Feeling a little short on joy lately? This inspired reimagining of a hammock-style single swing could just be the thing to reinvigorate that waning smile of yours!
Though compact, our Sunbrella Gateway Aloe Cushioned Single Swing packs plenty of other craftsmanship perks as well a 40-inch cumaru spreader bar, hammock-style clew knots securing the spray of hanging ropes to zinc-plated hanging rings, two rows of brass-colored rolled-rim grommets and a double lockstitched border of the same solid-color fabric as the seatback. Relaxation this fine will only make you greedy for more, so we figured we had better construct this swing to last!
Despite the advanced weatherability of a Nags Head Hammocks product, we do always recommend storing it in an enclosed dry place away from harsh chemicals and foraging wildlife during prolonged bad weather and other protracted periods when it's going unused, to ensure its longest possible life.
Not only is the craftsmanship of our swings the highest level of quality, but we also choose the highest quality outdoor fabrics as well. We use a combination of Sunbrella® Fabric and our in-house brand DuraCord® Fabric. Sunbrella branded fabric is the foremost fabric in the outdoor industry made from 100% solution-dyed acrylic. Solution-dyed acrylic, which means the fibers of the fabric are dyed in a color before they are woven into the fabric. Sunbrella is not printed or dyed after the fabric is made. Sunbrella® is water-resistant and will not fade. You can even soak it in bleach and the color will remain the same. Here is why we use Sunbrella® fabric on the tops of our swings. DuraCord® is not only fast drying but is also resistant to rot, mold, mildew, and staining, as well as Sunbrella. We use the DuraCord Fabric on the bottom of our Fabric Swings because DuraCord has better abrasion resistance than Sunbrella.
Our own proprietary solution-dyed synthetic blend of rope, DuraCord, blends the softness of cotton with the durability of polyester. Made in the Carolinas, this combination yields a rope that has excellent color steadfastness and a superior feel. DuraCord is dyed when spun, producing a rope that is colored all the way through. Like a carrot when sliced open, DuraCord has the same color on both the inside and the outside. Our DuraCord rope is the densest rope on the swing market at 85 ft./lb., this results in less stretching and increased support when relaxing in your swing.
Cumaru Spreader Bar
A Brazilian hardwood similar to teak, Cumaru, is 5 times harder and denser than pine, cedar, and redwood. Our Cumaru hardwood has a history of outstanding outdoor performance. Even after years of use, our Cumaru hardwood ages naturally to a beautiful silver-grey without losing any of its durability. Our Cumaru Spreader bars are a full 1 inch thick, compared to most other competitors’ spreader bars that measure at ⅞ inch. Our spreader bars also feature countersink drilled holes. Countersink drilling is a technique that uses a trumpet drill bit that produces a hole with no hard angles, allowing the rope to pass through without any sharp edges to wear the rope.
Rolled Rim Grommets with Spur Washers
We are very particular with every aspect of our swings even down to the grommets on all our tufted swings. Every grommet we use has tiny spurs on the back of the connecting washer forcing part of the fabric into the lip of the grommet itself, creating a more secure bond. We have also experimented with making the fabric around the grommet stronger by sewing an “X” on the fabric before placing the grommet, by adding that extra stitching it gives those tiny spurs more fabric to grip onto. The industry standard, however, is the telescoping grommet, which our testing has shown rips lose from the fabric before the rolled-rim grommet every time.
Each of our Single Cushioned Swings are filled with a non-absorbent 1.5” Urethane Foam that is sewn in between the two layers of fabric. The foam adds a pillow-like softness to the already comfortable fabric seat. The Foam Center is a nonabsorbent material allowing water to drain through and provide quick drying.>
We plate all our hanging hardware with Zinc Plated Coating, including both tree hooks that come standard with our swings. The zinc-plated coating prevents the accumulation of rust and ensures a longer outdoor life. Our very own One-piece ring-knot and chain, a product of years of development, permanently attaches the chain to the O-ring. This produces a swing that is more durable and most importantly makes it impossible to lose the chain.
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