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Hammocks With Stands – Your Questions Answered

February 11, 2022 6 min read

Nicaraguan hammock with three beam stand on a porch in the backyard

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FAQs About Hammocks With Stands

How does being so comfortable that you don't want to leave your home sound? Just imagine - you're surrounded by your favourite people, having your favourite snacks nearby, wearing comfortable clothes and lounging in your back yard in the most comfortable seating ever. A hammock is what you need. Convenient, practical, stylish, durable, and easy to assemble. Nowhere to hang it? A hammock stand comes to the rescue.

If you're in the market for an exceptional home addition this season, but are still having some unanswered questions and doubts about it - we've got the answers.

What Type Of Hammock Stand Is Best?

The best type of hammock stand is the one that suits you. Yeah, it might sound trivial, but it is important to find a hammock stand that is suitable for your hammock's size, your height and your weight. Plus, it must suit all of your needs. It should be able to support the weight of your hammock and its occupants while also being the right size and length for you and your space. The stand should also complement the style of your hammock and the overall look of your outdoor (or indoor!) décor.

A hammock stand can be beautiful and match with everything else you own - but if it doesn't fit in the space, what's the point? Measure the space where you intend to put the hammock stand and make sure you're buying the proper size.

You don't want to get all hyped up just to be disappointed in the end, do you?

For inspiration on what types of stands go best with various hammocks, check out this guide!

READ MORE: TOP 10 HAMMOCKS WITH STANDS

How Do I Choose A Hammock Stand?

First, decide where you plan to use your hammock stand. You will want the stand material to match or complement your décor along with your hammock’s material. Most hammock stands are made of wood or metal and will come in various stains and finishes.

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Wooden hammock stands are more decorative than metal and can vary in appearance based on the type of wood and the stain or oil used to finish the wood. Since wooden hammock stands are used outside, many of these hammock stands are made from durable and water-resistant woods, like bamboo and cedar.

*Tip: Be careful when looking at cheaper brands or more attractive options for stands as they are typically made with low-quality woods like spruce that aren’t rot-, or-weather-resistant.

You’ll want to think about how you plan to use your hammock stand. Will you leave it in one location at all times? Will you use it indoors at all? And will you bring it with you on camping trips, to the beach, or the cottage?

READ MORE: HAMMOCK STANDS 101

Some hammock stands are meant to stay in one location because they are too large to move around often. But others are lightweight and portable and can be disassembled into several parts to carry easily.

And, last, but most importantly, you will need to consider the hammock you plan to use with your stand. Your hammock stand will need to support your hammock style, be long enough for your hammock, and also have the right weight capacity to suit your hammock’s weight capacity.

What Is The Best Hammock Stand To Buy, And Why?

The best hammock stand to buy will depend on the type of hammock you have (or want), its location, and how you plan to use it. Some hammock stands are designed only to support hammocks with spreader bars, while others are specifically for non-spreader bar hammocks. But many stands will support both hammocks with and without spreader bars.

If you plan to sleep in your hammock often, consider a hammock without spreader bars for a more comfortable sleep. But if you just want to lounge in your hammock next to the pool, a spreader-bar hammock will do. You will also need a stand that suits the length and weight capacity of your hammock.

What Size Hammock Stand Do I Need For My Hammock?

The size of your hammock stand will depend on several factors, including the length of your hammock and the weight capacity you need.

If you plan to use a double hammock with a stand or an extra-large family-sized hammock while meeting the hammock’s weight capacity (e.g., using it with 2 or more people cuddled together), then you will need a stand that can safely support that combined weight.

How Long Should My Hammock Stand Be?

To find the right size of stand for your hammock, measure the length of your hammock, and add two feet to the measurement. For example, if your hammock is 12 feet long, you will need a 14-foot hammock stand.

You can also add chains and S hooks to the ends of your hammock and stand if your hammock stand is more than two feet longer than your hammock. Typically, hammock stands come in the following lengths—7+ feet (vertically) for hammock chairs – and anywhere from 14 feet, 14.5 feet, and 15 feet across for standard hammock stands.

If you plan on keeping your hammock stand in the same spot, it’s better to opt for the longer stand length so you’re not limited to shorter hammocks in the future. There are also adjustable hammock stands that allow you to adjust the length of the base to suit different hammock lengths.

How Much Weight Does A Hammock Hold? What About A Hammock Stand?

Both hammocks and hammock stands vary in weight capacities. Hammocks can hold anywhere from 250 to around 800 pounds. And hammock chairs tend to hold 250 pounds.

Here are the weight capacities of different styles of hammocks to see the variations:

Deluxe Brazilian-Style Double Hammock – 441 pounds

Polyester Rope Hammock – Soft-Woven Deluxe — 450 pounds

Poolside | Lake Hammock – Double— 450 pounds

Mayan Hammock XL Family Size — 869 pounds

Hammock stands can usually hold a bit more weight than their hammock counterparts. For example, a hammock chair stand can hold 350 pounds, and a double hammock stand may be able to hold 500+ pounds.

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Can I Use A Hammock With Stand Indoors?

Even though hammocks have the reputation of being an exclusively outdoor item, that couldn't be more wrong. You can hang a hammock in almost every part of your home. Plus, not only does it have its benefits, but it looks awesome too. Indoor hammocks are a great decor boost! If you can't hang it anywhere for any reason, you can always opt for a hammock with a stand. Problem solved.

Depending on your décor, you may want a light, natural bamboo stand without any stain for a relaxed look. Or you may opt for a darker stained stand for a more sophisticated appearance. Sets of luxury hammocks with stands tend to use wooden stands. Metal hammock stands are typically made of steel with a rust-proof powder coating to withstand moisture if left outdoors. Steel stands are often portable, being easy to disassemble and carry to relocate or bring on a camping trip. Steel stands also have a bold, modern, linear look.

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Benefits of Having an Indoor Hammock With Stand

Instead of drilling holes in your home or your renters, using a hammock stand will give you the option to enjoy all the benefits that come with a hammock without being afraid of doing any damage. An indoor hammock will add a fun element to your space, help with relaxation and - best of all: it's easy to move. No strings attached. See what we did there?

Hanging Hammock Chairs VS. Hammock Chairs With Stands

As we mentioned, hammock stands are easy to move around and no holes in the ceiling are necessary. Other than being a renter-friendly hammock chair option, the material of the stand can also add texture and colour to your decor. On the other hand, hanging a hammock chair is easy and adds an interesting twist compared to your conventional furniture. Plus, it's a great talking point at parties.

When it comes to using them outdoors - there isn't that much of a difference, but hammock stands might be a biiiiit safer. You have to always make sure the tree you want to hang your hammock or a hammock chair is healthy and the branches are sturdy and safe. With a hammock stand, 100% of that doubt is gone. However, if you're going on a hike - a stand might be annoying to carry along.

Read More: Why Hammock Chair Are An Unmatched Comfort