There are three major types of hammocks: 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 fro 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, yourself? What are the weight capacity
considerations? And, of course, how much are you willing to spend?
Rope hammocks are usually 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 very comfortable. They are also generally more durable than
other types of hammocks. When choosing 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 in 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 design is 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
unsurpassed 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 can fade over time if exposed to direct sunlight.