Choosing the Best Hammock for You

Choosing the Best Hammock For You

There are many types of hammocks out there, and many factors to take into account when purchasing a hammock. While it’s doubtful that anyone looking for relaxation will regret purchasing any type of hammock, there are some styles that are better suited to particular uses.

How Will You Use Your Hammock?

This brings us to our first question. What exactly do you hope to get out of your hammock? Are you looking for a more comfortable replacement to your bed, or are you looking for a design accent that you will use infrequently? Will you use the hammock for cat naps, or to read or work on your laptop? Industrial Design Schools and Scholars have refined the design of the hammock so that there can be a hammock  for every use.

The various styles of hammocks are more conducive to different activities. The Mayan hammock, for instance, is the most comfortable for sleeping and lounging, as it offers full back support with minimal pressure. The rope hammock is stylish and its marketing often conjures up visions of a bright blue ocean, but it is generally better-suited to lounging rather than as a bed replacement. Hammock chairs are perfect for individuals who want a little more back and neck support as they read or surf the Internet on a laptop. A two person hammock is great for kids or couples who plan on lounging together.

Where Will You Use Your Hammock?

Will you be primarily using your hammock indoors or outdoors? If your answer is indoors, you have the opportunity to select from more comfortable but less weather-resistant options, such as pillow top hammocks or woven cotton hammocks. If you are planning on leaving your hammock outdoors 24-7 year-round, a more durable spun polyester option is likely a better bet. The synthetic fibers resist molding and weather damage. If you can bring your hammock inside during more intense weather, then a cotton hammock (such as a rope hammock) is still a fine choice.

Do You Need a Hammock Stand?

If you’re planning to leave your hammock in one place, then you may not need a stand. For example, a hammock chair in your den can be mounted to a sturdy beam in the ceiling. If you plan to use your hammock outdoors, however, and are interested in maximizing the places you can use it, then a hammock stand may be a wise investment. A stand adds convenience and expands the options for where and when you can utilize your hammock.