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Hammock Fabrics Overview

Hammocks can be made from many different materials, the most common of which have their own dedicated pages on this site with full details of the various advantages and disadvantages. This page provides a simple summary for those people who only require a very brief overview.

Cotton. Generally considered to be the most comfortable material for both rope and fabric hammocks. Unfortunately, cotton is susceptible to mold and mildew, and will degrade if not looked after properly. Colors look natural and elegant, but will fade quickly if left in direct sunlight. Suitable for use indoors or outside, but should not be left out in bad weather.

Polyester. Top quality polyester hammocks can be almost as comfortable as cotton, and are considerably more durable. They are less susceptible to mold and mildew, and usually last for many years with little or no maintenance required. Colors tends to be very bright, almost unnaturally so, and are quite fade resistant. Suitable for use in almost any location, and can be left outside if required.

Canvas. A tough and rugged material that can be made from cotton, polyester or even hemp. Canvas hammocks were made popular by the Navy, but can now be found in many different situations. Where possible, you should find out what the canvas is made from in order to determine how it should be used and looked after.

Generally speaking, the choice is between cotton for comfort or polyester for durability. Deciding how your hammock will be used will help to determine what fabric you buy.