Hammocks offer an escape from the hurried pace of everyday life. They welcome you to unplug and unwind. Relaxing in a hammock can help relieve that stress and pressure of whatever weighs on your mind and can open you up to the beauty of nature. Lying in a hammock can help to relieve many types of pain but most importantly, many forms of back pain. The subtle contour it has with your back helps relieve ache muscles and stress-induced nerves. Installation is a snap and within minutes you can be on your way to a peaceful rest.
Choosing the Right Hammock
So you want to get a hammock but you’re not sure where to start? We have you covered. In this guide you will be introduced to the main types of hammocks, hammock chairs, types of stands and hanging methods. We’ll even get into types of materials used on hammocks and the properties of each. We want you to be the most informed about hammocks or chairs so you can find the best fit for your needs.
Types of Hammocks
Types of Materials Used and their Applications
Rope hammocks have long been a popular style of hammock because they are inexpensive, durable, portable and lightweight. It can be made with different materials such as:
It is softer than the synthetic rope and is not usually scratchy or itchy on bare skin. Many people prefer cotton rope hammocks for their comfort although both types will almost leave rope impressions on your skin after prolonged use. You can, however, use a blanket or sheet to eliminate the rope prints on your skin
It can last much longer outdoors in comparison to a cotton rope hammock. This is attributed to the fact that these artificial fibers have a stronger resistance to the natural elements.
It is considered as the best material for a rope hammock. This synthetic fabric combines the advantages of both polyester and cotton, providing durability and softness. DuraCord is stain resistant, holds its color, dries very quickly and needs very little maintenance, making it a very popular choice of rope hammock material.
Fabric hammocks are a common type and are found in many family backyards. It is easier to place on stands and easier to carry from one place to the other. Fabric hammocks have been around for thousands of years, and there are some still woven by hand, especially in Brazil. Fabric hammocks have a closed, almost overlapping weave, so it is tough and flexible to heavy use.
Hammocks usually feature two layers of DuraCord or Sunbella, sandwiching a center of fiberfill batting resulting in ultimate comfort. These fabrics are resistance to mildew, mold, rot and staining. One of the best things about this material is that it feels just as soft as cotton.
Hammocks with pillowy perfection. It comes with two layers of DuraCord or Sunbrella fabric sandwich a thick layer of polyester fiber that is often made from recycled materials. Moreover, the fabric is often sewn in lines going across the length of the hammock. These multiple lines occur at regular intervals on the hammock end to end creating peaks and valleys of cushiony comfort.
Just like the pillow-top, tufted also features pillowy perfection. In the case of tufted hammock tops, the comfort derives from the creation of dense clusters of cushion just as it is seen in tufted couches. Typically, the tufted top hammocks will have an attached head-pillow made of matching fabric.
These hammocks feature woven ribbons that are hand crafted of cotton with polyester batting. This hammock is also known as a hybrid hammock since you will experience the best of the both worlds. The ribbon provides a breezy feel with a comfort of a quilted hammock. In addition to this, the soft weave hammocks offer uncanny level of comfort for each season.
There are countless benefits to sleeping in a hammock bed. The gentle rocking motion leads to falling faster asleep and achieving longer, more sustained periods of sleep. The proper hammock weave can also reduce pressure on your joints and back. The end result from sleeping in a hammock is that you’ll awake more refreshed, recover faster when you’re sick or in pain. Here are some of the important factors that you should consider when choosing a hammock bed.
People spend a lot of time trying to pick out the right color bedspread, wallpaper, carpet or paint. Selecting the right hammock for your home should be no different. Is this hammock going to be on the porch where design will be more important? Will be hanging out on your property subject to the elements? Is this hammock going to replace your daybed for long naps or is it going to be more for just hanging out and reading a book? These are important points to consider when deciding which style to choose.
Mayan and Nicaraguan hammocks both feature an elaborate weave that has been perfected over centuries. They feature an interlocking spring weave in which one strand will intertwine with 2-3 others, resulting in a hammock that stretches and adapts according to your own body weight and shape. Brazilian hammocks, with their tighter weave, make for a more solid hammock that’s great for those cooler summer nights.
How is your hammock going to be used? Consider what will work best with your intended use and location. Is this hammock going indoors, outdoors, only summer use or all year long, how many people does it have to accommodate at once, do I have porch space or a good spot between two trees?
Bed Sizes of Hammocks
The bed sizes of hammocks refer to the footprint of the hammock on which you will relax and lounge. The main difference in bed sizes of hammock is the width. The hammock’s width determines whether the hammock is for a single person or multiple people.
Family or King
King or Family sized hammocks are sufficiently big. They are intended to accommodate 2-3 averaged-sized people. The usual dimensions of King or Family sized hammock is 79 inches long and 79 inches wide.
Queen sized hammocks are commonly large enough for 2 averaged-sized people. The usual sizes of Queen or matrimonial hammocks are 79 inches long and 69 inches wide.
Double sized hammocks are huge enough to accommodate 2 average-sized people. The width of double size hammock ranges from 52 inches to 60 inches and the length is commonly 74-79 inches long.
Single size hammocks are perfect for one average size person. The width size of single hammock ranges from 39-50 inches and the length of single hammock bed is commonly range from 76-70 inches.
Hanging your Hammock
If there are no trees around, you can simply use a hammock stands. They can be set up anywhere and come in different materials and colors to suit your style needs.
Trees; they’re free and always willing to help you hang a hammock. Just make sure you find two trees that are at the right distance. Here is a guide for proper separation distance and height. (include guide on proper distance and height) Only one tree available? No problem, check out this easy solution.
Often used in tandem with the main hanging ropes or chains, hammock springs add an element of shock absorption. When getting in or whenever weight is applied to the hammock or hammock chair the spring adds a little give to the hanging rope. The springs will flex with the hammock movements and it is an excellent way to hang indoor and outdoor hammocks and hammock chairs.
It can be used for increasing the hammock length and load capacity. They also give you the peace of mind.
Selecting the Right Model
- First, you should consider the width of the hammock. In order for you to be comfortable in using a hammock, you need a hammock that is wide enough. It should be wide enough to accommodate you (if that’s all who will use it) or multiple people (if that is likely to be the case).
- Weaving technique plays a vital role to get utmost comfort while using your hammock. Mayan hammocks are made with a roomy weave compared to Brazilian hammocks. Woven from thin fiber, they are much more breathable than their southern cousins. The tighter weave used in Brazilian hammocks, constructed from bolts of cloth, makes them retain your body heat better.
- Material choice is equally important. Among other things, the material affects the amount of stretch. A Mayan hammock or Rope hammock will be stretchy. Hanging from a tree requires that you add a few inches in height to compensate from where you end up at the lowest point.
- Nylon will generally wear longer and often be more moisture proof. Cotton blends have come a long way and are soft to the touch. Polyester will weather extremely well. On the other end of the scale, Olefin is used in some more expensive models; it wears well, cleans easily and can be woven into a very comfortable product.
- Baby hammocks are popular today with parents of newborns. They are said to promote sound sleep through comfortable hammock design and springing motion. Experts say the natural rocking movement and soft womb-like feel of the baby hammock can enhance the emotional, physical and intellectual development of a baby sleeping soundly within it. Hushamok is a popular pick amongst baby hammocks.