They say Rome wasn’t built in a day and perfecting your outdoor garden is exactly the same. Go back a number of years and only those fortunate enough to have closely-adjacent trees in their garden would be able to enjoy the opportunity of a hammock bed. As technology has evolved, hammock stands are now far more common (and popular) in the UK as many can also be now used indoors when the weather starts getting a little gloomier. Below, we explore the 6 more popular hammock and hammock stands available in the UK. We also look at double hammocks (that can fit 2 adults) as well as the ever-popular wooden hammock stands.

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Vivere Double Cotton Hammock with Space-Saving Steel Stand

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The Vivere Double Cotton Hammock with Space Saving Steel Stand is one of the best sellers in the Vivere range and within the UK specifically. The 3.3 metre double cotton can comfortably accommodate two adults up to 204 kg (32 stone) and promises both durability and value for money. The bed rests on easily adjustable hammock hooks that allow you to decide how low or high you want to lay and come in a range of colours that’ll make you feel as though you’re relaxing on the beaches of Hawaii. The plastic caps covering the end of the steel poles offer a robust safety function.

The powder coated steel stand is lightweight at only 15.8 kg but strong, built with the idea of being long-lasting and durable. The package comes complete with a carry bag meaning that you can pack it away and take it with you on your travels. Alternatively, you can also easily move it indoors if the weather isn’t quite the sunshine you were hoping for one morning. The brand also offers a 12 month warranty on all materials and workmanship.

Key Features:

Adjustable height

Lightweight (15 kg) and robust

Heavy gauge steel

Easy assembly

Specification:

Brand

Vivere

Colour

Black

Capacity

204 kg (32 stone)

Material

Steel

Dimensions

250 x 109 x 104 cm

Pros

Adjustable hammock hooks means you can change the height of the bed to suit your needs

Can comfortably accommodate two adults

Space saving stand means you can set up anywhere

Cons

Stand could rust over time if left outside

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Charles Bentley Extra Large Hammock With Wooden Stand

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You won’t find too many hammocks that are as elegantly crafted as the Charles Bentley Extra Large Hammock With Wooden Stand. The curved arc of the wooden stand is built with the reliable larch wood and made to withstand years of outdoor heat. The hammock bed is attached 4 metre’s high with an option to adjust the height, giving you more freedom as to how high you want the bed to sit. 

The bed has a capacity of 250 kg, a length of 200 cm and a width of 140 cm making it a comfortable experience for two average sized adults. The durable nature of the stand does have one drawback in that the total weight of the unit is at 43 kg. As you may have guessed the hammock it isn’t renowned for its’ portability and isn’t likely to be one you’ll want to move around very often.

We’re a huge fan of the unique take on the traditional hammock and hammock stand that Charles Bentley have provided here. Not just providers of great hammocks though, from mowers to best lawn spreaders they have everything you need for the upkeep of both garden and conservatory.

Key Features:

Solid wooden arc frame

Adjustable height

Easy to assemble

Specification:

Brand

Charles Bentley

Colour

Natural Wood

Capacity

250 kg

Material

Wood

Hammock Bed

L: 200 cm x W: 140 cm

Hammock Stand

L: 400 cm x W: 120 cm x H: 130 cm

Pros

High load capacity and wide hammock bed makes this an ideal hammock for 2 adults at once

Beautifully crafted wooden arc stand would look fantastic in any garden

Accommodates taller people

Cons

Heavy unit that isn't really made to be moved around

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Amanka XL wooden Stand for Hammocks

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Continuing our trend of beautifully crafted arc-shaped hammock stands is this rustic-looking XL wooden hammock stand from Amanka. The unit includes just the stand itself and doesn’t come with an attached hammock bed like the other products in this guide.  The supporting wood draws strength from the boat-shaped arc it is moulded in and holds 2 adults with a combined weight of up to 200 kg. Though what may come as a surprise is that it weights just 23 kg, making it a versatile unit that you can more easily move around to your pleasing.

The wood is both water-repellent and stable, treated with biological wood oil to protect it from the versatile weather we often find ourselves with in the UK. The 325 cm stand comes with 2 metal carabiners and 2 metal chains which means that you can easily adjust the degree to which your hammock is stretched ensuring ultimate comfort. Ideal for hammocks up to 295 cm.

 

Key Features:

Boat-shaped stand provides 200kg weight capacity

Water-repellent wood

Carabiners and chains included with delivery

Easy to assemble

Specification:

Brand

Amanka

Colour

Natural Wood

Capacity

200 kg

Material

Larch wood

Dimensions

L: 325 cm x W: 120 cm x H: 118 cm

Pros

Water repellent wood makes it an ideal stand for typically versatile weather

Carabiners and chains allow you to stretch your hammock to desired degree

Stand comfortably supports 2 average sized adults

Cons

Requires timely maintenance

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Multigot 10ft Steel Hammock Stand

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The Multigot 10ft Steel Hammock Stand is the durable, lightweight alternative to the the wooden arc-shaped stands that we’ve listed above in this guide. This heavy-duty stand has been made from powder coated steel that makes it rust resistant, making it able to withstand against moisture and an ideal option for weather that is typically versatile here in the UK. Weighing at approximately 13 kg, this stand can be moved at will and is the lightest one on our list. This makes it a viable option to be located as you please, and a very real option to follow the sun throughout the day.

The 2 x 25 cm metal chains and 2 x attachable hooks make the stand adjustable, allowing you to hang the hammock at a height you are most comfortable with. The anti-skid feet which are attached at the end of the poles protects you from their exposed edges but also protects the surface below. This feature permits indoor use without the worry of scratching the floor. At a capacity of 200 kg, it comfortably holds a large adult without any issues.

Key Features:

Built with a weather resistant metal

Included metal chains and hooks

Anti-skid feet included

Lightweight & easily portable

Specification:

Brand

Multigot

Colour

Black

Capacity

200 kg

Material

Power-coated Steel

Dimensions

L: 320 cm x W: 108 cm x H: 100cm

Pros

The anti-skid feet prevents surface scratching make it a practical stand to be used indoors on any flooring

Lightweight so easily moved where required

Adjustable height provides ultimate comfort

Cons

Metal style may not be to everyones taste

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Potenza Hammock With Steel Stand

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Steel is often the favoured stand material for those looking for a durable and low maintenance hammock stand. While you’d find steel stands from several brands, just like the option above from Multigot, the Potenza Hammock With Steel Stand is well worth your time.  It is both quick and easy to assemble (set-up should take no more than 10 minutes) with the six steel elements easily attached with the mounting accessories. The high quality steel has a load capacity of 220 kg and is treated with a special coating that makes it weatherproof, making it an ideal solution to battle the versatile elements we often find in the UK.  

In terms of the design characteristics, the manufacture offers a variety of colours to accompany the robust arc-shaped design that we’ve grown to love in this guide. The hammocks are built for comfort and durability, being a blend of 70% cotton and 30% polyester, with the complete set also including a suspension set ensuring you can get the hammock at just the height you desire. To top it off, the manufacture also offers a 2 year warranty, so get in quick before this model inevitably sells out.

 

Key Features:

Powder coating prevents against corrosion

Sleek & minimalistic design

Quick & easy to assemble

Specification:

Brand

Potenza

Colour

Black

Capacity

220 kg

Material

Steel

Dimensions

350 cm x 125 cm x 120cm

Pros

The size and strength of the hammock comfortably holds 2 adults

Robust weatherproof stand built to survive the elements

Adjustable height ensures maximum comfort

Cons

May not fit in smaller gardens

Hammock may wrap around you when laying in it

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Amanka XXL Hammock for Two with Wooden Designer Frame

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Our second product from the Amanka range is the natural wood Amanka XXL Hammock for Two with Wooden Designer Frame. The tough wooden frame is 325 cm in length and approximately 118 cm high, making it a noticeable stand wherever you decide to put it. In regards to load capacity, it is slightly less resistant than the Amanka XL model above and can handle a maximum weight of 150 kg. The included hammock is made from a heavy-duty, 100% sustainable cotton ensuring both comfort and durability. The surface area of the hammock is approximately 195 cm x 115 cm meaning 2 adults can nestle comfortably at once, and the hand-twisted braids at either end  ensure it is extra tear-resistant. 

Made from Siberian larch wood, the stand is oiled with organic wood oil (not varnish) ensuring that it is fully weatherproof – an ideal solution for the versatility of the weather in the UK. It’s this natural wood finish that make it one our favourites. The set includes 2 x metal chains and 2 x snap hooks that give freedom in how the hammock bed is suspended, allowing it to be adjusted as required. 

Key Features:

Strong crescent shaped hammock stand

100% sustainable cotton hammock

Adjustable suspension

Weatherproof stand

Specification:

Brand

Amanka

Colour

Natural Wood

Load Capacity

150 kg

Material

Siberian larch wood

Hammock Dimensions

195 cm x 115 cm

Stand Dimensions

230 cm x 118 cm

Pros

The highly durable cotton hammock ensures maximum comfort for several people to enjoy at once

The weatherproof stand ensures that it is ideal for the versatility of UK weather

The hand-tied braids at the end of the mat are a nice touch that also reduces the chance of tear

Cons

150 kg is a relatively low load capacity compared with others listed

Choosing an appropriate hammock can be overwhelming with a mountain of considerations to take into account, especially if you’re working in a confined environment with a limited budget. We’ve listed out 6 different free standing hammocks, 4 of which can easily be moved inside when the colder seasons are upon us. We prefer the boat-shaped arc of the wooden hammocks but love the portability of the steel free standing options.

Once you’ve found a spot in the garden, it’s worth picking up a tough weed killer to stop any unwanted plants over growing and some mesh bird netting to keep any larger birds away from ponds and other plants. Adding an outdoor cascading water feature will only add to the natural ambience of your garden when you’ve made a selection on your hammock.

Things to Consider When Buying a Hammock & Hammock Stand in the UK

If you’re planning to buy a hammock stand for the very first time, you’ll likely be overwhelmed with the amount of choice you have available to you. From materials and dimensions to capacity and portability, there are several things you will need to consider before buying one. It’s easy to shop straight with your eyes, but a little research can ensure you get the hammock that is just right for you.

Capacity

This is the load bearing capacity (the weight) that the hammock bed & stand can support at any one time. Each bed/stand falls somewhere between 150 kg (suitable for 2 smallish adults) and 250 kg (comfortably 2 adults). The heavier load capacity may be a good option if you have kids as it’s likely they’ll want to join you *everytime* during you jump in the hammock.

Dimensions

If you are buying the stand and the hammock bed separately, then you need to ensure that the dimensions match up as planned. As a thumb rule, the stand should be a minimum two feet longer than the hammock bed. Most beds in the UK come in lengths up to around 10-11ft, with some of the stands listed going up to around 14ft. Consider the width as well. Most longer beds will also come wide enough to fit an additional person, but just check to make sure that this is the case.

Material

Hammock stands are primarily made from either wood or steel. Wooden stands are typically heavier and are better at surviving the elements due to the oil that they are coated in, which is a consideration given the unpredictable nature of the UK weather. Though with this means that they aren’t as portable (see below) which makes packing them away and moving inside not the most practical. 

Portability

We’ve mentioned at great length that the unpredictable nature of the weather in the UK will likely have a bearing on your decision, and the portability factor here could be a key one. The metal stands are typically lighter and are made to be packed away and transported. Most come with a practical carry case that makes them ideal hammocks to take camping as well. If you have the space, then setting them up indoors during the winter season makes the portable metal hammock stands a huge pull for us.

Adjustability

All hammocks listed come with carabiners and hooks/chains that make adjusting the height of the hammock bed a simple process. They also ensure that you can easily adjust the degree to which your hammock bed is stretched, guaranteeing comfort. If you’re a little unsure as to what this may be, then check out the customer support of each hammock and speak to an expert to get some advice.

Each of the products above have their own unique style and characteristics, showcasing why they are some of the most popular choices here in the UK. Many offer the option to transport them inside when the weather flips during the colder seasons, making these hammocks the perfect all-year-round alternative to an old-style hammock between two trees. A hammock is an investment in comfort and relaxation, so why not add to that with a free standing bird table to bring nature to you or an outdoor bar table if you like to entertain others.