What could be better than lying back in a hammock on a nice summer day with a cold drink in one hand and a good book in the other? Try and think of something – I’ll wait… With the cold weather that comes with the late winter months and the stresses of looming work and school project deadlines ever present, I’ve found myself daydreaming about warmer weather and relaxation. There’s nothing I’d rather do right now than shut off my computer, grab some reading material that isn’t a textbook, and kick back in my hammock.
While I was day dreaming the other day, I remembered how difficult it was to set up my hammock near my house last summer when I moved into my new neighborhood. There are lots of trees around my house, but they’re all spread out far enough that I can’t hook up my hammock between any two trees. Of course it would be ideal to go out into the mountains and set up my hammock in peaceful nature everyday rather than by my house, but in reality with a full time engineering job and limited day light at the end of a work day, it’s difficult to get out to other areas more conducive to hamming during the week. This project seems like the perfect opportunity to come up with a method to more easily set up my hammock at home.
Still in the early concept phase of this project, I’m considering a few different design options for a hammock stand. I could make a full “U”-shaped stand to attach either side of the hammock to, which would enable me to essentially set up my hammock anywhere the stand can fit. Doing an online search, there are a lot of different hammock stand designs, though a majority of them have the same standard shape with perturbing vertical poles on either side of a long horizontal bar that sits on the ground. Off of this horizontal bar, there are feet to keep the stand upright and stable.
Another more permanent option involves staking two poles in the ground at a set distance apart and attaching the hammock to either pole. This is a somewhat easier solution that can be made with less material, but it will prevent me from moving the hammock around as I please, and it will damage the landscaping where I set the poles into the earth, which will probably make my landlord mad.
With a desire to be able to easily move the stand around as desired, I want it to be light weight and easy to carry around. I also enjoy hanging out under a tree, so being able to hook my hammock up to a tree on one side and a portable stand on the other might provide the hamming experience that I desire. With the other two design options being bulkier and more permanently located, this third hybrid tree-portable stand option is likely the design route I’ll choose to go down.
Aesthetically, I do not want the hammock stand to distract too much from the natural surroundings; I want it to blend in to the environment if possible. I also want it to be clean and well-crafted so it can serve an aesthetic purpose in my backyard when not in use. Ideally the stand will serve an additional, decorative purpose while not being used for hammocking, but this will require further thought and planning. We’ll see if my daydreams become a reality.
Poles Stand: https://h2obungalow.com/diy-hammock-stand/
Hammock Daydreaming: https://www.istockphoto.com/video/relaxing-and-daydreaming-in-a-hammock-in-springtime-gm697183978-131067111
Hammock Between Trees: https://www.trees.com/gardening-and-landscaping/best-backyard-hammocks
Hammock in Nature: https://www.countryliving.com/shopping/g30983323/best-hammocks/
Beach Hammock: https://www.wayfair.com/Rosecliff-Heights–Marler-Double-Camping-Hammock-X113063333-L165-K~W002952222.html?refid=GX99081608722-W002952222&device=c&ptid=944818221767&network=g&targetid=pla-944818221767&channel=GooglePLA&ireid=94036811&fdid=1817&gclid=Cj0KCQiAvvKBBhCXARIsACTePW867aXlIbRLTMhMSX0eIKYr7B6ekWqElCH7n5OZeyAXqkDSlhfJlVEaAgtPEALw_wcB
Hammock Reading: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/296393219230384655/