Rope Hammocks

Written by Sierra Rein
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The history of most rope hammocks started as pre-Colombian South American fishermen began to use their nets for sleeping. Invading Spaniards would ask the natives why they choose to sleep in their "hamaca," the spanish word for "throwing fish net." "Hamaca" soon became integrated into a number of different language, eventually resulting in the English word "hammock."

Rope hammocks today are extremely popular alternatives to traditional furniture, and can be utilized both inside homes and outdoors. Kids enjoy them for their versatility and swinging capabilities, while parents and other adults can relax completely in them with a good books and pitchers of iced tea. Indeed, many families perform a yearly ritual of rescuing hammocks out of storage and hanging them for the remainder of the summer.

The design of a rope hammock depends on how thick the rope is and how close together the weave is. The most comfortable rope hammocks have a tighter weave and have two supporting sticks on either end for stability. Hanging these from two separate support ropes, instead of only one per end, will aid against accidental spills and flips.

Choosing between Rope Hammocks

A rope hammock can be manufactured with many different types of rope, including cotton, nylon, polyester, hemp, or recycled fibers. It is best to choose a cotton blend if you plan on machine-washing it or if you want to use it indoors and best to purchase a synthetic rope hammock for rougher outside use. Don't forget possible accessories to the hammock, such as pillows, hanging cup holders and side tables for drinks and accompanying books.

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