A Wikipedia definition of design is as follows: Design is "a road map or a strategic approach for someone to achieve a unique expectation.
In this approach we are going to discuss options for using a hammock in your backyard design.
If you live in a tract housing area which is also referred to as cookie cutter housing then you know every house looks very similar.
This also includes the backyard areas, often it will have a very basic ground covering like rock or just left empty for you to complete.
This is where hammock ideas for the backyard come into play, just because your home may look like your neighbor doesn’t mean your backyard has to.
If you don’t live in a tract community most of this information may still apply.
What is going to be your focal point in your backyard?
If your home as an open concept floor plan more than likely you will have a sight line directly into your backyard, so what do you want people to notice first?
Or if not an open concept when you enter your backyard what is the first thing you want your guest to focus on or see?
Maybe you have a swimming pool (lucky you) if so then the pool by sear volume is going to take center stage.
But without a pool maybe it is a fire pit? Or perhaps you have beautiful outdoor furniture?
If none of the above, then perhaps you should consider making your hammock the focal point.
Your hammock is all about relaxation.
When someone spots a hammock more than likely they first impression is going to be ahhh that looks relaxing.
That is if you make the hammock look inviting, this can be done by several methods:
First the hammock needs to be setup properly, if is dragging on the ground or showing wear and tear then it is not very inviting.
Second what the hammock is hung from can also make a statement, if it is between two trees, the trees themselves can help set the mood.
If you are using a hammock stand then a high quality stand with stunning features will make the hammock even more inviting and make your outdoor area shine.
A garden hammock can be total paradise.
If you have a small garden area that features a variety of different trees, shrubs or maybe a stone pathway it is the perfect setting for a hammock.
The centerpiece can be your hammock, where you or your guests are surrounded by beauty as you relax in total comfort.
The surrounding trees, plants or flowers will add to the feeling of well being and comfort.
Setup your hammock by the swimming pool.
When you think of poolside normally it is lounge chairs or other outdoor furniture, often used to sunbathe after a swim.
How nice would it be to have your hammock poolside so when you are done swimming you can relax and get some sun in your hammock?
If it is a 100% soft cotton hammock then you don’t have to worry about getting burnt which could happen with a metal lounge chair that has been sitting in the sun.
Making your hammock an extension of your patio area.
Getting back to the tract home scenario, maybe you don’t have a garden area or a swimming pool.
Not to worry you can still feature your hammock.
One way of doing this is to create a pathway directly to the hammock from your patio, by a stepping stone path or directly off your patio.
The bottom line is when you exit your back door onto your patio the hammock is the first thing you see.
If you have a beautiful hammock with bright bold colors it is going to add pop to your outdoor living space and catch the eye as soon as you exit the back door.
Using your hammock in a small space.
There are many hammock lovers that don’t have a backyard to speak of and are lucky if they have a small pad in their so called backyard.
A hammock can still be used even in a very small footprint; it may require some creative thinking on how to position it so it is not in your way.
Another idea for a very small space is a hammock chair because they require a very small area and they can be taken down easily when not in use.
If you don’t have a support structure for a hammock chair you may have to invest in a stand, which you can use indoors or outdoors.
In a small or large footprint if you are using a hammock stand of any type you can always place flower pots on each end to add a pop of color and enhance your living space.
Making your backyard hammock easily accessible
Seems simple enough, but is your design laid out in such a way that you can easily access your hammock?
Imagine you have your favorite beverage, that book you want to read forever because a good friend said it is a must read.
Now do you have to go through an obstacle course to get to your relaxing hammock or is it easy peasy and has you relaxing in no time?
The easier it is to use the more you will use your hammock, if you have to set it up or trek into the wilderness to get to it the less you will enjoy.
The final word about backyard hammock design.
No matter what size your backyard area is or how fancy your outdoor living space may be one thing is certain you will be able to relax with a hammock.
It should be your final destination after a long day at the office or a hectic work week; there are only so many minutes in the week.
How will you use them?