Garden Hammock Swing – Go Green in Comfort
With a garden hammock swing you open up a whole new avenue of comfort when out enjoying the quiet beauty of nature. There's something just so wonderful about laying back in a hammock swing and looking up at the clouds in the sky, almost like you're flying up there yourself. At the same time you can be surrounded by lush foliage to keep you grounded, as well as to create a wonderful calm.
Fragrant and beautiful flowers around the garden bring wonderful sensations as you relax in your garden hammock. What better way to spend a peaceful afternoon, enjoying the beauty of your plants that you've worked so hard to care for and nurture.
Garden hammocks come in many styles, and what's most suitable for your garden may vary quite a bit depending on what plants you grow. For those with large trees around their garden, traditional hammocks that can be strung up between them make a lot of sense. For gardens without such formidable features, a free standing hammock may be a better fit. Whichever way you go though, you're sure to have the perfect place to escape to to clear your head, relax, and maybe even take a nap.
Choosing a Style that Fits
Every garden is different, and so to are the requirements for accessories and furniture. A tropical garden would suggest a Mayan hammock. Less like a traditional hammock, and more like a cocoon, these hammocks are often brightly colored and very lightweight in their construction. The lack of a cross-member means the hammock is free to wrap around the body, rather than being kept open by a piece of wood at each end.
More traditional hammocks also can go well in gardens of other types. Rope hammocks are well suited for the garden environment. Fabric hammocks can also do well in such a location, but some types of fabric may not hold up well when constantly exposed to the weather.
Hammock swings for the garden tend to be a less common choice. More common are the 3 seater hammock swings that often have a canopy overhead to protect them from the weather. These really aren't hammocks at all, but the seats are supported by a lattice of rope or string, and so that's where they get the name from. There are hammock chairs and swings though, made just like a hammock except woven in a different form so that they support sitting rather than laying.
Further Material Differences in Hammocks
There aren't a whole lot of components in a hammock. They are such simple items, it's amazing just how comfortable they can be with so little going on. Perhaps that is part of it though, nothing to get in the way of relaxing.
Other than the choice of rope or fabric, the only other real difference in hammock construction is the crosspiece. This is often made of wood like teak or even cypress, but there are a lot of other materials that can be used as well.
Metal crosspieces are an interesting choice that can work well due to the high strength to weight ratio. Similarly, bamboo can be used for a hammock crosspiece, and looks very good in that function. For a garden, bamboo would almost always be a much better choice.
With a rope hammock swing in your garden, you might consider adding a cushion to it to make it even more comfortable. Rope tends to be somewhat uncomfortable if you sit in the hammock for long periods of time, as the lines will bite into your skin since the support isn't even.
Another possibility is to add a cover to the hammock. This essentially turns a rope hammock into a fabric one, only supported by the rope below. With easily interchangeable covers, this can be a great way to introduce new looks to your garden over time, or even to match the colors to the seasons.
Upgrade to a Garden Hammock Swing Seat
Sometimes a regular hammock just isn't big enough to allow for comfortable sitting. Hammock chairs tend to close in around you, and are only good for one person at a time in any case. Larger hammock swing sets can facilitate two or even three people in comfort.
A benefit of the swing sets is that they often come with a canopy. This cover helps ward off the hot and potentially harmful rays of the sun, so you can relax in cool and comfort. This is great for gardens without a lot of shade trees, and can really make spending time out in your garden possible during those hot summer months.
As Time Passes By, So Do the Shadows
The lack of shade, or it's tendancy to move, can play havoc with other types of hammocks. A perfectly comfortable spot might end up hot and sweltering after just a few minutes as the shadows move across the ground.
One way to combat this is to go for portable hammock stands rather than to tie yourself off to a tree. This way you can preserve the ability to move your hammock around the garden as the shade dictates.
Of course, when going this route it's a good idea to make sure the stand is actually portable. Some types, like a roman arc hammock frame, may be much too bulky and heavy for one person to comfortably move around the yard.
There is a delicate balance to be struck here though, as the more portable types are often not much to look at. You don't want to be undermining the beauty of your garden by introducing cheap and ugly looking folding metal frames for your hammock. So bear in mind that it's both functionality and style that matters.