We all have questions. When it comes to hammocks, those questions should really be more about relaxing. Here we have a page to capture some of our most frequently asked questions all about hammocks through HarmonyHammocks.com. This is a page we continue to update, since there's always something new to add.

Q. Which hammock is right for me?

A. Everyone has a different preference for what they want in a hammock, which is why we carry a variety of styles. If you're looking for something just for yourself, then one of our hammock chairs might be perfect to hang in the corner of a room or back porch. If you're looking for a hammock to put on display, then the extra wide Caribbean styles might be more suited for where you want to set up your hammock. We can't say what will be right for you, which is why we have so many pictures for your to browse. Take your time. Maybe it ends up that you really need two types of hammocks?

Q. So I need a hammock stand?

A. No, the hammock stands are purely for free standing setups. We carry a few different hammock hanging kits to handle most installation requirements. Many of our customers just go for the rope hanging kit to string their hammock from a back yard tree. The hammock stands are quite nice though, if you are tree-less and have the space for the equipment.

Q. How do I hang a hammock in concrete?

A. Installing concrete anchors is a straight-forward process, for those that are in the know. Youtube is a great resource for installation tips. We know that you would need a decent hammer drill, masonry bit, and an anchor setting tool to get started. If you need to rent a hammer drill, the guys at your local tool rental place can outline operation and installation of drop in concrete anchors. After all, you want to make sure your installed hammock is both safe and supportive. If this looks like too much of a challenge, maybe the rope hanging kit is more your speed.

Q. Your hammock descriptions keep referring to polyester? Why not cotton?

A.  When left out in the sun, cotton hammocks tend to fade over time. If it's a vibrant color you initially purchased, it doesn't take long for the dyes in the fabric to start oxidizing...which results in that washed out look. As for rain, if you leave your hammock out strung up between a couple of trees in the back yard and over even just a season of exposure, we've seen that once soft cotton become rough and a bit brittle. That's just what happens with natural fibers, so to ensure long lasting comfort and vibrancy, we've gone with a super soft polyester for all our hammocks. If you're lying in the afternoon sunshine, you probably want the assurance your hammock won't break on you in the middle of a snooze.

Q. If I order a hammock today, how long until I see it on my doorstep?

A. We process each order as we recieve it. We say in our policies that this could take a couple business days, but we aim to be much faster than that. Customer service is our strength, and we aim to please. As for getting your hammock to your doorstep, we rely on FedEx to get your package to your doorstep on time. We ship from Key West in Florida, so depending on where you live will determine how long it might take to get the package to you. As we all know from our daily commutes, weather can slow down delivery of any product so we have to rely on our shipping company to deliver products within a reasonable time frame.

Q. What is a Hammock?

A. Well, a hammock is technically a sling created from netting, a rope weave, or fabric suspended between a couple of points, which could be posts in a back yard...or a couple of palm trees on a deserted island.

Originating in the Caribbean, the hammock was created out of necessity as natives found sleeping in beds suspended above the ground was a great way to prevent snakes, spiders and other ground scampering creatures from biting or stinging local residents overnight.  In fact, the word ‘hammock’ originates from a native Haitian word for fish net.  Early hammocks were woven from the bark of the hamack tree, then from sisal as the rough fiber product was much more readily available.  These islands were still a few centuries away from any cotton or  super soft polyester.

Q. How did the hammock develop into what we know today as a leisure product?  

A. Well, back during the times of Spanish exploration and conquest of the Caribbean islands along with Central and South America, Columbus made sure to include a few of these novel beds amongst his many trinkets and treasures on one of his voyages home.  

Sailors found hammocks as a great personal area of respite, as now they didn’t have to share beds thereby mitigating sickness in confined ship spaces.  The British Royal Navy made hammocks an essential piece of a sailors equipment in 1590.  Even soldiers caught onto the portability of hammocks, to get them off the ground at night for a comfortable nights sleep.  There are even stories of soldiers hanging hammocks in treetops to avoid any chance of detection by troops advancing at night.