Choosing the right hammock size is crucial for a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Whether you prefer a fabric or net hammock, with rope suspension or wooden struts, there are a few key factors to consider when selecting the perfect size for your needs.
Follow the guide, we give you some simple but effective tips.
The Width of the Hammock
Since a hammock is used diagonally, it is therefore the width of the hammock that is most important.
As for a canvas hammock, here is the rule:
- You measure up to 1. 70 meters: canvas in width 1.40 meters.
- You measure up to 1. 85 meters: canvas is 1.60 meters wide.
- Beyond: canvas in 1.80 meters width and more.
Understanding various positions to adopt in a hammock is crucial for maximizing your hammock experience!
The Size of Hammocks in Latin America
It was in 2005 that I started testing hammocks, so I asked myself the question: how to offer the right size to our readers’ “customers” and guide them to choose the best one? There are many sizes in Latin America, but we are much larger than them and above all, much less connoisseurs.
There they use the following sizes:
- Nino (baby),
- Unipersonal (child),
- Personal (1 place),
- Double (double, duet),
- Family (for the whole family).
But what do I do when a 1.95m giant walks into my store and asks me for a single hammock? Poor guy, in a 140-wide hammock, he won’t have enough room!
How to Choose the Right Hammock Sizes by Using Our Clothing Sizes?
Selecting the appropriate hammock size based on your clothing sizes involves considering both the length and width of the hammock. Aligning your body size with the hammock dimensions ensures a comfortable fit. If you typically wear larger clothing sizes, opt for a hammock with generous length and width to accommodate your size. Conversely, if you wear smaller sizes, a more compact hammock may be suitable.
What a disappointment to see so many sites that promise you double hammocks in canvases of only 140 cm! Note that net hammocks are often extendable. And, we take it into account. You will never be disappointed with a Tropical Hammock choice.
I Already Have a Stand, What Size Hammock Should I Choose?
This subject is very delicate because it is the source of the greatest number of errors. Because you have to take into account the length and height of your support! Indeed, the height of the hammock stand is essential.
The Height of the Hammock Stand
There are two distinct types of hammocks that fall on opposite ends of the spectrum: those equipped with wooden bars or spreaders on each side, and those without any. Hammocks with bars tend to stretch, while those without bars exhibit a bending quality.
Consequently, there are two categories of supports available: those with a lower hanging height (common in most market models) and those with a higher hanging height.
If your support measures 4m or 3.5m in length with a hanging height between 1.1m and 1.3m, your option is limited to a hammock with bars.
If your support measures 3.10 meters by 1.30 meters to 1.40 meters in height, a single or L hammock radius will be perfect. If your support measures 3.50 meters by 1.40 meters to 1.50 meters in height, a double or XL hammock shelf will be perfect.
We highly recommend understanding the length and hanging heights (distance from hook to hook and height from hook to the floor). In many cases, our top advice when dealing with a stand that is too low is to consider replacing it with a genuine hammock stand designed to meet the manufacturer’s specifications for optimal comfort.
With or Without a Spreader Bar?
Although the standard hammock model doesn’t come without a spreader bar, hammocks with wooden sticks on the edges are becoming increasingly popular. Both versions have their specific advantages.
In a hammock with spreader bars, you lie quite flat and you need less space when using it. It’s only when it comes to storage that you need more space because the stiff sticks don’t fit everywhere. In principle, a hammock with a spreader bar is also less stable than a version without this bar. It’s easier to fall out because you’re stretched out on the hammock rather than being wrapped in it.
Most of the funny videos on YouTube or Funniest Home Videos were therefore also recorded with spreader bar hammocks, but as long as you lie still and don’t try any acrobatic arts, nothing will happen. In a hammock without sticks, you will enjoy more seclusion. Depending on how much privacy you value, you can lie straight or at an angle in your hammock.
However, standing in it is not recommended. The fabric envelops you everywhere, so the traditional hammock is less suitable for the sun-worshippers among us. They will probably feel most at home in a hammock with a spreader bar because you lie stretched out on the fabric and the blazing sun can reach even the last patch of skin more easily.
Recommended Accessories for Hammocks
Even if the hammock itself is a good protection against crawling insects, it can be supplemented with a mosquito net (impregnated with a repellent solution or not) that will protect you from mosquitoes, spiders, etc.
Like a tent that is stretched over the hammock, the hammock shelter forms a roof and protects the hammock from bad weather.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I have a small backyard or limited space indoors?
If space is a concern, consider a smaller-sized hammock or an adjustable stand. There are also compact hammock options designed for smaller areas, such as camping hammocks.
Are there specific dimensions for camping hammocks?
Camping hammocks are typically more compact, with widths ranging from 3.5 to 4.5 feet and lengths around 7 to 10 feet. They are designed to be lightweight and portable for outdoor adventures.
Can I use a double hammock by myself?
Absolutely! Many people choose double hammocks for extra space and comfort, even if they plan to use it solo. It’s all about personal preference.
Are there weight limits for hammocks?
Yes, most hammocks have weight limits. Single hammocks typically support around 250 to 300 pounds, while double hammocks can handle 400 pounds or more. Always check the product specifications for the exact weight capacity.
XL is the ideal size to feel completely comfortable in a hammock. The advantage of a large hammock is that it is shorter (which can make a difference for a hammock stand or a small balcony) and cheaper. Regardless of whether you buy your hammock, do not buy a hammock that is less than 150 cm wide.
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