What better way is there to spend a lazy summer afternoon than reading and relaxing in a cotton hammock slung between two shady trees? A cotton hammock can be a peaceful, inviting addition to your backyard. A cotton hammock also makes a great gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, a birthday, Christmas, a wedding or a housewarming.
While a nylon hammock can leave you feeling hot and sweaty, a cotton hammock is made for comfort. Unlike nylon, the fabric of a cotton hammock breathes. Where a nylon or polyester hammock can be stiff, the fabric of a cotton hammock stretches and molds to your body, becoming so comfy you’ll want to stay in it for hours.
A cotton hammock can be purchased in different sizes, from small to an extra large cotton hammock, perfect for two to snuggle in. You might want a cotton hammock with spreader bars, which are located at the ends of the cotton hammock and are used to flatten it. A cotton hammock can also come in a variety of styles and colors, from sedate neutrals to richly patterned Mexican designs.
A cotton hammock requires more care than the nylon variety. A cotton hammock should not be left outside in the rain and snow because the natural fabric will absorb moisture, which can lead to mildew and mold. If the hammock is wet, it should be allowed to completely dry before being stored to prevent mildew.
Although a cotton hammock generally does not last as long as a hammock of manmade materials, a cotton hammock is still very durable. A tightly woven cotton hammock can withstand a good deal of use and should last for a number of years.
There are a number of ways to hang a cotton hammock. While the most inexpensive method is to hang the cotton hammock between two trees, many people don’t have two trees the ideal distance apart, 15 feet. Another option is to purchase posts to hang the cotton hammock between. Alternatively, you could purchase a stand for the cotton hammock. The prices for these vary with the materials used.