1. Types of Hammock Stand:
Hammock stands vary in their designs and use of materials. Hammock stand types include:
- · 1.1 Wooden.
· 1.2 Metal.
· 1.3 Portable.
1.1 Wooden hammock stands are often heavy-duty, beautiful items designed to enhance your outdoor or indoor space. Wood is a beautiful natural material, but if you are using it outdoors, you need to weatherproof and maintain the wooden structure to prevent damage.
1.2 Metal stands require less maintenance and can be relatively inexpensive. The downside to an inexpensive metal stand is that it can rust and have a limited life. Higher quality stainless steel stands are more durable but heavier. Aluminum stands tend to be lighter and more maneuverable.
1.3 Portable stands with a carrying case tend to be lighter and less durable than static frames. Their significant advantage is the ability to pitch your hammock anywhere.
Spreader bars, in combination with a hammock stand, give you a flat hammock that is easier to get into than a hammock that is determined to mold to your body. The downside of a flat hammock is that it can tip you out in the middle of the night, so if you are using your hammock as a camping bed, it is probably best to dispense with the spreader bars.
2. Buyers Guide to Hammock Stands:
If you are considering buying a hammock stand, the following points are relevant:
- · Purpose – where do you want to use your hammock?
· Material and design.
· Load bearing.
· Set-up and maintenance.
· Frequency of use.
Where you want to deploy your hammock has a bearing on what type of hammock with stand suits your needs. A permanent hammock stand in the garden needs to complement your garden style and be weatherproof. It can be heavier and more stable than a portable hammock stand because once it is in position, you will leave it alone.
Alternatively, you may prefer to take your hammock for an afternoon on the beach, the park, or a weekend camping. Your ideal hammock stand needs to collapse down and be easy to transport with the hammock.
An indoor hammock providing an occasional bed for a guest or a permanent lounging spot needs a different stand style that suits your indoor living space. You may prefer a stylish furniture style stand or a compact hammock stand that occupies minimum space.
2.2 Material and Design
The material and design of your hammock stand impacts on:
· Ease of use.
A cheap metal stand may require no maintenance but be prone to corrosion, meaning you are looking for a replacement every couple of years. A heavy-duty wooden frame may look fabulous but require a day's work to maintain at the beginning and end of the summer.
The material and design that is right for you depend on how often you want to use the hammock, put the stand, and your lifestyle.
Affordability is more complicated than – does this stand cost less than that stand? The amount you want to spend on obtaining and maintaining a hammock with stand depends on the use you need from your hammock with stand.
For some families, an inexpensive metal stand that lasts one or two summers is a better option than a permanent hammock stand requiring regular maintenance. A functional, inexpensive metal stand may be a better deal than a more expensive stand when you consider the use you want to make of your hammock.
The hammock stand needs to fit the available space (inside or outside your home) and your hammock. In cramped spaces, a hammock with stand that fits the room may be the only buying decision factor.
2.5 Load Bearing
Even when buying a hammock with stand for a child's hammock, you need to make sure that the hammock with stand can support the heaviest person's weight of those likely to use the hammock. In the case of children – one child may be light, but four of them squeezing onto the hammock puts a strain on the hammock and the stand.
It makes sense to buy a hammock with stand that can cope with a lot of weight if you have room and the budget.
2.6 Set-up and Maintenance
A portable hammock with stand needs to be straightforward to put up and takedown. Some garden hammock with stands are taken down and stored for the winter (to minimize winter weather damage); erection and dismantling ease is an important feature.
Wooden garden hammock with stands that remain in place all year need treating with preservative – according to the manufacturer's instructions. You may also consider putting the wooden hammock with stand on a hard surface to minimize ground dampness and provide stability. Plus, you may want to invest in a cover for overwintering the hammock with stand to reduce weather damage.
Cheap metal stands are prone to corrosion – consider painting with a proprietary metal protection paint and being vigilant for signs of rust.
Stainless steel metal stands are maintenance-free but pay attention to the bolts and fastenings – these may be prone to corrosion and need waterproofing or replacing regularly.
The life of a hammock stand depends on the conditions of use and its construction. Any warranty provided with the hammock with stand indicates expected life. Most hammock with stands are durable if you avoid overloading them and carry out regular maintenance.
2.8 Frequency of Use
The type of hammock with stand that works best for you and your family depends on how and when you use it. If you only want a hammock for a couple of weeks in the summer, then a hammock stand that is easy to put up and take down is a better bet. Alternatively, if your hammock acts as a spare bed for regular sleepovers, you need a hammock with stand that provides a secure and stable base as a permanent fixture in your home.
The frequency of use determines how much you want to spend on your hammock stand and what type matches your needs.