Whether you’ve just moved into a new place with a hammock already in tow or you’re purchasing one for the first time, there are some things to take into consideration when selecting a spot to hang it. A lot depends on preference, but some practical considerations also come into play when choosing a proper location for rocking the hours away.
Before hanging your hammock in the first available space, take the time to think about when you’re most likely to use it. If the early a.m. hours draw you outdoors to watch the sunrise or to just laze about sipping your morning coffee or tea, then an eastern exposure is probably best for your particular needs. This school of thought holds true for taking in idyllic sunsets or basking in warm sunshine with a western exposure. If shade is what you crave, then find a suitable location with a northern exposure where you’re virtually guaranteed lowered temperatures throughout the day.
If privacy is paramount, then your first choice should be a secluded spot in the yard will obviously be your first choice. But if for some reason that’s impossible, nothing says you can’t construct your own blind for concealing your location from prying eyes. The best way to do this is through landscaping, but if you’re too impatient to wait for shrubbery to mature or you’re renting, it is easier and cheaper than you think to erect a privacy blind. For a project like this, think about using latticework or bamboo matting for creating a screen. Both allow for breezes and can be purchased at local hardware stores or home improvement centers.
Speaking of breezes, you may want to pick an area that gets plenty of cross ventilation for staying cool and comfortable during hammock season. Airflow can make the difference between a comfortable experience and wondering what you’re doing out there. If you’ve got a spot where gentle breezes are more prevalent, adopt it as the new home for your hammock. A rope net hammock is the ticket for folks who want to experience maximum air circulation. While the comfortable organic cotton or silk hammocks will keep you cool, netting allows you to feel airflow over every inch of your unprotected body.
Avoid hanging your hammock in areas where bugs are a big concern. Low lying sections of yard often collect water, leading to muck. Failure to properly drain these areas can promote mosquito and gnat populations that higher ground won’t. Also, you want to avoid hanging your hammock within a matter of feet from flowering vines like honeysuckle, which attract bees in large numbers. While the sweet scent may be appealing, the number of bugs that hide in dense vegetation is not. Tall grasses are an ideal place to pick up ticks, fleas and chiggers—all of which can mar your beautiful day. For this reason, keep the area around your hammock reasonably mowed.
Sometimes there’s no getting around noise, but choosing a spot with the least amount of distraction could work in your favor when deciding where to place your hammock. If you have loud, rambunctious neighbors or part of your property touches a busy street or alley way, you probably don’t want to use those spots for rest and relaxation because it’s doubtful you’ll get any. When possible, find a location where you won’t be bothered by irritating sounds or noise pollution. Hammocks are great near water features and stands of trees with rustling leaves. Nothing puts you in that relaxing state of mind like the sounds of nature.
While there’s a good chance you’ll spend most of your time with your eyes closed in your hammock, that won’t always be the case. Hammocks are wonderful for reading a good book or favorite magazine, sorting things out in your head, taking stock in life or sipping a beverage, and watching the world go by. All of these things are a lot less stressful when the scenery is pleasant. You don’t want to wedge your hammock into a space near trashcans, dilapidated sheds, or facing unsightly and noisy AC units. Pick a spot with an aesthetically pleasing view to get the most out of your hammock.
Now that you have some ideas for hanging your hammock, go and enjoy the great outdoors.There are many ways to sit in a hammock. How many of them do you know?