Have you ever been away from home, stuck in a school library or behind a work desk, and wished you could catch a quick nap? College student Aqil Raharjo dreamed up the perfect solution: Schnap, a portable hammock that you can attach to a desk for a few blissful minutes of rest on a hectic day.
Raharjo, a second year graphic design student at Ontario’s OCAD University, noticed that many of his friends would stay at the campus overnight to work on projects. Inevitably they’d get tired and long for a rest, but desks and chairs didn’t make for a cozy sleep space. He observed they often just settled for sleeping while sitting up, which besides being uncomfortable, couldn’t be good for their muscles.
So he designed Schnap, an all-inclusive “nap in a snap.” A canvas pouch holds the hammock, two clamps, and two table protectors that the clamps screw into so they don’t wreck university or company property. The ends of the hammock loop onto the clamps so it can be easily strung below a desk.
Even better, the canvas pouch is reversible and moonlights as a pillow. It can be stuffed with a sweatshirt or sweater and then velcroed back together to really boost the quality of the nap. Raharjo only had one week to fabricate his design for a class project, and found it came in handy right away after his presentation.
“After I presented my product to the class, the professor asked me, ‘Is there anything else you’d like us to know?’ I said, ‘No, I think I’m done, I just need some sleep.’ At this point I wasn’t thinking or referring to my product at all. But then he told me, ‘Great! Now you can actually use your product.’ He knew I barely slept for a week so I set everything up and used my product right away!” said Raharjo.
Images via Aqil Raharjo on Behance