Your deck is the place everyone wants to be during warm, sunny weather. After you have installed that beautiful deck, set up the barbecue grill, and put out a few citronella candles, what is missing? A place to really stretch out and relax - a deck hammock! There are some extra considerations when purchasing a hammock that you should keep in mind if you are placing it on your deck, including space available, weather conditions, and whether there are small animals in the area that might try chewing on your hammock.
Cotton hammocks are the most comfortable, with more give and a somewhat softer feel to the rope, and can be used if you can easily bring your hammock in during inclement weather. Too much rain or dampness (foggy mornings, for instance) can damage the cotton threads, and if you are near the ocean, the saltwater breezes will wear your hammock out faster. Polyester and nylon are both excellent fabric choices if you will be leaving the hammock out most of the time. These are also comfortable, but with a bit less give to the ropes of the weave. They will last for years, however, even in tough weather conditions and stretch less than the cotton variety.
Small animals can also cause damage to a cotton hammock, so if you plan on having the puppy on the deck or in the hammock with you, consider the polyester or nylon models. Chewing will fray and weaken cotton ropes quickly. Although this is relatively simple to repair by tying the frayed threads back together, it will weaken the fibers over time.
Space considerations are also important. If you want to permanently mount your hammock, consider the distance available and check it against the requirements for the hammock. If you are tucking the hammock into a corner of the deck, a hammock chair is a good option. These can be mounted on a stand especially designed for them, and take much less room. There are a variety of sizes and designs for hammock chairs that will suit almost anyone. These can easily be taken off the mounting stand and brought inside during bad weather as well; for this reason, you can probably use a cotton hanging chair without worrying about weather conditions.
Finally, consider the style of the deck that you have. If it is an open deck with no roof and a fairly low railing, you will probably need to mount your hammock on a stand designed for it. If, however, you have high side walls or a roof, you can mount the hammock permanently. An added bonus if you have a roof of some type is the protection it gives the hammock, sheltering it from the rain. Standard hammock mounting hardware will work for wood decks and drywall. However, if you plan on mounting one or both ends of the hammock on masonry, you will need to purchase special masonry hardware. You are sure to find the perfect hammock for your deck with the wide range of hammocks now available. These hammocks are all durable, attractive, and oh-so-comfortable. Your deck just may become the most popular spot in town!