Hammock Yucatan

Mayan hammock / Mexican hammock / String hammock

Mayan hammocks are simply the most comfortable. They are handmade by skilled artisans from the Yucatan state in Mexico. The diamond weave adjusts to the weight and shape of the body perfectly. The support removes pressure points and thus allows the muscles of the body to relax. The feeling has been compared to floating on a cloud. 

Mayan hammocks are very wide allowing to lie down in a diagonal position. Body weight is distributed evenly throughout the hammock. This is the adequate and ideal posture for sleeping, as the inhabitants of the Mayan zone have been doing for hundreds of years.

Mayan hammocks are also extremely comfortable because they provide good ventilation. They are light-weight, so string hammocks can be used for camping or taken to the beach. The main disadvantage is that it is easier to damage a string hammock with a sharp object. 

The body of a Mayan hammock is available either in cotton, polyester or polypropylene (what people there call nailon)

Mayan women on a hammock

The cotton fibre breathe and will stretch to adjust perfectly to the shape of your body making it the most comfortable.. We carry 2 sizes of yarn. The regular one (#9) is thinner and the most widely use while the thick cord hammocks (#24) are more resistant. 


The hammock made from polypropylene (what people call nylon) will not stretch. It is more like sleeping on a very firm mattress. In southern Mexico the nylon is widely used for it's capacity to resist humidity and perspiration.

We now offer a polyester Mayan hammock that is weather resistant.

String hammocks are most decorative as they come in exotic, tropical colors to create a relaxing exotic atmosphere. Our Mayan Hammocks from Yucatan are available in a large rainbow assortment of colors and combinations. Since they are hand made by creative artisans, no two are exactly alike.

Here are some hammock colour patterns.

"Tequila" hammocks are weaved with a mix of red, orange and yellow. They are as hot as Mexico sun.

"Multicolor" hammock will bring happiness in your interior or exterior decor. They will be made with 4 to 7 different colours. There is a specific pattern offered on each size.


We also offer hammocks in a single color or 2 color combinations


How to understand Mayan hammocks (Mexican hammocks) sizes?

The size of a string Mayan hammock is determined by the quantity of yarn used to weave it. For the regular thinner yarn (#9) we work 2 hammock sizes. #4  and #6 . Each number equals the number of thread tubes (spools) used to weave the body of the hammock. So the more material used, the bigger the hammocks and more time needed to weave it. Thick cord and Mayan spreader-bar hammocks come in a large size.

Length is almost the same for each size. The difference is in the width of the hammock. The higher the number, the wider/bigger is the hammock. As it is diagonally that we must lie in a hammock the width matters more then the length. The larger the hammock the more comfortable it will feel. This holds true even for one person. The general rule is to get the largest hammock you can reasonably afford. Mexican artisans also make a small hammock using 3 spools of material. This hammock is barely big enough for a children and we do not carry it.

Hammock retailers use different words to describe the size of their hammock. Don’t be fooled! A poor quality hammock with a loose weave will stretch more then a good one but will be less comfortable and will leave more marks on the skin. By experience I can assure you that a hammock woven with 3 spools of material (#3) and weighting 650gr (23oz.) will only fit a small person or a kid for a short period.

The only way to know if you are getting the right hammock is by considering it’s weight.

SMALL / SINGLE, #3 hammock contains 3 spools of material. It is good for 1 children and will not be comfortable for an adult.

The MEDIUM hammock (#4) is a lightweight, strong hammock using 4 spools of material. Ok for one medium size adult at a time or two kids. Great for camping and travelling. easy carrying, easy handling. It is wrongly called a DOUBLE hammock.

The X-LARGE size hammock (#6), also called a FAMILY or a KING size, is ideal for a taller person or two or three people and carries up to 350kg. (770lbs). 6 spools of yarn are necessary to weave the body of this great hammock. It is a very strong hammock, great to keep in the house or outside. We find it the perfect hammock. You will love it!!

Our THICK CORD hammock is an EXTRA-LARGE one weighing 6,6 lbs.. This hammock is very comfortable and it's yarn is 3 times bigger then the regular one, Here is a strong hammock that will last many years if you take good care of it.

For spreader-bar hammocks it is easier to understand the size since it represent the length of the wooden bars mounted at each end. The MAYAN DELUXE hammocks are  55'' wide.

To extend the life of your hammock, we suggest taking it down when not in use

          Medium  (4)                       Extra large  (6)