Hammock Guide

Hammock Buying Guide

Looking for the perfect hammock? Look no further than Simply Hammocks As the experts in hammocks, we offer a wide range of styles, shapes, and sizes to choose from. Here are four quick ways to become a hammock expert:

  1. Watch our video below, which has already been viewed by over 30,000 people.
  2. Contact our knowledgeable team for personalized assistance.
  3. Check out our comprehensive Hammock Guide for helpful tips and information.
  4. Browse our extensive selection and find your perfect hammock today!


1. Where will you hang your hammock?

If you have a specific spot in mind, we can help you find the perfect hammock for that space.

Hammocks are commonly hung from trees in the garden, on ceilings and walls inside your home, or on purpose-built stands.

If you're interested in a hammock stand, check out our pre-made hammock sets or create your own stand and hammock combination using our Compatibility Guide. Our stands are weatherproof and come in both wooden and metal options, depending on your budget.

If you plan to hang your hammock between trees or walls, make sure to measure the space and ensure it is at least 8-20 feet wide. If you only have one tree or wall, consider using a Madera Post. You will also need fixings depending on how you plan to hang your hammock:

Type of hang What you need
On a stand Use our Compatibility Guide
Between two trees Smart or Micro Rope Fixing
I only have one tree! Smart or Micro Rope Fixing + Madera Post
Between two walls Easy Plus Hammock Fixing
I only have one wall Easy Plus Hammock Fixing + Madera Post
Wooden posts or beams Jumbo Fixing
On ceiling Power Hook or Rotating Swivel Fixing


2. What size hammock do you need?

Hammock Sizes

We offer Single, Double, and Family/XL hammocks to suit your needs. Our Single Hammocks are roomy and larger than what most competitors call doubles. Our Double Hammocks comfortably accommodate two adults, while our Family/XL Hammocks easily hold three or more adults.


3. Will you be keeping it outdoors often?

Leaving Hammock Outside

Our hammocks are designed to withstand occasional rain showers, but if you plan on leaving your hammock outside year-round, we recommend considering a weatherproof option, such as our EllTex range. This hammock can endure rain, UV rays, and feels as soft as cotton.

For more information on leaving your hammock and stand outdoors, please check out our brief guide here.


4. What's your preferred style and color??

Hammock Colours
At this stage, it's all about personal preference. We offer various styles of hammocks made from different materials and available in a range of colors and patterns.

(i) Spreader Bar Hammocks vs Non-Spreader Bar Hammocks:

Spreader Bar Hammock feature a wooden pole that spreads out the material at each end, giving the hammock a flatter appearance. While some prefer the look, they can be more difficult to get in and out of due to the tight material.

None Spreader Bar Hammocks or Classic Hammocks, don't have a wooden pole, so there is more fabric to move around in. On a windy day, you can even use the material as a blanket or transform your hammock into a makeshift chair to sit upright in. They are also easier to get in and out of, and if you plan on sleeping in your hammock, a Non-Spreader Bar Hammock is more comfortable as it allows you to sleep in a traditional diagonal position.


(ii) Cotton vs Silk vs Weatherproof:

Cotton hammocks are extremely comfortable, dry quickly if caught in the rain, and are very breathable. They come in a variety of vibrant colors and patterns.

Our Weather Proof Hammocks are crafted using EllTex fabric, a blend of cotton and polyester. They are resistant to UV rays and rain, so they can stay outdoors all year long. Despite being stronger than cotton, they are still soft and cozy.

Finally, we have Silk Hammocks, made from parachute silk. They are incredibly tear-proof, breathable, and lightweight, making them perfect for those traveling with a hammock.

(iii) Colors vs Patterns:

Ultimately, this is up to you. However, darker colors and patterns will conceal dirt more effectively, keeping your hammock looking clean for longer. On the other hand, lighter colors are less likely to fade in the sun.

If you are unsure you can always contact the hammock experts (that's us)