Buying a Hammock: The Dog Days of Summer

Buying a hammock can be a perfect complement to your outdoor furniture collection. They’re as comfortable as they are easy to maintain, and within a few minutes in one, it’s quite possible that you’ll quickly drift away into glorious slumber.

The hammock—be it the type that hangs between two trees or one that comes with a prefabricated stand for stability—is essential for warm weather comfort. Swaying toward Nap Land on a breezy Saturday is just one of the hammock’s calling cards.

Here are four different hammock styles:

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Standard Double Hammock

Secured normally between two trees or posts, the standard double hammock comes in a variety of materials – from canvas to mesh to rope. Try to select an area with plenty of shade (unless you’re working on a tan) avoid setting it up where it is too high from or too low to the ground.

Buying a hammock
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Hammock with Stand

If you’re light on secured posts or trees, many hammock models come with prefabricated stands, usually constructed of steel. In many cases, they are also built from waterproof wood, like bamboo. Art Van carries a variety of this style. These hammocks can set up on a deck, patio, porch – you name it.

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Brazilian Hammock

Generally longer and wider in its dimensions, Brazilian-style hammocks allow those in repose to lie diagonally or in some cases, east-to-west (as opposed to the typical north-to-south position) across the middle of the hammock. The greater length and width, allows for users to establish a deep sag in the middle.

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Cocoon Hammock

Sometimes referred to as hanging chairs or hanging teepees, cocoons have a teardrop design. Aside from the entry point, cocoon hammocks have fabric walls akin to a tent. You can climb in and chill, while being shielded from the elements yet still able to feel the breeze and listen to nature. They can accommodate a single person, or a small family.

Now that you know your options for buying a hammock, which is your favorite?

Block Party

Create a sense of community by throwing an outdoor party. Enjoyment is the key here, so let formality have the night off. In its place serve up a bounty of delicious fare mixed with the good company of your neighbors and friends.

Instead of the usual beer, burgers, and brats, try serving up mojitos, quesadillas, and tacos. Put out galvanized tubs filled with ice-cold bottles of Corona (don’t forget to keep bottle openers, towels, and lime wedges nearby). Or set up a self-serve margarita bar decked out with different colored sugars and a few recipe ideas for any guests that need a little inspiration. And just because this is a casual fiesta doesn’t mean you can forget your manners. So make sure you have at least one non-alcoholic option for your teetotaling amigos.

Your linens should reflect the fun, casual atmosphere of the event, so look for bold colors and strong patterns to deck out your dining area. When choosing glassware and serving pieces, pick something that echoes the party theme, but is also durable (think acrylic).

Finally, enrich the experience by stringing up some lights, turn up Los Lobos and go loco.

Fantastic food. Fabulous friends. We wouldn’t hammock it any other way.