Why do i need a stand?
Some types of hammocks, such as Mayan and Brazilian hammocks, are hung directly from trees, posts, ceiling joists etc, however, other hammocks must be fixed to a hammock stand to make them useable. You can buy these types of hammocks in packages, and the stand and hammock will come together, ready to be set up. If you've found yourself in need of a stand, then you will need to know if your hammock has "spreader bars" or not.
The entire range of hammocks can be spilt into two categories regarding stands - hammocks with spreader bars, and hammocks without spreader bars. The reason for this is that hammocks which don't have spreader bars must be hung much higher than those with spreader bars. Spreader bars are pieces of wood or metal attached horizontally at each end of the hammock bed to spread the fabric out.
Generally speaking, if you have spreader bars, you need to buy a stand for that hammock, and if there are no spreader bars, then, if you think you would like a stand, you need to buy a stand specifically for a hammock without spreader bars. Hammocks which don't use spreader bars, like Mayan or Brazilian hammocks, hang much deeper than their spreader bar counterparts, and as a result, if you have a hammock which doesn't have spreader bars, and you try to use it with a stand designed for hammocks with spreader bars, you'll most likely find yourself dipping so deep that you connect with the ground - not fun.
Metal (steel) hammock stands
These are the most affordable hammock stands, and, whilst not as elegant, or sturdy as wooden hammock stands, are the most widely used type of stand. They will last a very long time, and if chipped, automotive paint can be used to repair the damage, whilst providing protection from rust and the elements.
Metal hammock stands have the advantage of simple and easy assembly and disassembly, and can also be stored very easily. Most metal hammock stands only fit hammocks with spreader bars, although a limited number of metal stands can be used with hammocks which don't have spreader bars. Hammock stand wheel kits can also be used with metal stands to make your hammock much more portable.
Stainless steel hammock stands
The obvious advantage of a stainless steel hammock stand over a regular steel hammock stand is that the stainless steel stand won't rust, making it ideal for wetter or salt-water air environments, or places in your home where rust staining is best avoided - for instance on a porch or patio. The non-rusting benefits of stainless steel hammock stands are reflected in their price, as they are more expensive than regular steel stands, but the extra investment may be well worth it in the longterm.
Wood hammock stands
Wooden hammock stands offer the most durable, and elegant solution, however, this can be reflected in their price. The wood comes in various types, Cypress is often used in high quality stands, but whichever type of wood you buy, these stands stand out as the classic choice of hammock stand. Wood hammock stands are designed for hammocks both with and without spreader bars, and add a beautiful organic framework for relaxation.
The wood stands can be treated with water-repellant, or oiled to preserve their natural beauty, but, being an organic material, the effects of time can also produce wonderful variety and character with these stands.