Hammock Fabric Guide
When it comes to choosing a hammock fabric there are a few different options available nowadays. All have their own features and benefits, but you might be wondering what is the right option for you and how to choose. This guide will help answer those questions providing a ‘run-down’ on all the hammock fabrics we have on offer here at Hammock Shop UK.
The tried and true hammock material, this is what the majority of hammocks are made in today. Cotton has great inherent properties that make it ideal for hammock use. It is soft and comfortable on the skin, it is tearproof and it absorbs moisture easily so is good for wicking away sweat on those hot days - and it can also be easily washed.
Cotton is a very strong material, with long fibres which makes it very tear resistant and robust so that it can take a lot of use over long periods of time. Quality cotton will also be very lightweight and have long cotton fibres. The cotton used in our range of cotton hammocks is 100% pure cotton which ensures the best comfort and bright vibrant colours.
Being a natural fibre, however, cotton does require some extra care to ensure it’s longevity. Whilst cotton is ideal for hammocks, it is not a fabric that does well when it is constantly wet or left in damp conditions. Cotton can rot and grow mold if left in these conditions. Cotton fabric and colours can also deteriorate over time when left constantly exposed to harsh UV rays. The best way to care for a cotton hammock and ensure it provides you with a long and comfortable life is to just protect it from the elements when not in use. Sure, enjoy it outside during the day in the sun, but just bring it back inside with you when you are done or enjoy undercover, this will just save any unnecessary wear.
With the same great inherent properties as cotton, organic cotton offers a couple of extra benefits. Organic refers to the fact that the cotton is cultivated without the use of any chemicals. The cotton bushes are grown in a more ecological and environmentally friendly manner. Organic cotton is grown free of any type of chemical fertilisers, herbicides or insecticides. This makes it not only safer and skin friendly for users but it is also safer and healthier for those cultivating and working with the cotton and the local ecosystem as a whole.
It may seem strange that often organic cotton is more expensive than standard cotton when chemicals and such are not used, but there are reasons for this. To cultivate organic cotton the farmland in which is it grown must be farmed according to ecological principles for three years first to ensure any previous contamination of the soil is gone. When it comes time to harvest after 5-9 months of growing organic cotton is handpicked vs machine harvesting for conventional hay which also adds time and cost to the production.
Furthermore to ensure organic cotton is as the name implies a full certification process is required. This covers all steps in the growth, process and production and guarantees that the cotton is not grown from genetically engineered seeds, nor that any chemicals have been used. The organic cotton hammocks we sell meet all these conditions and are certified according to the OE 100 standard by Control Union.
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HamacTex® is a specially created hammock material designed to offer similar yet more durable and resistant properties than traditional cotton. To touch and feel, it is very hard to distinguish any noticeable difference. Made from artificial fibre, HamacTex® is water-repellent, UV resistant, quick-drying and fade resistant. Basically the perfect hammock material! This is the material choice for those that forget to bring in their hammock at the end of the day or just like to leave their hammock outside all summer long. Slightly lighter than cotton and made from polypropylene this material has been tried and tested for over 10 years.
Unlike cotton, it doesn’t absorb moisture so a rain shower won’t leave your hammock wet and unusable. Most water will be repelled, but even after a heavy shower, the material is quick to dry. With built-in UV resistant properties constant exposure to the sun will not fade the material, leaving the colours bright and vibrant, and the material soft and comfortable.
View our range of HamacTex® Weatherproof Hammocks
For an extremely lightweight, compactable hammock, parachute silk hammock material is a great option. Made from nylon trilobal - the same fabric used for parachutes, it makes for excellent travel and camping hammocks. The very thin nylon threads are barely perceptible to the eye, yet when spun into a fabric create a very strong and comfortable material. Soft and silk-like, breathable and tearproof hammocks made from parachute silk are most prevalently used as travel and camping hammocks. They are comfortable enough to sleep the night through in and save sleeping on the hard ground. With a double size travel hammock weighing less than 1kg and around the size of a 1-litre drink bottle they are a great alternative to heavy bulky tents.View our range of Parachute Silk Travel Hammocks