A hammock is a unique type of furniture. There are several major types of hammocks. These include: rope hammocks,
fabric hammocks and string hammocks. The type of hammock you choose will
depend on a variety of factors. Will it be used indoors, outdoors or both?
Is it for camping, travel, sailing or another outdoor activity, or will
the hammock be placed between two fixed objects, such as a pair of trees?
Which is more important: the look or the feel? Who will be the primary
users: kids, neighbors, or yourself? What are the weight capacity
considerations? And, of course, how much are you willing to spend?
The next three sections will answer questions about the different fabrics
that hammocks can be made out of.
Rope hammocks are made of cotton or a polypropylene mix and offer a
classic look and feel. They can be hung between two trees or placed on
a variety of different stands, and, while they will not conform to your
body because of the thick rope, they are quite comfortable. They are
also a lot more durable than other types of hammocks. If you choose a
rope hammock, remember that the smaller the space between the ropes, the
more comfortable it will be.
Fabric Hammocks have been woven for thousands of years and canvas
versions were popularized by the Navy during the 18th and 19th
centuries. Fabric hammocks offer comfort and durability, and, if it's
well-made, are very easy to maintain. Fabric hammocks are very
comfortable, especially the one without spreader bars, and this style
is often used in place of a bed. Keep in mind that fabric hammocks,
because of their close weave, generally offer less ventilation, but
there are several, quality, synthetic fabric hammocks on the market
that can wick away moisture.
String, or Mayan Style Hammock date back over 1000 years. The ingenious
web-like designs are still woven today by thousands of highly trained
artisans in Mexico, Guatemala; their unique design allows Mayan hammocks
to conform to your body shape, offering maximum comfort. Ventilation, size
and weight capacity are superb with this style of hammock. String hammocks
allow perfect ventilation without any uncomfortable waffle side effects.
The overall size and weight capacity of these string hammocks is
unsurpassed. Care should be taken, as the beautiful colors and patterns
might fade over time if they are exposed to direct sunlight.
Another key item to think about when purchasing a hammock is the size and
use of the hammock. Hammocks come in several different sizes. There are
single person hammocks and multiple person hammocks. Single person hammocks
are generally much smaller and cannot support larger weight capacities. Multiple
person hammocks are larger and often more sturdy. These hammocks are often
designed for two or more people and can take up a lot of space in between
or on a patio area.
Another thing to think about for prospective hammock owners when they are considering
purchasing a hammock is the style of decor that the hammock will be used to complement.
Many hammocks are colored with white or a designed using earth tones to match most
types of decor. However, some hammocks are brightly colored so that the hammocks
will stand out. Depending on the look or feel of the room that you are going for,
it is wise to consider the color of the hammock and whether or not it will match an existing
Once you have taken these things into consideration, you should be in a better position to
make an informed hammock purchase. You should also be able to identify the different types of
hammocks and to decide which hammock is right for your house or home.