Fabric Hammock or Net Hammock

Posted on June 11 2019

At Hammocks Australia our speciality since starting our business in 2009 has been hand-woven Mexican hammocks. These are a hand-woven net type hammock and we love the fact that they are traditionally handmade in small villages and each hammock purchased provides a direct benefit back to these Mayan communities. We also believe the quality and comfort of these hammocks are among if not the best in the world.

In recent years we have expanded our range to include hammocks from other countries and in full fabric material. So as you browse our site you will see the different types and may be wondering what is the difference between net and fabric hammocks and the pro and cons of each. So this article will hopefully answer those questions for you.

Net Hammocks - Mexican Hammocks

Our net hammock range consists of Mexican handmade hammocks. Probably most easily described as looking like a fish net, with the hammock cords interwoven to create the body of the hammock. This allows each cord to stretch and move independently shaping perfectly to your body shape. The huge multitude of cords ensures greater strength as each cord is supported by the surrounding cords. Mexican woven net hammocks are well regarded as the most comfortable hammocks in the world.

The net design further works well in allowing greater airflow, keeping your cooler on those hot summer days making it a summer favourite. It also allows the hammock to spread out very wide providing additional benefit for tall people, sharing and for sleeping in. The open weave works well should your hammock get caught in the rain as it doesn't absorb as much water and dry quickly in the sun and wind.

Mexican hammocks are generally all the same length with our hammocks ranging from 3.80m - 4.10m, but expand wider by size as the traditional way to lie is across the hammock.

When comparing net hammocks one important consideration is the spacing between the weave. Mexican hammocks have a very close weave meaning there is not a lot of gap between each cord and your weight is better distributed and supported versus other net hammocks with large weave spacing. 

Material options currently available in Mexican hammocks include; cotton (thin cord or thick cord), nylon and polyester.

Mexican Woven Net Hammock


Fabric Hammocks

Our fabric range of hammocks come from Colombian, Brazil and India. Some of the main benefits of fabric hammocks is a slightly more robust nature and the variety of fabrics available. Fabric hammocks are great options for those with children as they are less likely to get small hands and feet snagged in or disturb the weave of net type hammocks.

The sizing of our fabric hammocks are more varied by size and increase in total length and width as the size goes up. As such some of our fabric hammocks require less space to hang so can be a good option when space is an issue.

Material options currently available in our fabric range include; cotton, organic cotton, polypropylene, HamacTex and parachute silk.

Fabric Hammocks

Both options come in a range of hammock sizes and styles, whether you want the perfect personal hammock, a traditional Latin American style or resort type spreader bar hammock. 


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