Hanging out in a hammock: The ultimate guide
Facing a hammock, the eyes behind the blinds narrow like special forces, scanning the situation for obvious horticultural dangers. After a delirious physical inventory and jerk of former limbs, there’s a lightning-fast peek over each shoulder to make sure the mates are distracted by flirting or snorkeling.
Once suffered, no one ever wants a public repeat of the spontaneous lowering of the hammock in a swirling carousel of legs, arms, cries – the unfastened skirt floating like a sad last curtain towards dignity.
“We source hammocks from all over the world, and the ethics of our suppliers are very important to us. All wooden products such as brackets and spreader bars are FSC certified. We like the Balinese company Ticket to the Moon, for its policy of compensating its employees well above average salaries while offering paid holidays and even a pension plan; unusual in Asia. Germany’s La Siesta has an excellent reputation for using sustainable materials such as their range of organic cotton hammocks and our friends in Amazonas, the makers of The Globo, recently donated €10,000 to help humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
Oliver explains further: “As a general rule, the longer and wider a hammock, the more comfortable it is. It’s not that single hammocks are uncomfortable, but what if someone offered you the choice of a single or king-size bed to sleep on your own. After that, think about how and where you are going to use it. Is it between two trees, how far apart are they? Check the length of the hammock, if it is too long, you will be sitting on the lawn. Do you want something light to throw in your bag and take on vacation? Are all the kids in the neighborhood going to cram in and loop around? Is the most important thing that it complements your new dress so you look fabulous on Instagram? »