Choosing a Hammock
Size and Material
When choosing a hammock often bigger is better. The bigger the hammock the more comfortable it usually is so any extra cost can be worthwhile.
If you are fortunate to have trees to hang a hammock be careful that the hammock including the ropes to suspend it are not longer than the space. See our Hammock Fixings and Accessories for more information.
Most of our hammocks are made from cotton. If not cotton then this is indicated against the product. Cotton is a natural material - if left to the elements it will deteriorate over time and colours slightly fade. Remember if left out in the rain it needs to be left to dry otherwise a soggy hammock awaits. Some of our hammocks are made from EllTex. EllTex is a special mix of polyester and cotton that is very weatherproof, hardly fades and stays extremely tearproof. On top, it is snug and soft like cotton.
With or Without Spreader Bar
The spreader bar is the wooden bar seen on some hammocks. There are advantages and disadvantages to spreader bar and traditional hammocks. The traditional hammock is considered to be the most comfortable and stable and amongst purists the only type of hammock. A hammock with a spreader bar will look more attractive because it is suspended 'open' and also easier to get onto for the casual user. Also if it does get wet then it will dry quicker than a traditional hammock.
Our hammock stands are attractive in their own right. Of course the stand needs to be large enough to take the hammock but most importantly for safety reasons please take note of the maximum load capacity of the stand.
Hanging a Chair
A hanging chair only requires one fixing point, whether that be a tree, pergola or in the home. Generally speaking the minimum height to hang a chair from its fixing point is 220cm. If higher, then a rope can be used to extend the distance.
Set Up and Use
For non spreader-bar styles, the way in which they are hung is critical for comfort. Generally, a higher attachment point is preferred as well as sufficient length between points, though these two dimensions can be adjusted to compensate for a lack in one or the other. The optimal angle of the attaching lines to the post / wall / tree is usually about 30 degrees.
Though one can lie in a hammock lengthwise or across its width, most hammocks are best used with a diagonal position, as it provides the most room and support.