Cloth Spreader Bar Hammocks
Originally, I thought that two examples from each style of hammock would work, but I have decided that three examples should be considered in this category – poolside, quilted, and fabric hammocks.
The fabric hammock with spreader bars is one that looks nice hanging in your yard, inviting you to take a long afternoon nap. The tightly woven fabric makes it more suitable for cooler climates or for cooler seasons, as the cooling action of air movement is very limited.
These hammocks come in cotton or polyester and can be found in a myriad of colors and patterns – a real bonus if you have a creative side that you want to indulge. The polyester fabrics are much more resistant to the elements than the cotton ones, but the cotton ones are generally softer and more comfortable. Care should be taken with all fabric hammocks to keep them out of the rain, as they can be quite absorbent and will take a long time to dry.
The fabric spreader bar hammocks are a little less stable (that is they can flip) than rope hammocks which mean care should be taken with children. On the other hand, the tight weave means that there is not the problem of snagging that is found with rope hammocks.
The quilted hammocks are the ones most suitable for cooler climates. They consist of two layers of fabric with a polyester fill between the two layers. The layers are stitched together to prevent them from shifting. This can be done by “channel stitching” (the sewing lines are straight providing a tube-like look) or “S-stitching” (a curved sewn design).
Generally the quilted hammocks are made from a polyester fabric and are available in different patterns. Some have different coordinating fabrics on opposite sides so they can be reversible. These, like your other spreader bar hammocks, look great when hanging in your backyard.
It is especially important not to leave quilted hammocks out when not in use. All the layers are great for insulating you from air movement but they can also trap moisture which could mean problems with mold and mildew and a wet hammock is not comfortable.
Poolside hammocks (also known as quick-dry hammocks) are made from a water resistant fabric such as textilene or Sunbrella. They are an excellent choice for areas of high humidity, such as around pools or the beach, where wet swimming suits and such can be a concern.
The fabric is more durable than most other fabrics, but with this comes some loss in comfort. They are quite resistant to mold and mildew and much less susceptible to fading than other fabrics. These hammocks come with spreader bars that have also been well treated to withstand the humidity.
The poolside hammocks come in a variety of colors and patterns and caring for them is a relatively simple task. They can be washed with mild soap and warm water and, if mildew does happen to appear, it can be treated with a mild bleach solution.
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