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Story of the Cacoon

Before we begin, a short introduction.

Husband and wife team, Nick and Sarah are originators of the Cacoon. Their background is in designing and making sails for ocean-going yachts. They are also experts in architectural fabric and textile technology for onshore structures.

Nick, who started out as a fine furniture maker, is no stranger to creating unique tensile structures with fabric.

The inspiration

The idea for the Cacoon hanging tent was born on a Mexican holiday, and sparked by nature.

During a jungle trek Nick and Sarah came across a colony of tiny hanging nests; safe little bolt-holes created by the Weaver bird. They were both immediately struck by their unique beauty; they were so peaceful.

After a long, hot day's trekking they were enjoying some great food and a few margaritas when inspiration struck.

A long flight home and months of design, iteration and rigorous testing later, the interpretation was complete; the Cacoon.

Just like the Weaver bird, you too can hide away, sheltered and cocooned, but still in touch with your surroundings.

How we make the Cacoon

As you'd expect, all our Cacoons are made to very exacting standards.

We use top grade fabrics, developed for the high demands of the marine and camping industries. A mix of cotton and polyester help retain the soft feel of natural canvas while achieving the longevity of a technical fabric. Each Cacoon is treated for anti-mold, UV protection and water resistance.

Wherever you take your Cacoon, it'll withstand the elements; wind and rain, sun and sea. Its high quality natural canvas and weather-proof colors will resist all you can throw their way.

Cacoon is safe and strong

It's been tested and hung in every type of environment - in the garden; on a hike; in the woods; by the coast; in the office; sports and leisure centers; bedrooms and dens; hotels and adventure playgrounds. In fact, just about everywhere we could think of - inside and out.

Of course, we can't guarantee them for absolutely everything, but use yours properly and your Cacoon will give you years of enjoyment.

Using your Cacoon

Putting your Cacoon together

Tools required: NONE

1. Place your Cacoon on the ground with the door spread open.

2. Build the inner ring by slotting together the sections piece by piece whilst feeding them through the guide loops on the inside of your Cacoon.

3. Once you've fed the sections through all the loops, complete the rest of the ring. You may need to use a little force to align and slot together the last two sections.

4. Pull your Cacoon over the completed ring - using your hands and fingers to lever the final part of the fabric over the ring (the design of your Cacoon relies on the ring fitting tightly - so be prepared to use a little force).

5. Using reef knots, secure the last parts of the inner ring to the horizontal seam with the ties provided.

6. Hang your Cacoon - but before you do, check the branch, beam or bracket is strong enough to take both your weight and that of any friends who may join you.

7. Enjoy!

You can download a simple, printable page of instructions here.

Caring for your Cacoon

You can machine wash the fabric on a cold cycle (no bleach). Put the ring back into your Cacoon and hang dry (do not tumble dry). It's important you don't dry without the ring in place.

And don't even think about getting the iron out - Cacoons don't like irons!

Or, if you prefer (and can't wait before trying it out), simply wash your Cacoon down while it's hanging - outside, obviously. Use warm soapy water before rinsing off with clean water.