When choosing a hammock, its size should be duly considered. I was once told when buying a hammock in Central America to 'buy the biggest hammock you can reasonably afford'. The same rings true for any hammock as the width of the fabric surface strongly influences the hammock’s comfort. Below specific hammock sizes and minimum hanging space requirements are detailed. Where possible it's good to have a little more space available than the bare minimum to allow for greater hammock adjustability and you can find further information on hanging a hammock here; hammock hanging.
The largest size hammock and the top of the range for comfort. Whether 'hammocking' solo or with a friend or family it still remains the most comfortable. As the name implies, family hammocks are great for the whole family, mum, dad and the kids! Hammocks with a fabric width of more than 180 cm (5ft 11in) are called family hammocks. For hanging a family hammock, a minimum distance of 360 cm (11ft 10in) is needed between your two hanging points, with the height of the two suspension points should no lower than 160 cm (5ft 3in).
Hammocks with a minimum fabric width of 160 cm (5ft 3in) are called double hammocks. Large, very comfortable, offering enough space for up to two people. For hanging a double hammock, a minimum distance of 310 cm (10ft 2in) is needed between your two hanging points, with the height of the two suspension points should no lower than 140 cm (4ft 7in). Double hammocks are one of the most popular choices as there is room for you and a partner, whilst also being a great size for relaxing solo.
For some alone hammock time, or as a travel option, the single hammock works well. Small and compact they are easy to handle and pack away with luggage on a trip. Hammocks with a minimum fabric width of 140 cm (4ft 7in) are called single hammocks. They are compact, space-saving and allowing for hanging in smaller spaces, whether inside rooms or on the patio or deck. When hanging a single hammock, a minimum distance of 270 cm (8ft 10in) is needed between your two attachment points. The height of these two points should not be placed lower than 120 cm (3ft 11in).
Hanging Span and Height for Traditional Hammocks
A quick rule of thumb for hanging traditional style hammocks is the hanging height, from which your fix your hooks or tie your ropes should be half the height of your span. For example a 4m span would give you a hanging height of 2m. From this point run and attach rope/straps/chain to the ends of your hammock and adjust the hanging level to a comfortable height. This is usually where the lowest point of the hammock will hang a height between your hips and knees and is also a convenient height for getting in and out of your hammock.
The largest size in the spreader bar range is the king size. With a generous 140 cm width there is plenty of room to share with someone else. Spreader bar hammocks hang more taught than traditional hammocks so you need approx the same distance span to hang as the total length of the hammock. Having a little extra space is always good to allow for greater flexibility to adjust the hammock to suit your personal preferences.
In double size, this spreader hammock will provide excellent space for one, with enough room left over to share. Requiring less distance to hang and width than the king size, yet comfort is still assured. If you like to spend more time alone in your hammock the double is a great option, if you regularly share your hammock time, then the king size might be a better option for you.
Hanging Span and Height for Spreader Bar Hammocks
When hanging spreader bar style hammocks the minimum distance required is the same length as the hammock as bar hammocks hang more taunt that traditional style hammocks. Recommended hanging attachments heights for these style of hammocks is around 125 cm - 150 cm.
Like your own little floating cloud! Chair hammocks offer a more upright relaxing position. Our range of chair hammocks come in two size options. Single size; which allows for comfortable reclining with your feet rested on the ground. Perfect for reading, or to enjoy an afterwork drink in. King size (lounger); allows for the same position as well as being large enough for you to lean back and fully extend your feet out in front of you. Great for afternoon naps! There is even room to share with a child - great for nursing babies or reading to children.
Hanging Heights for Chair Hammocks
When hanging a chair hammock you simply need a minimum height and a single overhead hanging point such as branches, beams or from fixed ceiling hooks. The minimum hanging heights required for chair hammocks are; single - 200 cm, king - 220 cm, Mexican 195 cm.