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.
Kammock really know their hammocks and hammock accessories. After years of R&D their Swiftlet Portable Hammock Stand is hands down the best on the market. Weighing just 15lbs it’s as easy to travel with as it is to move around your backyard.
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.
How to Choose the Best Hammock Stand
There’s quite a lot of variation between hammock stands. This section aims to help you navigate the following 7 features:
- Weight Capacity
- Design & Materials
- Indoor vs Outdoor Use
- Ease of Assembly
The best hammock stands are, at the end of the day, the ones where these different features best suit your needs.
When thinking about the size of hammock stands you should think about the overall footprint of the hammock stand once it’s assembled (especially if you are tight on space). But the main questions about size are either about getting the right stand to fit your hammock or getting the right hammock to fit your stand.
What Size Hammock Stand Do I Need?
If you already have a hammock, then ideally you want a hammock stand that’s around 2 foot longer than your hammock. The zone of tolerance is probably 1ft to 4ft so don’t feel you have to buy one exactly two foot longer.
What Size Stand for a 9 Foot Hammock?
For a 9 foot hammock you ideally want an 11 foot stand. But a 9 foot hammock should also fit a hammock stand that’s anywhere between 10′ and 13′ long.
What Size Stand for a 10 Foot Hammock?
For a 10 foot hammock you ideally want a 12 foot stand. But a 10 foot hammock should also fit a hammock stand that’s anywhere between 11′ and 14′ long.
What Size Stand for a 12 Foot Hammock?
For a 12 foot hammock you ideally want a 14 foot stand. But a 12 foot hammock should also fit a hammock stand that’s anywhere between 11′ and 15′ long.
What Size Stand for a 15 Foot Hammock?
For a 15 foot hammock you ideally want an 17 foot stand. It would also fit stand between 16′ and 19′ long but unfortunately most hammock stands don’t get bigger than 15′. So you may not be able to find one that fits your hammock.
What Size Hammock Do I Need for My Stand?
If you have already got a stand and you now want to buy a hammock for your stand, then you should aim to get a hammock that’s around 2 foot shorter than the stand. Just be sure to buy a hammock that is compatible with your stand!!
What Size Hammock for a 9 Foot Stand?
For a 9′ stand you can use a hammock anywhere between 6′ and 8′. A 7′ hammock would be ideal.
What Size Hammock for a 10 Foot Stand?
For a 10′ stand you can use a hammock anywhere between 6′ and 9′. An 8′ hammock would be ideal.
What Size Hammock for a 12 Foot Stand?
For a 12′ stand you can use a hammock anywhere between 8′ and 11′. A 10′ hammock would be ideal.
What Size Hammock for a 15 Foot Stand?
For a 15′ stand you can use a hammock anywhere between 11′ and 14′. A 13′ hammock would be ideal.
The weight capacity of hammock stands runs from about 250lbs to 550lbs. The lightest and most portable hammock stands usually have the lowest weight capacity. While the heavy duty hammock stands usually have a higher weight capacity.
One word of warning, however.
Many of more budget hammock stands come from companies that don’t exactly have strong brands. What do I mean by that? Well, they seem to make products for mass consumption and are more focused on selling the products than building a good reputation.
And so it is not uncommon to see complaints from customers that a hammock stand buckled and broke even though it was not even close to reaching the stated weight capacity.
One can only speculate as to why this might happen. It could be a small number of isolated incidents. Or it could be an indication of poor quality control. It’s even possible that a “churn and burn” company made up a number just to sell the stand.
The point is this: you may want to be wary of claims about how much weight a stand it rated for if the company in question isn’t actively trying to build a reputation for excellence. Companies like Kammock and Eagles Nest Outfitters are examples of companies whose claims can be trusted, because making false claims will ultimately damage their business. Whereas a false claim made by a company selling more generic products will have less impact.
Design & Materials
Portable Hammock Stands
Portable hammock stands are generally made from aluminum. These aluminum stands usually weight around 15lbs which means they can easily be moved about. They are also usually quite easy to assemble and disassemble because they have been designed to travel with. Portable stands tend to be rated for 250lbs – 300lbs.
A great example of a portable stand is the ENO Nomad Hammock Stand.
Backyard Hammock Stands
Standard hammock stands for your backyard are generally made from powder coated steel. This makes them quite heavy duty (and not very portable). If you’re looking for a very sturdy hammock stand, chances are you’re looking for a steel stand.
Chair Hammock Stands
Hammock chair stands are different from normal stands as they are specifically design for hammock chairs. Expect a hammock chair stand to use heavy gauge hanging hooks and be much taller than most stands.
Multi Hammock Stands
Another type of steep stand is a multiple hammock stand. Something like the ENOpod is the perfect hammock stand for hanging with a bunch of friends at the same time.
Wooden Hammock Stands
Wooden stands are typically very large and heavy. But they look far more elegant than most hammock stands.
Compatibility With Different Types of Hammock
It’s quite difficult to find a universal hammock stand. Most hammock stands aren’t compactible will all hammocks. Spreader bar hammocks, in particular, generally require a specific type of stand.
Indoor vs Outdoor Use
Most hammocks stands are built to be left outdoors but there are definitely some indoor hammock stands on the market.
For indoor use you probably aren’t wanting a heavy duty construction stand because of the pressure it will exert on your floors and the damage it may cause.
You definitely want to choose a stand with plastic feet or rubber feet as these will help protect your home.
Ease of Assembly
You may or may not want your stand to be easy to assemble. If you plan to set it up in your back yard and never move it, then you then assembly probably isn’t that important to you.
But if you plan to travel with it then you absolutely want a stand that is easy to assemble!
The ENO Nomad and the Kammok Swiftlet are both extremely well designed when it comes to assembly.
Again, if you don’t plan to move your stand around, then portability may not be a big deal for you. That said, even if you don’t plan to move it, the day may come when you have to move it anyway. So this is a feature that’s worth considering, even if you decide it’s less important.
A hammock stand weighs anything between 15lbs and 100lbs+.
A portable stand will be at the lower end (usually 15lbs or so). A heavy duty stand will commonly weigh between 25lbs and 65lbs. Multi stands and wood stands are the heaviest of all, generally ranging above 80lbs.
Packed size will only be important if you are intending to travel with it. The ENO Nomad breaks down into a carry case that measures 32″ x 10″ while the Kammok Swiftlet breaks down into a carrying case of 50″ x 8.5″ x 8.5″.
A basic, generic hammock stand is likely to cost you in the region of $100 – $200. Depending on where you buy it, the cost of the shipping may be the bit that hurts your wallet the most!
If you want to buy from a reputably brand, expect to pay a little more. Kammok and ENO probably make the best hammock stands on the market. And as a result you can expect to pay more like $250 – $350.
Wooden stands are the most expensive of all, both to purchase and to ship. Expect to pay minimum $300 and up to $500.
Which Type of Hammock Stand Is Best?
A portable hammock stand like the Kammock Swift is probably the best type of hammock stand because it will give you the most flexibility. It will be easy to assemble and disassemble, it will be simple to store, you can have it in your backyard or travel with it…
Are Hammock Stands Worth It?
Hammock stands are definitely worth it! Even if you have perfectly spaced trees or hammock posts in your backyard a hammock stand will mean you can take your hammock on camping trips to to friends houses.
Can Any Hammock Go On a Stand?
No. Any hammock cannot go on any stand. You should definitely check for compatibility before you buy a hammock and hammock stand combo. The best hammock stands are compatible with a wide range of hammocks, but even they will usually not work with any hammock.
Are There Different Size Hammock Stands?
Yes there are different size hammock stands. Hammock stands usually range from 10′ to 15′ in length. And different designs will have different footprints. For example portable stands tend to be smaller whereas wooden stands are significantly bigger.
How Do I Know What Size Hammock Stand I Need?
You need a hammock stand that’s around 2′ longer than your hammock. You can get away with 1′ longer up to 4′ longer, but 2′ is the sweet spot. Just be sure to buy a stand that is compactible with the style of hammock you have!