What to look for when buying a hammock

buying a hammock

Hammocks have become a popular addition to many people's homes and outdoor spaces. They offer a more comfortable and unique way to spend time in your outdoor spaces, whether you are reading a book, taking a nap, or simply enjoying the soft swaying motion. But with so many hammocks available on the market, it can be difficult to know what to look for when buying one. In this blog post, we will discuss some key factors to consider when purchasing a hammock.


What the hammock is made of, plays a crucial role in its comfort and durability. Hammocks are commonly made of cotton, polyester, or a blend of both. There are also travel hammocks which are made of sturdy nylon and parachute silk, making them super lightweight and durable. Cotton hammocks are soft and breathable, making them a good choice for warm weather. Polyester hammocks, on the other hand, are more durable and resistant to mildew and fading. However, they are less breathable and can feel sticky on hot days. Consider the climate in your area and how you plan to use the hammock when choosing the material, whether you are using it all year round or just during the warmer months.


The size of a hammock will determine how many people it can accommodate and how much space it will require. Simply Hammocks offers Hammocks in Single (S), Double (M), and Family (L). These are pretty self-explanatory and can guide you in the right direction. However, always be aware of load capacities as these are a great indication of whether the hammock is suitable for you. Our hammock load capacities are measured in kilograms but you can easily input this number into a stones or pounds converter to work out whether it works for you.

Suspension System

The suspension system of a hammock is what attaches it to the trees or posts, also known as hammock fixings. A good suspension system should be strong, durable, and easy to set up. There are several types of hammock fixings, including ropes, straps, and metal fixings. Ropes are the most traditional and usually affordable option, but some ropes can damage trees and aren’t as easily adjustable as straps. Straps are more versatile and eco-friendlier, as they do not harm trees, but they can be more expensive. Usually, metal fixings are used indoors or particularly for hammock chairs. It’s best to pick ropes or straps as these won’t rust and are easier to manipulate. Click here to view our hammock fixings.

Spreader bar or non-spreader bar

There are a few important differences between these hammock styles. Spreader bar hammocks feature a wooden bar at the end of each side to make the hammock open and stay flat when you’re in it, compared to a cocoon-like feeling when you’re in a non-spreader bar hammock. Choosing one of these hammocks is up to personal preference, but if you’re getting a hammock for your children, we recommend getting a non-spreader bar hammock as these are generally a little safer and more fun!


Finally, consider any accessories that may come with the hammock or things that you may need to purchase separately. These may include a stand, fixings, or covers. A stand is necessary if you do not have trees or posts to attach the hammock to. We’ve got a variety of durable stands and perfect for anyone’s garden!  Always consider the dimensions and convenience of these accessories when making your decision, if you’re really unsure, our team is knowledgeable and will be able to guide you with any inquiries or purchases.

Buying a hammock requires careful consideration of several factors, including the material, size, suspension system, style, and accessories. By taking the time to choose the right hammock for your needs, you can ensure years of comfortable and relaxing outdoor experiences.