How to Choose the Perfect Hammock

Here’s what you need to know to kick back, relax, and enjoy some blissful moments from the comfort of your very own hammock.

A hammock is the ultimate symbol of summer relaxation. But do you know how to select the right one to fit your needs and lifestyle? Here’s what you need to know to kick back, relax, and enjoy some blissful moments from the comfort of your very own hammock.

Know the Different Types

Before you start considering where to buy a hammock, it helps to know the different kinds of hammocks on the market. Here’s a quick rundown.

  • Rope Hammock Designed for warmer climates, this type of hammock will be right at home in your backyard. It’s typically made from polyester or cotton, and it’s designed with a light weave for easy relaxation.
  • Fabric Hammock: While this variety of hammock works great in cooler climates, it’s a nice choice for homeowners who want to add a pop of color with bright solids or stylish stripes.
  • Camping Hammock: If you want a hammock that does double duty — relaxation at home and the versatility to take on weekend getaways — check out a camping hammock. They’re exceptionally lightweight and serve as an alternative to a sleeping bag.
  • Hammock Chair and Swing: This is a nice alternative if you want to sit upright, sip a glass of wine, and take in the sunset.

Spreader Bars: Yes or No?

When thinking about where to buy a hammock, there’s another aspect to keep in mind: whether or not you want a hammock with spreader bars. Ultimately, it’s a personal preference. Spreader bars, which are located at the head and foot of a hammock, help prevent the hammock from enclosing you like a cocoon. If you have little ones, just use caution if you opt for a hammock without spreader bars: Small children can find it difficult to get out.

Where to Hang Your Hammock

Whether you want to use your hammock to read, nap, study, or simply relax and contemplate the upcoming football season, it’s important to get the placement just right. Take a look around your yard. Do you have many large trees that would provide some shade while you swing and sway? Or what about posts on your pool deck? Don’t be afraid to take your hammock inside your home, either. Homeowners often think that hammocks only belong outdoors, but that’s simply not the case.

Hammocks can easily be the happiest spot in your home — whether you envision it poolside or you bring it inside in your media room. 


Audrey Sellers is an award-winning, Dallas-based writer and editor with a background in marketing and promotions. She’s a former magazine editor turned blogger who’s a pro at crafting all kinds of engaging content: blog posts, case studies, feature stories, social media content, and more. When her fingers aren’t flying on her laptop, she’s busy not relaxing with her husband and two young kids.

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1 Comment

  1. McKenna
    July 22, 2015

    Hi Audrey!

    I always love to see a great post about hammocks. But you missed one amazing resource, and we’re local! Two Little Limes is Dallas-based and we sell some pretty incredible hammocks that are made by hand for us in Guatemala. Designed by an artist and only made in small batches (the workshop is tiny!) you won’t find these in every store in town. Check them out:


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