Whether made of fabric or net, with rope suspension or decorative wooden struts – a hammock can even disappear in the travel bag or be used as a comfortable seat. Duo hammock, single, family or baby, how do I choose the right hammock sizes for myself?
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 1m70: canvas in width 140.
- You measure up to 1m85: canvas 160 wide.
- Beyond: canvas in 180 width and more.
Knowing more about the positions to adopt in a hammock is important to make the most of your hammock!
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?
It was a choice to be made. Other hammock sellers have preferred to keep the names of Latinos. And some have adopted my method because Tropical Influences is a well-known brand in the hammock world!
The Latino method is confusing unless one day we adapt it to the size of Europeans. In this case, a “personal” hammock will become a “child hammock”
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 of your support but also its height! Indeed, the height of the hammock stand is essential.
The height of the hammock stand
There are two really opposite types of hammocks: those that have wooden bars or spreaders on each side and those that don’t.
Hammocks with bars stretch and those without bars bend. As a result, there are two kinds of supports: those with a very low grip height (almost all models sold on the market) and those with a higher grip.
If your support measures 4m or 3m50 in length for a grip of 1m10 to 1m30 of grip, you can only get a hammock with bars. This is the biggest disappointment of customers who call us at the store.
Indeed, being specialized in the real hammock (without bars) we have no model to offer. If a hammock without bars gets too tight, the comfort won’t be there. Rather than selling you a model that will ultimately be disappointing, we prefer to direct you to sellers of bar hammocks.
Some examples of hammock stand measurements
If your support measures 3m10 by 1m30 to 1m40 in height, a single or L hammock radius will be perfect.
If your support measures 3m50 by 1m40 to 1m50 in height, a double or XL hammock shelf will be perfect.
We are here to advise you
We recommend knowing the length and hanging heights (length from hook to hook and height from hook to floor).
Very often, our best advice when your stand is too low is to replace it with a good real hammock stand with acceptable measurements. This is why we recommend hammock stands made to manufacturers’ own measurements: comfort! You who appreciate the hammock. The time has come for you to move on to the true dimension of this sublime object.
Likewise, if you already have a hammock and want to purchase a stand
Have you taken the measurement of your hammock stretched from one end of a handle to the other? Or only placed on the ground with a margin of error of 10 to 30 cm?
Is your hammock brand new? Is he already relaxed?
If it is new, is it from a good hammock country and then it will only stretch 2-3%? Does it come from India, made in very beautiful and very soft cotton but close to hydrophilic cotton and then it will relax by 10 to 15%?
Likewise, we prefer that you comment on us, and send us info about your hammock. We greatly prefer to advise you in order to avoid any possible error and to have to manage returns and exchanges of products.
With one decade of experience, we have an eye!!
With or without a spreader bar?
Although the standard hammock model didn’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 a 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.
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 from us or not: do not buy a hammock that is less than 150 cm wide.
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.
Other links to relevant information:
- How to Hang Hammock: Your Ultimate Guide
- How to Wash and A Hammock – Complete Guide
- How to Tie Hammock Knots – Expert Tips
- Sleeping in a Hammock: All You Need to Know