We all know that season’s change. It’s not always a sunny day! You can easily move your hammock if it has a stand. But not everyone is lucky enough to have more space indoors, right? So what should you do? Don’t fret as we lay down all we know about outdoor free-standing hammock storage.
It’s time to put your hammock away until next year’s warm season — unless you’re bold enough to try winter hammock camping! However, if you want your hammock to last for many more seasons, you should take good care of it and store it correctly during the off-season. It’s critical to preserve your hammock accurately. If left outside during the winter, snow and ice can accumulate, putting undue stress on the hammock.
CAN OUTDOOR FREE-STANDING HAMMOCKS BE LEFT OUTSIDE IN THE WINTER OR WHEN IT RAINS?
While some free-standing hammocks can endure a little rain or snow, it’s not a good idea to leave them outside for long amounts of time in such weather. Bringing them inside during inclement season will ensure that you can continue to enjoy your hammock for many more years.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU LEAVE THEM OUT?
The material of your hammock determines how it will react to the elements. When you expose your hammock under long periods of rain and snow, natural materials like cotton can fade, mildew, and rot.
Artificial fibers like nylon and polyester, on the other hand, are significantly more resistant to wear from the weather since they do not rot. However, it is preferable not to put them to the test and keep them indoors during inclement weather.
OUTDOOR FREE-STANDING HAMMOCK STORAGE TIPS
Here are some tips to keep your hammock safe and dry during the wet season!
Before anything else, CLEAN IT!
It might be as easy as removing your child from the hammock. Throughout the summer, some children make tiny hungry noises with dirt on them! Shake the hammock vigorously. You may perform this by yourself by leaving one end linked to the stand or tree and shaking the other.
To begin, combine two ounces of mild detergent with two gallons of warm water. Non-spreader bar hammocks can be hand-washed in the bucket before hanging to dry completely.
DRY IT, of course!
Allow us to remind you again that it should be completely DRY, as dry as the Sahara in August when you put your hammock away. You don’t want mold and mildew to replace you in enjoying your hammock.
FOLD IT properly.
Fold your hammock for storage only when it’s dry!
- Hammocks with no spreader bars: Fold the hammock in half lengthwise, tuck in the cords, and roll it up.
- Brazilian: Fold/stuff it inside the pouch it came in.
- Hammocks with spreader bars: Place the hammock on a clean surface, fold the ring and ropes at one end into the bed, and roll the hammock to the other end with the bar.
PREPARE A GOOD STORAGE CONTAINER
- Indoors in a breathable bag, but not in a musty basement or direct sunshine.
- We don’t like the thought of storing hammocks in the garage or shed. But it’s up and out of the way of vermin, seek for a warm place to stay and something to nibble on to pass the time
- Outside, but only entirely dry and in a weather-tight tote
CHECK IT REGULARLY
Outdoor free-standing hammocks should be cleaned, dried, and kept warm during the winter or rainy season.
For hammock stands, apply a little coat of oil to a wood stand (including spreader bars) or re-seal it. Check for broken pieces in the assembly and repair them as needed to maintain the hammock’s safety when it’s time to use it again—the space required for storing your stand lesser when it’s folded.
If you can’t bring it inside, you can also store your stand in the garage or outside beneath a tarp.
We should properly take care of our outdoor free-standing hammock so we can enjoy it for a long time. Everything needs to take care of, that includes our hammock and its stand. The storage tips mentioned are proven and tested to keep your hammocks happy and healthy during the wet season.
If you have enough space indoors, you can also opt to install your free-standing hammock inside.