There are beautiful outdoor hammocks in the Fourth of July sales - here is what I'm clicking 'add to basket' on

In search of a relaxing hammock for the pergola in her backyard, our shopping editor has found 9 of the best, most design-forward styles to buy right now

An outdoor striped hammock
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More and more, we're using our outdoor spaces as extra places to relax, seeking sanctuary from nature. To help our backyards transform into temples of relaxation, we need the right best outdoor furniture that can help bring this mood, the outdoor hammock is the perfect touch. 

Creating a space for relaxing with a good book or merely a space to lie down and take in a view of a canopy of leaves above you, they're a super relaxing addition to your backyard. 

From fringed to colorful designs you can tie between two trees or through your pergola, to hammocks that come with a handy frame and are perfect for small spaces - outdoor hammock knows no bounds and work for all types of backyard. I've scoured the web and found these 9 buys that will make a great touch to your outdoor space.

Best outdoor hammocks in the Fourth of July sale

Best fringed hammocks

Best colorful hammocks

Best hammocks with stands

Is cotton or polyester better for a hammock?

Hammocks are either made from rope or fabric. Rope hammocks are typically made with cotton or polyester in an open weave, while fabric can come in a range of materials including cotton and polyester but many others.There are pros and cons to both materials. Cotton is a great choice for hammocks because it is tear-resistant, has a soft feel, and can be created in a range of colors and patterns. 

Polyester hammocks are inexpensive, super durable and won't fade over time. Polyester might be the better choice of the two. Where cotton absorbs moisture and can mean it runs the risk of becoming moldy, polyester tends to be more weather resistant because it is synthetic. 

However, if you want to select the eco-conscious choice, crganic cotton is different to regular cotton as it is hand-picked, making it better for your skin and not involving pesticides and chemicals during the process. Organic cotton also uses less water to irrigate the land, in turn helping farm owners.

Oonagh Turner
Livingetc content editor and design expert

Oonagh is a content editor at and an expert at spotting the interior trends that are making waves in the design world. Writing a mix of everything and everything from home tours to news, long-form features to design idea pieces on the website, as well as frequently featured in the monthly print magazine, she's the go-to for design advice in the home. Previously, she worked on a London property title, producing long-read interiors features, style pages and conducting interviews with a range of famous faces from the UK interiors scene, from Kit Kemp to Robert Kime. In doing so, she has developed a keen interest in London's historical architecture and the city's distinct tastemakers paving the way in the world of interiors.