Name something more relaxing than a hammock. We’ll wait. With the sun shining, nothing beats lounging outside in a hammock, gently swaying from side to side, with a lemonade or cocktail in your hand. But swaying in a hammock can quickly turn from a relaxing activity to an unwanted thrill ride if your hammock is not properly secured.
When you go camping or to the park, you might opt for two close trees to secure your hammock. But at home, you might want something more permanent, especially if you don’t have appropriately spaced trees in your backyard. A simple steel hammock stand is one of the best options for outside use, and you can also use them indoors as well. We’ve rounded up some of the best hammock stands, which you can check out below.
These hammock stands can be assembled with relative ease — most of them consist of pipes that easily screw into each other. And, since most of them weigh less than 30 pounds, you can take them camping, too. These options vary by length, as well, so you can find one that suits your height, whether you want a hammock for your kids or you’re a retired NBA star. These are the ones to get.
1. Vivere Double Cotton Hammock with Space Saving Steel Stand
Most of the options on this list consist of just a hammock stand, which is what makes this option so economical. Both a hammock and hammock stand are included. The hammock comes in a wide range of colors and prints, as well. The hammock hooks are adjustable, allowing you to have the hammock either lower or higher up, depending on your height and weight. The hammock and stand also come with a carrying bag for taking on the go.
Pros: Includes both a hammock and hammock stand. Available in dozens of colors.
Cons: Cords can catch on the wing nuts when swinging.
2. Hatteras Hammocks Hammock Stand
This steel hammock stand from Hatteras is powder-coated to resist the elements, and its large size makes it ideal for a backyard. The stand has angled hooks that prevent the hammock rope from rubbing against the stand itself. It’s 15 feet from end to end, so you can easily hang longer hammocks. Its 600-pound weight capacity means that you can pile the whole family without worrying about its stability. The hammock stand is also made in the US.
Pros: Made in the US. Generous 600-pound weight capacity. Smartly-designed features like offset hooks to prevent rubbing and posts that insert at a right angle for sturdiness. No tool assembly.
3. Best Choice Products 9ft Steel Hammock Stand
This hammock stand weighs a modest 26 pounds and it comes with a carrying bag. Plus, it can be set up and taken down without the use of tools, making it a good option for taking on the go and setting up at the campground or beach. The simple metal hooks allow you to easily hang any kind of hammock, including Brazilian, rope or spreader. The hammock has a 450-pound weight capacity.
Pros: Suits various hammock styles. Easy tool-free set-up and disassembly. Comes with a carrying bag for taking on the go.
Cons: Could be sturdier.