Hammocks are basically a symbol for everything that’s meant to be cozy and relaxing. Let’s face it, nobody can resist lounging in a hammock whenever they have the opportunity to do so. With that in mind, the prospect of having a hammock in your own backyard or outside in the garden probably sounds amazing.
It would be nice to hang it from a couple of trees but the chances of that actually working out are slim. A DIY hammock stand is a perfect alternative in that case. Let’s check out a few designs that would work.
Hammock stands that you can build yourself
Making a DIY hammock stand is not expensive, or at least it shouldn’t be. You can keep the costs low by going with a simple design, one that’s practical first and foremost. The one suggested on kellyleighcreates is a very good example. You can make this hammock stand out of wood boards and secure it with bolts and deck screws. It needs to be sturdy and secure and make that a top priority.
Keep in mind that if you want to build a hammock stand from scratch you’re going to need a few tools such as a Miter saw and possibly a circular saw as well, a hammer, a drill, a chisel and a sander. Other than that, you’ll need some lumber and the adequate hardware. You can find a complete list of all the equipment and the resources necessary on placeofmytaste if you want more details.
Most hammocks have pretty much the same overall proportions and structure so you can build a stand that can be used with a variety of different types of hammocks without worrying it won’t be compatible in the future. This simple design from anikasdiylife is really versatile in that sense. It’s built out of redwood which is why it has this orange-based color. You can of course choose any type of finish you prefer for your own hammock stand once you build it.
So far we’ve looked at a few freestanding hammock stand designs which are great and very practical if you think you’ll be moving this thing around quite often. However, if you have a definitive place for your hammock and you want the stand to remain there permanently, you can actually simplify the entire design and only have two support posts secured into the ground with the right amount of space in between them. These posts can blend in quite easily into the backyard or the garden. This tutorial from h2obungalow is really helpful for this sort of project.
To also get a good idea of what it will take to build your own hammock stand and how it’s all said and done, you can check out this nice video tutorial shared by Heartland Dual Sport. It shows the entire process from start to finish and offers some nice tips along the way. This stand has two big wooden posts as supports for the actual hammock and an addition horizontal support at the top as well. It might be cool to add a sunshade as well.
There’s a bunch more details and features to take into consideration if you’re thinking of making your own hammock stand. For instance, a nice and convenient thing would be to make the stand adjustable so it can fit a variety of different hammock types. That way you won’t have to worry it won’t be compatible with other models that you may want to use it with in the future. With that in mind, we recommend having a look at a tutorial shared by Woodbrew if you want to know more about adjustability.
We absolutely love the wooden pergola attached to this DIY hammock stand built by Let’s Wing It. It fits the design so well and it really adds a lot to it. You can have string lights hanging from the pergola or add other accessories and little things to make the lounging experience more pleasant and enjoyable. This one looks super beautiful both during the day and in the evening thanks to the little finishing touches that were added to it.
Wood is not the only material that you can use to make a hammock stand. Steel is another really good choice and, unlike wood, such a stand can be super small and slender. This is a great option if you’re short on space or if you don’t want to actual stand to be eye-catching and to stand out too much. This video tutorial by DIY On The House explains all you need to know about planning and building a steel hammock stand. Enjoy adding your own twist to the design and making it more special.
This sure doesn’t look like your regular hammock stand and that’s because it isn’t. This is a rocking hammock stand, sort of a combination between a rocking chair and a regular hammock. It needs to have a bent base in order for this design to actually work. Wood wouldn’t work in this case so use steel instead. You can find the step-by-step tutorial for this on instructables if you decide you’re going to give it a try.
Wood definitely remains the first choice when it comes to material choices for a DIY hammock stand. Anyone could build a wooden hammock stand if they wanted to and this particular design from instructables is one of the most versatile and easy to build. It provides proper support and although it’s pretty big it can look nice with the right type of finish on it.
There’s one more DIY hammock stand that we’d like to share with you today and this one can also be found on instructables. It requires quite a bit of free space around the hammock, specifically at either end but it’s not as wide as other hammock stands. It’s built out of wood and you can find a complete list of all the materials and tools needed in the tutorial. An interesting idea would be to build this out of reclaimed wood so it has that nice patina in case this is a style that you enjoy.
Modern hammock stands that you can buy
In case you’re not sure you would actually be able to build a proper hammock stand from scratch, there’s plenty of models that are available for purchase. One of them is the UUWay which has a really nice and simple design. It’s small enough to fit on a patio, deck or even indoors, out on a terrace or on a balcony. The stand itself is made out of super durable and strong steel pipes with a nice frosted finish and the hammock that comes with it has a bohemian design and is made out of the high-density wear-resistant polyester-cotton canvas.
It might be worth taking into consideration a few alternatives to regular hammocks as well, such as hammock chairs for instance. The Pirny set basically combines a comfortable chair with a swing. It’s comprised of a triangular support stand made out of metal with a capacity of up to 500 lbs and a hanging chair with a hammock-inspired design. It’s more compact than a regular hammock stand which makes it a really good option for small porches, patios, balconies or even indoor spaces.
Portability might also be an important element to take into consideration when choosing a hammock stand. The advantage of a design like this one is that you can easily assemble the stand in spring or summer and then take it back down when it gets cold and rainy and store it in the garage, garden shed or anywhere else you want. It also allows you to potentially take it with you when you’re visiting your holiday home or even when you go on vacation. This stand is made of sturdy metal and has a simple and clean design with absolutely no unnecessary elements. It has a very friendly assembly system and can be sued with a variety of hammock types. Check it out on Amazon if you want one for yourself.
In case you prefer hanging chairs or if you’d like to also have one of these things on top of having a hammock in the backyard, check out this C-type stand. It’s super easy to assemble without any tools needed and it can all be done by a single person. The frame is made of powder-coated steel and is built to last a lifetime. It’s weather-resistant and has a weight capacity of 220 lbs. You can pair it with your favorite hanging chair, swing or tree tent and it comes with a series of accessories such as hooks and a hanging chain that can be adjusted to work with your chosen type of hammock chair.
The Tranquillo stand is designed to be universal and to be paired with basically any type of hammock or similar accessory. It’s made of solid stainless steel with rubber feet stabilizers that minimize scratching making this a safe and suitable choice not just for outdoor spaces but for indoor rooms as well. It can be customized in a variety of different ways based on the user’s needs and it has a weight capacity of 550 lbs thus allowing 2-person hammocks to also be installed and safely used with this stand.