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.
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).