Story of the Cacoon
Before we begin, a short introduction.
We are husband and wife team, Nick and Sarah. We own hang-in-out LLP; originators of the Cacoon.
Our background is in designing and making sails for ocean-going yachts. We're 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. He's worked on projects like The Eden Project and the Alpine House at Kew Gardens.
He was commissioned to find a new concept in a post-treatment relaxation chair or hammock by 'The Scarlet', luxury Spa Hotel in Cornwall.
And now the star of the show; the Cacoon...
The idea for the Cacoon was born on a Mexican holiday, and sparked by nature.
During a jungle trek we came across a colony of tiny hanging nests; safe little bolt-holes created by the Weaver bird. We were both immediately struck by their unique beauty; they were so peaceful.
After our long, hot day's trekking we 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, our 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.
The Cacoon is available in three fun-filled sizes:
Headroom : 2.5m
Floor space : Ø1.8m
100kg / 220lbs
Headroom : 2.5m
Floor space : Ø1.8m
200kg / 440lbs
Headroom : 2.55m
Floor space : Ø2.1m
200kg / 440lbs
And each size comes in a variety of colours:
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-mould, 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 colours 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 centres; 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.
You can download a simple, printable page of instructions here.
Caring for your Cacoon
Before using your Cacoon we recommend it is washed to remove any residual dye from the fabric.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What comes in the box?
You’ll find everything you need to hang your Cacoon:
1 x Cacoon
1 x 4m of hanging rope with steel carabiner (used to attach to the top of your Cacoon)
1 x set of eight aluminium Cacoon ring sections
1 x Cacoon carry bag.
Where can I hang it?
From any point 2.5m above the ground that has 1.5m space from the nearest vertical surface. Or, buy one of our beautiful tripods.
Are there any weight limits?
Yes, a Cacoon is strong but there have to be some limits:
Double: 200kg / 440lbs
SIngle: 200kg / 440lbs
Bonsai: 100kg / 220lbs
Does the Cacoon come with a warranty?
All our Cacoons come with a one year warranty. Proof of purchase required.
Is it waterproof?
Yes, but unless you get the door the rain will get in.
Can I sleep in a Cacoon?
Of course, but it's not a tent.
Does a Cacoon have a door?
If you want one, yes – you can get one in our store.
Does a Cacoon come with an insect net?
Again, if you want one, yes – you can get one in our store.
Can I take my Cacoon with me on holiday?
It’s lightweight and folds down into a small, handy package. The double Cacoon weighs about 6kg (the single, 5kg) and packs down to 25 x 80cm (the single, 20 x 70cm). Oh, and the aluminium ring won’t rust either, so take it to the beach.
Does it come with cushions?
No, but we can supply sheepskins. We’ll have some links to funky cushion suppliers soon!
Does a Cacoon come with a blanket?
No, but you can use your own. Or, a sleeping bag if you prefer. For a touch of real luxury, throw in a couple of sheepskins.
Will my friends, neighbours and work-mates be jealous of my Cacoon?
Yes, I’m afraid so.