Gently rocking out in a hammock is one of the greatest summer pleasures, but even the comfiest hammock is only as good as its stand—the structure keeping it, and you, well off the ground. Some hammocks come as sets complete with a stand, ensuring a good fit, but you can also buy the stand separately if you already have a hammock you love.
Hammocks stands are typically made of powder-coated stainless steel (for rust prevention and strength) and come in two main styles: Brazilian and spreader bar. Brazilian hammock stands fit Brazilian hammocks—the typical sling style that molds to your body once you sink in.
Spreader bars are metal or wooden bars that keep the hammock’s fabric taut and spread out, making it easier to get in and out. This style is best for folks with back or joint issues, as well as people who prefer a more bedlike experience. Whatever your lazy day needs, you’re sure to find the best hammock stand for you among the models vetted below.
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A hammock stand must keep you safe and secure, so all of the following models are strong and durable, thanks to the high-quality components. They also feature solid design for easy setup and storage. Choose a solo stand or a set that includes the finest woven hammock and rugged, well-made stand. Often a set is less expensive than buying a stand and hammock separately, so keep that in mind while shopping.
If you’re fretting over finding a superior hammock and a stand to support it, relax! This Vivere set includes a top-of-the-line steel stand, which assembles in minutes tool-free, and a stunning double hammock, made of high-quality cotton (or opt for polyester, mesh, or Sunbrella fabric), with tough polyester end strings for added strength.
The stand can easily bear the weight of two people (or up to 450 pounds) without buckling, and the sleek black poles won’t detract from the woven hammock, which comes in dozens of different colors. Adjustable hooks on the stand allow you to decide how low or high you want your hammock to swing.
While you don’t want to skimp on quality or engineering when it comes to something that holds you aloft, it is possible to find a solid hammock stand for under $100. FDW’s 9-foot hammock stand is made of powder-coated stainless steel, fits most Brazilian-style hammocks, and is completely adjustable to your height preferences. Its weight capacity is 300 pounds, and it functions best with one-person hammocks. It is easy to assemble and break down, and comes with a carrying case for portability.
Folks who don’t like to sink into a hammock should check out this Sorbus model. Its spreader bars stretch the hammock to provide a flat surface for lounging, sunbathing, and snoozing. It’s incredibly comfortable, especially for people with back issues or anyone looking for a more elevated experience.
This sturdy hammock bed comes complete with a freestanding frame, spreader bars, detachable pillow, and a cotton hammock that accommodates two adults (up to 450 pounds total). The stand made of powder-coated steel is weather resistant to maintain its black finish. Easy-to-assemble joints lock together with snap-button mechanisms (no tools required) and the Sorbus comes with all hardware and instructions.
If you want a strong, supportive hammock stand that won’t take up a lot of room, you’re sure to be impressed by the Vivere Universal Hammock Stand. Designed for smaller spaces indoors and out—think a balcony or porch—this 9-foot long stand fits an average-sized adult (yet has a weight capacity up to 450 pounds) without hogging floor space.
The stand features adjustable hammock hooks that let you choose how high or low you want to laze, and the powder-coated steel frame assembles in minutes, without tools. Simply collapse the stand and slip it into its stylish, leather-stitched carry bag for portability and storage.
Unlike lie-down varieties, a hammock chair keeps you upright and elevated, with a woven seating area suspended on a hanger. FDW’s solid C-shaped stand supports this seat properly and lets you dangle in just about any direction since the stand rotates nearly 360 degrees. The secure X-shaped base provides maximum balance, so no tipping worries and the powder-coated steel frame resists rust and most weather damage.
With a weight limit of 300 pounds, it’s perfect for both kids and adults. Easy to assemble, and even easier to enjoy, the FDW is a fun addition to kids’ rooms, playrooms, porches—wherever you might get the urge to sit and swing.
Supersize that? The Sunnydaze hammock stand is perfect for hammocks measuring 10 to 15 feet. With a 400-pound weight capacity, this stand can support two adults and is easy to put together without special tools. The stand is made of tubular stainless steel and weighs 50 pounds, so it’s not the most portable option, but thanks to rubber leg caps, it won’t leave marks on your floor. This hammock is a durable option, as it resists rust, water, and dirt damage.
If you’re looking for a mega-tough stand suited to both Brazilian and spreader bar hammocks, the Sunnydaze measures up with its 550-pound capacity. Weighing in at 25 pounds, it’s sturdy but also portable, and fits most hammocks. The bars are constructed of 1.5-inch tubular powder-coated steel, which resists rust and most weather conditions. It’s also easy to assemble without tools: The joints lock together with spring-snap mechanisms, and all hardware is included.