I've not camped with a hammock before so I decided to jump right in with making my own bridge hammock! I absorbed a ton of information on this forum and my result turned out to be very good. Wanted to share my specs and my process a little bit.
I went for bridge style because it seems very straightforward and seems to accomodate quilts and pads of simple shapes. I pulled my dimensions from reading advice here and then guessing as to what would be comfortable. The curve suspension is sewn in webbing - I considered doing amsteel but the webbing just seemed a more elegant finish for a bit of a weight penalty. Having sat in it I'm glad I went with the webbing instead of cord.
The body is made out of PolyD 1.4. The webbing terminates in loops and I attach amsteel dogbones to those loops. The spreader bars (Easton .625) simply join in the bend that the amsteel makes - again this seemed like the most straightforward and elegant solution without any hardware.
The dogbones are currently attached to a whoopie sling via a dutch bridge speed hook (no longer in actual speed hook mode due to line wear concerns) - seems to hold well.
Fabric length: 80"
Fabric width at head and foot: 48"
Head spreader bar: 36"
Foot spreader bar: 26"
My plan from here on out is to try to keep things modular and zipper free. I'm going to make a square underquilt protector out of most likely argon 90 that will attach at the spreader bars with some adjustable line. I want to experiment with placing a pad between the hammock and the UQP for the time being, but eventually get around to making some Apex quilts. The first order of business is getting a tarp made so I can take it out for a full night spin.
Having been a ground camper, lying down in the hammock was quite the experience! Comfortable, cozy, and a great view around me. I'm excited!
Weights so far:
Hammock + webbing + dogbones - 7.83oz
Whoopie slings - 1.5oz
Tree huggers - 3.6oz
Spreader bars - 8.43oz