Let's not kid ourselves; there are many types of hammocks out there, each with their own unique features. But don’t worry, we are going to take a look at all the options and yes, we love them all! What better way to relax, unwind, and escape the hectic roundabout of daily life, even if it’s just for a short while?
The 5 Main Types of Hammock Swing to Consider: The most common question I get asked is, "what hammock should I get?" Well, that depends on what you’re looking to do. Here is a guide to various styles of hammocks, allowing you to explore all the options out there and help answer that fundamental question:
- Brazilian Hammock
- Cotton Rope Hammock
- Camping, Backpacking, Hiking, and Jungle Hammocks
- Hammock Swings
Understanding the Basics of a Hammock Swing
The variety of hammock swing options out there means the opportunities to enjoy a relaxing moment on your own or with friends and family are endless. Whether it's designing your personal oasis outdoors, embarking on wild camping, backpacking, and exploring nature, the innovative designs of hammocks over the past decade have transformed both outdoor and indoor experiences. Hammocks elevate you from the ground, providing a new perspective on your surroundings in a comfortable and safe environment, far removed from conventional solid-style furniture.
Our Hammock Swing guide is a perfect starting point to familiarize yourself with different styles of hammocks and their various features. As you read through this guide, consider how you want to use your hammock. Take into account how many people will use the hammock at a time, as there are single, double, and even jumbo size hammocks available with weight capacity varying from 100 to 500 kgs. So, select the style of hammock that catches your eye and let’s delve deeper into their features and benefits.
Two Basic Styles of Hammocks
Most styles of hammocks we see are derived from two basic types. The original Brazilian hammock swing, dating back over 1000 years, uses a 2-point hanging system, known as in-line, which envelopes you in a cocoon-like pod and conforms to your body weight and shape. This style is also referred to as a Tropical or Jungle hammock.
The other common style is the spreader hammock, a redesign developed much later in history, also known as the North American Hammock or Spreader Bar Hammock. The spreader bar with its pre-drilled holes allows the cords to be threaded through the bar, opening the hammock in a lay-on-top style. This system was developed by pioneering Americans for easier dismounting.
Modern Styles of Hammocks
Now, let's look at the different hammock styles available today.
Brazilian Hammocks are known for their robustness and comfort, making them a good choice for colder climates as their thicker weave blocks cold air, creating added warmth. Brazilian hammocks usually lack spreader-bars, and are therefore designed with an in-line hanging system. However, there are Brazilian designs incorporating spreader-bars which also incorporate the traditional thick cotton weave. The bold, vibrant colours associated with Brazil are also a common feature of these hammocks, along with their trademark 100% cotton fabric, constructed in a tight and durable weave. Brazilian craftsmen are also known for their beautiful fringe embellishments adding to the design and feel of the hammock.
However, being made of natural cotton can create problems from exposure to outside elements and can lead to mould and mildew issues if proper cleaning and protection are not carried out. For those considering a full-time sleeping option instead of a conventional bed, the Brazilian hammock is a good choice and an ideal space-saving solution.
Resort Style Hammock Swing
Resort Style Hammocks feature rope stitching design between spreader-bars. These are the classic hammocks that most people associate with lounging under palm trees. Spreader bars keep the lounge bed open for easy dismount, and the rope stitching offers both support and flexibility. The open, airy hammock patterns offer excellent airflow. However, the rope can create waffle-like pressure points on the user’s skin. Ideal for snatching that moment of relaxation and reflection at the end of a busy day.
Though very popular for outdoor relaxation, tie-on tree straps can be added for extra comfort. These styles of hammocks are not generally used for nightly sleeping, and caution should be taken when getting on due to the instability of balance from the spreader-bar design, increasing the possibility of flipping over.
Cotton Rope Hammock Swing
Cotton Rope Hammock swings are usually either cotton or polyester, and each material has its advantages. Cotton hammocks are more flexible than polyester, but polyester is less susceptible to mould.
Considering the environment in which you will be using this style of hammock, treated fabrics are popular. Hammock stands with a waterproof coating, able to withstand splashing from poolside and salt water spray from the sea, are also available. Keep in mind, treated polyester fabric may last longer than cotton and require less maintenance but will not be as soft as 100% cotton.
Wild Camping, Backpacking, Hiking, Jungle, and Camping Hammocks
Camping, backpacking, hiking, and exploring the great outdoors are not new or revolutionary. However, using a hammock-style tent that provides you with all the conventional features of a tent, and much more, is. The ultra-light travel hammock now offers insect protection with added treated mosquito nets, walls, roof, and can accommodate up to twelve people. Suspended above the ground, it offers great views of the wild surroundings, animals above and below. No need to look for the perfect pitch, just two trees are what’s needed. Made from strong nylon, these unique tent-like hammocks are robust and ultra-portable.
The ultra-lightweight, compact, and easy-to-carry travel hammock can also be used with a tarp which hangs overhead and protects you against the rain. For colder conditions, special quilts or pads can be fitted beneath you for warmth. Both are quick and easy to set up. Straps (not ropes) are used to loop around trees to create attachment points. Two sturdy trees approximately 4-6 meters apart are ideal for setting up your sleeping area. This offers comfortable sleeping off the ground with the added advantage of protection from bugs and insects.
Siesta Hammocks Australia
Hammocks for outdoor use are among the fastest-growing segments within the hammock market, with innovation being the key word and the great outdoors becoming more accessible.
There are many hammock styles available today, from one-person in-line hammocks to multi-person hammocks with wider sleeping areas. Contact our live chat agent or call us between 9 am to 3 pm AEST, 7 days a week, to recommend the hammock swing that suits your lifestyle.
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