How Do You Choose the Right Hammock

Buying a hammock is a lot like buying a car. Personal preference plays a major role, and like buying a car, you have to look at how it will be used to decide on the right style. For example, if you have children, you want to choose one that will be stable and safe for them to lie in. A hammock without a spreader bar is a better choice with children because it reduces the risk of the hammock flipping.


Chilling in a Rope Hammock
Known for its remarkably long outdoor life and superior strength, the rope hammock was designed for warmer climates. Rope hammocks have been made with cotton or polyester, and the holes were designed to let the material breathe for better cooling in the summer months—perfect for that hot summer day where you want to sip pink lemonade and take a refreshing nap in the shade. This hammock style lasts a long time if you take care of it because it is mold, mildew and rot resistant. It is a great choice for the budget-conscious person who wants their hammock investment to last.

Out Camping
One of the overlooked areas of choosing a hammock relates to camping. Some people do not even realize that there’s a better alternative to sleeping in a tent. Depending on the climate, you could also add a rain tarp for shelter, mosquito netting and—if you are going somewhere with fewer trees—extra rope. If you plan to hike while camping, you will want a lighter hammock that will be easier to carry.

Sleeping in Hammocks
If you want a sleeping hammock for long term, choose one without a spreader bar. Hammocks were not originally designed with spreader bars because it makes them less suitable for sleep. While millions of people in Central and South America choose hammocks as their bedding choice every night, most choose one without a spreader bar. The traditional Brazilian and Mayan hammocks are an excellent sleeping choice because they are the two most comfortable styles for this purpose.

Swinging with Kids in the Backyard
If you want to swing in the backyard, there are two types of hammocks that are best. First, you have the South American hammock that can be used for swinging, which can also be used to rock yourself to sleep. If you are looking for something that rocks a little more, you could choose the hammock chair, which allows you to have a safe 360-degree rotation. This is also a great choice for families because it has a more stable design that’s safe for children.

Winter Chills: How to Hammock in the Winter
If you’re planning to hammock in the winter, you’ll want a padded travel hammock because it retains body heat better and has an underquilt with synthetic insulation. When looking at the underquilt, check the different thicknesses and the temp ratings for each (however, the comfort ranges will have many variables, so you can’t rely on this entirely).

Lounging in the Quad
Let’s say your campus has a quad or some trees in front of your dorm. In that case, using a travel hammock that can be put up and taken down easily can be a great way to relax and get some studying done. If you have a semi-permanent structure, you could use a South American hammock, but be careful with hammocks that use cotton fabric in the outdoors—water can cause mildew and lower their lifespan.

Hammocks come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and prices. You should choose one based on the purpose. For example, if children will be using it, you will want it to be tear-proof, and if you will have it outdoors, you want to weather-proof it. Understanding your individual circumstances beforehand will help you to find the hammock that best fits your needs.

There are many ways to sit in a hammock. How many of them do you know?