• Enhance your outdoor living with a hammock

    If you are wanting to create an oasis of relaxation in your backyard garden furniture is good start, but if you truly want to portray a relaxed and inviting setting then you can’t go past a hammock gently swaying in the breeze.

    Nothing says ‘relax’ better than a gently swinging hammock and a little time in one is sure to help lighten any stress or worry from the day.

    Whether this is between your two favourite trees in your backyard, or from a free standing frame on your deck there are many options to enjoy and enhance your outdoor living spaces.

    Which hammock should you select

    • Traditional hammock; Nothing quite instills that feeling of tranquility like a traditional Mexican hammock. The instantly recognisable banana shape curve hanging between trees or posts always brings a great reaction from guests. It’s like a big sign that basically says ‘hey, grab a drink a book and come over here, take a load of, I’ll look after you!’ You’ll often hear children exclaim ‘wow, they have a hammock, can we have a turn?’ Mexican hammocks are a great option for garden hammocks for many reasons including being one of the most comfortable hammocks in world. Handwoven in a unique diamond pattern with many many cords they support and cradle your whole body. The high number of body and suspension cords is a factor in the ability of Mexican hammocks to support much higher weights than other types of hammocks. Your weight is evenly distributed across the whole hammock meaning you don’t have any pressure points and can relax for hours on end without getting any sore body parts! The open weave pattern is very small, so the cords will not dig into your skin like cheaper rope hammocks while also providing the benefit of allowing air to circulate around your body, preventing overheating and sweating. The most comfortable Mexican hammocks are made from cotton cord, with nylon support arms for greater strength and durability. With these style of hammocks the best and most comfortable way to lie in them is on an angle across the hammock allowing the hammock material to spreader out under you. Due to the natural cotton these hammocks do require protection from the elements when not in use to really get the best longevity out of them. Well care for Mexican hammocks have been know to last anywhere from 10-20 years. But leave them outside all year round and that might be as long as they last.Mexican woven hammock on patio
    • Resort style hammock; Just like those pictures on the travel ads for Fiji! Open and inviting, resort style hammocks can really enhance the decor of your outdoor area. While a traditional hammock may be off to the side or under some trees, the attractive design and look of the resort style hammocks make a great option for a centerpiece. Very visually appealing these hammocks are a great option for purpose built pergolas and palapas, covered decks or in gardens. Some people worry about flipping out in these types of hammocks, but really all it takes is a little bit of care to enter and exit. Simply sit back into the centre of the hammock, let it take your weight and then swing your legs around onto the hammock and recline! Suitable for hanging from stands or trees/posts. Sometimes referred to as spreader bar hammocks or North American hammocks, these hammocks come with a wooden spreader bar at each end to keep the woven body of the hammock open and inviting. Our Mexican resort hammocks are woven in the same method as our traditional hammocks, but come in a thicker grade of material, still providing the same great comfort.Mexican Resort Hammock on Beach
    • Chair hammocks; If you want the same comfort and feeling of relaxation of a full size hammock but are short on space then a chair hammock is a perfect option. Quick and easy to hang from a single fixed overhead point, whether a tree branch or beam there are many options to hang your hammock chair. Chair hammocks work well in gardens hanging from tree branches and can encourage you to use and enjoy parts of you garden you might not normally spend time in. If you are limited on space or in an apartment they work well in balconies, either from an overhead hanging fixture or using a free standing metal stand. If you have a covered outdoor area with overhead beams a chair hammock is a great option. You could even hang a couple and enjoying chilling out with a friend. They are a nice social option as you can sit upright and more easily carry on with conversations around you. Even on a wet day it really is a lovely experience gently swaying in you chair hammock from cover while watching the rain come down. Our Mexican chair hammocks are a XL size so you can either enjoy them sitting up, or recline back fully with you feet stretched out.Green cotton hammock chair
    • Colours; While natural white is a lovely neutral colour and looks great, there are many other colour options for a hammock. From natural greens and blue, through to two tone or multiple colour variations. Hammock colours can really allow you express yourself with some bright colours and funky designs. Or should you wish to maintain a similar decor with your home and garden then you can choose something to compliment your scheme. Our range of Mexican hammocks come in many different colour variations, from out set of 12 popular colours options through to unique ‘one off’ colour combinations woven by skilled crafts-person weavers.Multi-coloured hammocks
    • Material; Often various hammocks will come in a range of different materials. Each will have it’s own benefits and some will suit your needs better than others. For pure comfort cotton is always the best choice. A lovely soft feel to the touch and on your skin. It stretches and molds to your body shape the best. Other materials include synthetic material such as nylon. This has the benefit of slightly better durability in that it is quick drying and can resist the elements better. Nylon hammocks do have a firmer feel than cotton hammocks and while still very comfortable will not have the same degree of stretch and comfort. Both types of hammocks will still wear down with constant exposure to the elements, but will respond well to being well cared for and being kept inside when not in use.

     

    Incorporating a hammock into your outdoor living space

    • Pagoda, Pergola or Palapa; why not improve an already attractive looking outdoor feature of your home by adding hammock fixings and a hammock. You’ve got shelter and shade and with installed hanging hooks it’s simply a matter of hooking up then un-hooking and putting your hammock inside when you are done. These can work well for resort, chair and traditional hammocks.Garden chair hammocks
    • Tree planting; this is a bit of a longer term solution, but pick out a couple of attractive, strong and fast growing trees at your local garden store and plant 4.5m apart. Give it a few years and you have your own home grown hammock supports. If you already have established trees in your garden, then just check which ones look strong enough and are well spaced apart. For Mexican hammocks you need approx 4m of space as this will give you a good hang shape and allow room for adjustment as your wear in your hammock and the material stretches. If using trees, look for some tree friendly hanging options such as tree straps and take them down at the end of the season so they don’t damage your trees. Always take care to ensure your tree is strong and healthy. Never hang your hammock from a dead or rotten tree for obviously safety reasons.Hanging a hammock between two trees
    • Decking; the classic Kiwi deck is one of the best places to enjoy and setup a hammock. With good indoor/outdoor flow the fridge isn’t too far away! If you have a covered deck you may already have posts set in place or overhead beams you can hang from. Alternatively decks are a great option for hammock stands. A solid steel or wood stand can stay outside all summer and you can bring you hammock in and out whenever you are using it. Many stands like our arc and curved shaped stands are very attractive features in themselves and can really improve the look of your deck space. A quality stand and hammock well setup can even help your chances of a home sale should you be on the market as it portrays that great outdoor relaxed lifestyle feel.Freestanding hammock stand on deck
    • BBQ area and Bar; Hammock chairs are a fantastic unique and very comfortable option for outdoor bbq areas and home bars. An outdoor (or indoor) horse shoe shaped bar surrounded by hanging hammock chairs is about as good as it gets! Just imagine gently hanging around with a fine beer and good company. Hammocks and chair hammocks can also provide extra setting when you have guests and keep the kids entertained while you fire up the barbie!
    • Poolside; Poolside hammocks are one of life’s true luxuries! Recline, relax, swim, repeat. Setting up a hammock poolside can be achieved through using a hammock stand or if you want to get really fancy you can incorporate hammock posts into your pool when you are having it built. You could even create a shallow area from where you can climb direct into the hammock from the water and hang your feet in while you relax.Hammocks hanging over swimming pool

    How to hang a hammock in your outdoor setting

    Trees/Posts/Beams; if you are hanging from any of these options then tree straps or rope are a good convenient option. Tree straps simply wrap around the tree or post locking themselves in place with your weight and come with ‘s’ shaped hooks from which your hammock loop ends attach to. This makes it quick and easy to put up and take down you hammock. You can leave your rope or tree straps in place also for the next use. Just don’t leave them so long that they start digging into a growing tree.

    Other options for posts and beams are installing fixed hook systems. Such as screw eye hooks from which you can then attach ‘s’ hooks or rope between them and hammock ends. These make for a very solid long term hanging solution. When hanging this way it’s always between to go a little further apart and higher than you need and make up the distance with rope so as to give space to adjust the hang shape or you hammock. Cotton hammocks will also stretch with use so having space to adjust is very handy.

    Hammock stands; if you are short on trees and posts then hammock stands are a very good option. All you need is an area of level ground, whether a concreted patio, deck or lawn space. Look for quality long lasting steel or wood frames. When comparing stands that may look similar look for details such as weight of the frame and support weight, thickness of the steel and finish coating if possible. Obviously a heavier, thicker frame is going to be more sturdy and longer lasting with a good quality finish.

    Over time both metal and wood frames do require attention. For wooden hammock frames this is usually a sand and re-coat of oil or varnish every 6-12 months to help protect the wood. For metal hammock stands, there is usually very little maintenance required. If you live in a beach location though, regular washing down of the sand/salt can be a good idea. Also any little scratches that penetrate the paint can be touched or with metal paint. You can even re-spray you whole stand if you wish every few years to keep it looking brand new, or perhaps change the colour. For either type, disassembling and storing over winter is a good idea to enhance the longevity of your stand.

    Most hammock stands should come with the necessary attachments such as hooks and chains for you to quickly and easily attach you hammock without having to buy any other accessories. It is important to check the dimensions of a hammock stand you are looking to purchase as some are not suited for popular longer length Central and South American style hammocks. Our range of hammock stands have been custom designed to fit our range of Mexican hammocks and are made to very high standards to ensure long term enjoyment.

     

    Hanging a hammock at home creates an inviting relaxing environment. Aswell as providing comfort and a place to escape you can really draw on your existing landscaping to create a welcoming garden or modernise the feel of your outdoor living space. Should you need any help in developing a appealing, relaxing and welcoming environment talk to us at the Mexican Hammock Store or a landscape garden about how a hammock can work for you. Here are a few other resources for ideas to create a hammock environment in your own space.

  • Add Value to your Home with a Hammock

    We recently had a lovely email from a repeat customer buying her second hammock after the first helped her secure a sale on her home.

    Her beautiful bright tequila sunrise hammock really helped to provide a relaxing environment and so much so that the buyer requested the hammock be left on the property as part of the sales conditions!

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    Hey there,

    I thought you would be amused that I just ordered a hammock identical to one I ordered about 2 years ago.  The reason I had to order the second hammock is that I just sold my house.  My hammock was hanging outside, and the new buyers had one request for the purchase of my house. They asked that I leave the hammock behind.  I had plans for that hammock at my new house, but didn’t want to disappoint the buyers so I’m doing as they asked and leaving them my old hammock (and buying a replacement one).
    Thanks for helping create a homey atmosphere at my house, and adding to the value of the property 😉
    Cheers

    Not only did the Mexican hammock help contribute to the lovely relaxing atmosphere but it also added value to the property!

    If you have been to a lot of open homes you are surely aware the difference a good impression can make. A messy, cluttered house is a quick turn off for most buyers. They want to imagine themselves living and enjoying their new home. So if you are in the process of selling your home as well as presenting your home beautifully on the inside be sure to consider the emotional appeal of your outdoor living space and how you can enhance it to attract a buyer.

    A beautiful hammock hanging between a couple of trees or a nice free-standing hammock on your deck is sure to help paint a picture of relaxed enjoyable living. Not only are they are a cost effective prop, but you then get to enjoy the quality of a hand-woven Mexican hammock whenever you wish in the meantime! Then unless your buyer also wishes to keep the hammock you can continue to enjoy it in your new home.

    A new trend emerging recently that could add a relaxing feel inside your house is using hammocks as a home decor feature piece. Such as by hanging across a wall or the corner of the room. Even without being setup for use, they can add some real style and colour to your room or become a standout feature. You can read more about this and view some great image ideas through this article; ‘Trend We Love; Hammocks as Home Decor

    With spring here and summer fast on the way if you want any help in choosing a hammock, whether for personal relaxation, a gift or to help encourage a sale on your property be sure to drop us an email, we’d be happy to help.

     

     

  • New Hammock Website

    We’ve been working hard here at Mexican hammocks the last few weeks upgrading our website. We are very pleased to have launched the site live over Easter with a flasher, more modern and easy to use site.

    This is our fourth major site change since my first cobbled together efforts back in 2008.

    www.hammocksonline.co.nz

    As well as looking cool some added features and changes that the new site has over our old one include;

    – Responsive design; so whether you are looking at the hammock website on your computer, tablet or smartphone the website will automatically resize itself to best suit your screen. This should make viewing and purchasing much easier.

    Larger screen/images; we’ve increased all our product images and the whole width of the website so you are not stuck to just reading and viewing things in the middle of the screen. We make use of the full page width.

    – Product selection; we’ve always tried to provide a large range of hammock colours to choose from and in two different material options. However this would often mean we would have 32 different hammock colours to choose from. As many were ‘one off’ colours we’d wouldn’t have the chance to photograph each of these images spread open. While we would photograph the hammocks bundled, this was both time consuming and we would get a lot of comments to the effect that the colours within the hammock weren’t adequately displayed. As such we have now narrowed our range down to our 12 most popular colours and have these available in both cotton or nylon cord. We still offer the option of the unique one off colour designs, but will no longer be photographing each individually to upload to the website. These unique hammocks all have between 4-6 various colours usually interwoven between each other or sometimes in strips. Should you wish to order one of these you can select the ‘random multi-colour’ option when purchasing. If you wish for certain colours or to avoid certain colours in these mix you are welcome to email us after purchasing and letting us know your preferences.

    – Auto scroll; simple little feature, but as you start scrolling down the page you will see a little ^ in the bottom right hand corner. Click on this and it will auto-scroll you back to the top of the back.

    – There is a large search box, so you quickly wish to find a certain product or accessory.

    – We’ve also added a separate delivery information page; www.hammocksonline.co.nz/delivery-information

    – We’ve made it more clear on each hammock product page the difference in hammock material available. This can be found by scrolling down the end of the page or clicking on the ‘additional info’ + on your tablet or smartphone if not automatically displayed.

    Other than that, everything is still operating as is. You can still expect same day dispatch if ordered before our cut-off time. This is usually 3pm in Spring/Summer and 2pm in Autumn/Winter. Delivery is still free on all products, and majority are couriered overnight or within 2 working days.

    So we hope you enjoy the new site. We are still debugging a few things as they arise, but please just let us know if you find any issues or have trouble viewing or using the site.

    I hope everyone had a great summer and got in plenty of hammock time.