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Tips for Choosing and Caring for a Hammock Stand

Updated on September 27, 2011

Hammock Stands for Your Patio, Yard, or Garden

The original vision of a hammock is that of one tied between two trees. This may not be the ideal situation for everyone however. You may not have two trees of the right size located in your yard just the right distance from each other. Or perhaps, those trees aren't really located right where you want your hammock. In these instances, a hammock stand is the best solution.

These stands allow you to relocate your hammock virtually anywhere you want it, at any time. They are durable and made to withstand the summer sun, rain, and humidity. They are sturdy and in some instances, can hold up to 450lbs.

On this page you will find tips for choosing and caring for these stands and even some help for putting one together.

Choosing and Caring for Your Hammock Stand

There are a variety of materials used to make hammock stands. Some are stainless steel, which of course never rusts and retains its original appearance well. They are among the more expensive stands however.

A metal stand, generally made with 12 or 13 gauge steel, is more affordable and will generally have a powder coat finish. They are available in a variety of colors. Users need to be sure that the paint or coating remains intact, as the steel can and will rust when not protected.

A wood hammock stand provides a very attractive and natural look. They are weather resistant, but their look can change over time; both the coloring and character of the wood can change.

Metal stands often have an easier assembly than wood, but wood and stainless can be stronger and more durable.

When choosing a hammock stand, you need to be sure it will support the weight you want it to hold. For instance, if you want it to hold two adults and a child, a 250lb weight limit is often insufficient. With metal frames, the lower the steel gauge, the stronger it will be.

If you already have a hammock, you'll also want to be sure the frame offers enough length to accommodate that hammock and keep it elevated high enough off of the ground.

You'll want to check the overall weight of the stand for the purposes of moving it around. If it weighs too much, you may need a model that allows wheels to be added.

A hammock stand is pretty low maintenance but there are a few precautions you should observe. First, be sure to review the manufacturer's instructions as to care and maintenance. However, there are some general guidelines that may help:

Maintain a good finish. As mentioned above, it's important to keep a good finish on a metal stand if you want it to last for many years. Any breach in the outer coat exposes it to moisture and potential rust. A wooden hammock stand often needs to be sanded and refinished. Varnish (or something similar) is applied annually to help protect the wood from excessive warping or cracking. The right finish can even help maintain the original color of the wood.

Store your hammock stand in a sheltered, indoor location during the off season when possible. A climate controlled environment is ideal during a harsh winter.

When you order one of these stands online, it will be delivered unassembled. Many stands, especially the metal ones take only minutes to assemble and sometimes require no tools at all.

While each stand is different, a short video demonstration below, will provide some general tips that should be helpful when assembling one.

Assembling a Metal Hammock Stand


This elegant hammock stand is more than beautiful, it's durable as well. It's constructed with all-weather synthetic wicker and galvanized steel hardware. Measuring 15' 5" long and 4' feet wide, it will accomodate large and deluxe size hammocks.

This graceful stand will be a good addition to any garden sanctuary or yard. It weighs 90 lbs. and requires assembly upon arrival

Wooden Arc

This hammock stand is another version of the arc design. Graceful and sturdy, it measures 157.48" x 47.24" x 53.15". It comes with an included double wide, white cotton hammock that can handle weights up to 265lbs. Assembly required.

Steel Hammock Stands

The Pawley's Island hammock stands assemble in just minutes and require no tools. They are constructed with 2" diameter, 12 guage steel, using a 360 degreee welding process, and have spring clip safety latches on all poles making them safe and sturdy.

They measure 15' long and 4' wide. They come with the necessary hooks to hang your hammock and durable vinyl caps on the ends of the poles. These standss can support at least 450lbs of weight. They are available in green and bronze powder coat finishes to resist rust. Wheels can also be purchased with them to make it easy to relocate your hammock.

The Castaway hammock stand is another option for even larger sized hammocks. It is constructed of heavy duty 13-gauge steel, with a rust resistant powder coat finish. It measures 15' in length and has a weight capacity of 450lbs. It assembles and disassembles in minutes without the need for tools so storing it in the winter and bringing it out for warmer weather is a breeze. This stand has a green finish.

Byer of Maine's Vario hammock stand is adjustable. Using easy-to-use hand knobs, it can be extended from 121" in length to 147" and from 47" in height to 57" to accommodate average sized hammocks. An adapter is offered to increase this stand to 180" (15') in length to accommodate the largest hammocks.

The Deluxe hammock stand from Texsport is 14' long and constructed with 2" diameter tubular steel. It provides two large S hook for connecting your hammock. It measures 190" L x 48" W x 45" H.


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    • Minnetonka Twin profile image

      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Great hub on hammock stands. I actually have two trees that are the perfect distance apart. I pretty much live in my hammock in the summer months. Wow, how I miss summer. It's snowy and cold in MN.

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      Janice S 6 years ago

      Love the wooden arc hammock stand. There is nothing better than kicking back with a glass of lemonade and a good book in a hammock during the summer.

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      Gustave Kilthau 6 years ago from USA

      Howdy mulberry - Not today, thank you. The temperature out in the yard is almost freezing right now. These stands are really handy, as you note.

      Gus :-)))

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      Paula Atwell 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      My parents have a steel hammock stand and it is really great. We love the hammock spring summer and fall. I am buying one of these for my husband this year for father's day. :)