Buying a hammock looks very simple on the surface, but if you’re planning on using your hammock a lot, especially outdoors, you need to find the right fabric for your needs. Many of the fabric hammocks available are not really designed to hold up under regular use and outdoor conditions, so it is important to shop around and find the best fabric hammock based on how, where and when you will be using it.
The fabric base of your hammock is probably the most important part of the hammock. You need a solid stand and heavy ropes or cables to connect to the stand, but the fabric is the part that gets the most wear and carries the greatest burden, so you need to make sure you have a great fabric base.
If your hammock is just decorative and will not be used regularly, if at all, then the fabric is not as important, but you will still want fabric that will not rot or fade in the sun if your hammock is a deck accessory.
When you look at fabric hammocks, first determine if the fabric is intended for the area where you’re going to use it. If you want your hammock indoors, almost any fabric will be fine, but if it is going to be outdoors, you need a heavy-duty, specially treated fabric that can withstand the weather. Even if you intend to store your hammock during the winter, you need a good, all-weather fabric unless you plan to take it down and put it back up every time you use it, protecting it completely from sun and rain.
Make sure that the fabric base you’re considering will hold the weight you intend to put on it. Whether you put a couple of large adults or several children on it, you need to make sure that you have a strong enough fabric base to carry the whole weight.
If you’re planning to travel or camp with your fabric hammock, make sure it’s something you can easily fold and transport that is not too heavy and can easily fit in your gear. If you’re traveling by car, this is relatively simple, but if you’re hiking, you need to figure out how much weight you can handle.
When you shop for hammocks, most of them will have details on the label or in the catalog about how much weight the fabric can handle, what weather conditions it can withstand, and other important information about the fabric. You should first determine what you need, then go shopping with the idea of finding exactly the right hammock fabric for your purposes. It’s always easier to shop for what you need than to fit something that’s not right into your life.
Fortunately, once you know what you need in a fabric hammock, actually finding the right hammock and making your purchase will be very simple. Most hammocks will be very clearly labeled as to whether they are for indoor or outdoor use and how much weight they can bear, and all you have to do is match the labels to the requirements you’ve figured out.