How to store your hammock for Winter

Hammock Hibernation: How to Store Your Hammock for Winter

As the leaves change color and the air gets crisp, it's time to say goodbye to lazy summer days spent swinging in your hammock. But don't toss it in the attic and forget about it until next spring! Proper winter storage will ensure your hammock is ready to welcome you back with open arms (or should we say, slings?) come warmer weather.

Why Proper Storage Matters:

Storing your hammock correctly protects it from the harsh winter elements like rain, snow, and UV rays. This can prevent mildew, rot, and fading, keeping your hammock looking and feeling its best for years to come. Additionally, proper storage safeguards your hammock from critters like rodents and insects who might seek shelter in its cozy folds during the colder months.

Steps to Hammock Hibernation:

    1. Give it a Bath: Before tucking your hammock away, make sure it's completely clean and dry. Wash it according to the manufacturer's instructions, usually with mild soap and water. Never store a damp hammock, as this can lead to mildew growth


    2. Folding Fun: Once dry, fold your hammock neatly. How you fold it depends on the type of hammock you have:

        • Non-spreader bar hammocks: Fold the hammock once end-to-end, tuck in the cords, and make a loose ball.
        • Camping hammocks: Stuff it gently back into its carrying pouch.
        • Spreader-bar hammocks: Lay the hammock flat, fold the ring and ropes at one end onto the bed, and use the bar to roll the hammock towards the other end.
    1. Choosing Your Cave: Now it's time to find your hammock its winter home. Here are some options:

        • Indoors: This is the ideal choice, offering the most protection from the elements. Store your hammock in a dry, well-ventilated area like a closet, attic, or basement. Avoid storing it in direct sunlight, as this can fade the fabric.
        • Garage or Shed: If you don't have space indoors, a garage or shed can work too. However, make sure it's clean, dry, and free of pests. Consider placing your hammock in a sealed container or bag for extra protection.
        • Outdoors (Not Recommended): If you absolutely must store your hammock outdoors, choose a sheltered location out of direct sunlight and rain. Make sure it's completely dry and pack it tightly in a weatherproof bag or container.
    1. Bonus Tip: Add a few mothballs or cedar chips to your storage container to deter pests.

Spring Awakening:

When spring finally arrives, and it's time to dust off your hammock, be sure to give it a quick inspection for any signs of damage. If you stored it outside, wash it again to remove any dust or mildew. Then, find your favorite spot, hang your hammock high, and get ready to relax and sway the winter blues away!

Bonus: Hammock Winter Activities:

Who says you can't enjoy your hammock in winter? If you have a sturdy indoor space, hang your hammock and use it for:

    • Relaxing with a good book or movie
    • Taking a cozy nap
    • Creating a sensory haven with fairy lights and soft blankets
    • Building a winter hammock fort for the kids

With a little care and attention, your hammock can be a year-round source of comfort and relaxation. So follow these tips, store it away safely, and dream of warm breezes and sunny days to come!

January 18, 2024 — Paul Ashwell

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