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Hammock Stands - How to Hang a Hammock with No Trees

Aug 17, 2007
A beautiful, colorful hammock in your backyard or patio is a great way to relax and unwind. But what if you have no suitable trees to hang it from? No big deal: you can always buy a hammock stand. Find out what your choices are, and how to select the best hammock stand for your place.

What kind of hammock do you have? Does it have spreader bars at the ends or not? It is important to realize that a hammock stand designed for a hammock with spreader bars is not suitable for a hammock without them. The reason is simple - hammocks with spreader bars are flatter and usually hang much closer to the ground than the traditional kind. Most sites that sell stands for hammocks indicate whether the stand is for a hammock with spreader bars or not, but if it is not clearly marked, ask the retailer before making your final choice.

You have two major options - wood hammock stands and metal stands.

Metal hammock stands is an easy and affordable solution. They might be not as decorative as wooden ones, but metal stands are durable, light-weight and don't require much maintenance. They are also very easy to put together, whenever you want to get some hammock time, and pull apart, whenever your hammock is not in use.

You can usually get stands made of steel or stainless steel. Steel stands are usually painted but, eventually, some paint could chip off and the stand will rust. Stainless steel stands are more expensive, but they are really a better option. Stainless steel hammock stands will not rust and look like new for many year.

Most metal stands are designed for hammocks with spreader bars.

Wood hammock stands add a touch of elegance to your yard or patio design. They require some maintenance - it is recommended to treat your wood stand once a year with water repellant. This way the wood keeps its beautiful color. The most popular type of wooden stand is the Roman Arc hammock stand, made from cypress wood. It is also the safest and most stable design. You can find wood stands for hammocks with spreader bars, as well for ones without the bars.

Wood stands have to disadvantages, though. First, they are more expensive than the metal ones. Second, large wood stands are not portable because they are heavy.

How to hang a hammock with only one tree.

If you have one tree in the araa where you want to hang your hammock, there is no need for a stand. Hang one end of your hammock on the tree and get a hammock post for the other end. Posts are usually made from stainless steel. They cost much less than a full stand and also look less intrusive.

Now you see that you can hang your hammock anywhere you want, even if there are no suitable trees. Hammock stands really make life easier, and they don't cost a fortune if you order your stand online with a discount.
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Tatyana Turner publishes AllHammocks.info where you can find tips on hammock shopping, price comparison and reviews of hammock stands and hammocks online retailers.
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