How to Decide Which Hammock is Right For You

September 26, 2022 5 min read

A cotton rope hammock with spreader bars hangs between trees in the backyard with a cozy blanket on it

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Your Guide To Help You Buy The Hammock Of Your Dreams

Hammocks have been a symbol of adventuring and thrill-seeking since the 1400s when Columbus first discovered them in the Bahamas. There's no doubt they are both versatile and relaxing.

The question is, what kind of hammock is best?

Getting a new hammock is an exciting process with a great pay-off. Whether you plan on lounging indoors or outdoors, you probably have some idea of what you’ll want your hammock to look like – though you may also feel some uncertainty. How can you figure out what decision to make that will ensure you end up with the hammock that fits your life the best?

Have no fear – we’ve assembled a one-stop guide that can help you find the answers to all your questions. Read below to help find the best hammock based on your intended use, location, size, and many other factors. Trust us – the bottom line is that no matter what type of Hammock Universe hammock you choose, you'll never be disappointed with the quality and craftsmanship.

You're in the market for the perfect hammock? Let’s find the perfect hammock for you and your needs!

Step 1: Understanding The Different Hammock Types

Our showroom has plenty of hammock types that differ in material, comfort level, texture, and functionality. With such a variety, it might be intimidating trying to figure out which one you’ll like the best – especially if you haven’t sat in many hammocks! Before selecting the perfect hammock for your needs, it helps to understand the differences, both in materials and styles of hammocks.

Here's what you need to know:


The Materials

First things first, the material and design a hammock is made with have a major impact on its use and function. When it comes to materials a hammock can be made of, there are four variations: cotton, polyester, robe and quilt/olefin.

Looking for pure comfort? Cotton hammocks are your bread and butter. However, they are not meant for extreme weather. They should be stored inside and kept from rain, high winds, and even prolonged sun exposure. Polyester hammocks on the other hands are noticeably durable and weather and rain-resistant. They are great for camping, and prolonged outdoor adventures as they endure the weather well.

When talking about rope hammocks, versatility comes to mind first. They are made from cotton, polyester, or weather-resistant rope. Instead of having a flat piece of fabric, rope hammocks can stretch to your liking as you rest. They are able to stretch to your shape and position.

If you're into luxury, quilted hammocks have a cushioned center layer. They're made from weather-resistant fabrics, won't fade, and are mildew-resistant. Despite their extra cushioning, they dry quickly.

The Styles

Now, when it comes to choosing a specific style of a hammock, you have a few choices: Mayan, Brazilian, Nicaraguan, Colombian, camping hammocks, hammock chairs, hammocks with stands.. Finding that special one shouldn't be a problem. How to choose?

Well, if you enjoy feeling wrapped up snuggly, Mayan hammocks could be your choice. They curl around you when you're inside. They are non-spreader bar hammocks often handwoven by artisans with brightly colored strings. These hammocks are loosely woven, with a diamond weave for breathability. Then there's the Brazilian one. The Brazilian hammock is like a canvas, made on a loom and is not weaved like the Mayan hammock. Our Deluxe Brazilian Style Double Hammocks are crafted with long-lasting colourfast cotton thread and tightly woven for optimal comfort and durability.

Nicaraguan hammock are woven. Slightly tighter than Mayan hammocks, these have soft cotton cords that are double-woven. Another great choice is the Colombian hammock. Colombian hammocks are made from soft, high-quality cross-weave loomed cotton. These hammocks tend to come in noticeably vibrant colours, creating a comfortable alternative to a bed – they do not have spreader bars.

If you're more of a camper, then the choice is pretty clear. Camping hammocks are lightweight, durable, and easy to pack. They are perfect for hiking. Easily stuff them into tiny bags and don't worry about added weight as they are under two pounds. These hammocks are made from durable, quick-drying materials like nylon. Sometimes they include mosquito nets, a bottom slit for easy entry, a ridge line for simple setup, and webbing tree straps for easy hanging.

Not feeling a full-sized hammock? Like sitting upright? Hammock chairs are for you. These cozy seats possess all the best features of a hammock but allow you to relax in smaller spaces while sitting upright. Perfect for kids, these hammocks won't flip and hang low to the ground.

Hammock stands make hanging easier. These structures come in metal and wood, and they make it so you don’t need to find two perfectly-spaced trees to hang your hammock on a stand. Keep in mind that a stand should be two feet longer than your hammock and support the same amount of weight – if not more – than your hammock can.

Step 2: Things To Determine Before Your Hammock Purchase

You’re invested in your future hammock, and you want to make sure you choose the right one – but what do you even need to determine? Grab a pen and pad, and ask yourself the questions we’ve listed below. Answer these, and narrowing your choice will be a cinch.

How Will You Use it?

Are you staycationing, camping, or lounging on a beach? Each activity requires different hammock capabilities. To select the perfect hammock, assess what your hammock will be used for.

For example, hammock chairs are perfect for reading nooks or porch swinging. Camping hammocks are a must-have if you plan to sleep outside or endure a bit of weather. Hammocks with stands may be great for a tree-less backyard or pool area.

How Many People Will Use it?

Before purchasing your hammock, think about the number of people you'd like to use it at once. Most hammocks come in single, double, and XL/family size options. Single hammocks are 4 to 5 feet wide with a weight capacity ranging from 250 to 400 pounds. Single hammocks are also lightweight, making them ideal for camping and hiking.

Double hammocks comfortably fit two adults, with a width of 5 to 6 feet. These hammocks have a weight capacity of 400 to 500 pounds. Lighter double hammocks have a weight capacity near 350 pounds. Extra-large hammocks can hold 3+ people, depending on their combined weight. Some XL hammocks can hold more than 800 pounds!

Make sure you measure the space you're planning to install a permanent hammock before you purchase.

Where Will You Use it?

Where you plan to use your hammock will also determine the type of suspension you need. For example, if you plan to hang a hammock indoors, you'll need to use your wall's support beams for reliable installation.

Outdoor use simply requires two trees or a hammock stand. If you plan to travel with your hammock, you will likely want to get a lightweight, compact camping hammock, not a heavy quilted hammock. You’ll also want easy-to-use, lightweight suspension – tree straps are an excellent option.

Read More: Your Ultimate Guide On Hanging Hammocks Outdoors

Step 3: Know Your Accessories

Owning the right hammock tools can transform your experience from a hassle to a breeze. Here are some basic tools to consider purchasing:

Find The Perfect Hammock Today

Now that you have a great background on the various types of hammocks and their uses, choosing the perfect hammock will be a breeze. Of course, you can always ask questions and get expert advice on choosing the perfect hammock from our team of helpful pros.

Contact us today and be one step closer to relaxation!

Colombian Double Hammock
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Brazilian Hammock Chair with Universal Chair Stand
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Cotton Rope Hammock - Double
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Polyester Rope Hammock - Soft-Woven Deluxe
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Olefin Double Quilted Hammock with Matching Pillow
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Mayan Hammock - XL Family-sized Thick Cord
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Nicaraguan Hammock - Deluxe
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Deluxe Brazilian Style Double Hammock with Bamboo Stand
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Deluxe Brazilian Style Double Hammock
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Hammock Tree Straps - 21 Multi-Loop Adjustment System
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Colombian Hammock Chair with Universal Chair Stand
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Premium Brazilian Style Double Hammock
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Premium Brazilian Style Double Hammock with Bamboo Stand
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Mosquito Net Hammock 210T
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