During the summer time, or just about any other time during the year, we all like to kick back and relax for a bit at the end of a hard day. One great way to relax outdoors is by setting up a double hammock in your backyard or garden and swinging in the breeze, either alone or with your favorite someone.
What is a hammock?
A hammock is basically just a netting of fabric or rope that is strung together and is then hung between two support structures, such as a pair of trees or a hammock stand. The pocket it creates is perfect for laying on or sitting in and provides a casual and relaxing piece of outdoor patio furniture. A single hammock is intended for one person to enjoy, while a double hammock offers additional room for one, or a space to share.
There are three main activities to enjoy while on a hammock: swinging, resting, and sleeping. As one lies in a double hammock, they have the option of swinging in the breeze, gently swaying in the wind and admiring the garden decor, or remaining rather stationary to rest or sleep. Although the very first hammocks were created by natives that live in tropical rain forest areas as beds to sleep in, they are now mainly associated with relaxation in the summer sun (although they are also known to be the perfect place to take a quiet snooze!).
Double Hammocks provide twice the relaxation
Double hammocks are aptly named because they are wider than a regular hammock and can fit two people in them at one time. That means that you and your spouse can get away from everything for a little and just unwind together, or the kids can have some swinging time together without having to fight over who gets the hammock first.
Some double hammocks can be hung between two sturdy trees, but if you do not have trees that are spaced apart to correctly anchor the hammock or that are not sturdy enough, you can always instead opt to buy a double hammock stand. The double hammock stands do not take up much more room than a double hammock attached to trees, and even if you have trees, a double hammock with stand provides you with a bit more flexibility as to where to place your hammock. Most double hammock stands come with a set of wheels at the bottom of the stand to make it easier to move the double hammock and stand around to any location you desire. Some stands even come with a shade canopy overhead to provide a respite from the sun while you swing.
If you opt to hang your double hammock between two trees, you can enjoy the shade of the trees, as well as the added breeze created as the leaves blowing in the wind overhead. However, when the leaves start to fall, they will fall all over your hammock and can make a mess.
Double Hammock options
If you decide that you would like to experience the tranquility that a hammock can offer and you want to go out and buy one, then there are many options that you can choose from. The first decision you need to make is whether you want a double rope hammock or a double parachute hammock.
Double parachute hammocks are made of fabric rather than rope, which is stretched out between two end supports. Double rope hammocks are made from intertwined rope that is woven to allow you to lay or sit on it without falling through. Both kinds offer a comfortable place to relax, but will provide a bit of a different look and feel, so you just need to choose which one you prefer.
Obviously, like everything else, there are different double hammock prices, that depend mostly on style and quality. More expensive hammocks are usually made to be placed permanently in one location and are made of durable materials that will not fade or get ruined with use and weather abuse. Some less expensive double hammocks are lighter in weight, and although they may not be as durable, they are easier to set up and take down, but they may only last a season or two. Double hammock stands will usually cost as much or more than the double hammock itself (usually around $100 – $200), so factor that into your budget if you are not hanging your hammock from some trees.
Double Hammocks for on the move
There are also double travel hammocks, which are intended to be fully lightweight and portable so that you can bring them along wherever you go. These cheap double hammocks are not usually the best quality, but if you are constantly on the move, they may be the right choice for you because they are very versatile.
There are also double hammock chairs, which have the same basic look and feel of a more traditional double hammock, but are made to hold two people sitting more upright, rather than laying down (see main image at the top of the page).
No matter what style you choose, a double person hammock will provide you with the utmost in relaxation and tranquility, whether you choose to share the added space with another or keep it all to yourself.