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About Hammocks
What is a hammock?

A hammock is a hanging bed made of fabric, rope, or netting, suspended between two points, used for relaxing or sleeping in. Hammocks are popular around the world and are often seen as symbol of leisure and relaxation.

Is it comfortable to sleep in a hammock?

Most people believe that hammocks are uncomfortable to sleep in because they curve your back. The human spine is not straight but is shaped in a gentle S curve with a convex curve at the shoulders and a concave curve at the lower back. When a person lies in a hammock, the curve follows the curve of the upper back allowing the muscles to relax, giving you superior rest.

Are hammocks suitable for children?

Yes. But we strongly recommend that people with young children (especially 6 and under) do not leave their kids unattended in the hammock. It would be better to keep the hammock hanging lower to the ground if your kids will be swinging in it. If the hammock is not being used, then it should be taken down when left unattended with children around.

What is the weight limit of a Slack Jack Hammock?

Each model has a different weight limit. Slack Jack Hammocks support weights of any kind and are durable. However, please don't let any one who exceeds the weight limit get into your hammock.

What are the different sizes of hammocks available?

Slack Jack Hammocks are available in small, medium, large and extra large sizes.

How much will my hammock stretch?

Depending on the material, your hammock can stretch anywhere from 1 to 2 feet.

What are spreaders?

Spreaders are bars of wood or metal, threaded or attached to the material at each end. They allow the hammock to form more of a rectangle than the traditional banana shape. It’s easier to get into and out of a hammock with spreaders.

What are the advantages of having a spreader bar?

Spreader bars stretch out the ropes, and help make room for more than one person. They also keep the hammock from "cocooning" you. Spreader bars also hold the hammock open even when it is unoccupied.

What is more comfortable: with or without spreader bars?

This is really a matter of personal preference. Hammocks without spreader bars give a "cocooning" effect. If you are the kind of person who likes to spread out, then you would probably prefer a hammock with spreader bars.

May I choose the colour of my hammock or make a personal colour combination?

Yes, while we only offer hammocks options in natural white colour or multi-coloured combinations, you can also customise your hammock. Each multi-coloured hammock is composed of between 3-6 different colours.

Hanging a Hammock
What are hammock hanging methods?

Hammocks can be hung to a strong wall, a tree or even on your balcony. The ends should be hung about 4-6 feet from the ground, so that it hangs down to around between your knees and your hips. You can use rope or strong cords for poles and trees. Click here for more information on how to hang a hammock.

What’s the distance and height to hang a hammock?

The ideal distance for a hammock is between 13-16 feet. The closer your anchor points are the more curved your hammock will be. The ideal distance for any hammock is about two feet more than the entire length of the hammock when measured from ring to ring. The recommended height for the placement of the tree hook is between 4 and 6 feet. Click here for more information.

Using a Hammock
How do you get in and out of a hammock?

To get into the hammock, sit down carefully in the centre (as if sitting on a chair) before turning around and lifting your feet in. Lying diagonally or straight across the hammock allows you to lie flatter, enabling a better posture for sleeping. To get out of the hammock - put your feet on the ground, sit up and then stand up.

Are there any important safety precautions I should take when using my hammock?

Don't exceed your hammock's stated weight limit. Always place your weight in the centre of your hammock, not on either edge. Don't allow young children to use the hammock without adult supervision. Don't EVER place infants in ANY hammock. Don't allow your children to jump up and down in your hammock or use it like a playground swing. Not only is this extremely dangerous, but it puts excessive wear and tear on the hammock and its hanging hardware.

What should I do if my hammock starts rotating?

This is about a Mayan hammock, the hammock without spreader bars… If movement or a breeze starts you swaying, spread your arms and legs out over each side of the hammock and you'll slow down. That also helps to eliminate any angular momentum that will tend to make you rotate. If you're tall enough, put one foot on the ground to stabilize you.

My hammock "flipped" me out. Is it defective?

No, caution should be used when entering and exiting hammocks, especially for children and the elderly. Please use the hammock after reading the instructions.

My hammock is hanging low and I’m almost on the ground, what should I do?

The rope will stretch naturally over time and may need to be compensated for by adjusting the chains at the end of the hammock. If this is an older hammock and you have already shortened the ropes as far as you can, you can try adjusting the hanging distance or hanging height (if possible).

How can I use a non-spreader hammock?

For non-spreader hammocks, a higher attachment point and sufficient length between points are preferred. The optimal angle of the attaching lines to the post / wall / tree is usually about 30 degrees. [Refer: What is a Mayan hammock?]

Types of Hammocks
What material do you recommend for an outdoor hammock?

If you plan to hang your hammock outdoors, we recommend the nylon hammock. Regular cotton hammocks last for years but it is necessary to unhook the hammock when it is not in use.

What are rope hammocks?

Rope hammocks are the most traditional form of hammocks. Generally made of cotton or polyester, rope hammocks come with spreader bars that separate the two sides, thus keeping it open for easy access and offering support. Rope hammocks can be hung between two trees or posts.

What are the different types of rope hammocks?

Rope hammocks come in cotton and nylon variations. Hammocks made of cotton ropes are considered by most to be more comfortable, as the ropes will stretch and match the contour of the body. Hammocks made of polyester ropes can withstand natural elements such as high humidity levels and UV rays.

How effective is a cotton rope hammock?

Cotton rope hammocks are soft and with a natural off-white colour. Cotton has been the traditional rope fibre for hammocks for more than a century. For people who want the classic hammock style, cotton rope may be ideal.

How is the softness of nylon when compared with cotton?

Nylon hammocks are firmer with less flex than cotton hammocks. However, the nylon string is incredibly comfortable. The colours are vivid and unlikely to fade. Nylon hammocks offer increased durability, which may be better for regular outdoor use.

What is a quilted hammock?

A quilted hammock is similar in style to a rope hammock, as it also includes wooden spreader bars. But the quilted hammock features two layers of fabric with some sort of filling (usually a polyester material) between them to offer additional comfort. The quilted hammocks are also reversible, usually with a pattern on one side and a solid colour on the other. This is like getting two hammocks for the price of one.

How effective is a quilted hammock?

Quilted hammock can be enjoyed anywhere (indoors or outdoors) and are ideal for a cooler climate. With no gaps or holes in the surface, the quilted hammock is an excellent choice for families with young children.

What is a Mayan hammock?

Mayan hammocks are those that come in bright colours. This style of hammocks is more popular. These hammocks are flexible, lightweight and come without a spreader bar.

Do Mayan hammocks collapse often due to their lightweight nature?

No, the Mayan hammocks may be lightweight, but they are capable of holding a large amount of weight. They don’t have a spreader bar, which makes them popular with campers and outdoor enthusiasts.

What are the different types of Mayan hammocks?

Mayan hammocks are made in cotton and nylon. The cotton Mayan hammock is softer and conforms more easily to a body’s size and shape. While this can be used outdoors, it will last longer if sheltered from the weather. The nylon Mayan hammock is more durable and less vulnerable to the mildew problems that occur with the cotton ones.

What are Brazilian Hammocks?

Brazilian hammocks are hand woven from cotton and are crafted into thick fabrics. Known for their variety of colours and the elaborate fringe, these hammocks are both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. They can be used both indoors and outdoors.

The Brazilian hammock is a good choice for families with children, as the hammock bed is solid, with no holes in the weave. This also means there is no air flow, which is ideal for use in cooler climates or on cooler summer nights.

What is a camping hammock?

Lightweight and portable, a camping hammock is a superlative choice for those who enjoy the outdoors. These hammocks are typically hung between two trees.

Using a camping hammock means you won’t need to sleep on the damp ground while on your camping journey. And with these hammocks made of durable, lightweight material, you won’t be taking up valuable space, either.

How heavy are camping hammocks?

These hammocks can weigh as little as 1 kg. The lightweight portability gives campers a superior edge over the use of tents.

Hammock Maintenance
How long will my hammock last?

The life span can be as short as 1 year, if the hammock is not cared for properly. Hammocks can also last over 20 years when removed and stored properly. The amount of care you invest in your hammock will lengthen its life.

How can I make my hammock last forever?

Climate can impact the life of a hammock tremendously. If you experience routine severe weather or really low temperatures in winter, we recommend storing your hammock inside for the season.

Dogs, especially puppies, often regard hammocks as chew toys, so dog owners should hang, and store, their hammocks somewhere where your dog won’t reach it. Also, avoid storing near strong chemicals, including pesticides, which may have a corrosive effect on different hammock materials.

Can my hammock stay outside all the time?

If the weather is pleasant and rains are not foreseen, your hammocks can stay outside. However, bringing in your hammock when not in use can maximize its life span.

Should I bring my hammock inside when it’s raining?

You certainly don't need to race out and take down your hammock every time there's a light shower. However, during lengthy periods of rain or stretches of extreme weather, it's not at all a bad idea to bring your hammock indoors.

Are Slack Jack hammocks waterproof?

Slack Jack hammocks are water-resistant, not waterproof. What that means is you'll be able to shake off light amounts of water, but large amounts of water or rain will soak through the material. The material is extremely quick drying though, so most wet hammocks will be dry again in just minutes after the rain stops.

How do I wash my hammock?

You should wash your hammock only if it is strictly necessary. Soak only the body of the hammock in a bucket with cold water and mild soap. Squeeze it in your hands with care, and leave it soaked for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and hang it to dry.

Can I machine wash my hammock?

Yes, you can. Fold your hammock in half and securely tie it together. Put your tied up hammock in a pillow case and tie the end of the pillow case. Machine-wash with a mild laundry detergent (no bleach). After the rinse cycle, remove and untie your hammock.

Do hammocks shrink after wash?

It depends on the material. Cotton hammocks will shrink right after washing. But, when you stretch the hammock to hook it back, it will return to its normal size.

Health Benefits of Hammocks
What are the health benefits of hammocks?

Worldwide, hammocks have been recommended for people with back and joint pains, as it offers relief. Recent reports also suggest the use of hammocks in certain medical treatments.

Do hammocks help relieve back and neck pain?

Many therapists world over recommend lying in a hammock as a relief to back pain and neck pain. Unlike lying in bed, the hammock “hugs” the entire body, resulting in distribution of weight over the body’s surface area. This lessens the amount of weight resting on the muscles, allowing the spine and muscles to realign, thus reducing the pain in those pressure points.

Do hammocks help improve concentration?

According to specialists worldwide, the swinging motion aids in stimulating the cerebral cortex (the part of the brain that helps you focus), thus providing you better concentration.

How do hammocks help a person sleep better?

It has been found that not only do people fall asleep faster in the hammock-like bed, but the gentle rocking motion also enhances the nature of their sleep. The rocking bed increases slow oscillations and bursts of activity in the brain known as sleep spindles, which are associated with deep sleep and memory consolidation.

In a recent study, Researchers found that the rocking motion increased the duration of stage N2 sleep - a type of non-rapid eye movement sleep that usually takes up about half of a good night’s sleep.