If you’re in the market for something to help you unwind and treat both your body and mind to some well-deserved rest, don’t go to a drugstore website just yet, because all your problems can be solved with a good hammock chair. Now, if you’ve ever used hammocks, then you know how comfortable they can be to lie down in and give yourself to the feeling of weightlessness. But, what happens when you don’t have enough space for a traditional hammock, or if you’d rather have at least some measure of upright position, which you can’t really get with just hammocks? Well, that’s where hammock chairs jump in.
Why Get a Hammock Chair?
As we noted above, the reason people go for hammocks is that they are incredibly comfortable, much more comfortable than beds. The same relation applies to chairs and hammock chairs. Now, if you’ve ever had a hammock, even if it’s a rope one with a spreader bar (you know the type), then you know how the floating feeling you get from it can have almost healing properties on your mind and body. As a matter of fact, both anecdotal evidence and some studies show that falling asleep is much easier and faster if you’re in a hammock instead of bed, and your sleep is deeper. This, in turn, allows you to have a better rest and feel more energized. By the same token, hammocks have no pressure points as beds do, so if you’re experiencing back pain even after a full night’s sleep on your cloud-like mattress, you might consider investing in a hammock.
Hammock chairs work pretty much the same way, only you’ll be spending your time sitting in them – cross-legged, legs dangling on the side, up with you in the chair, it makes no difference. The feeling of weightlessness and the slight swinging work the same way – they relax you, allowing your mind to unwind and your muscles to unravel. Granted, some folks might be wary of this same feeling, mostly because they’re either not used to it or because they fear falling out. The good news is that, short of the hanging hardware giving way, there’s no way you’ll fall down if you have a hammock chair (unless you’re really unlucky). Think of it as getting up from a swing – a bit tricky, but ultimately a piece of cake once you get a hang of it (no pun intended).
What Makes the Krazy Outdoors Mayan Hammock Chair a Great Choice?
As the astute readers may have already inferred, the Krazy Outdoors Mayan Hammock Chair is made of a light webbing, sprang woven, and done in a diamond pattern that is supposed to honor the ancient Mayans and their style of weaving. Its major selling point is that the material is 100% cotton, very thick and strong, and extremely soft. It comes in two distinct flavors, either mocha to chocolate brown or its own natural white. Both variants come with a matching spreader brown, varnished and grooved – glossy brown for the former and glossy natural for the latter.
This is the perfect thing for your backyard or living room, even study room or garden house, wherever you like relaxing and catching a few z’s on occasion. The mellow tones of the mocha brown and natural white make it a very discreet addition to whatever feng shui you’ve got going on. The chair measures about 75 x 39 x 47, but has some stretch to it, enough to let you put your feet up, literally and figuratively. While we’re on the subject of numbers, it’s worth pointing out that the hammock chair can hold up to 300 pounds of weight, all the while weighing in at 4.4 pounds itself.
If you’re thinking about washing it, you’ll have to detach the wooden spreader bar. It’s a bit of a workout, but it does come off. The material is machine friendly, yes, but keep in mind that the tumbling may damage the netting, so it would be much better if you washed it by hand. Short of that, you could try hosing it down. All jokes aside, though, once it dries out, be careful to attach the bar back so that the ropes don’t slip off and gravity gets the better of you. Also, despite what you may think about the loose pattern (or any experience you may have previously had with such hammocks), your fingers and/or toes won’t go through the holes unless you do it on purpose, and you won’t trap them.
It would be nice if the Krazy Outdoors Mayan Hammock came with some sort of hooks or carabiners, or at least straps for hanging. Then again, as a rule of thumb, the hardware that does come with such purchases is sub-par, and frankly, more trouble than they’re worth. If you want to be sure gravity won’t get the best of you and your hammock chair, you should consider investing in some heavy-duty hanging accessories. If you’re doing it inside, you’ll want a couple of S hooks and a heavy-duty spring or marine-grade strapping, and use an anchor bolt or just try to make use of a joist if you have them uncovered. This setup can also work for most branches, and will definitely work with a hammock stand, but if the branch you have in mind is too high or too thick, you’d be better off with a pair of carabiners and a length of quality strapping. Short of that, you’d better brush up on how to tie a bowline knot.
- Cotton rope with diamond-pattern weave offers optimal breathability.
- Two color choices; both look nice and blend in with the surroundings – Mocha / Chocolate Brown and Natural White.
- Lots of stretch, plenty of room to actually lie down.
- Quality made and durable.
- Comes with a 1-year warranty and a 100% money-back guarantee.
- Like most similar products, comes without any hanging hardware apart from the spreader bar and a loop-end top.
The Mayan Hammock Chair by Krazy Outdoors is a great choice if you want a hammock chair that will blend into its surroundings and let you completely shut off from the environment with a good book or your favorite playlist on Repeat.