Hammocks = Perfect Relaxation

Mayan hammock

What could be more relaxing than resting in a hammock beside your favorite lake listening to the waves?

Spend an afternoon in a hammock and you’ll agree that it is a relaxing and joyful experience. Hammocks are the perfect way to get away from your troubles and stress after a long day at work. Many experts recommend the importance of daily relaxation and meditation; they maintain that the opportunity to unwind and relax is healthy and necessary for the body and mind.

Many people experience the comfort of a hammock for the first time while vacationing at a resort, mountain retreat, or tropical paradise. Some purchase a hammock for their own home once they have realized the relaxation and comfort of lying on a hammock. This has increased hammocks popularity in the past few years.

Uses for Hammocks

Hammocks are an excellent way to unwind beside the lake, or in your backyard or garden. Hammocks can also be used for additional seating and will offer a bold, unique design to outdoor living areas. Many people use hammocks inside their homes. They are fun in kids rooms, rec rooms or family rooms. A hammock can become a focal point in for any room of your home.

Hammock History

Hammocks have been around since ancient times. Dating back over 1000 years, hammocks were first made by the Mayan Indians of the Yucatan Peninsula region of Mexico. Their comfort and usefulness has led to a popularity that extends around the globe.

Mayan hammocks are some of  the most popular hammocks sold today. This style comes from Mexico and Central America. Beautiful hand-made hammocks from Brazil, Nicaragua, and many other South American countries are also extremely popular.

Different Styles of Hammocks

Hammocks are available in three different varieties. Each comes in many vibrant colors and weaves.

Rope Hammocks

HammockKnown for their extreme comfort, the rope hammock is usually made from cotton or polyester rope. Rope hammocks can be hung from trees or placed on a hammock stand. Remember that the tighter the weave (the smaller the spaces between the ropes), the more comfortable the hammock will be. If you don’t like the waffle pattern print the rope leaves on your body,  use a pad or blanket on top of the hammock. This will not offer the same natural ventilation, which is one of  the greatest assets of the rope hammock. This ventilation comes from the open weave of the hammock, and is why the rope hammock is perfect for hot and humid areas of the world.

Rope hammocks are extremely sturdy and durable, and can usually hold up to 450 pounds of weight. To prevent mold and mildew, rope hammocks must be treated with a protective spray. This is extremely important in hot and humid weather. Synthetic rope hammocks last longer, and don’t require this protective spray. Cotton hammocks are definitely the most comfortable option.

Fabric Hammocks

Fabric hammocks are low maintenance; they come in cotton, quilted fabric, or mesh. The closed weave of a fabric hammock provides a strong surface, but because of the closed weave can be a bit uncomfortable in hot, humid and sticky weather. These fabric options are often from Brazil.

Fabric hammocks are light weight, making them much simpler to move and set up than rope hammocks. Use a synthetic fabric hammock to repel water;  fabric hammocks soak up any water and moisture. Fabric hammocks are perfect for the yard, deck, or even lakeside.

String Hammocks

The string hammock was the type of hammock made by the Mayan Indians. These hammocks have a web-like design and are hand-woven even today.The string hammock is supportive and extremely flexible; their open weave allows for good ventilation. They are very lightweight and are often used by hunters, hikers, backpackers, or anyone who needs a portable hammock for sleeping.


Hammocks are not only relaxing, they also provide the perfect escape after a long hard day. Choose the type of hammock that suits you, and be prepared to enjoy your hammock day after day. You’ll feel like you’ve been swept away to a tropical paradise!

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