Many of us love the simultaneous idealism and down-to-earth fun of treehouses, but if you haven't got the time or money to build your own treehouse, tree tents can be the next best thing to getting a foothold in the trees. Part hammock, part tent and part mini-treehouse, the Cacoon is made with comfort, style and ease of use in mind.
Made by husband-and-wife team Nick and Sarah of UK-based Hang-In-Out LLP, the Cacoon comes from their years in the sail-making industry, specifically for yachts, and from their experience with working with architectural fabrics. But the Cacoon arose from an inspiration from nature herself: while on a trip to Mexico, the couple was struck by the beauty and coziness of the local weaver birds' nests, and after they went home, they began prototyping what would eventually become this human-sized nest.
Coming in three sizes, the Cacoon is made from extremely durable and weatherproof canvas fabrics, which have been treated for mold-resistance and UV protection. Coming in a variety of bright colours, these textiles are usually used for marine or camping applications. Best of all, assembly is a tool-free affair.
This 6-kilogram (13-pound) tree tent can be packed flat, but holds its shape thanks to its rust-proof aluminum ring. In any case, it's one of the least material-intensive tree tents we've seen thus far. The smallest Cacoon holds up to 220 pounds, the largest size can carry up to 440 pounds, and can be hung from a tree or from a tripod. You can get extras like insect netting, doors and the like, but prices for the smallest, basic Cacoon start from £195.00 (USD $316). Check the Cacoon website for more information.