Enjoying the breeze while swaying in a hammock under a shade tree doesn’t have to happen just on vacation. With a hammock stand, it’s possible to enjoy the comfort of lounging right in your own backyard.
Use this hammock stand buying guide to consider the different factors that will help ensure the stand fits both your hammock and your needs.
Selecting a Hammock Stand Material
One of the first steps in choosing between types of hammock stands is determining the location where you want to put a hammock, and which stand will work best in the space.
Because most hammock stands are made out of wood or metal, you can have fun picking a material that is not only functional but also complements the look of your outdoor space.
Wood Hammock Stands
Wooden hammock stands can offer a variety of looks based on the oil or stain and the type of wood used. Many models are made from durable and moisture-resistant woods, such as bamboo and cedar. A deep, rich-toned wood may create a grounded feeling of support, while a lighter hue offers a casual and relaxed vibe.
Metal Hammock Stands
If you opt for a metal stand, steel is the most common material. Look for a stand with a rust-proof coating for outdoor use. Design-wise, steel tends to have a bolder, more linear look to it.
A metal stand often has the added convenience of being adjustable, and some models include wheels for portability.
What Size Hammock Stand Do I Need?
Not sure what size hammock base to buy? Planning to use the hammock as a couple? There are a few specs you should check out to ensure you buy the right size stand for your hammock. (Still, need a hammock? Check out our Hammock Buying Guide for tips.)
Hammock Stand Dimensions
Many stands are roughly four feet wide, but the lengths can vary. Start by measuring the length of your hammock, and add two feet to that measurement.
For example, if your hammock length measures 13 feet, then choose a 15-foot stand. If you choose a stand that’s beyond two feet greater than your hammock length, don’t stress.
You can easily add chains between the ends of the hammock and the hammock stand posts to help the ends reach. Common lengths for hammock stands include 5 ft. (for chair hammocks), 9.5 ft., 14.5 ft., and 15 ft.
Hammock Stand Weight Capacity
Depending on the specific style you choose, hammock stands can usually support an upper weight limit that ranges between 350 to 500 pounds.
Double hammock stands are often able to support more. Be sure to check the specifications for the model that you buy. Both your hammock and the stand should be able to support your weight (or the combined weight of two adults).
Hammock Stand Features
In order for your hammock to function properly, you need to have the right stand. While some models offer the basics, there are a few important (and handy) features that you may want to consider for the long-term enjoyment of your purchase.
Spreader Bar vs. Non-Spreader Bar Hammocks
Whatever hammock base you decide to buy, make sure that it’s compatible with your hammock’s spreader bars. These are the long bars at each end of the hammock that keep the fabric more taut. Most hammock stands accommodate hammocks with and without spreader bars.
It’s important to know that hammocks with spreader bars are much more prone to tipping. So, if you think you’ll be napping in your hammock pretty often, then you may want to consider getting a hammock without spreader bars. Hammocks without spreader bars create more of a cocoon shape that cradles you.
Adjustable Hammock Stands
Many self-standing hammock bases are adjustable for different hammock lengths, and some are only compatible with a particular length. An adjustable stand offers the flexibility to lengthen or shorten the base to fit your hammock size and allow you to switch out different hammocks.
Some hammock bases also include S-hooks and two lengths of chain, which can allow you to easily adjust the height and tautness of your hammock. Most chain suspensions are designed to hang at a 30-degree angle.
Portable Hammock Stands
For added function, some hammock stands have wheels, making them easier to move around your backyard. This can be an especially convenient feature for large, heavy stands.
You can also find lightweight aluminum hammock stands that are collapsible and easily break down into several components, which is great for camping and travel. Your hammock base may also be easily adapted with a wheel kit you can purchase as an add-on accessory.
If your yard doesn’t offer natural shade, look for a hammock stand that can be accessorized with a canopy. Hammock canopies are particularly nice to have poolside!
Hammock Stand Setup and Care
Setting up your hammock stand isn’t a complicated process. Stands usually come with assembly instructions and can be put together in a few minutes with common tools.
You may need an extra hand or two to make sure larger pieces stay in place as you tighten the stand. If you purchased a collapsible stand, learn which pipe pieces fit together, how they connect, and how to disassemble the stand.
Once the stand is set up, adding the hammock can be as simple as hooking and hanging the end loops of your hammock to each end of the stand.
If your hammock stand provides S-hooks and chain suspension, then make sure to hang your hammock at a typical chair height of around 18 inches above the floor. Check out our guide for more tips on How to Hang a Hammock, Step by Step.
Cleaning a hammock stand is as simple as hosing it off or giving the stand a quick wipe down with a mild detergent and cloth.
For long-term protection, moving your hammock stand into storage for the off-season is the best way to extend its lifespan. If storage isn’t an option, consider purchasing a hammock cover. Look for a cover made of a water-resistant material that has a convenient zipper closure.
If your hammock stand is easy to disassemble, a storage bag made to store the stand pieces is another option. Be sure to place all the nuts and bolts in the bag with the stand pieces before you store it in your garage or shed.
Whether you’re in the market for a more permanent fixture to put in your yard or an easily portable stand that you can take camping with the family, no one will ever complain about having a hammock around.
The important thing is to make sure that your base fits your hammock. Then, enjoy choosing a comfortable and inviting design that will provide years of fun in the sun.