FIG. 1 illustrates an example of a truck hammock 100. The truck hammock 100 is configured to allow a hammock to be suspended over the bed of a truck. In particular, the truck hammock 100 provides the structural support necessary for a hammock to be installed in the bed of a pickup truck providing a place for a user to sleep or relax.
FIG. 1 shows that the truck hammock 100 can be installed in a vehicle bed 102. For example, the vehicle bed 102 can be in a pickup truck or other vehicle. A pickup truck, often simply referred to as a pickup or pick-up, is a light motor vehicle with an open-top, rear cargo area (bed). Although a vehicle bed is used herein as exemplary, one of skill in the art will appreciate, however, that the truck hammock 100 can be installed in any vehicle or in any other area of similar size and dimensions.
FIG. 1 also shows that the truck hammock 100 includes a hammock 104. A hammock 104 is a sling made of fabric, rope, or netting, suspended between two points, used for swinging, sleeping, or resting. The hammock 104 normally consists of one or more cloth panels, or a woven network of twine or thin rope stretched with ropes between two firm anchor points such as trees or posts. The hammock 100 supports a user while sitting or lying down and can be used for relaxing or as a lightweight bed. Additionally or alternatively, the hammock 100 can include a cover.
FIG. 1 further shows that the truck hammock 100 can include a bed support 106. The bed support 106 is configured to attach to the vehicle bed 102 to support the hammock 104 as described below. In particular, the bed support 106 attaches to a side of the vehicle bed and provides a support which will bear the weight of the hammock 104 and a user resting in the hammock 104. Additionally or alternatively, the bed support 106 can elevate the hammock 104 relative to the vehicle bed 102. As used in the specification and the claims, the phrase “configured to” denotes an actual state of configuration that fundamentally ties recited elements to the physical characteristics of the recited structure. As a result, the phrase “configured to” reaches well beyond merely describing functional language or intended use since the phrase actively recites an actual state of configuration.