As a researcher, I have researched the topic of hammocks and would like to share this knowledge with you!
“I like to sit in my backyard. I go out on the hammock and sit in silence and kind of meditate. Nature is calming, and it's nice to go out there and clear my head.”
— Devon Werkheiser
Now doesn’t that sound relaxing? Here’s the problem, in this day and age not everyone lives in a big house with a big backyard. Most of us live in small apartments in the city. So, how can we enjoy a relaxing hammock? Do hammocks even work in small spaces? We are going to explore these questions and more. So let’s get swinging!
Can Hammocks Fit in Tight Spaces?
Hammocks come in all shapes and sizes. This makes them very versatile. You can set one up on a stand or hang it in between trees in your yard to enjoy and relax during downtime no matter how small your yard may be.
Don’t have a yard?
Hammocks can even be installed on your porch, still allowing you to enjoy the outdoors while reading a good book, dozing off, or chatting on the phone with your best friend. The great thing about hammocks is that they can be taken down during the winter and easily stored.
If you live in an area where outdoor lounging is not an option, have no fear. Hammocks can be installed indoors as well! In a small apartment or living room, hammocks can be quite versatile. They can be used as a chair, lounger, or even sleeping quarters. They can also greatly contribute to the style and look of a room.
Hammocks can be made out of rustic burlap for a country look; or soft, plush, and velvety fabric for a more luxurious, modern look. Hammocks can be light and airy, or thick and cozy. They also come In all sorts of different sizes and positions.
Hammocks are very versatile as stated above. You can sit in them, lounge in them, and even sleep in them. In order to fit in tight spaces and take up the smallest footprint, there are several options for installation:
The first and most traditional method to hang a hammock is to tie it in between two poles/posts/trees. This is done by taking each end and tying them to different posts. This method takes up the most amount of space and is less convenient than other methods.
Hanging your hammock using wall or ceiling brackets is the second most convenient method of installation. Even though this does involve poking some holes in the walls and or ceiling, it allows for a great use of space. In addition, this method also allows you to remove the hammock from the brackets when your space is needed for other activities. For example, if you live in a studio apartment and use your hammock as a bed, all you have to do after waking is to unhook the hammock, roll it up, and slide it into the closet until needed again. simple, versatile, and a space saver.
The third method is most convenient for apartment renters. It does not require any drilling or nailing. Hanging your hammock from a stand allows you to move it when needed. Even though it is bulkier than hanging it from the wall or ceiling or tying it to two posts, it does provide versatility for renters.
So yes, they do fit well in tight places. Now, you might be thinking, “Why might I want a hammock instead of, say a bean bag chair?”
We have grazed on a few benefits of having a hammock. Now, let’s go a little bit more in depth….
Depending on your method of installation, hammocks are generally easy to take down or move. Think about it, to rearrange your space and change the appearance of your living room, bedroom, or porch, all you have to do is move the small hammock base or put in some new brackets. No more heavy furniture! This makes hammocks great for small spaces and individuals that move frequently.
Due to the fact that you can take down the netting/fabric portion of the hammock, cleaning is a breeze! Unlike a couch or bean bag chair, hammocks are thinner and easier to clean. Crumbs don’t sink in between the cushions and spills don’t soak into the material. You can throw the hammock into the washing machine or simply wipe it off depending on the material. They are also easier to clean under as they hang instead of sit on the floor.
This also gives you more floor space. Since they don’t sit on the floor, hammocks can provide you with extra wall and floor space. In a small room or apartment, this feature becomes quite valuable.
So, not only are hammocks cool and convenient, they also work in small spaces. All that’s left to do isurl up in your hammock with a good book and a cup of tea and enjoy the natural rock of your new favorite place to chill.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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