Hammocks Made Of CottonRope and fabric hammocks have traditionally been made using cotton, but some manufacturers have started using man-made materials such as polyester. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages, but in many ways cotton is still king!
The comfort factor is all important, and this is where cotton wins the battle. You simply can't beat the feel of a 100% natural fiber on your skin. It's a breathable fabric that will easily stretch to the shape of your body. Not only that, but it also looks good. The natural coloring looks very elegant in almost any situation.
Where possible, try to find a hammock made using organic cotton. This will have been grown without the use of pesticides and artificial fertilizers, which makes it much safer for the producers, and also for the environment. That way, you can relax knowing that your purchase has made a positive impact on the world.
Strength should not be a problem. Usage guidelines are often included, but the material should be strong enough to support the weight of a single person, or even two people on a double or oversized model.
So what are the disadvantages of cotton hammocks? Well, those good looks will begin to fade after a few years, particularly if left in direct sunlight. Cotton is not a very weatherproof fabric. If left outside it is also likely to be damaged by mold and mildew. Man-made fabrics tend to be much tougher, and mold resistant. The real choice is between comfort and durability.
An important factor in choosing between materials is where the hammock will be used. Will it be indoors on a stand, or outdoors hung between two trees? And if it's outside, will it be under cover? Once you have decided this, it is easier to choose which fabric is the most appropriate. The good news is that most of the main brands such as Hatteras and Pawleys Island stock both types, so you will never have to compromised on style.
More details about the different materials used in hammock making can be found on other pages of this site.