Few things in life are as relaxing as lying in a hammock - the gorgeous sky above you, the gentle sway that lulls you and almost puts you to sleep and the coziness! For a few seconds, you’re transported to a tropical paradise in your hammock to take a break from the world.
But what’s missing in this seemingly perfect scenario? Well, unless you have two perfectly spaced palm trees growing in your backyard, chances are that you have absolutely nowhere to suspend your hammock from! So what do you do then? Get yourself a hammock stand.
Since most hammocks don’t come with hammock stands, here’s a lowdown on all you need to know about hammock stands from what they actually are to buying the right one, as well as a review of our top hammock stands to make the job of buying a hammock stand easier for you!
Table of Contents
- Our Picks for the Best Hammock Stands
- What Is a Hammock Stand?
- Factors to consider when purchasing Hammock Stands
Our Picks for the Best Hammock Stands
Zupapa Hammock Stand
This 181-inch hammock stand is made of heavy-duty steel; whether you want to set the stage for a quiet, relaxing evening cozying up, or just a super-comfortable afternoon siesta for yourself, this hammock is a great option to have around. Additionally, it can perfectly fit hammocks designed for spreader-bar or non-spreader-bar stands.
The biggest draw of this hammock stand is its versatility - it can be used with a range of hammocks, whether they’re designed for spreader-bar stands or otherwise and whether you want to use it solo or with another person. The weight capacity is excellent, making it a large and stable option, whereas the included accessories (two steel chains and two S-hooks) make it compatible with a range of hammocks.
Apart from its solid heavy-duty steel structure, the hammock stand also features black powder-coated steel tubing that makes it weather-resistant and extends the product’s life. To ensure that you or the kids don’t accidentally hurt themselves, the edges feature protector caps.
The hammock stand is also super easy to assemble - it only takes 10 minutes thanks to its spring-pin interlocking system (which also ensures stability while swaying by reinforcing the stability of interlocking poles); there’s also an instruction manual for any doubts.
Lastly, the stand’s V-shape structure is quite attractive and the included carry case makes carrying the stand easy and convenient.
Though this hammock stand may not be your first choice to take along on a trip, it’s all kinds of sturdy, comfortable and convenient, especially owing to the range of included accessories that many other hammock stands don’t come with. It’s also extremely durable thanks to its solid construction and powder coating and will last you for the long run; you can also use this hammock stand both indoors and outdoors, alone or with a partner.
All of these put together, and the very minimal cons, make this hammock stand quite a great option to invest in!
Giantex Adjustable Hammock Stand
This C-frame adjustable hammock stand is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use and thanks to its style, users can enjoy 360 degrees of hanging freedom. Add to that a sturdy construction, decent capacity, and supremely user-friendly nature and you have a quality hammock stand that’s definitely worth a consideration!
Whether it’s your patio, yard, deck, garden, or your bedroom, this hammock stand makes a great fit, not only thanks to its neutral appearance but also because it’s detachable, making it easy to move as you wish.
With a sturdy tubular steel construction and black-powder coating for weather and rust resistance, this C-frame hammock has quite a long life. Additionally, it features an adjustable height, going from 78.5 to 98.5 inches to suit users’ comfort. The steel snap safety hook takes care of users’ safety, along with the four non-slip mats designed to prevent slippage while using the stand indoors; the support leg also adds extra stability.
As mentioned earlier, the C-shape allows an almost 360-degree hanging freedom; combined with the adjustability and portability, the stand features one of the more rational designs in the market, as well as being quite stylish and comfortable.
Lastly, the hammock is super simple to assemble, with all the required tools included with the product, letting you get into your relaxing in no time!
First things first - though this hammock stand meets all the standard requirements, nothing sets it apart from other hammock stands other than its C-shaped frame. Additionally, though it is height adjustable, it isn’t as versatile as other hammock stands, such as the aforementioned Zupapa, nor does it feature as good a weight capacity, which could make it tricky to share with a partner.
That said, the Giantex hammock stand is quite durable, high quality, and most importantly, safe; it features more safety features than most other hammock stands. If you’re looking for a slightly above-average hammock stand without any fancy frills, this product should make it to your list.
Best Choice Adjustable Universal Steel Hammock Stand
Height-adjustable, durable, compatible with a range of hammocks and easy to assemble - this hammock stand ticks all the right boxes when it comes to the features that make a hammock stand great!
What caught our attention with this hammock stand is the fact that it offers not one, but three different hanging options! Thanks to the included two 3-inch S-hooks, two heavy-gauge hanging hooks, four plastic feet, and the two 22-inch chains, you can hang your hammock comfortably at a low, middle, or high level.
Additionally, the hammock stand features hook adjustments and a fully adjustable length; it features a series of push buttons that let you adjust the stand’s length, making it compatible with all hammocks between 9 to 14 feet in length, whether designed in the spreader-bar or gathered-end style. The 450-pound capacity means that you can use the hammock quite comfortably with a partner.
The hammock stand’s durability is taken care of by its powder-coated rust-resistant steel finish and 1.5-inch tubular design. It’s also extremely easy to put together, thanks to its spring-snap buttons, wingnut-bolt sets, and locking joints that negate the need for tools to assemble it.
Apart from the tricky transporting and inefficient resistance to rust, there’s very little margin for error with this hammock stand. Though the rust resistance can still be worked on with the use of additional products and regular coating and the transporting with just figuring out the knack of doing it, the extra effort may throw users off.
This is a pity because the hammock stand is otherwise pretty great - it’s adaptable and versatile (thanks to the many accessories included), easy to assemble and use and has a great capacity. It ultimately depends on what you’re going to prioritize.
OnCloud Hanging Hammock Chair Stand
By far the most good-looking entry on our list, it’s "sleek vibes only" with this hammock chair stand! Great for both indoor and outdoor use, this C-frame hammock lets you relax and swing with 360-degree freedom, while the durable, solid frame keeps you grounded.
Wherever you should choose to put it, this C-stand can elevate the look of the place, being one of the more aesthetically-pleasing options on the list. Granted it’s heavier than other options on the list so far but it’s worth the effort of moving!
The hammock stand gives users 360 degrees of rotational freedom, supported by the stability of the heavy-duty gauge steel frame and 5 mm tube design, while the black powder-coating on the stand keeps it weather resistant. The frame is also designed in a way that makes it compatible with most hanging stand chairs.
The stand is easy to assemble, taking a mere 10 minutes for installation thanks to the instruction manual and hardware for assembly being included; if you should hit any roadblocks even then, the company has super-efficient customer service to help you out!
Overall, this hammock stand features a pretty great design; apart from the stability and user-friendly nature, you can see that attention has been paid to detail - the large base is necessary for stability but it’s not a solid base, which means you can easily clean under it without having to lift the stand up.
Though the OnCloud Hammock Stand is only meant to hold up one person, it’s a great addition to any household, whether indoors or outdoors - it’s perfect for that cozy reading nook you want to set up in the corner or that relaxing getaway spot on your balcony. It also doesn’t swing much, but what it lacks in the swinging area, it makes up for in comfort, durability, and a pretty great design. Definitely recommended!
Best Choice Products Metal Hanging Hammock Stand
Another stunner when it comes to looks, the Best Choice Products Metal Hanging Hammock Stand is a C-stand that lets you lounge about in style, with 360-degree mobility, a durable frame, and a unique swivel capability.
Like other hammock stands, this Best Choice Products stand also features a rust-resistant powder-coated finish with a 2-inch steel tube for long life and long-lasting support. A great option for both the indoors and outdoors, this hammock stand’s solid support also comes from its wide base supported by four legs, ensuring that users are safe and protected and there’s minimal risk of tipping over.
Additionally, though the stand is meant to support 300 pounds, the heavy-duty 12-inch gauge construction lets it support up to 400 pounds, aided by the spring-pin construction reinforcing the stability of the interlocking poles and the 360-degree welding at the joints.
Users can enjoy 360-degree rotating freedom thanks to the rotating carabiner at the top while the versatile design ensures that there are many seating options, from hanging hammock chairs to egg chairs and even children’s tents. The 15-foot hammock stand also comes with heavy-gauge hanging hooks and chains to easily accommodate a range of hammocks, whether single, double, or even extra-wide spreader-bar hammocks, so size is never a problem!
Lastly, the hammock stand is easy to assemble, without the need for tools, thanks to a simple 3-piece design.
Though it sounds great in the first go, the instability and water collection mentioned in the cons require serious consideration. You can find external solutions to both - you can screw the stand in place and cap the edges to prevent water from flowing in. However, though capping the edges doesn’t make much of a difference to the product, screwing it in place will, taking away the mobility that is an essential feature of hammock stands, in which case, you don’t need this hammock stand at all!
Sure, this product is extremely stylish with some pretty great features but the cons take away a lot from these. Consider this stand only if you’re prioritizing stylishness over other essential features.
What Is a Hammock Stand?
As you’ve probably figured out by now, a hammock stand is a stand that you can hang your hammock from - one of the easiest ways to do so, as all you need to do is hook and unhook as you desire to have your hammock up and functioning.
With a hammock stand, you don’t have to worry about mastering those hammock knots, putting up beams, or setting up any other hammock-hanging hardware, especially ones that involve drilling ugly holes into your walls!
Some of the benefits of using a hammock stand include:
For these reasons, hammock stands are a great investment, especially over hammock straps. They can be used anywhere, are more comfortable and much easier on your back, too.
Factors to consider when purchasing Hammock Stands
The following factors should be considered when buying a hammock stand.
Type of Stand
Hammock stands come in many types, such as:
Most hammock stands are designed to support between 250-500 pounds, but this also depends on the hammock stand/ style you choose. Double hammock stands are also available and can support more weight - a great idea if you want to cozy up with your partner in the hammock.
Read the product description to find out how much weight the stand can support - it should be able to support your weight or the weight of two adults combined, based on how many people will use it at once.
As mentioned earlier, hammock stands are available in a range of sizes but the general rule is that they be at least 2-3 feet longer than the hammock so they can be hung comfortably (if they’re longer, don’t worry - just add chains to your hammock to make up for the extra distance). The standard width is 4 feet, but the length can be 5, 9.5, 14.5 or 15 feet, most commonly.
What material you pick not only defines how well the stand matches the settings and your aesthetic sense but also how you care for it. Wooden stands may require regular oil or clear stain coats or staining and sealing since they’re given to rotting or warping and you may need to use your stand only indoors during the winter, or keep it covered with a tarp if left outdoors.
Steel stands are designed to be rust and weather-proof and are, therefore, much easier to care for. They are also much lighter than wooden stands (though wooden stands blend better indoors). If you’re picking a steel stand, pick one that’s made of stainless steel; though these are more expensive, they last longer. Aluminum stands are the least heavy but what you’ll be making up for in price, you’ll be paying for durability.
Additionally, some steel stands also feature wheels and are collapsible, for more convenience.
Hammock stands sometimes feature additional features, as mentioned earlier, such as wheels, cases, collapsibility, spreader bars, and adjustable lengths thanks to S-hooks and chains (extremely handy when you have a range of hammocks of varying lengths that require a stand). If your stand is compatible, you can also purchase add-on accessories like a wheel kit.
Though you can find cheap hammock stands for as little as $50 or lesser, these are not very durable and can’t support the required weight. It’s worth investing in models that provide the required quality; these can go up to $250.
A hammock stand really makes life easier if you love swinging on hammocks, doing away with the need to find perfectly-spaced anchor points, sturdy surfaces to hang from, and buying additional equipment to be able to suspend your hammock.
With a stand, chilling in your hammock is possible any time, anywhere, as you desire, which definitely makes investing in one an excellent idea, especially if you frequently lounge about/ plan to lounge about in a hammock.
Of our reviewed products, the Zupapa hammock stand manages to "stand" a level higher than the others, followed closely by the OnCloud hammock stand. Ultimately, though, it depends on what you’re looking for and if our chosen products didn’t manage to impress you, our buying guide hopefully equipped you with the knowledge to go out and make your own hammock-stand explorations.
You don’t need to wait for a vacation any more to be able to swing and lounge about in a hammock to your hearts’ content!