There are three major types of hammocks: rope hammocks, fabric hammocks
and string hammocks. The type of hammock you choose will depend on a
variety of factors. Will it be used indoors, outdoors or both? Is it fro
camping, travel, sailing or another outdoor activity, or will the hammock
be placed between two fixed objects, such as a pair of trees? Which is
more important: the look or the feel? Who will be the primary users:
kids, neighbors, yourself? What are the weight capacity considerations?
And, of course, how much are you willing to spend?
Rope hammocks are usually made of cotton or a polypropylene mix and offer
a classic look and feel. They can be hung between two trees or placed on
a variety of different stands, and, while they will not conform to your
body because of the thick rope, they are very comfortable. They are also
generally more durable than other types of hammocks. When choosing a rope
hammock, remember that the smaller the space between the ropes, the more
comfortable it will be.
Fabric Hammocks have been woven for thousands of years and canvas
versions were popularized by the Navy in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Fabric hammocks offer comfort and durability, and, if it's well-made, are
very easy to maintain. Fabric hammocks are very comfortable, especially
the one without spreader bars, and this style is often used in place of a
bed. Keep in mind that fabric hammocks, because of their close weave,
generally offer less ventilation, but there are several, quality,
synthetic fabric hammocks on the market that can wick away moisture.
String, or Mayan Style Hammock date back over 1000 years. The ingenious
web-like design is still woven today by thousands of highly trained
artisans in Mexico, Guatemala; their unique design allows Mayan hammocks
to conform to your body shape, offering maximum comfort. Ventilation,
size and weight capacity are unsurpassed with this style of hammock.
String hammocks allow perfect ventilation without any uncomfortable
waffle side effects. The overall size and weight capacity of these string
hammocks is unsurpassed. Care should be taken, as the beautiful colors
and patterns can fade over time if exposed to direct sunlight.