Friday, January 7, 2011

Hammock / Trampoline Sleeping.

I thought I would throw this in here just because it is a little bit different.  Basically I am going to advocate the use of a hammock or a trampoline for sleeping in instead of a traditional bed.  For the past three years I have been sleeping in a hammock.  This worked great except they take up a lot of floor space so when I made the dome I decided to try using a trampoline base as the bed/second floor.

The main reason for this would be comfort... both hammocks (when used properly) and trampolines are extremely comfortable.  I had to use a regular bed for three months and was sore for the first month then merely slept badly for the next two.  Besides the comfort factor there is also the cost.  A good hammock or trampoline is around $200 - $300, which compared to what a lot of my friends have spent on beds and mattresses is a bargain.

You also have to consider that when using a matteress you essentially have a 6+ inch thick blanket on the bottom part of your body.  This means that in the summer you have to compensate by using air conditioning so that you don't overheat.  With a hammock or trampoline there is only a thin layer of cloth under you.  If you want it to be warm you can add blankets, but in the summer it will be substantially cooler saving you money on AC.


Hammocks

If you are thinking about going the hammock route, I would suggest a quilted hammock with spreader bars.  Make sure that where the rope goes through the bar it is beveled so that it does not cut into the rope over time.  You will need about 18ft to set it up indoors if you use the stand.  The key is to sleep diagonally so that it flattens out allowing you to sleep mostly level.  Also pull the hammock almost as tightly as possible to further reduce the curve.  I sleep on my side mostly and have never had any trouble.  When I was hiking the AT I used a hennesy-hammock instead of a tent and was very pleased with it.  It does not have the spreader bars, but still manages to maintain a mostly flat bottom.  I am not sure why anyone still uses a tent with these things around.


Trampolines

I have been sleeping on  the trampoline at the top of this article for a couple of weeks now.  So far it seems equally comfortable to the hammock.  It is a lot tighter than I was expecting, I am a heavy guy and it only indents a couple of inches when I get in, however the tension is very even so there are no hard spots.  I have it attached 8ft above the floor which is semi-transparent... this was a little distracting at first.

Because it is winter I have a bunch of blankets that I sleep on top of.  In the summer I will probably just have a thin sheet.  They make square trampolines if you were considering putting one in a standard room.

Both hammocks and trampolines have significant storage space underneath making them good for small spaces, and they are much easier to move.  One thing that is probably worth mentioning is that they are quite heavy to ship.  If you do order through amazon it would definitely be worth signing up for "amazon prime" which gives you free shipping for $80 a year.

10 comments:

rachel said...

You need to post a new update and pics with all the new layers of papercrete and what the trampoline looks like.

Diana Trimble said...

I just ordered a trampoline as I recently moved into a place with super-high ceilings and large rooms and due to an injury have had to give up running, which is how I normally stay fit. However, I am going to use it double-duty, as a base for a sleeping surface, probably topped with an orthaopedic mattress topper I currently use, and which I can store underneath, with the other bedding. I'll let you know how it goes and will send pictures but I'm very excited at the idea. I've been looking and looking for bedframes as I already have a good mattress and topper, but even the most hideous and cheap-looking seem costly. And ones with drawers underneath cost even more. I love the idea of having something functional that saves space by doing two jobs and also I am looking forward to the comfort of the strong tension underneath the topper. May even upgrade to a memory foam topper but will see how it goes. Also, I agree that hammocks are great to sleep in. People sometimes wrongly assume that they encourage curving the spine in an unhealthy way but I think just the reverse is true. I went on a trip to the Amazon forest with a fractured rib and I swear that sleeping in hammocks was the very best thing for it. In fact, it would have been impossible for me to get in and out of a regular bed. A trampoline is a different matter, but intuitively seems like the ideal firmness to sleep on, plus I love the expandability of space and covered with a bunch of pillows, it will be great at parties too! Found your site looking for other people sleeping on trampolines! We should form a special interest group. ;-)

Diana Trimble said...

I just ordered a trampoline as I recently moved into a place with super-high ceilings and large rooms and due to an injury have had to give up running, which is how I normally stay fit. However, I am going to use it double-duty, as a base for a sleeping surface, probably topped with an orthaopedic mattress topper I currently use, and which I can store underneath, with the other bedding. I'll let you know how it goes and will send pictures but I'm very excited at the idea. I've been looking and looking for bedframes as I already have a good mattress and topper, but even the most hideous and cheap-looking seem costly. And ones with drawers underneath cost even more. I love the idea of having something functional that saves space by doing two jobs and also I am looking forward to the comfort of the strong tension underneath the topper. May even upgrade to a memory foam topper but will see how it goes. Also, I agree that hammocks are great to sleep in. People sometimes wrongly assume that they encourage curving the spine in an unhealthy way but I think just the reverse is true. I went on a trip to the Amazon forest with a fractured rib and I swear that sleeping in hammocks was the very best thing for it. In fact, it would have been impossible for me to get in and out of a regular bed. A trampoline is a different matter, but intuitively seems like the ideal firmness to sleep on, plus I love the expandability of space and covered with a bunch of pillows, it will be great at parties too! Found your site looking for other people sleeping on trampolines! We should form a special interest group. ;-)

Brandon Hoult said...

Good to hear someone else is doing this. I have been sleeping in mine for a couple of years now and have no complaints. I think indoors the trampoline will probably last essentially forever. Mine is still basically the same as when I got it.

By comparison it seems silly to deal with worn out mattresses that have to be rotated and cleaned.

Let me know how it works out... I think out special interest group will be pretty small though.

johnny moses said...

if any of you are still monitoring this thread, i would be very interested in hearing what Diana Trimble's review is on using the trampoline as a bed as I am considering doing the same, partly due to sports injury and also due to restricted space that prevents me from having a 8-12ft trampoline and bed at the same time.

Bobby Jassos said...

Did you know a half an hour jog is equal to ten minutes of jump on a trampoline & it is much easier on your joints!?!! It really is a fun, healthy activity the entire family will enjoy for years to come.

NgocTu Nguyen said...
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NgocTu Nguyen said...

Amazing way of using trampoline I found here. I aslo suggest that using indoor trampoline, you may not find a hammock trampoline here trampolines but other types of trampolines.
Sure, you still need a bed :))

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