How To Hang A Mexican Hammock and How To Care For Your Hammock

Mayan and Mexican hammocks have been around for thousands of years, made using the same centuries old techniques. While your hammock may not last for centuries, with the proper care and maintenance, it will provide many year of lasting comfort and relaxation. Here are just a few tips to help protect your hammock life.

Mexican Hammock Hanging Info & Care Tips :

Hanging Your Mayan / Mexican Hammock Finding an Angle:
The most comfortable way to enjoy your Mayan hammock is to lay it at an angle with a droop in the middle. This ensures better distribution of weight, lessening tension, and greater back support. Feel free to experiment to find your favorite position.

Hanging a Mayan Hammock Indoors:
Hang your Mayan hammock from wall studs or ceiling beams. Find center of stud or beam and screw in hooks with a power drill. Ropes or chains can be used to compensate for extra distance. Never hang loops end directly from hanging hook. Suggested distance is 12+ feet.

Hanging a Mayan Hammock Outdoors:
Can be hung from trees, strong fence posts, side of garage, patio beams, etc… Hammock should be hung about 6 feet from the ground. Use rope or chain to compensate for extra distance. Never hang loops end directly from hanging hook. Suggested distance is 12+ feet. you have any questions or you'd like to contact us with your hammock stories and pictures, we'd love to hear from you.

Getting Into your Mayan Hammock:
NEVER climb in feet first. Sit with your back to the hammock, as if you were sitting on a chair. Reach behind you and spread out the hammock before sitting (this will ensure you make full use of the space and your weight is distributed evenly). Now sit, lay back and relax.

Caring For Your Mayan / Mexican Hammock:

Your hammock is made of cotton and should you find your hammock in need of a wash, you can easily put in the washer. Simply put your hammock in a pillow case in the wash on the cold washing cycle and gentle wash along with a small scoop of laundry detergent. Once washed you may want to hang dry it.

Exposure and Weather:
Mayan/ Mexican hammocks are made of 100% cotton with the end strings made of nylon for handing strength and support. The bed body being made of cotton can be affect by exposre to moisture and the elements. Never leave your hammock out in the rain. Prolonged exposure to rain and inclimant weather can end up weakening the strings and inducing the strings to rot. If your hammock is wet and you would like to dry it out, simply hand it out to in a dry place. If you want to use a dryer, place the hammock in a pilow case, and tumble dry on low heat.

Hammock Materials

When considering a hammock there are two materials to consider: nylon and cotton. Nylon would be a good choice, as it holds up to weather and wind better than cotton. However, nylon is not as comfortable a material. The synthetic fibers don’t stretch or conform as well as cotton. Cotton, being a natural textile, is much more comfortable and cradles well to the body. The best Mexican hammocks take advantage of these 2 fibers. All our Mexican hammocks are made of 100% cotton, with the end strings or loops made of nylon to provide the strength and support. Should you want nylon, simply send us an email with your order.

Our hammocks are made in the Yucatan region of Mexican. We work with several hundred familes in the local communities and provide their handmade artisan products directly to you. Bookmark and Share