While hammocks are dreamy and romantic in theory, in reality, getting in and out of one can feel about as elegant as Kramer from Seinfeld sliding into a room with a stunned look on his face. And while they may be comfortable to sleep in with the right cushioning and shade, that’s about all they’re good for.
So, for those of us who want to enjoy that suspended feeling for an extended period of time without the awkwardness of the mount and dismount, there’s always the ever-relaxing hanging chair.
Kind of a nod back to the 70s and decidedly an homage to the notion of that tropical vacation that’s ever out of reach, a great hanging chair can give us the sense of lounging poolside without taking away our ability to get a little work done.
Somehow, sitting Indian-style in a cocoon-like structure brings about more zen than perching oneself at a desk in front of a computer or hunching over a laptop in an easy chair, and taking an occasional break to enjoy your surroundings is a critical element of stress reduction.
If you think about it, it’s an exercise in balance in more ways than one.