Thinking of lounging in your back yard with a hammock this summer? Hammocks with stands are convenient, practical, stylish, durable, and easy to assemble.
If you're in the market for an exceptional backyard addition this season, we've got the answers to all your questions about hammocks with stands in Canada.
The best type of hammock stand will suit all of your needs. It will be able to support the weight of your hammock and its occupants while also being the right size and length.
The stand should also complement the style of your hammock and the overall look of your outdoor (or indoor) décor.
For inspiration on what types of stands go best with various hammocks, check out this guide!
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.
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.
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.
Next, 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?
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.
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.
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-size 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.
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.
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:
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.
If a hammock is too short, it will force you into a crouched position that could hurt your neck, back, and knees. So for the most comfortable hang, the length of your hammock should be 4 feet longer than your height if you are under 5’9”.
And taller people (5’9” and taller) should choose a hammock that has an extra 4.5 feet (4 feet and 6 inches) for the best comfort. This extra length gives your hammock enough length and sag to hang comfortably if the hammock is hung correctly with a 30-degree angle.
From a classic rope hammock and bamboo stand to an XL family-size Mayan hammock with stand set, there are so many options to choose from. So consider your needs (and wants!) and check out available hammocks with stands for sale to help you find the perfect duo to hang with all summer long.