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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the Most Comfortable Hammock?
What Hammocks do you recommend for Outdoor use?
What hammock do you recommend as a bed?
What size Mayan hammock should I use as a bed?
Can sleeping in a hammock hurt your back?
How can you keep warm sleeping in a hammock in cold weather?
Which hammock is best for two people?
What are the different styles of the Mayan hammocks?
What are the different sizes of the Mayan hammocks?
How much space do I need to hang a hammock?
What kind of stand do I need?
What installation kit do I need?
How do I attach a hammock to trees?
What is the difference between hammocks with and without spreader bars?
Can I add a spreader to my hammock that does not have them?
How much is shipping?
Do you ship to APO/FPO addresses?
Are your hammocks "Fair Traded"?
Do you have a catalog?
What is your return policy?


What is the Most Comfortable Hammock?
We specialize in finding the world's most comfortable hammocks in any category.  The Mayan cotton hammock is generally rated as the most comfortable.

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What Hammocks do you recommend for Outdoor use?
Most of our hammocks are suitable for outdoors use.  Climate and location factors should be taken into account.  In sunny drier climates cotton hammocks are fine outdoors.  In rainy humid climates the synthetics should be considered.

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What hammock do you recommend as a bed?
All the Brazilian, Mayan, and Nicaraguan hammocks make excellent sleeping hammocks, as that is what they are designed to be.  Pick the one that best suits your budget, space, and sense of style.  The Mayans sleep the coolest, the Nicaraguans the most luxurious, and the Brazilians the easiest to maintain with bedding.

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What size Mayan hammock should I use as a bed?
All the Mayan hammocks are comfortable.  The larger ones offer more support.  Choose the largest one you can reasonably afford, up to King size for most people, Jumbo or XX Grande for very tall or large adults.

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Can sleeping in a hammock hurt your back?
The advantages of using a hammock as a bed include comfort, convenience and portability.  A properly hung hammock conforms to the contours of your body, supporting you evenly on all sides, and creating no pressure points such as are experienced on most beds.  Many people who toss and turn in a regular bed, find that they hardly move at all during a night in a hammock.  This support is particularly appreciated by back pain sufferers who often find that sleeping in a hammock results in a decrease in pain and stiffness.  Far from hurting your back, therefore, sleeping in a hammock can be therapeutic.

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How can you keep warm sleeping in a hammock in cold weather?
As you may discover, hammocks don't hold heat the way a bed does;  and during sleeping a person's core temperature drops, which can add up to a pretty chilling scenario if not addressed.  We have customers in all climates sleeping full time in hammocks year round.  The solutions to the cold temperature season vary from person to person;  but all include some means of insulating that bottom level.  Amongst the solutions offered are the use of a mummy bag, use of down comforter underneath, use of quilted long johns, use of warmer pajamas and so on.  Personally, I prefer the long john/pajama route as it allows freer movement.  But if it is really cold, the down bag may be called upon.  We carry a silk sleep sack also, that is good for about a ten degree boost.  That won't be enough in the winter, but it can be just right in the intermediate seasons.  Summer sleeping really is the shining glory of the hammock--but with a little ingenuity in exploring the above options, singly or in combination, I am confident you will find the blissfully warm solution.

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Which hammock is best for two people?
There are two schools of thought on this.  Some people prefer the spreader bar type such as the Key West Jumbo or the Large Playa, as they are flatter, and allow a more side by side positioning.  Others prefer the larger sizes in the Mayan, Brazilian, and Nicaraguan hammocks, which are more comfortable for one and cozier for two.

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What are the different styles of the Mayan hammocks?
The Classic Mayan hammock is woven of cotton hammock cord produced in the hot humid Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.  This cord produces a very strong and extremely comfortable hammock.  Although the hammock can hold great weight, the individual strings are subject to breakage when snagged on buttons or belts etc. 
The Deluxe Mayan hammock is woven from 24 gauge cotton cording, also made in the Yucatan, which is about six times thicker and stronger.  This cording produces a hammock that is stronger, more resistant to breakage and softer in feel.  Because it is more loosely woven it is less supportive for use as a bed, but great for recreational use and use by the whole family. 
We have recently introduced the Tommy Hamaca line of hammocks, which is a thin string Classic Mayan style of hammock woven of OSO mercerized cotton cording.  This cording is seven times stronger and far more color fast than the regular hammock cord.  This hammock is a huge improvement over the classic hammock as it offers the same comfort level with far greater durability.
At the top of the line in Mayan cotton hammocks we offer the Crochet hammock.  This hammock is woven from yet another cord, the Fina, which is thinner and stronger than the cotton hammock cord, and woven with over three times the density of the classic Mayan hammock.  This hammock has a soft silky feel (such as you might find in high thread count sheets) and a firm sense of support. 
The Classic Mayan and the Deluxe Mayan use strong polypropylene cords for support.  The Crochet and the Tommy Hamaca use Nylon, which has the additional advantage of being resistant to UV degradation.
We also offer both the Classic style and the Deluxe style in all polypropylene (referred to as nylon) cording for use in rainy humid climates.  The support feel of these hammocks is more firm than in the cotton, again with the deluxe being softer in feel.

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What are the different sizes of the Mayan hammocks?
In the Classic Mayan(cotton) and Yucatecan (polypro) hammocks the sizes run from Standard through Jumbo.  Although different sellers give different names, the actual size depends on the number of spools of cord used in the weaving.  They are all approximately 13 feet in length;  and the difference is in the width.  In the table below please keep in mind that the sizes are approximate.  Each weaver produces a slightly different hammock from the same amount of cord:
#3-single or standard--width approx four feet--holds one person
#4-double or full size--approx six feet in width--holds one in comfort--more if small
#5-Queen or Matrimonial-approx seven feet in width--holds larger adults or smaller couples
#6-King, Grande, or Family size--approx eight feet wide-Comfortable for the big and tall--plus room for a friend or the kids
#7-Jumbo or X Grande--approx nine to ten feet wide- Extra Comfortable for the Big, the Tall, and the Many
#8-XX Grande--approx 10 or more feet wide--all of the above and more

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How much space do I need to hang a hammock?
We have small hammocks that can fit into 9 or 10 feet.  Brazilian hammocks need generally 11 or 12 feet, the Mayans 11 -12 feet.  The Nicaraguan hammocks need 13, 14, or 15 feet depending on size.  Most of the Bar hammocks will fit in a 15 foot stand, except for the Large Playa which requires a 16 foot stand.  Or, if they are free hanging 12 -14 feet is enough.

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What kind of stand do I need?
The spreader Bar hammocks require either a 15 foot or 16 foot conventional hammock stand.  The non bar hammocks require a stand with higher attach points such as the Variable Stand.

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What installation kit do I need?
You will not need a kit if you are using a stand.  For free hanging hammocks, the kit you need will depend on what you are attaching the hammock to:
Basic wood kit is for use with stud walls, beam porches, posts, or any other wood connection point.
Basic concrete kit is for use with concrete walls or overhangs.
Tree Hugger kit is recommended for hanging between two trees.
We also mix and match kits for people whose two attach points are in two different materials, as in, for example, a wood post and a concrete wall.

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How do I attach a hammock to trees?
If you are good with knots you can use sturdy and weight rated rope.  More conveniently you can use the Tree Hugger kits, or the Bliss tree straps.

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What is the difference between hammocks with and without spreader bars?
The Spreader Bar hammock is a very decorative hammock because of its beauty and size.  We suggest it for gardens and terraces.  A spreader bar is also necessary in any hammock that you plan to install in a conventional low off the ground hammock stand, because if you stretch a hammock tight enough to keep it off the ground when you are in it, you will find it difficult to get into, and uncomfortable.  The bar keeps it open so you can use it.  Some couples also prefer the flatness of it for use by two people.  Spreader bar hammocks are generally considered to be less comfortable than the Mayan, Nicaraguan, and Brazilian styles that we specialize in.  These designs go back three thousand years to the ancient Maya, and are considered to be the most comfortable in the world.  Orthopedists and Chiropractors recommend these hammocks for people with back problems, as does Dr. Tommy Hamaca!

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Can I add a spreader to my hammock that does not have them?
Yes you can.  We have add on spreader bars in the accessories section which can be added to most hammocks.  We recommend, however, that you try the hammock first, lying diagonally across the hammock, which we feel will provide more comfort and support.  The choice, of course is up to you.

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How much is shipping?
Shipping is computed in real time, and is based on weight and distance.  To find your shipping, simply add an item to the cart, type in your zip code, and click on the "calculate shipping" button.  If you are having trouble with this, or need an international shipping quote, you can contact us for a quote.

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Do you ship to APO and FPO address?
Yes we do.  You must pick Priority Mail, as ground shippers do not service those addresses.  We cannot ship hammock stands to APO/FPO address because, due to their weight, they only ship by ground.

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Are your hammocks "Fair Traded"?
Our Mayan hammocks are Fair Traded.  We source most of our other hammocks from individual artisans, artisan cooperatives, and village cooperatives where price is determined by the artisans themselves.

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Do you have a catalog you can send me?
Not at this time.  Our web site is our catalog.

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What is your Return Policy?
Please visit our Return Policy page for that information.

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