Few places offer the comfort and relaxation of a hammock. Whether it’s in your yard under a tree, next to the pool, or just a shady spot somewhere, you have a lot of options when it comes to configuring the perfect hammock. There is a lot more to finding the right hammock than simply finding a pattern that you like. Your own personal cocoon has a number of options that will make it just right for you.

What is a Spreader Bar Hammock?

This hammock has two wooden bars at each end that keeps the fabric in the middle tight. The design is open and inviting, allowing you to lie relatively flat as compared to other hammock designs. 

What is a Classic Hammock?

Based on the traditional design used first by Native Americans, the classic hammock is considered the comfiest and easiest to use. They are tied directly to the posts and include no spreader bars, so they tend to curl up and have a greater dip in the center than other hammocks.

What Kind of Hammock Stands are Available?

The type of stand that you choose will determine the texture, rigidity, sway, and overall comfort of your hammock. Hammock stands come in a variety of materials and styles, each with their own benefits. Wooden hammock stands come in many different appearances based on wood type and stain. Durable and moisture-resistant woods like cedar or bamboo are ideal. Metal hammock stands are the most common type of stand. With rust-proof coating they offer a durable, bold, linear look.

What are the Standard Weight Capacities for Hammocks?

Single hammocks have a width of around 4' – 5'. The typical weight capacity is 300 – 400 lbs. The width for this type is wider, allowing 5' – 6' of hanging space. Double hammocks can typically support the weight of two people, with a capacity of roughly 400 – 500 lbs.

What Materials are Hammocks Made of?

Polyester hammocks are durable, fade-resistant, and put up a fight against humidity and mildew. This makes them a great option for the majority of climates. However, polyester soaks up water and takes a while to dry. Cotton is comfy, breathable, and soft. Do not choose a cotton hammock if you live in a rain-heavy climate, as it isn't resistant to mold or mildew. This material is fade- and weather-resistant. If you want your hammock to maintain its vibrant color, choose this fabric.

What Accessories are Available for Hammocks?

You can complete your ideal hammock setup with the right accessories. Whether you have a hammock for taking an afternoon nap, or to have a place to curl up with your favorite book, there are a number of things that can make your experience even better. Hammock blankets are made of outdoor materials that are soft and comfortable. Whether you need some extra warmth, or need something lightweight and airy to block the sun, you can find several different types of blankets that work well during hammock time. Hammock pillows also come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and styles designed to fit the space that a hammock offers. These are perfect for extra support and enhance comfort while you enjoy your time outside. Their material is also weather resistant.

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