1. Find a type of hammock that works best for you.
There are two main styles of hammocks. Each style has a different aesthetic and different levels of comfort and sturdiness.
Spreader-bar style hammocks (like in the photo above) are usually woven with rope or netting, and have wood or metal bars at the head of the hammock. This keeps the hammock open, and makes it easy to jump in. However, they are generally considered less comfortable to sleep in than other styles.