All hail the mighty spreader bar! Possibly the greatest innovation of Original Pawleys Island founder Joshua John "Cap'n Josh" Ward, this compact wooden beam handsomely frames both ends of the classic American hammock. But it also does so much more! With our family-size Presidential hammock, you fully appreciate the crucial role of these hole-drilled bars of warmly varnished oak. Even as the hammock's ropes gently cocoon directly around your reclining body, that pair of spreaders holds this oversize beauty open wide, so you never feel uncomfortably confined. Instead, the sense is one of supreme support, yet with the freedom to just roll around and wallow. And let's face it, a little wallowing is just plain good for ya now and then! Polyester rope means heightened weatherability yet cottony softness, so your family is set to comfortably wallow on and on and on.