The hammock brings about a sense of relaxation. Lying on a hammock, can take a person away from the frustrations and stress of everyday life. Most people envision lying on a hammock on a beautiful tropical oasis. What some don’t realize is that they can get this same sense of calm and serenity with backyard hammocks. Whether the individual wants to nap, relax or curl up with a book, the gentle swaying motion of rope hammocks is guaranteed to be relaxing.
There are several types of backyard hammocks on the market. Besides the differences in materials, there are differences of use in backyard hammocks. Some are designed to hold one person, while others can be comfortable and safely hold more than one individual. The most commonly known and recognized is the cotton rope hammocks. But there are many, many other styles and selections to choose from. Each style comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. Prices of backyard hammocks vary. Prices can be anywhere between $50-$300 depending on the craftsmanship, material and quality.
Rope hammocks are popular for being affordable and classic. A rope hammock can be made from polyester, cotton or DuraCord. The bars stretch the fabric and hold the hammock open to provide balance.
DuraCord is a soft material, similar to cotton. A bonus is that it is weather-resistant, similar to polyester. This combination makes DuraCord a desired choice for many people. It is long lasting and if made with vibrant colors, the colors do not fade.
Cotton is next in backyard hammocks. Soft and comfortable, it conforms to the shape of the individual’s body. However, if someone lives in a wet environment, cotton should be the last option as it isn’t very weather-resistant. This material will not do well in the rain or winter seasons.
Polyester is more durable and can withstand many wet weather changes. Not quite as soft as cotton, polyester backyard hammocks are firm and hold their shape much longer.
After the rope hammocks are quilted fabric backyard hammocks. These are popular for those seeking comfort, plus style. The fabric is padded and made with a colorfast acrylic. This acrylic helps the hammock be resistant to fading, stains, mold and mildew. Being made with fabric means that they come in a wide assortment of patterns and colors; some being reversible.
Those with a pool or who live in wet environments, should look for poolside backyard hammocks. Another option would be to seek hammocks that are quick drying or single layer. These types of hammocks are made for wet conditions and are usually made with DuraCord.
A Mayan/Brazilian hammock is another option if someone wants more of a cocoon like experience and fit. There is no stretcher bar to hold these hammocks open. They are lightweight and comfortable.
The last style of backyard hammocks are hammock chair swings. Instead of lying down, the person sits upright and enjoys a light swing from the chair. There are both single-use and double-use chairs available.