The hammock is an object that does not originate in Italy, but originates from the natives of South America, and was brought to Europe by the Spaniards. The original use was that of a bed, that is, it was used to rest and sleep, since at that time it was forced to do it on the ground. Today the hammock is present all over the world, it is no longer used in its original function but has become an element and an accessory of the garden that no one wants to give up. In addition to being a comfortable seat for sunbathing, resting, being in company, it is also something that serves to revive the environment because it differs from the classic garden armchair. The fabrics, now as then, have remained the same bright shades. The hammock of the past carried the typical colors of the area and was woven by hand, while today the production is mostly industrial.


There are two different models of hammock: the floor hammock and the hammock with ropes. The hammock from the ground is next to the hammock with ropes, it represents an alternative solution for those who do not have the possibility to tie it to two trees. In fact, it is equipped with a support structure initially made of wood, on which a fabric is stretched. The height is roughly the same, and some find it even safer. The support of this type of hammock can also be, in addition to wood, aluminum, light and easy to transport. In some cases, the hammock is also equipped with an underlying compartment made of mesh, to collect small objects. The most current model also provides for the presence of a small cushion, as a comfortable support for the head but it is essential that this structure, to be linked to the traditional model, reproduces the same rocking and oscillation. Returning to the classic model, which must be tied by means of ropes to two trees, we propose a way of experiencing rest just as it did for the natives. The hammock must be positioned between two trees that must have a fixed minimum distance, the installation is quite simple, since in addition to tying the two ropes, nothing else needs to be done.

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The comfort and the various versions

The structure of the hammock is made of a fabric with very cheerful and lively colors, comfortable because it adapts to the position of our body. It also guarantees a slow rocking that promotes rest. The hammock has a very special charm, the larger it is, the more comfortable it is, in fact there are different sizes and widths. Each outdoor furniture shop offers the hammock both in its classic version and in its contemporary version. For those who do not have a garden with many trees, the hammock with the support structure is undoubtedly the only solution they can turn to, because it can be placed in any place and also act as a cot. If, on the other hand, you want to have a classic hammock and do not have any supports, to make it stand, you will need to choose a space in the garden where you can plant two trees quite far from each other.

Storage of the hammock

During the winter the hammock must be kept inside. In the case of the hammock with a fixed structure, the cloth can be disassembled and stored in a small space, while the one with the ropes must be untied to prevent rainwater from damaging the fabric in the long run. As mentioned before, traditional hammocks have rather bright colors and due to continuous exposure to the sun they tend to discolour. For this reason, it is necessary to ask at the hammock store if they also have replacement fabrics.

Where to place it

Usually the classic hammock is positioned in a shaded area because it is sheltered by the canopy of the trees that support it, while the one with a fixed structure can be used as a simple bed and then moved as needed. For example, you can place it under the gazebo when you want to stay in the shade, or you can take it by the pool when you want to sunbathe. The costs, in both cases are not excessively high, a lot also depends on the quality of the fabric which, for hammocks with a fixed structure, is also waterproof.

Tips for choosing

The hammock must be chosen by those who will use it, and it is right for the buyer to try it to be sure that it can guarantee the relaxation he is looking for. In a garden, you usually only see a hammock, both because everyone chooses the most congenial element to rest and because in a small garden two hammocks could be too bulky. By carefully evaluating the spaces into which the garden is divided, you will be able to find the area where you can better insert the hammock. If you follow the instructions, the hammock is safe and if you carefully follow the maintenance instructions it can be used for several seasons.

Garden furniture: hammock history

The history of the hammock began almost 1000 years ago.

Today, therefore, they symbolically represent one of the most traditional and successful objects that European culture has imported from South American culture.

One of the most important is gold located in Bogotá (Colombia) and is entirely produced with the purest yellow gold.

In most of Central America such as Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, as well as in the states of South America, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela and Ecuador, the hammock is usually used, in the suburbs particularly in hot regions. for sleeping outdoors.

Its origins are simple yet this object of rest evokes suggestive magical reminiscences.

Maybe because you belong to the Mayan culture.

The Maya are in fact the masters and inspirers of this culture and trade.

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