How To Choose A Hammock

Are you wondering about how to choose a hammock for your home, garden, balcony or for a trip?

To choose the perfect model for your needs, first, decide what is most important to you. Hammocks, depending on the type, have different degrees of strength, comfort, different appearance and price. The hammock you choose will determine the quality of your rest. Do not buy the first one from the shore.

Do you have a bad experience with hammocks?

The most known type of hammock is for most people a short, narrow, material hammock with spreader bars. Markets overwhelm us with such (after apologizing) crappy hammocks to the power and that’s why most people associate this exotic piece of furniture with a small, uncomfortable rag, which in addition still falls out …

Worst!

We want to break with this stereotype, which is why we wrote the following text. There are really many types of hammocks and everyone will find something cool for themselves.

If the hammock is for you a stiff, uncomfortable rope tied every 10 centimeters to two shaky beams or the aforementioned piece of “rag” – forget about it as soon as possible and read this text.

In a good hammock, you will feel like on a paradise beach 🙂

Siesta in a hammock for everyone

What are your priorities? Do you want the hammock in the garden or balcony to become a beautiful decoration? Or, above all, you want maximum comfort, because you often plan to sleep in a hammock? Regardless of whether it will be afternoon naps or overnight rest, such a hammock must be comfortable and safe so that it does not fall out. And what hammock should you choose if you travel most often and want to use it as a place to rest on the trail or as a place to sleep at night?

Below we comprehensively describe different types of hammocks, their advantages and disadvantages – and by the way we suggest which model will best suit different needs.

The most important thing when choosing is where you and your family will most often use the hammock. Inside or outside? Will you install it permanently or are you interested in a lightweight, portable option for trips? Will you keep him home, or would you prefer to hang him all the time?

Let’s start with the most important.

Where will you hang the hammock?

Will your hammock be an oasis of an afternoon nap on the balcony, will you mount it for the whole family to sit in the garden, in the children’s room as a swing or a place to read books in the bedroom? What to choose a hammock or hammock chair? The most important factor determining the choice of this and not a different hammock model is, of course, the amount of space we have and its use by the household.

There are two main types of the hammock to choose from:

# 1 Classic hammock, i.e. a lying seat approx. 3-4 meters in length.

Below is Playa hammock (it’s a bestseller in our store for many years)

It can be fixed between two walls, columns, trees or on a garden frame. Such a hammock will take up some space, but it will serve us with everything – we can sleep in it, rest or read. Depending on your needs, we can choose a model for 1, 2 or 3 people – but we’ll talk about that in a moment.

Undoubtedly, it is a beautiful place to relax at home and in the garden!

Benefits

  • You can sleep in the hammock all night
  • We can fit in it for two or three
  • It is portable, you can take it on a trip
  • It will serve as an additional sleeping place for guests (or for us, instead of a couch)
  • You will put a book, phone, blanket, teddy bear and two children in a hammock – it is really roomy and practical

Disadvantages

  • It will not fit on a narrow balcony or in a small seating corner
  • Once you enter it, it’s really hard to get up!

# 2  Hammock chair  – an alternative for smaller spaces

A compromise in the absence of space for a traditional hammock with a length of about 4 meters can be a hammock chair that fits on any balcony, but we can also easily mount it in a room or on a tree branch in the garden.

A hammock chair is a smaller version of a hammock – a seat mounted on a crossbar, which we attach to a hook in the ceiling with a chain or rope. Hammock chairs are usually sold as a set: hammock seat + crossbar.  

Hammock chair seat (also known as Brazilian chair) – should be flexible so that it adjusts to us so that we can sit comfortably or take a reclining position.

On the right –  Maya hanging chair.

Wooden or plastic seats fall off! They will not be comfortable and will quickly end their life in the attic.

In this version of the hammock – “chairs” we will not lie down at night, but it will be comfortable enough that we will probably take a nap more than once …

Benefits

A hammock chair is usually great as:

  • Armchair for watching TV
  • A place to read
  • Swing for children
  • A seat in the seating corner, where we can drink coffee and talk
  • Hammock – chair on the balcony

e.t.c.

There are really many possibilities on how to choose a hammock!

You can have one chair, but for example two or three hooks in the ceiling in different places in the house – and hang the hammock chair to another place, depending on your needs. For example – in the summer you will use it in the garden, and in the winter in the living room.

Disadvantages

  • The Brazilian chair will not be a good place to sleep.
  • In addition, we can only use it alone (fortunately, the children will fit together, e.g. together).

On Pinterest, you’ll find lots of interesting ideas for arranging your home or balcony with a hammock chair. 

What hammock should you choose? With or without a rod?

Returning to classic hammocks – if you decide on this option, you have the first decision to make: choose a hammock with bars or a traditional hammock – without a bar?

TRADITIONAL BRAKE

It’s a hammock, in which we wrap up like a cocoon, without bars, so we can easily fold it and hide it or take it on a trip. It is the best for sleeping if we lay it lightly across it, then you can not fall out of it and we can spend it safely all night.

This is the original type of hammock that comes from the Caribbean and first served the indigenous people to sleep in the jungle – protecting against insects, snakes and other uninvited night guests. Sleeping in a hammock also had the advantage that in the morning no one was in danger of waking up in a puddle (and as you know, rainfall in the tropics can be very heavy!).

If you like to sleep during the day or plan to sleep in a hammock at night and feel like Indians from South America – this model is for you!

Classic  Mexican Hammock  Sleeping:

HAMAK WITH A ROD / WITH BARS

The so-called. American – its construction is based on two parallel wooden beams that make the hammock unfolds like a bed – you can sunbathe, read, observe the environment – because we do not wrap in it, as in a classic hammock. It is ideal for permanent installation in the garden or on the terrace, where it will present itself wonderfully, encouraging friends and neighbors to visit more often.

The name comes from the fact that this type of hammock was popularized in North America, mainly in the USA – from where hammocks were first imported, e.g. from Mexico or Columbia. Today it is the most recognizable type of hammock in the world, although in our opinion it is not the most comfortable.

Why?

This type is somewhat subversive by nature (and unfortunately many people associate it with a hard landing), so we do not recommend it for sleeping or for children. It will, however, serve as a beautiful place to relax and soak up the sun in the garden.

Decorative  hammock with  garden crossbars :

If you choose a hammock that is too small, you will mount it incorrectly or you will unknowingly sit or leave the hammock – then it may end up like in the video below …

All in all, if you have a hammock with a spreader bar, you need to be on your guard when changing positions, so as not to pass the tumor! If you want to fully relax, drill, sleep and … do various other interesting things – choose a traditional hammock type “cocoon”.  

Which material?

The types of hammocks available on the market go into hundreds. They differ in the type of material from which the seats are made, as well as in style and size. Before we get to the choice of fabric, we will discuss the most common types of hammocks.

The most general classification is the division into a string and material hammocks.

However, beware – do not be fooled by the appearances that the string = discomfort and imprints on the skin. There are two types of string hammocks – one commonly known and (un) liked hammock made of thick, tied rope, almost always available only in white – we don’t recommend that to you! You will get out of such a hammock with the creases that the Easter ham has after pulling the string.

Here’s the secret to  Mexican  string hammocks :

Unlike the rough, thick ropes of the above-mentioned model – Mexican string hammocks are a revelation – densely woven, very colorful and soft – these are the Mayan hammocks from Mexico. They are woven by hand, from hundreds or even thousands of thin, strong strings and create a loose mesh that wraps us gently and is really very comfortable. No material hammock will make you feel as light and comfortable as in a Mexican hammock 🙂

Mayan hammocks are considered the most comfortable in the world, and the technique of weaving them has been perfected for hundreds of years and passed down from generation to generation. Each Mexican hammock from Yucatan available in our store is an artistic handicraft, made on special looms made of cotton or nylon string of the highest quality. 30% of Mexico ‘s modern population is Native American, and most of them still craft. 

A siesta under a cloud on a terrace or in the garden will be unique if we choose a  Mayan hammock with a dense mesh weave that will adapt to our body with every move and allow free airflow during sleep.

Garden hammock  in size XXXL:

An alternative is material hammocks, in which the canvas is attached to the straps with strings at the ends of the seat. These hammocks are thicker but not necessarily stronger. During use, it happens that the canvas rubs or the fastenings of the strings break (the pressure is punctual, not evenly distributed, as in the case of loosely woven Mexican hammocks).

Another disadvantage of this type of seat is the fact that the canvas will warm us on very hot days. Yes, this option will be warmer on cold evenings, but then we’ll bring a blanket, right? 🙂

There is one more important issue about how to choose a hammock …

In a material hammock, you can’t crunch fingers or biscuits with impunity, as this will end up turning the hammock upside down to get rid of the crumbs. In this situation, again, the top are string hammocks, through which the crumbs will fly to the ground, and we will not be forced to break the siesta 🙂

When it comes to the types of fabric used to make the seat, we have a pretty good choice.

For string hammocks

  • Cotton – the most popular, comfortable and pleasant to the touch, it is a strong material, also available in a natural, non-dyed version. The best choice for sleeping at home. In the garden, make sure that our cotton hammock does not hang wet for many days – it should be stretched to dry, or removed as a preventive measure before rainfall.
  • Duracord – thicker and more expensive material, but more resistant to weather conditions than cotton. Unfortunately, it is only available as a thick string with large eyelets (totally uncomfortable!).
  • Nylon – is strong, has durable, intense colors, does not heat up like cotton (if it is in the shade :)), and in the string version it is very delicate, pleasant and airy
  • Durasol – is a superstring resistant to atmospheric conditions, which combines exceptional seat comfort with great resistance to rain and sun! It does not fade or absorb moisture and is extremely durable.
  • Sisal – an original type of agave fiber that was used to make hammocks in Yucatan hundreds of years ago. Today it is very difficult to access and quite expensive. It is very durable, strong and slightly rough to the touch. Often vendors in Mexico offer tourists expensive “sisal hammocks” when they actually show ordinary cotton – if you haven’t seen sisal before, unfortunately, it can easily be fooled.

 Material hammocks will usually be made of the following materials:

  • Cotton – The most popular fabric used for making hammocks in many regions of the world. Cotton canvas will be pleasant to touch, but it will last longer.
  • Nylon / polyester – this is the material from which tourist hammocks are usually made, strong and light, but it is not as airy and pleasant to use as cotton hammocks. It can get warm in the sun.
  • Silk – a very thin material, used for the production of tourist hammocks. It is more expensive, slippery to the touch, but its advantage is the natural origin of the fiber, which is airier than nylon, but also more delicate.
  • Sunbrella – a modern fabric used to make hammocks more resistant to dirt and weather conditions, but its downside is the very high price and the ability to use only for material hammocks (we will not get a woven hammock from this fabric).

What does this mean in practice?

Among the most comfortable, woven Mexican hammocks, we recommend nylon hammocks and durasol for the garden, and the cotton seats will be great at home, on the balcony and for trips. Almost every size of Cabana hammock is available in nylon or organic cotton, these are the most durable and practical fabrics used to make string hammocks to buy at an affordable price.

Summarizing:

Which hammock should I choose for my home?

Choose cotton. You have a choice of two hammock weave densities that make the hammock more or less flexible.  The cotton hammock should not be hanging outside all the time, because it will be destroyed faster (avoid heavy rainfall). It is advisable to keep such a hammock at home in the event of announced larger rainfall, to avoid the material from rotting, which can happen with any natural fabric if it stays moist for days or weeks. (Do you remember the smell of washed clothes left in the washing machine after a few days? Exactly …) The advantage of this solution is, however, that you can use the hammock at home all year round if you attach additional hooks in the living room or bedroom 🙂 You don’t know how to do it? Read our Installation guide here.

Note: All Cabana hammocks can be washed – we recommend hand washing at low temperatures, but if you tie the ends of the hammock into knots and throw it into the washing net, you can wash it in the washing machine without fear. Of course, this only applies to hammocks without bars, American hammocks with crossbars must be washed by hand in the tub. Rope chairs hammocks Cabana have removable seats, so also easy to wash them in the bathtub. 

And what will be better for the garden?

Outside, choose a durasol or nylon hammock. Hammocks made of these materials will work well after prolonged exposure to the outside: they are very durable and really comfortable – they will serve you for many years.

A nylon-string hammock will be indispensable in the garden :

Size – the larger, the better

It is best to “try on a hammock” before buying. However, if you do not have this option – note three features:

  1. Length
  2. Seat width
  3. Hammock weight

In our opinion and according to our (many years) experience, the larger the hammock – the more comfortable. First of all, its length is important. Don’t expect a 2.5-meter hammock to be comfortable. To comfortably spread the body in a hammock, we need a minimum of 3.5 meters overall length – i.e. a large seat, as well as long arms that will maintain optimal bending of the hammock (the smaller the croissant, the better!).

A long and large hammock requires an appropriate spacing for hanging (minimum 3.5 meters).

Here is a hammock  and a frame with the right proportions:  

The width of the seat is an obvious matter, which we will not devote a separate paragraph. The hammock should lie diagonally, so we need to be at least 120 cm wide.

But:

The size of the hammock given in the product name is not everything. Pay attention to the density/weight of the material. We often see the offers of stores selling “Mexican XXXL hammocks”, which really correspond to double hammocks, because the name and suggested lifting capacity is not everything.

Cabana hammocks say what it is!

Example:

A double hammock (e.g. Tropical, Interior ) will be comfortable for two people. Although the permissible load is greater than the actual weight of 2 people, do not be deluded that it will be convenient if you squeeze in three or four (even without exceeding the recommended 250 kg). However, a Mexican hammock will withstand it because it is very strong – thanks to a special weaving technique. 

Remember:  For Mexican woven hammocks, it’s the weight of the hammock that determines its size, not the name.

And so, for classic hammocks made of thin string:

  • A single hammock weighs between 1 kg and 1.4 kg.
  • From 1.5 kg to 1.7 we can talk about a double hammock.
  • Above this weight will be three-person and family hammocks.

What about assembly?

Nothing prevents you from buying a hammock without a frame and installing it where you can find two trees of the right length. However, in most cases, nature is not so generous and has given us, for example, spruce on the plot or very distant bitter birches, which simply will not make it.

 

Then a ready frame will help us .

An important issue:

Choose a frame well to support the weight of the whole family in a hammock and, above all, to fit the size of the selected model.

You can choose wooden and steel frames. A wooden stand has the advantage of being really nice and elegant, but it is less durable than steel, so it won’t work with larger and longer hammocks. The disadvantage of a wooden stand is also the fact that it squeaks quite loudly when rocking in a hammock … Over time, the wooden frame will also require maintenance and later replacement.

Steel frames will withstand every hank, and painted for example green will not be so noticeable in your garden.

If you have only one solid tree in the garden, you can also choose a smart one-sided stand , which is a cheap and discreet solution.

Buy a hammock with a frame or separately?

In fact, buying a hammock + frame set in one store gives us a guarantee that both products will be compatible. There are many racks of different sizes on the market and you just need to be careful not to buy a short stand at which our hammock will land on the ground. 

If you have a hammock shorter than the frame, you can extend the tension with an additional carabiner or a piece of chain or rope and you will always have a “spare” in case your hammock stretches slightly in use or if you want to replace it with another model of larger dimensions.

Our advice:

It is better to buy a slightly longer frame at once, and then replace the whole set with a new one.

We offer a wide frame in two colors to choose from: green and light gray. 

At home, you will mount a hammock or hammock chair simply to steel studs. If you are looking for detailed instructions on how to install a hammock, read this text .

In the Hammock Cabana siesta will be successful 🙂

Each hammock will definitely provide you with one thing – a sense of relaxation and holiday ease. Regardless of which hammock you choose – you can count on a wonderful siesta – because this is a great piece of furniture for everyone (yes, a hammock is a piece of furniture!).

 

 

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