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hanging chairs

hanging chairs

Many people ask what the difference is between a hammock chair, a hammock swing and a hanging chair.The answer? Their really is little difference, although you will find many versions of a hanging chair. I can remember when we used to hang wicker tub chairs in our livingroom, (it was a 60s thing!). Today there is a product called an air chair – cannot figure this one out, but it does not look very comfortable to me. Hammock chairs are great. You can swing in them or curl up to read a book while the chair hugs your body close. We use a hanging chair and a hammock porch swing in our shop as seating in our “”conference room”. We have pretty informal meetings at the Bay Hammock Company, but they are exciting enough that no one falls asleep.

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Hanging Chair

Hanging Chair

A hanging chair is a great alternative to a hammock in your garden. If you have a nice large tree in the garden hanging it is simple, select a branch strong enough to handle the weight and hang your swing using the appropriate hardware. If you do not have a tree near the garden you can hang it anywhere you have a strong post or beam – deck, veranda, sun porch, etc.
Your teens would love a hanging chair in their bedrooms – when you sit in a hanging chair it gently wraps itself around you making a cozy spot to read or study.

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If you decide to place a hammock in your flower garden the question then is, how do you hang it? I plan to have two posts installed in cement and plant climbing or trailing flowers to cover them.

Another option is a hammock stand. Most hammock stands require no tools to assemble and are fairly light weight so you can move them around your patio, deck or garden. Hammock stands are quite large (about 15′ long and 5′ wide at the base) so you will require a fair amount of space. If you live in a climate where winter is a factor be sure your hammock stand is situated so you can disassemble it for storage – no permanent vines or shrubs around it.
If you have two trees a suitable distance apart (which seems unlikely in a flower garden) you should use a tree friendly hanging kit. It is simple to install and quite versatile in that your trees can be up to 17′ apart. Be sure the trees are strong enough to handle the weight.

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Garden Hammocks

Garden Hammocks

The time has come for those of us living in northern climates to start planning for this year’s garden. I know that I have been busy looking at seed catalogues, designing a new bed at the front of the house and deciding which perennials I will split or move.
I  think I will add another hammock to the yard this year and put it in the center of the new flower bed. That means planting flowering shrubs, perennials and annuals that will scent the garden throughout the three seasons. Instead of trees to hang the garden hammock I will have posts installed a suitable distance apart and use them. Maybe I will have them designed to hold a plant on top and plant nasturtiums that will trail down and cover the posts a bit.
We are expecting snow today so it is wonderful to sit here and dream of swinging gently in my garden hammock and enjoying the sight and scent of beautiful flowers.

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Why we at The Bay Hammock Company love living and doing business in Nova Scotia:

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This letter to the editor appeared in today’s Halifax Herald:
Maritime warmth

My sister, Lois Young, and I travelled to Mahone Bay to spend this past Christ­mas with our sister Connie Dea. De­spite the storm warnings as Jan. 1 ap­proached, we stuck with our plan and boarded the bus to Halifax on New Year’s Day. Arriving at the terminal, we quickly observed there were NO cabs.
Trying to manage six pieces of lug­gage between us, we made the slow walk along Terminal Road and on to a very snow-covered Lower Water Street. We could almost see our hotel just past the Market – not far.

In the distance, we saw a snowplow approaching. At least one side of the street would be a bit easier to walk on. A few minutes later, the plow returned to clear the other side of the street.

“Where are you gals headed? Are you OK to manage all that luggage?” the young driver asked us. We explained we were halfway there and could make it, to which he replied, “OK then, I will clear the way for you. Follow me” – and he was off in the blizzard with his warm and caring Maritime manner.

I miss Halifax!

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A Beautiful Day at Bay Hammocks

A Beautiful Day at Bay Hammocks

Even though it is winter here we are open at Bay Hammocks. How could we not be on a beauty day like this? We are busy making shade sails to ship to Tucson, AZ.

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