Is it brutally hot where you are? In New York, the temps are hovering around 100 degrees. The New York Times recorded these record-breaking temperatures in the Northeast: “The high of 103 in New York broke a record for the date. Baltimore hit 105, the highest temperature recorded since 1983, and in Boston, the temperature reached 100 degrees for the first time since 2002.” They also report little reprieve in sight for us.
Some folks around here have taken to sleeping in their screened-in porches instead of cranking up energy-sucking air conditioners in the evenings. We have a hammock on our porch that doubles as an overnight accommodation. It’s not for everyone, but hammocks have been a staple in our family for years. Here’s a picture of my sister-in-law sleeping peacefully in womb-like comfort when she was a kid (now she has three of her own) in the family’s hammock.
This basic hammock uses just a sheet, curtain or a piece of cloth and a rope.
House and Home provides two fresh hammock designs (one for the country and one for the city). They both require a sewing machine, stainless steel grommets, S-hooks, loop chains and steel rods. The hammocks are designed to be tied between trees, but can just as easily be affixed to hooks screwed into backyard fences or front porch walls. Here are the step-by-step directions.