We usually think of hammocks as outdoor furniture, but I’ve often recommended that clients put a hammock in a large unused room. Unused rooms are too yin for a home, and the correction is simply to use that room. Once a hammock is in a room, it will most likely be used. The hammock can be held by a freestanding frame, or it can be stretched between two hooks. The advantage of the hammock between two hooks is that it can quickly and easily be put away.
We keep a hammock in our bedroom, and it mostly hangs in a corner, and occasionally gets unfurled for taking a nap or reading a book. I’m one of those people who needs a pillow for a hammock to feel most comfortable. What anyone should avoid are hammocks with stretcher bars—those kinds of hammocks can easily tip over and out you go.
What brings this to mind is a photo in a back issue of Architectural Digest (the November 2017 issue; I don’t have permission to post the photo here, but if you follow that link, you can see it)—which shows a hammock in a living room! The article is about the midcentury designer Ward Bennett and a book about him by the same name. The room is plenty big and it looks out onto a lovely view. The same thing applies to hanging chairs, but be sure you hang them securely. A molly bolt in sheet rock ain’t gonna do it!