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Grand Trunk Supports Sweet Spot Hammock Hangers Kickstarter Campaign

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Grand Trunk Supports Sweet Spot Hammock Hangers

Start-up brings hammocks to college dorm rooms and encourages relaxation

SKOKIE, Ill., – (Aug. 28, 2015) –Grand Trunk, a leading manufacturer of hammocks and travel accessories, is excited to show its support for Sweet Spot Hammock Hangers. Sweet Spot is a start-up formed by Derek Plumb – a recent college graduate turned Student Affairs professional dedicated to improve the college experience for students. 

Sweet Spot Hammock Hangers designs brackets used to hang a hammock under the standard issue, loft-style beds commonly found in dorm rooms. Grand Trunk will provide its award winning hammocks for Sweet Spot, customized to fit the length of these dorm-style beds. 

Having traveled through Central America sleeping in hammocks, Plumb got the idea to bring a hammock into his dorm room as a place to relax and catch an afternoon nap. Research shows that college students are among the most sleep-deprived demographics in the U.S., and the sterile environment of dorm rooms is often more akin to a cell than a place that nurtures critical and creative thinking.

“I came up with the idea to put hammocks in dorm rooms after experiencing the stress and fatigue of college firsthand,” notes Plumb. “Bringing an inherently relaxing and comfortable hammock into this inherently stressful environment just made perfect sense to me.”

Studies have shown that the gentle swinging motion of hammocking has a synchronizing effect on the brain that improves sleep quality and concentration for reading and learning. Lying in a hammock also eliminates pressure points and aligns the spine, relaxing muscles and stimulating blood circulation. 

“Sweet Spot Hammock Hangers shares a similar ethos with our brand,” says Jon Neff, VP and co-founder for Grand Trunk. “Grand Trunk was built around the many benefits of hammocking, and as fellow entrepreneurs dedicated to this cause, we applaud Derek for his passion and wish him all the best in this endeavor.”

Students at 31 schools can rent or purchase their own Sweet Spot Hammock Hanger kit from Plumb’s Kickstarter campaign. Sweet Spot’s goal is to raise $15,000, and if fully funded, the plan is to expand the use of hammocks across college dormitories and other non-traditional hangouts. 

For more information or to back this project, please visit To learn more about Grand Trunk’s award winning hammocks, visit

About Grand Trunk
Grand Trunk makes goods for the road less traveled, and anyone who values meaningful connections with nature, embracing new cultures, and exploring outdoor adventure. Founded in 2002 by two intrepid entrepreneurs who met while backpacking through Thailand, their shared passion for travel and the authentic outdoor lifestyle inspired Grand Trunk’s first line of travel hammocks. Over the past decade the brand has expanded and evolved to encompass a wide assortment of adventure travel gear and accessories. To view Grand Trunk’s complete range of products, please visit