The big advantage of an outdoor hammock stand is that it can be setup anywhere so long as you have any ample space, you’re good to go!
If you’re in the woods then sure, you might be able to find something; but for most other situations it can be a stretch (literally!). On the beach for instance you’re going to struggle. And the same goes for around the house.
And this is where the hammock stand can become a fantastic joy. This is a piece of scaffolding that you can stand up anywhere and thereby hang your hammock from it.
Because these are free-standing, you won’t need to find two pre-existing anchor points and that therefore means that you can really hang your hammock literally anywhere so long as you have the floor space!
This post will look at outdoor hammock stands in more detail and help you to find the right one for your home and for your intended purpose.
Types of Hammock Stands And How to Use Them
There are a number of different types of hammock stands and these can all offer different benefits and weaknesses which may or may not make them suitable for your intended use, depending on what that may be.
For starters, outdoor hammock stand can vary in terms of the way they are designed. Generally, the role of the hammock stand is simply to provide two anchor points in a single unit, which will stretch the hammock between them.
This means though that the main bulk of the hammock stand can either go across the top of the hammock or along the bottom. When the construction is along the bottom of the hammock, it will then usually have two protruding arms on either end, which will hold the hammock between them.
The other way for a hammock stand to be designed is with the main body of the stand above the hammock, which will then hang from the top with two arms coming down. This creates a more traditional looking hammock and usually allows for the hammock to be hung considerably higher.
But outdoor hammock stands come in any number of other shapes and sizes too. For instance, you will sometimes find hammock stands that consist primarily of a horizontal bar that runs parallel to the ground. From here, the hammock simply needs to be hung from the top at either end and then held in place somehow.
More elaborate designs include multiple hammocks arranged in a triangle, hammock stands that can rock from side to side, or hammock stands that are designed to be adjustable so you can easily make the hammock more or less taut by bringing the anchor points closer together or further apart.
Another great feature that you’ll find with some hammock stands is a cover or a canopy of some sort. These are great for keeping you dry when it starts to rain and will help you to get a better night’s sleep in a range of different environments as a result.
Outdoor Hammock Stands For Different Types of Hammock
It’s also worth bearing in mind that different hammock stands are better suited to different types of hammocks. That is to say that if you have a double hammock – designed for sleeping two people – then you will need a double hammock stand to let them sleep in.
Likewise, if your hammock is particularly long or short, then you may once again need to think about whether it will fit the hammock stand.
Often you’ll find you can buy a ‘hammock and stand combo. This effectively gets you both the hammock and the stand in a single package and means that you’re guaranteed the hammock and the stand will work together.
What’s more, is that these hammock with stand sets will normally come pre-constructed, meaning that you don’t need to worry about setting them up yourself.
Some outdoor hammock stand will be hammocks in name only. For example, it’s not uncommon to find hanging chairs that are referred to as ‘hammock stands’ and even hanging beds. Depending on your intended use, these might be a better fit.
A hammock chair is going to take up a lot less space on a patio, while also keeping you more upright and awake for activities like reading or chatting to friends – as opposed to being completely supine and probably sleeping as a result.
Once you know the type of hammock stand that you want, what’s left is to choose the material you want the hammock to be made from. Perhaps most popular is the wooden hammock stand, which has a very natural and even ‘beachy’ feel.
What’s more, is that a wooden hammock stand will be more resilient to the rain and other elements and this will allow you to use it in a wider range of locations. All in all, wooden stands are a great choice for many people.
Alternatively, you might decide you’d rather have a metal hammock stand. The advantage here is that you’re less likely to get mildew or termites and the whole construction will be a little lighter and probably more affordable.
Metal hammock stands do have the issue of rust to contend with though. Overall, if you’re going to go this route then it might make more sense for an indoor hammock stand rather than an outdoor one – it certainly makes sense to choose wood if your hammock is intended to be poolside!
Choosing Your Outdoor Hammock Stand
With all that in mind, all that’s left is to choose your hammock stand. How do you go about selecting the right one for you?
There are plenty of things that make a good outdoor hammock stand. These include the height and position that they hang the hammock in, the way they look in your home or outdoors and how sturdy they are versus how light.
The best way to choose your hammock stand is to decide where you’re going to use it and then what kind of vibe you want to create with it. If this is an indoor hammock stand, then you’ll probably want it to match your décor. What are you trying to say with your choice of decorating? ‘Come in and put your feet up’?
Likewise, if you’re using your hammock stand outdoors, think about the amount of available space and whether you want people to rest in or kick back. If you have a hammock already, think about which type of hammock stand it will naturally fit into best.
And don’t forget that it’s always a viable option to build your own hammock stands if you’re feeling creative and you’re willing to give it a go! That way, you can create something that is just perfect for your home and that will give you the best possible position for relaxing and sleeping.