Hammock Fabric Guide
When it comes to selecting a hammock the material in which it is made is an important consideration. Different materials will have their own inherent properties that maybe more suitable for your hammock needs.
The main hammock materials available through Hammocks Australia include;
Cotton. The most common and popular material choice for making hammocks. It has great qualities that make it ideal for hammocks. It is tear resistant, has a very soft feel and absorbs moisture easily so is good for those extra hot days. Quality cotton like that used in our hammocks have long fibres that make for a stronger, more durable hammock. High-quality cotton is also lightweight and produces beautiful bright colours. Our range of Colombian hammocks are made from a full fabric cotton, whereas our Mexican hammocks are made from hundreds of individual fine or thick interwoven cotton cords. Hammocks made from cotton and organic cotton do require more care than other hammocks, such as being protected from rain and moisture where possible. See our hammock care guide for more info.
Organic cotton. This is a great choice for those with sensitive skin and young children and babies. Made from cotton that has been grown and harvested without the use of any chemicals makes it an environmentally friendly and safe hammock choice. Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton. The organic cotton range comes in brilliant colours whilst also available in natural non-dyed nor bleached white.
HamacTex®. A weatherproof outdoor hammock material HamacTex® is the material of choice when you like to have your hammock hung outside and ready to use at all times. A polypropylene fabric that has been developed especially for use in hammocks. Soft, comfortable and hardwearing, this hammock has inbuilt UV and fade resistant properties while also being water resistant so the odd shower won't hold you up from using your hammock for long either. A great choice for when you like to leave you hammock outdoors regular, but is also equally at home inside.
Parachute Silk. For an extremely lightweight go anywhere hammock, parachute silk material is a great choice. Parachute silk is made from nylon trilobal which in turn is made of very, very thin nylon threads. This makes for a very lightweight and compact hammock, yet is very strong and extremely comfortable. Tear resistance and breathability are further beneficial features of hammocks made from parachute silk, ensuring your hammock lasts the distance and is comfortable to use even on those warmer days and nights.
Nylon. Strength, brilliant colours and quick drying are benefits of our hammocks made from nylon cord. Nylon material produces brilliant bright glossy colours for a very attractive looking hammock. An alternative material to Mexican cotton corded hammocks, nylon is somewhat more weather resistant than cotton due to its quick drying nature and limited water absorbency. Nylon cord is very strong and can hold more weight than cotton. With less 'give' it and produces a firmer but still very comfortable hammock. Good for those that like 'firm' beds. Nylon while more resistant than cotton is affected by UV rays and is not recommended as a full-time outdoor hammock, benefitting from protection from the elements when not in use.