Choosing the Best Type of Hammock for Your Backyard
So, you’ve been standing on the sidelines watching all your friends enjoy their high-quality hammocks in their backyards or cottages this summer, and now you want one of your own for next season. But how do you know which type to choose – rope or fabric?
No matter which hammock you choose, you'll always get the promise of comfort and relaxation. However, each has different features and benefits you should take into consideration before making a decision.
Rope hammocks are made of loosely woven cotton or polyester ropes, offer both support and flexibility, and give off a classic tropical, bohemian look.
They also have spreader bars on each end of the hammock.
Rope hammocks are the quintessential beach hammocks and are perfect for ultimate summer relaxation under a couple of palm trees.
Whether you go with a cotton or polyester rope hammock, each has its own advantages.
Cotton rope hammocks tend to be more flexible and comfortable than polyester.
The Mayan hammock is a variation of the rope hammock but does not have spreader bars and has a tighter weave than most.
Mayan hammocks are unbelievably cozy as they are made from soft, woven cotton in a diamond weave pattern.
This makes it easy for a Mayan hammock to conform to the curves of your body, resulting in complete relaxation. Since this type of hammock does not include a spreader bar, it easier to pack and transport than other rope hammocks.
Other main selling points of a Mayan hammock include comfort, durability, aesthetics, and the fact that it can hold a lot of weight.
Similar to Mayan hammocks, Nicaraguan hammocks are also more tightly woven than other rope hammocks and do not have spreader bars. However, Nicaraguan’s are made with double-weaved soft cotton cords, resulting in a thicker, heavier fabric than the Mayan. As a result, this hammock is softer, more luxurious feeling, and cozier.
Pros of Rope Hammocks
Perfect for hot weather
Cons of Rope Hammocks
Can leave impressions on the skin
Cotton rope hammocks take longer to dry and are susceptible to mold and mildew
Not suitable for cooler climates
Are not strong enough to hold multiple people (With the exception of Mayan and Nicaraguan)
Spreader bars make them more difficult to pack and transport
Fabric hammocks tend to be stronger and more durable than rope, and come in many different variations, colours, and materials.
Like rope hammocks, fabric hammocks are incredibly comfortable, but are better suited for cooler weather than rope as they have a tighter weave.
There are several variations of fabric hammocks, the most popular being quilted, Colombian, and Brazilian hammocks.
With traditional tight Farolito cotton weaving, the Colombian hammock is particularly soft, light, and breathable, making for a truly amazing experience. They do not have spreader bars.
Brazilian hammocks are similar to Colombian, but have a sturdier and tighter weave. Made from cotton and polyester threads, Brazilian hammocks are comfortable, yet very strong and durable, and can be used as a replacement for a traditional bed. They are also very lightweight and can be easily transported as they do not include spreader bars.
Quilted hammocks made from layers of polyester and polyester foam are among the most durable of the fabric hammock variety. However, they are not usually as flexible and easily transportable as other fabric hammocks as they are made from thicker fabric and have spreader bars.
However, quilted hammocks make up for this in strength and comfort. These luxurious hammocks are ideal for relaxation and perfect for outdoor use.
Pros of Fabric Hammocks
Soft, comfortable, and durable
Lightweight (with the exception of quilted)
Good for travel (Colombian and Brazilian)
Can be used in any type of weather
Cons of Fabric Hammocks
Susceptible to mold
Not as breathable as rope
Certain fabrics may not be as ideal for hot climates
Non-Spreader Bars Vs.Spreader Bars
What is a spreader bar?
A spreader bar is a metal or wooden bar that helps keep your hammock’s fabric spread out, flat, and taut.
There are a lot of benefits of spreader bar hammocks, as they are easier to get into, and tend to dry faster than non-spreader bar hammocks as the fabric is pulled tightly. They also look more aesthetically pleasing when on display out in the yard.
A downside is that the spreader bar makes it more difficult to pack your hammock up and take it with you to the beach, cottage, or on a camping trip.
Also, hammocks without spreader bars tend to be more comfortable, as they have more sag, and allow you to be cocooned by the fabric. Plus, they are more portable and lightweight.
At the end of the day, the decision over fabric, rope, and spreader bars all comes down to personal preference. What one hammock enthusiast loves might not be as appealing for another for a variety of reasons.
But regardless of which type of hammock you choose, we can guarantee you will have an amazingly relaxing experience for many years to come.