About this project
Who are we?
Yellow Leaf Hammocks was founded with two objectives in mind: 1) to help stressed out Americans have fun, relax and tap into their creativity and 2) to foster sustainable economic development for marginalized communities, while simultaneously combating social ills like child labor and deforestation.
We are committed to spreading positive social change on all fronts: economic, environmental, social & cultural- all from the comfort of a hammock!
Our artisan weavers come from one of the poorest, most exploited communities in Northern Thailand. Through the creation and sale of their insanely comfy, expertly crafted hammocks, they have been empowered to change their trajectory and overcome the obstacles that have plagued them- slash & burn deforestation, families forced into servitude in back-breaking toxic agriculture and a complete lack of economic opportunity.
What is our project?
For a long time now, we’ve believed that everyone should be able to hammock year-round (yes, even in the winter). Unfortunately, not too many living rooms come equipped with tree branches strong enough to hold a hammock and traditional hammocks are too big to put indoors anyways.
So we went to the drawing board and created a fresh, modern piece of furniture that will support our recliner-esque Sitting Hammock in about the same footprint of floor space that a regular armchair would take up (4 ft. footprint!). We worked with a Swiss textile engineer (so you know it's good) to develop the Sitting Hammock (think La-Z-Boy version of a hammock - it's part tree swing, part recliner that stretches out to full body length - 7 ft)!
We're raising funds through Kickstarter to build the prototype and initiate manufacturing for this freshly designed Hammock Stand.
You will have the option to choose from three wood and three metal finishes.
We’ve created a stand that fits perfectly with the fun, fresh aesthetics of our hammocks. Like a Yellow Leaf Hammock, our design is weatherproof, eco-friendly, finely crafted and built to last.
This hammock can replace an armchair in the home or out on the deck and will create an oasis of calm where hammockers can kick back & truly relax- all year round, anywhere they choose.
With our customizable variety of finishes, this stand can suit a range of styles, from shabby chic to modern loft. Our wood options include renewable bamboo and reclaimed industrial oak beams, carefully cleaned and finished to preserve the hallmarks of beauty and strength. For more information on stands and custom finishes, please visit our FAQ.
The stand will be manufactured in the U.S. by local artisans, with a simple three-step home assembly process.
Tell Me More About These Hammocks...
As a social enterprise, we know we can only continue to grow and do good by making our customers very happy people.
Luckily, Yellow Leaf Hammocks are amazing products: insanely comfy, incredibly durable, strikingly beautiful, seriously strong and expertly crafted by hand. (That’s like the apex of awesomeness for hammocks!)
Our weaves have been technically engineered to contour to your body and leave you feeling lighter than air. The close-knit, free-flowing weave shifts with your movements to support you in any position and our yarn is cashmere soft.
To achieve this level of unmatched comfort, each Yellow Leaf Hammock is 100% handwoven by an expert artisan weaver. It can take up to 10 days of work, 150,000 interwoven loops, and 4 and a half miles of yarn to create our most intricate designs!
Although Yellow Leaf Hammocks appear delicate, they can actually support up to 550 lbs! Our superstrong microyarns are interlooped into our signature Triple Weave, a proprietary design that offers triple reinforcement at each connection point.
A Yellow Leaf Hammock will endure through the seasons. These hammocks are weatherproof, and colorfast too! Their bright colors do not fade. Unlike other hammocks, they won’t break down or pill.
Each hammock comes in its own tote, made out of eco-friendly repurposed parachute material. All of our hammocks weigh 1-3 lbs, so they pack up perfectly for a day in the park or out on the boat.
How Do I Design my Own Custom Hammock?
One of the most unique, exciting things about Yellow Leaf Hammocks is that they are completely customizable. If you have an idea, we can create a one-of-a-kind, freshly woven hammock to help you show your true colors to the world.
You can design your hammock from the yarn up! You will be able to select the size of hammock that suits your lifestyle, then select the colors you like best- or choose from our existing catalog!
Your inspiration can come from anywhere: your favorite sports team, a beloved work of art, the color scheme in your kid’s room.
If you have more questions about designing a custom hammock, please check out that section of our FAQ.
After the campaign closes, our "Hammock Concierge" will walk you through the design process.
All you need to do for now is select your size:
A couple notes on our other awesome rewards...
The Yellow Leaf Kickstarter T-Shirt will be a Limited Edition Tee, specially designed for our backers and made of cushy, organic cotton.
The T-Shirt above is just an example of a previous Yellow Leaf T- but doesn't it look great on him?
These are a couple shots of Mowgli enjoying a Yellow Leaf Mini Hammock. Fun for Fido & Fluffy- or just to showcase a plethora of produce in the kitchen.
Very Special Thanks to our Producer & Videographer Matt Harkins, Designer & Engineer Bryce Gibson and Artist & Model Emily Smith.
Yes, a Yellow Leaf Hammock will make an awesome Christmas gift. If we are fully funded when the campaign ends on December 18, we will mail out a specially designed gift card the next day. We will contact you to make sure we have the correct shipping information and you can decide whether you want the package sent to your home or directly to the recipient.
This is a GREAT way to give a Yellow Leaf Hammock. With the special gift card in hand, they will be able to consider their design choices and put their hammock into production when the time is right for them. And once they have their custom hammock strung up, they will be able to appreciate your thoughtfulness all over again!
Once the project is funded, we will contact you for your shipping information and begin shipping out rewards. Our limited edition T-shirts will be sent out in early January.
We anticipate it will take about 2-3 months from the end of the campaign to finalize our prototype and deliver the FIRST RUN of hammock stands!
Yes. For international shipping, please include a $30 shipping charge with your pledge. All of our shipments are carbon free through our partnership with the Carbon Fund.
Sitting Hammock Hammock:
Optimal Hanging Width: 3.75 ft.
Optimal Hanging Height: 5.5 ft.
Queen Size Hammock:
Bed dimensions: 6 ft. L x 7.5 ft. W
Optimal Hanging Distance: 9-10 ft.
Optimal Hanging Height: 5.5 ft.
King Size Hammock:
Bed dimensions: 7 ft. L x 9 ft. W
Optimal Hanging Distance: 10-11 ft.
Optimal Hanging Height: 5.5 ft.
For now, all you need to do is pick out the size you'd like- King, Queen or Sitting.
After the campaign closes, we will contact you and walk you through the design process- it's simple and fun! Most people tell us the hardest part is picking out the colors they want to include, so take a peek at those color swatches up above and start dreaming up your perfect combo!
How they hold up under different weather conditions? Will the colors fade in the sun, and will they deteriorate if left out during rain storms?
That is one of my FAVORITE questions to answer, because our hammocks are some of the most durable ones on the market. The yarn is weatherproof and colorfast, so it will not fade, pill or deteriorate if you leave it outside for a whole "hammocking season." It is also quick-drying, so it's not susceptible to mold or mildew.
We made sure our hammocks could be strung up all season long because we want you to be able to enjoy a few spontaneous moments of hammocking every day, worry-free!
The stand is approximately 43 inches wide and 48 inches long. We designed it to be a replacement for a traditional armchair in your living room or a deck chair out on the patio so it will only take up about a 4 ft footprint!
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