In this guide we’ll look at the best garden hammocks for the UK market.
I’ve compared design, durability, comfort and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Garden Hammock?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Strong, durable, and perfect for relaxing!
This freestanding Vivere Double Cotton Garden Hammock With Stand is the ultimate in summer lounging. Thanks to the compact stand and non-slip feet, you can even use it indoors. It is suitable for two people, and the height can be adjusted according to preference. The vibrant fabric has been dyed without chemicals, and the whole hammock is strong and durable.
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More Detailed Garden Hammock Reviews
Vivere Double Cotton Garden Hammock With Stand Review
This Vivere Double Cotton Garden Hammock is stylish, simple to set up, and extremely comfy!
It easily accommodates two people and is, quite simply, an all-round relaxing place to hang out.
The stand is constructed from heavy-duty steel, taking just minutes to set up with no tools required. In fact, you can easily take it on days out or camping trips.
It’s actually incredibly easy to transport because it even comes in a carry case. It weighs 14 kg so isn’t too heavy to take on-the-go either.
The end of the steel legs have rubber caps which stop it slipping on hard surfaces and give the stand a sleek finish.
Thanks to these no-slip caps, and the frame’s space saving design, you can even use this hammock indoors if you want. It’ll give you a feel of paradise no matter the weather outside!
This garden hammock is very thick and durable. The fabric has a bright multi-stripe design that will give your garden (or home!) a tropical vibe.
It is also dyed with vegetable dyes rather than chemicals which is very refreshing – and it’s certainly no less vibrant!
The fabric is durable enough to be left outdoors in all weathers and can be hand washed to bring it up liked new. I would recommend bringing the fabric part indoors in very bad weather or over winter to extend its life.
The hammock stand features adjustable hooks so you can position the hammock. It’s easy to get in and out of and you can also move it around easily to catch the sun or find shade.
To be honest with you, this garden hammock is the most comfortable I have ever tried! It’s perfect for lounging in the sun and taking afternoon naps in the shade. You just might not ever want to get up again!
It is a versatile and durable buy that will give many years of comfortable lounging and offers great value for money.
Free Standing Garden Hammock With Wooden Arc Stand Review
This Free Standing Garden Hammock has a beautiful design with a large arc-shaped base. The muted colours, of cream and dark wood, create a minimalistic, modern item.
The garden hammock frame itself is made from solid larch and is sturdy and durable. The comfortable hammock section is constructed from high-quality canvas fabric.
It is easy to get in and out of the hammock and it is wide and comfortable, with a capacity of 150 kg.
The garden hammock takes a while to put together, but all fixings and tools are provided. Once constructed, it seems very strong, yet is also easy to move around the garden.
It’s an extremely comfortable hammock that provides plenty of room for one adult, as well as loads of space for cushions – imagine how comfortable you could be!
The understated design is extremely stylish and it will undoubtedly make a great addition to the garden.
Amanka Cotton Garden Hammock With Stand Review
This Amanka Cotton Garden Hammock looks very stylish, with a curved black frame, natural coloured ropes and a brown hammock.
The stand is made from powder-coated steel which is extremely durable, even when left outside, and the legs have rubber caps to prevent slipping on hard surfaces.
The cotton fabric is both durable and comfortable.
The stand is easy to put together, taking just a few minutes, and can be easily taken apart for storage over winter.
At first, it seems like the hammock fabric is too short, however, with a bit of effort and two people, you can stretch it across the stand. After you have done this the first time it becomes easier but remains nice and taut.
Once constructed, it feels durable and robust but is also light enough to move around easily.
This is an attractive garden hammock that is extremely comfortable and perfect for lounging. It’s easy to put together and can be taken apart for storage.
Things to Know Before Buying a Garden Hammock
You don’t have to go on vacation to relax, in fact, you can have all the relaxing luxury of a holiday right from the comfort of your garden. How, you ask? With your own personal hammock, gently swinging in the breeze, of course!
Even if you don’t have a tree to tie one from, that won’t stop you living out this dream – a lot of hammocks even come complete with their own hanging frame.
Now, I understand, you’re doubtless going to want the best garden hammock out there, to really ensure that ’10/10′ holiday-relaxation feel. So, to help give you all the information you need to achieve this goal, I’ve put together the following useful pointers:
Of course, we’re all familiar with the idea of a traditional hammock, hanging from a tree, but those aren’t the only designs out there.
If you’re after something truly authentic, you might prefer to go for the traditional tree-hanging set-up. However, this can take a bit of work. You’ll need a strong tree, some sturdy rope, and a hardy carabiner to keep it in place. Also, a word of warning: hanging hammocks from trees can cause damage to the tree itself because the ropes cut into the bark. So, this is one option, but if you’d like to go for something else, there are other designs available.
“Lounging garden hammocks” come with their own stands. These stands can resemble something slightly similar to the X-shaped design of a collapsible ironing board (a bit of imagination required here!). The hammock is then connected to the top of each end of the frame, creating a self-contained, free-standing hammock.
Other types of free-standing frames include wooden arcs, or curved metal frames.
The benefit of having a free-standing frame is that you can set it up wherever you wish – no tree, no problem! This also makes it easier to position the hammock in the sun, or move it around into the shade when required.
In fact, some of these hammock designs are so portable that they can even be carried with you camping, to the beach, or to the park. Look for a hammock with a carry case included, like the Vivere Double Cotton Garden Hammock, if the idea of being able to take it wherever you go appeals to you!
One final point to consider, in terms of design, is the colour of the hammock fabric. They’re available in a lot of different colours and styles: from simple and contemporary to colourful and tropical.
What you choose will really come down to personal preference – are you after something classic and understated, or do you want a pop of holiday colour to get you in that summer mood?
You should choose the construction material of the frame depending on your intention for the hammock.
If you want your hammock to be a permanent fixture in your garden, then a sturdy wooden stand may suit you best.
These look great and feel exceptionally solid; however, they won’t be very practical to move around. If you think you’ll want to be moving your hammock to follow the sun throughout the day, a different construction material may suit you better.
Any wooden structure that is left outside will require some treatment to protect it from the elements. If the wood is pressure treated you won’t need to do anything for the first few years, but afterwards you should use an oil or sealant annually to protect it.
Another popular material is powder-coated steel. These stands are durable, yet more lightweight than wood and therefore easier to move around. If you can see yourself wanting to change the location of your hammock a lot, or store it away relatively often, a powder-coated steel frame will be a good choice for you.
Furthermore, powder-coated steel does not require any maintenance.
Finally, there are some steel frames which can pack up into a carry case in minutes. This is definitely something to look out for if you want to take your hammock down to the park or beach!
The weight capacity of the hammock is certainly something important to consider, so you must make sure to check the individual specifications of the hammock you’re looking at.
There are large hammocks which are suitable for more than one person, which will of course have a higher weight capacity.
A double garden hammock is perfect for one or two adults to lounge in. If you’re thinking about buying a garden hammock anyway it’s well worth considering getting one with the option to hold two people.
Of course, some consideration does always have to be given to the space available in your garden – some steel frames are more compact than other designs; you might find that these styles will suit you better if you’re short on space.
Similarly, if you want to have your hammock up inside, perhaps in your conservatory, a more compact size will probably be more appropriate.
At the end of the day, my advice is always the same: be thorough in taking measurements before making any purchases, and you won’t be disappointed!
Garden Hammock FAQs
Most garden hammock frames are made of solid wood or powder-coated steel, both of which are long lasting and can be left outside even in bad weather. If you have a wooden stand, I would recommend treating it with a waterproof sealer to protect it further from the winter elements. You should remove the fabric part of the hammock and store it inside otherwise it may go mouldy.
A hammock with a stand will be free standing and you will therefore have more flexibility on where to position it. The drawbacks of hanging a hammock from a tree are: you need a suitable tree to start with, you can’t reposition the hammock as the sun moves throughout the day, and you may damage the tree. With a free-standing hammock you even have the option to use it on the beach or in open spaces.
Yes, if your hammock has been specifically designed for use by two people. You need to check these specifications first, before you both jump in, especially if you’re using a free-standing hammock – the frame or fabric may not be suitable to support the weight of two people.