If you ask your average person to picture their ‘happy place,’ you’ll get a variety of responses. Some might say the beach; others might say on the couch with their favorite TV show or book. But at least a few would tell you their happy place would be out in the sunshine, lounging in a hammock swaying in the breeze.
However, not everyone’s backyard has the landscaping or the space for a tree-hanging hammock which means you'll be looking for the best hammock stand available to you. While it might seem like a simple idea, it can make all the difference when turning your ‘happy place’ into a real happy place.
Zupapa Hammock Stand (with 2 x steel chains + carry bag)
FDW Portable Hammock Stand
ENO - Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock Stand
OnCloud 15 ft Wooden Arc Hammock Stand
Sunnydaze Heavy-Duty Indoor Hammock Stand
Grand Canyon Gear Foldable Hammock Stand (with hammock)
FDW Chair Hammock Stand
Dimensions: 181" x 45" x 52"
Packed dimensions: 52" x 7" x 7"
Weight capacity: 550lbs
Hammock size: 12' - 15'
This steel stand is a great option for a number of reasons. Unlike a lot of hammock stands it has a weight capacity of 550lbs which means it can easily hold two people. So you can choose between using a single hammock or a double hammock.
It comes with two chains (each about 24" long) and 2 x S-hooks. This makes the stand pretty easy to work with. And although Zupapa say it's rated for a minimum of 12' hammocks, I've heard of some people easily setting up a 10' hammock because of how adjustable it is. (Incidentally, if you don't like the way the chains jingle against the metal frame you could just as easily use hammock straps like these).
It's extremely easy to put together. It comes with assembly instructions but even without them you'd probably be able to figure it out in a few minutes.
Whether you’re a hammock aficionado or getting your first hammock stand, the Zupapa is user-friendly and easy to figure out, even if it happens to be a little heavier.
Sleeping in a hammock at home
Keep it in the RV
Take to music festivals
Dimensions: 111" x 47" x 43"
Packed dimensions: 3.5' x 0.5'
Weight capacity: 300lbs
Hammock size: 9' - 11'
At just 30lbs, the FDW Hammock Stand is one of the lightest steel stands on the market. It breaks down into a very compact case which also makes it one of the most portable heavy-duty hammock stands you can buy.
Obviously if you're going to be moving it around, one of the biggest considerations you'll have is how easy it is to assemble and take down. Again, FDW have thought this through and you can throw it together in around 5 minutes flat. Breaking it down into the carry case is just as simple.
All this means that it's a great option if you plan to move it around much. So, for example, if you only want to use the stand for one or two seasons and stow it away for the rest of the year it's a great option. Similarly, if you want to use a hammock when car camping or at festivals, it will fit really easily in the trunk of a car and isn't too heavy to carry for a few hundred yards.
Only two words of caution.
Firstly, do make sure you have a hammock that is the right size. You might need to extend a 9' hammock a little bit to get it to fit. An 11' hammock may sag a touch. A 10' hammock is perfect. It does have 6 holes placed 4" apart on the frame, so it's got a very adjustable range. If you stick below 11', you should be fine!
Secondly, some people report that the stand is prone to rust. I mean, if you're going to leave steel outside for any length of time, this is always going to happen. To mitigate this, it might be worth spraying it with some Rust-Oleum paint. Also, don't leave it in adverse weather conditions for an extended period of time.
The FDW is a great value hammock stand. It's the best portable hammock stand that I'm aware of. If you want something really sturdy that isn't going to be a permanent fixture, this is a great choice!
If you need something lighter for camping or backpacking, check out the ENO Hammock Stand below.
And if you need a stand to fit a hammock that's 11' or longer, take a look at SunnyDaze stands.
The ENO hammock stand is made from aluminum alloy, meaning that it’s lighter than most. But it can still support 300 pounds. It measures 13.9 x 4.2 x 4.8 inches with an included carrying case.
At 15 pounds, this is the lightest hammock stand you can buy, making it perfect for anyone to carry around with them to a variety of places.
Anyone can put the ENO stand together with the simple shock-corded construction. I liked the simple and quick assembly. When you take the ENO with you, you can use the crossbar to hang a tarp as well.
The ENO is a great option if you need to carry it around with you due to the light weight and easy assembly, not to mention the carrying case.
The OnCloud is meant to be universal, fitting most spreader hammocks from 11 ½ to 13 ½ feet. It supports up to 330 pounds, with dimensions of 14.76 x 3.87 x 4.8 feet. The frame itself weighs 94 pounds.
The steel suspension rings and chains will support your weight easily.
I personally liked how easy it was to set up, along with the longer frame that let me use a longer hammock. The OnCloud is a large and heavy hammock stand, thanks to the wood construction. Once you place it where you want it, you probably won’t be moving it again soon.
Choose the OnCloud if you want to add some elegance to your yard. It’s easy to put together, and if you don’t plan on using it for travel it works amazingly.
If you have a shorter hammock (anything from 135"/11.5' or shorter) then you probably want to consider looking at a different stand. The Agloma Net Company have a very attractive option in a dark-stained pine. Well-reviewed and definitely worth checking out!
Support up to two people with the SunnyDaze, which fits hammocks from 9 to 14 feet. Measuring 124 x 40 x 52.5 inches, it only weighs 25 pounds.
With the SunnyDaze you can fit any sized hammock, making it perfect for multiple people. This is especially true since the stand is only 25 pounds and can be moved around easily.
Even if you leave this hammock stand outside, the sturdy frame is made to resist rust. The chains make it easy to adjust your hammock to your desired length. I was able to use mine as a bed indoors when I had guests. It was definitely comfortable enough for camping.
Whether you’re using the SunnyDaze inside or outside, for a bed or for a camping trip, the adjustability makes it a great option for many people.
Fold up the Grand Canyon Gear hammock stand to take this 20.8-pound stand with you. It's made out of steel despite the light weight and can support 250 pounds.
You can adjust this hammock stand, place it in the included bag, and strap it right onto your back. Since it’s just a little over 20 pounds, you can have it with you for all sorts of outdoor activities.
I loved how easy the Grand Canyon Gear hammock stand transported when I packed it up with me. With the included hammock and adjustable length, it was incredibly easy to use.
You shouldn’t use this hammock stand in the rain. But it’s still simple to take it with you, making it perfect when it comes to portability.
This FDW measures 44 x 31 x 85.8 inches with a weight limit of 300 pounds. Weighing 54 pounds itself, you can carry it with you easily.
The most unique part about the FDW is the adjustability. It has 360-degree rotation capability, meaning that you can lounge without compromising the stability of the C-stand solid steel frame.
The durable shape was one of the best parts of this hammock stand. It provided a lot of stability when I sat down in it. When I checked it out again after a rainstorm, it was perfectly safe and rust-free.
The FDW is one of the heavier options you can choose from, so it may not be a great option for transporting. But with the durable shape and adjustability, it’s a great option when it comes to relaxation.
What to look for in a hammock stand
How It’s Made
Make sure that your hammock stand can withstand the elements. This starts with something as simple as the hammock material itself. Some are made from cotton, others from polyester, and others still from rope. You’ll want to do a little research on the best option for your home.
When it comes to the hammock frame, you want to make sure it’s lightweight enough to be portable but still sturdy enough to handle a person’s body weight without toppling over. Over time, you should be able to move the hammock around your yard or a campsite.
Most hammock stands utilize a steel or aluminum frame and weigh somewhere around 30 pounds: any more than that, and it'll be a bit of a chore to move around. Any less and the hammock could blow away in the wind if you're not paying close attention.
Sturdiness is not only helpful in keeping your hammock where you want it, but it can also play a factor in overall comfort. The support provided by a larger hammock stand can provide the feeling of being snug and secure.
How to hang a hammock without trees
While a hammock stand is the easiest and most reliable option to make sure you can be lounging quickly and safely, there are a few other methods available.
Poles & Posts
Things like telephone poles, fence posts, or porch supports all make great hammock hangs in a pinch. Be careful to choose posts that are thick and strong enough to support your weight. They’ll also need to be the right distance apart so you can hang at a comfortable height.
When you’re camping, keep an eye out for ready-made hammock posts; more state and national parks seem to be building these features into their attractions.
If you have access to one strong tree or post, you could also utilize your vehicle as an anchor.
Secure your hammock to a safe spot on your car or truck. Be careful not to choose an anchor spot that could wind up damaging your car. A pickup tailgate is much more durable than an extremity, like a rearview mirror.
No matter where you are, finding a nice spot to relax can be beneficial for your overall health - both body and mind. Hopefully, I have helped you get some ideas to find and create your own personal oasis in the form of a comfy hammock. And if you're worried about the rain, don't forget to pick yourself up a hammock rain fly too!