Welcome to the first Hammock Chair Haven Weekly Blog Post.
We all agree that a hammock is a great way to relax but choosing a hammock is not an easy task. With so many styles to choose from it’s hard to know which one is best for you and your situation and it’s not just about looks. Each type of hammock is designed with a specific purpose in mind and so you will be happiest with the one that meets the specific requirements that you have.
Remember back in grade school when you learned about the 5 W’s of writing/reporting. These also apply when it comes to making a hammock choice so let’s review them first.
Who – is going to be using the hammock?
Will it be for you alone, do you want to share it with a buddy or maybe you want one that will hold the whole family? Hammocks come in different sizes with different weight capacities, so you’ll need to determine which size will work best for you.
What – material would work best for your situation?
Cotton is considered to be the softest and most comfortable but is most susceptible to rot, mold and mildew. With proper care, these hammocks will last for years, but it does mean removing them from the elements and storing them properly.
The man-made fibers are much more weather resistant but don’t have quite the softness and comfort that you will find from cotton. They come in a variety of choices to meet certain needs. For example, there are parachute nylon camping hammocks that are lightweight for carrying in a backpack or there are textilene fabric hammocks that are quick-drying and excellent choices for poolside.
When – are you going to be using your hammock?
Will it be available all summer for lounging by the pool or are you going to be using it indoors as a spare bed (or regular bed, for that matter). Will it be going on your back for a backpacking trip or will it be one that is easily transported when you are heading to the beach or the cabin?
Where – are you going to be hanging your hammock?
Will you be using it indoors or outdoors? How much space do you have available? Do you have two trees or two posts that will work to hang it from? If you don’t have a suitable spot to hang it, check out our hammock stands.
Why – are you going to use a hammock?
All right, this last one is pretty self-evident - for relaxing - so now let’s get into the specifics of choosing a hammock.
There are two main groups – with or without spreader bars – and each of these types has certain advantages and disadvantages. The greatest advantage of hammocks without a spreader bar is that they are generally more comfortable than those with a spreader bar. The spreader bar hammocks have the upper hand when it comes to ease of entry and exit.
With each of these two main groups there are two choices in materials - rope or cloth – and some variations in these as well. In the next few blog posts I will discuss the varieties of hammocks and how they will fit in to your relaxation plan.