HammocksFew things sum up the idea of a lazy summer day as well as the image of laying in a garden hammock, possibly reading for a while then drifting into sleep under the warm sun. I'm beginning to yawn happily just thinking about it!
What Is A Hammock?A hammock is a temporary, portable sling made from either rope or fabric such as cotton. The two ends are tied to fixed points - usually trees when outdoors - to produce a hanging bed. In some cultures such as Mayan they are regularly used indoors as well.
Companies such as Hatteras, Hennessy and many others sell a wide range in a variety of styles. At the stores you can buy everything from indoor fashion statements to hard-working
Many manufacturers also sell hammock chairs which are designed more for sitting and chatting or reading than for drifting off into sleep.
OriginSo who invented the hammock? The origin of the hammock is uncertain. Early designs would simply have reflected the colour of whatever material was used to produce them - usually natural browns. Today the modern bedroom furniture industry provides them in all colours and shades, from basic black and white to exotic Hawiian patterns.
Safety FirstThe sight of someone falling out of a hammock is often used as a visual gag in TV and movies. In reality it can be painful and even dangerous. Any fall can be dangerous, especially if you land on your back.
Try to buy a quality hammock appropriate to your body size and weight. Check that it's undamaged before use and fix securely. Always read and follow all safety instructions.
Never leave young children unattended near a hammock - as well as climbing on and falling off they are at risk of becoming entangled in the ropes, which may well be at neck height.