This summer, as we were rounding off our backyard projects, one last thing on my wishlist was to have a hammock. But not just any hammock would do - it had to be pretty. I searched high and low for a two person hammock that fit my aesthetic and came across this Nicaraguan company that makes the most stunning hammocks you've ever laid your eyes on, and they we're affordably priced as well. Sold!
While I was waiting for my purchase to arrive from overseas, the hubby and I got busy building a hammock stand. Ideally, I would have a couple of trees large enough to hang in between, but that setup just doesn't exist in our backyard. However, we do have banana trees planted on each side of the hammock base we built, so when you're laying down it practically feels like you're lounging in a tropical oasis. Of course, it doesn't hurt that we live in southern California either.
We followed this tutorial and were able to build the whole project in just about two hours. I later stained the wood a deep, dark brown espresso to match the rest of the finished wood throughout our backyard, such as the fence and the sectional, both of which we built ourselves.
Taking a load off and relaxing in the backyard have been an absolute pleasure and it's something I aim to enjoy everyday. The hammock has quickly become my favorite spot in the yard and I love lounge, soak up some sun, sip on a cold beer, throw toys for the dogs to retrieve and just relax. The animals like it just as much as I do and often clamor to get in the hammock as they see me climbing in. Who knew dogs - or cats - liked hammocks too?!
Below is a photo sequence documenting our afternoon project. If you've been thinking about adding a relaxation station you your outdoor space, I urge you to complete this build project - it's so quick and easy to make, provides instant gratification and offers the perfect place to unwind. Enjoy!