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Hammocks: Yay or Nay?

May 2, 2017 0 Comments

Everyone looks for that piece that will make their home décor unique. That piece that speaks to their personal history, and reflects a core part of who they are. This leads some people to install a hammock.
 
A niche preference, perhaps, but it does make for a memorable indoor space. After all, who doesn’t have the itch to lay down when they see a hammock flapping gently in the breeze? Hammocks can also say a lot about their owner.
 
Laid-back, easy-going, appreciative of the simple joys in life; hammocks can be a statement of a life philosophy. That being said, hammocks aren’t for every homeowner. Read on for some pros and cons for hammocks in your home design.

 

Yay!

With good planning, hammocks can be subtly integrated into room interiors. If you choose the type of hammock that doesn’t require a stand, and match it to the colors of your room, this can be a fine addition to your furnishings as either extra seating or a daybed.
 
There are many examples where hammocks are tastefully integrated into living areas or bedrooms. In fact, this is a lesser known option for seating or bedding that can take up less space and cost less (compared to a sofa bed, for example), without compromising on comfort.
 
And yes, a hammock can even be converted into guest bedding as needed with the simple addition of pillows and blankets. Done well, this could be a genius stroke of seating, bedding and design accent all in one.

 

Nay!

If ideal conditions don’t exist in your particular space, integrating hammocks can be more complicated. Hammocks can be cumbersome. In a room with ample seating already, a hammock and stand can take up space without being essential.
 
This makes it difficult to design around it, and it limits your options for the rest of the room. Also, if you have smaller space, such as an apartment, a hammock may be impractical. There will likely be better uses of your limited space that are worth investigating.
 
The additional planning required to install a hammock may not be worth it if there are simpler options that work better in a smaller space. From a design point of view, awkward placement of a hammock can disrupt the flow of a room and divide it into unappealing proportions.
 
So, there are several reasons for and against hammocks in home design. As always, pros and cons are decided by the characteristics of the room in question. Even if you’ve been sold on the idea of a hammock, take a second look at the confines of your indoor living space.
 
Lastly, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. For example, a hammock strategically hung in a child’s bedroom can become an unconventional storage space for books, toys or clothes. Such a placement would let you take advantage of a hammock in the home without worrying about the surrounding seating design.
 
Whatever your inclinations, have fun with it and embrace the unique features that hammocks have to offer.
 

Violette Levy

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