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Hammock Guide

So, you’re looking for your perfect hammock? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here at Simply Hammocks we have a fantastic selection of hammocks of all shapes, sizes and styles.



However, we understand that choosing a hammock for the first time hammock buyer can be confusing. So we’ve put together this useful guide to give you a helping hand – whether you are looking for a hammock for your home, garden or travels.

Whenever we get a telephone call from a customer looking to buy a hammock we follow a tried and tested set of questions...

Hammock Buying Guide

1. Where are you hanging it?


So you have the perfect spot in mind and just need some help finding the right hammock for that space.

Most people hang their hammocks from trees in the garden, on ceilings and walls at home and on purpose built hammock stands. 

If you are looking to hang you hammock on a stand then check out our hammock sets or you can configure your own stand and hammock combination by using our Compatibility Guide. Our stands are all weather proof and whether you go for a wooden or metal stand will come down to your budget.

If you are hanging the hammock between trees or walls then you will need to measure the space and ensure it is at least 2.5 - 6 meters wide. If you only have one tree or wall then you can use a Madera Post. You will also need fixings depending on how you are going to hang your hammock:


Type of hang What you need
On a stand Use our Compatibility Guide
Between two trees Smart or Micro Rope Fixing
I only have one tree! Smart or Micro Rope Fixing + Madera Post
Between two walls Easy Plus Hammock Fixing
I only have one wall Easy Plus Hammock Fixing + Madera Post
Wooden posts or beams Jumbo Fixing
On ceiling Power Hook or Rotating Swivel Fixing

 

 

2. How big do you want the hammock to be?

Hammock Sizes
We sell hammocks in Single, Double and Family/XL sizes. Our Single Hammocks are very generous and are what most of our competitors call doubles. Our Double Hammocks will comfortably accommodate 2 adults whilst our Family/XL Hammocks will take three or more adults easily.

On each of our product pages we have specifications that shows the lying surface. This is the total space available for occupants to lie on. We also have load capacity which details the maximum weight the hammock can take. All worth keeping in mind when choosing the right size hammock.

 

3. Will it be left outside much?

Leaving Hammock Outside
All of our hammocks can happily withstand the occasional rain shower but if you want to leave your hammock out all year round then you should consider getting a weather proof hammock- like our EllTex range. It can withstand rain, UV rays and is soft just like cotton.

To learn more about leaving hammocks and stands outside read our quick guide here.

 

4. What style and colour do you want?

Hammock Colours
This last section all comes down to personal taste. We sell different styles of hammocks, from different materials and in varying colors and patterns.


(i) Spreader Bar Hammocks vs None Spreader Bar:
A Spreader Bar Hammock has a wooden pole which spreads out the bars at each end and gives the hammock a flatter profile. Some people prefer the look of these but they can be trickier to get in and out of because the material is so taut. 

None Spreader Bar Hammocks or Classic Hammocks do not have a wooden pole which means there is more fabric so you can move around easier. On a windy day you can even use the fabric as a blanket, or turn you hammock into a make shift chair to sit upright in and they are usually a lot easier to get in and out of. If you are planning on sleeping in your hammock then a None Spreader Bar Hammock is more comfortable as you can sleep in a traditional diagonal position. 


(ii) Cotton vs Silk vs Weather Proof
Cotton hammocks are extremely comfortable, fast drying if you do get caught out in the rain and very breathable. They are definitely the most comfortable type of hammock and come in a vibrant array of colours and patterns.

Our Weather Proof Hammocks are made using EllTex fabric which is a cotton and polyester mix. They are resistant to UV rays and rain, so can be left out all year round. Despite them being a lot stronger than cotton, they still are very soft and comfortable.

Lastly there are Silk Hammocks, ours are made using parachute silk. It is extrememly tear proof, breathable and super lightweight so perfect for anyone travelling around with a hammock.


(iii) Colours vs Patterns
This really comes down to your own preference. However darker colours and patterns will hide dirt better so your hammock will look cleaner for longer. Lighter colours on the other hand are less likely to fade in the sun. 


If you are unsure you can always call the hammock experts (that's us) on 01748 471 299

 

 

 

 

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