In my mind, hammocks conjure up the ultimate in tropical relaxation. Lying on your back on what feels like a cushion of air, watching the clouds go by overhead, enjoying the gentle swaying motion from the wind—what could be better!
For years I’ve been trying to come up with a way to string a hammock between the bay trees in our back yard, but the spacing is just not right. Finally I have what I’ve always wanted: a freestanding hammock stand that is not only eminently practical, it’s also darn good looking. Yes, it takes up quite a bit of space (13 x 9 ft.) but it’s space that wasn’t much used anyway except to walk on.
The instructions were the Ikea type—no words, just pictures—and they didn’t accurately match the hardware that came in the box. Clearly, the hammock stand underwent a redesign after the instructions were printed. But thanks to my wife’s eagle eyes and sharp mind, we figured it all out and were soon able to enjoy the fruit of our labor.
What a perfect place to put your feet up…
…and to read.
With one fell swoop, our back yard looks a lot classier than it did previously!