a hammock from. Although, if you keep a hammock in mind when designing your patio, it is not too difficult to make a fixed patio hammock work. But again, the maneuverability of a hammock stand is a powerful advantage.
Hammocks also fair well with themed patio designs, most obviously with the beach or Tiki hut motif.
Purchasing a patio hammock is simple. They can easily be found online from a variety of sources. Hammock brands include Hatteras, Hennessy, and the Hammock Source—distributor of several hammock brands.
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