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My sister and her husband have 6 (soon to be 7) grandchildren living close by. To keep them entertained when they visit brother-in-law created this area we call the Childrens Resort.

There are lots of inexpensive ideas here anyone could try.

Children's Resort

Childrens Resort

This is an overview of the area – it is a small wooded area not far from the patio where the parents gather so it is easy to keep an eye on the kids while the play.

Hammock
Every resort needs at least one hammock. This one has been in place for 5 years now and has even been left out most of the winter some years. It comes in two sizes and is made of polyester sports net and is perfect for areas like this. Note the wood chips on the ground beneath the hammock – they are there to create a soft landing spot in case anyone falls out. Usually Granddad 🙂 . Wood chips have also been used under the swings as well.

Sandbox Area

Sandbox Area

The sandbox play area is just a load of sand dumped in a suitable spot. There are enough toys stored there to keep the cats out and the free form of the area encourages the kids to play “outside the box”.

Although the trees provide a lot of shade the sun does peek through and is a problem when the leaves are gone, in the spring and fall. So the next step will be to install a couple of shade sails. It will be easy here because we can custom make them to go from tree to tree and simply attach them to the trees.

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We’ve received tremendous response to our Make Your Own Hammock Workshops and look forward to seeing many of you at our shop this spring/summer.  At The Bay Hammock Company we specialize in making custom hammocks so you can customize yours to suit the spot where it is to hang:

  1. Choose a place to hang the finished hammock, it may be between two trees, on your patio or deck, or maybe in a family room or sun porch. Measure the length of space carefully – to make a standard size hammock you will need at least 12′. You could shorten the hammock to a minimum space of 8 1/2′. Just be sure to measure carefully from hanging point to hanging point before you come to make your hammock.
  2. Also check the width of the space you are planning to use. Our standard hammocks come in three widths: 48″, 54″, and 60″. If need be you could make a one as narrow as 36″ or as wide as 65″ but be sure to call us before you come so we can have the proper size spreader bars ready for you.
  3. Another option is to make a hammock with only one spreader bar – it will be 54″ wide at the end where the spreader bar is and then narrow down to a few inches. The advantage of this hammock it that you can hang the narrow end in a corner, saving a lot of space. Another advantage is that the hammock is very stable – the end where you put your head is spread out so the hammock does not close in around your face, then it hugs your body gently as it narrows towards your feet.
  4. The last option is to make a Yucatan-style hammock, These have no spreader bars and can fit easily into a lot of spots too narrow for the other styles. The disadvantage of the Yucatan-style is that it takes a lot of rope and you will need to do a lot of weaving. Our team gets very tired when they first start to make Yucatan hammocks.
Yucatan-style Rope Hammock

Yucatan-style Rope Hammock

Single Spreader Bar Hammock

Single Spreader Bar Hammock

Regular Rope Hammock

Regular Rope Hammock

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Outdoor Hammock

Outdoor Hammock

Outdoors on a beautiful day, swinging in a hammock, sipping a cool drink., enjoying the ocean breezes. It is something we all dream of and, of course, the hammock we swing it should be worry free and easy care.
It is important to know that not all hammocks are created equal. When selecting an outdoor hammock, look for one that will stand up to the elements where you live. Outdoor hammocks should have UV protection, the rope should be solution dyed to reduce fading and should be rot and mildew resistant. If you live near the ocean,ocen spay should not effect them. Nylon and polyester rope make the best outdoor hammocks.
Make sure the wood in the spreader bars is strong and will weather well. Wood from hardwood trees is best.
It is a good idea to look for hammocks that are made in a climate where they are to be used. These makers of hammocks understand the forces of nature your outdoor hammock will need to deal with.

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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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