Hammock Buying Guide: Spreader Bar v Non-Spreader Bar

Discover an array of styles and sizes that cater to every mood and space. From snug single hammocks to expansive doubles, our blog is your ticket to a haven of comfort. 

Simply Hammocks Size Comparison Chart
Let's kick off with our single hammocks. In this guide we will explore the uses, benefits and possible restrictions of each hammock we sell. Giving you all the information you need to make an informed purchase.


Single Hammock

The primary purpose of a single hammock is to provide a peaceful space for one person to unwind and relax. It's an ideal spot for reading a book, taking a nap, or simply enjoying some quiet time. Single hammocks are versatile and can be set up in various locations, making them a flexible choice.

Benefits

Space-Efficient
Single hammocks are perfect for smaller outdoor spaces where a larger hammock might be impractical. Their compact size makes them a great fit for balconies, patios, or even small apartments.

Quick Setup
Setting up a single hammock is usually a quick and straightforward process. This ease of setup makes it accessible for individuals who might not have the time or expertise for more intricate installations.

Restrictions

Weight Limit
Single hammocks typically have a lower weight capacity compared to larger hammocks. Users should be mindful of weight restrictions to ensure safety and longevity.

Limited Capacity
As the name suggests, single hammocks are designed for one person. If you are looking for a hammock to share with a partner or friend, a double hammock might be a more suitable choice.

Girl sat in hammock, Amazonas Aruba Juniper
Amazonas Aruba Juniper £63.10 @simplyhammocks

Double / Family Hammocks

Dive into the lap of luxury with double hammocks – your ticket to shared serenity. These spacious cocoons are designed for moments of togetherness, promising an elevated relaxation experience. Let's explore the uses, benefits, and a few considerations that come with these delightful double hammocks.

Benefits

Spacious Comfort
The extra room in a double hammock offers ample space to stretch out, find the perfect position, and truly immerse yourself in relaxation. It's like having your personal floating lounge.

Versatile Lounging
Whether you prefer a gentle sway or a full recline, double hammocks cater to various lounging preferences. They adapt effortlessly to lazy afternoons, reading sessions, or simply soaking in the beauty of your surroundings.

Restrictions

Space Requirements
Double hammocks often require more space compared to their single counterparts. Ensure you have ample room for both the hammock itself and the necessary suspension points.

Weight Capacity
While designed for two, it's essential to be mindful of weight restrictions. Check the hammock's specifications to guarantee a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

2 children playing with a ball on a Amazonas Hammock

 Amazonas Paradiso Tropical Hammock £129.10 @simplyhammocks

Spreader Bar Hammocks

Structure
Have a wooden or metal bar at each end that keeps the hammock open and flat.

Appearance
Typically look more stretched out and offer a flatter surface.

Ease of Entry
Easier to get into and out of due to the open design.

Ideal Use
Perfect for sunbathing or those who prefer a stable, traditional hammock experience.

Ventilation
The open design provides excellent ventilation, keeping you cool during warm weather.

Non-Spreader Bar Hammocks

Structure
Lack bars at the ends, allowing the fabric to hang in a more natural curve.

Cocooning Effect
Encapsulate you, creating a more cocoon-like, snug feeling.

Appearance
Tend to have a more gathered appearance when empty.

Flexibility
Offer a greater range of motion and freedom to find your perfect lounging position.

Compact Design
Often more compact and easier to pack, making them portable for various settings.

Choosing the Right One for You

Space Consideration
If you have limited space, non-spreader bar hammocks may be more suitable.

Stability vs. Flexibility
Consider whether you prefer the stability of a spreader bar hammock or the flexibility of a non-spreader bar design.

Aesthetic Preferences
Your personal style and aesthetic preferences can also guide your choice – whether you lean towards the classic look or a more relaxed, organic appearance.


In conclusion, the choice between spreader bar and non-spreader bar hammocks ultimately boils down to personal preference and specific use cases. Whether you opt for the openness of a spreader bar or the cocooning comfort of a non-spreader bar, each style promises a unique and delightful hammocking experience.