Hammock pillows are an accessory that can really enhance the comfort of your hammock. They aren’t a necessary purchase, but they really can improve the enjoyment of your hammock.
Hammock pillows can come in several types of materials. Cotton hammock pillows are soft, and comfortable, but will not withstand outdoor conditions for very long before they begin to degrade in quality. Hammock pillows made of synthetic material are more durable, but may not be quite as comfortable as a cotton pillow. If your hammock is used mostly outdoors, you will probably want to choose one made of synthetic material.
Many hammock pillows come with a removable outer covering that can be washed. It is especially important to look for these types of pillows. Dust, mold, pollen, milder, and bird droppings are just some of the things that can dirty your hammock pillows, so it is very important to be able to wash this outer covering easily. Some hammock pillows do not have a removable covering, but are made of a plastic or vinyl type material that can easily be cleaned with a little water mixed with a mild detergent and a sponge. These pillows may not be very comfortable, so this is a choice that will be up to you.
The most popular shape for hammock pillows is rectangular. These are generally the most comfortable, and they don’t tend to slop around as much as rounded pillows can. The shape of the pillows you buy is largely a personal choice, so just get whatever you prefer.
You can also buy hammock pillows that come with strings so you can attach them to the hammock. This keeps them from sliding out of place as you use them, and as you get in and out of the hammock. It also helps secure them to the hammock so they aren’t blown away during windy weather.
Remember, the type of hammock pillow you buy should be based on what you will be using it for. If your hammock will be used solely indoors, a soft cotton pillow with no strings is probably a great choice, and will offer the most comfort. If your hammock will be used mostly outdoors, you should choose a hammock pillow with a durable synthetic cover that can be easily cleaned, and with strings that will protect your pillow from being blown away in a storm.