Adding a hammock to your garden can transform your outside space into an oasis of calm and relaxation, providing a place for you to chill out and gently sway in the breeze, whilst reading, chatting with a friend, or dozing in the sun.
Hammocks can also make an attractive design feature and improve the appearance of your garden. Colourful prints and rainbow stripes will bring tropical, exotic vibes, whilst wood and cream-coloured canvas models can create an elegant Nordic look.
To help you decide on the best hammock to hang out in this summer, we’ve done our research and put together this list of 5 of the best garden hammocks available.
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Our findings are based on factors such as style, comfort, and durability, as well as the all-important value for money.
Tropical colours, high-quality and a freestanding design make this our favourite garden hammock
Topping our list of the best garden hammocks is this fun and funky Double Cotton Hammock by Vivere. Not only does this hammock look great, but it’s comfortable and robust, and spacious enough for 2 – so it’s perfect for couples (or close friends!) The hammock bed measures 59 x 83 inches, and the maximum weight occupancy is 450lbs.
It’s made from 100% breathable cotton and features a colourful striped pattern that is sure to add a tropical feel to your garden. If you prefer a subtler look, the same model is also available in a range of other colours, and with polyester or Sunbrella fabric, so there’s plenty of options.
This one features a freestanding design, with the hammock suspended from a slim-yet-robust steel frame. This does require some assembly, but it’s a simple process that shouldn’t take you more than 5-10 minutes. The frame can also be easily dismantled, and stored in the included carry case, meaning you can take it to the beach, or on holiday with you.
The hammock is easy to maintain, and the cotton bed can be hand washed in cold water if it gets dirty. You can also bring the hammock inside (there are plastic end caps which make it suitable for indoor use), so you can protect it from the elements, and use it to recline in year-round.
Overall, we think this is one of the highest-quality and best-looking freestanding hammocks on the market, and, even though it’s the priciest option on our list, when you consider how long it should last, it’s undoubtedly a worthwhile investment.
- Space-saving design with slim steel frame.
- High-quality hammock made from durable, 100% breathable cotton.
- The colourful print will add a tropical feel to your garden.
- The freestanding design eliminates the need for trees or fixed hanging points.
- Can accommodate 2 people.
- Includes carry case.
- Also suitable for indoor use – use your hammock year-round.
- Priciest model on our list.
Our most affordable hammock is funky and bright – and offers incredible value for money
If you’re looking for a lower-cost way to try out hammock life, this Signswise Portable Outdoor Hammock by Signstek comes with a pretty unbeatable price tag. It’s made from canvas and features a colourful rainbow-striped pattern that rivals the tropical look of the Vivere.
However, unlike the Vivere, this one is not freestanding, so you will need to find secure suspension points, such as tree trunks or posts, on which to hang it, using the included secure ropes. This means it might not be suitable for all spaces and gardens.
It does, however, mean that the hammock is ultra-portable, as you can easily untie it to move it around. It also comes with a handy carry case, to make transporting it even easier – this is the perfect option if you want a hammock you can keep in the back of the car to take to the park, or on a camping trip.
The hammock bed measures 190 x 150cm and is strong enough to support 2 people, with a maximum weight capacity of 200kg. It’s comfortable to lie in and feels durable and good quality – although some users do report that their hammock has stretched over time.
Providing you have somewhere to hang it from, this colourful hammock is cool, comfortable and offers unbeatable value for money – it’s an excellent first-time buy.
- Attractive, brightly coloured pattern.
- Highly affordable – lowest-priced hammock on our list.
- Large enough for 2 people.
- Ultra-portable – includes storage/carry bag.
- No stand – requires fixed points to hang it from.
- May stretch over time.
A large bed and stylish design makes this an appealing alternative to a traditional hammock
Not convinced a conventional hammock is for you? This Double Sun Lounger by Westwood could be the perfect compromise. It’s easier to get in and out of than a hammock and has space for 2 people (max. weight capacity 200kgs), without you having to lie on top of each other. It even has 2 removable pillows, for extra comfort.
It features a stylish, modern design with a durable, powder-coated steel frame, Oxford fabric bed, and polyester sunshade, all in a neutral beige colour. The bed is washable, so you don’t have to worry about it getting dirty, and the sunshade is adjustable, so you can tilt it to just the right angle to protect your head from the sun.
Measuring in at L 200 x W 173 x H 135 cm, this one takes up a lot more space than the other hammocks on our list and might therefore not be suitable for smaller gardens. It also isn’t possible to ‘swing’ in this design, which might be a deal-breaker to those who fancy being gently rocked to sleep in their hammock.
The design is nowhere near as portable as most hammocks – it’s bulky, and once assembled, it’s pretty tricky to take apart. Having said that, it does have 2 wheels, which makes it easier to move the day bed around your garden and follow the sun (or shade).
Ultimately, if you don’t have your heart set on a traditional hammock, you have enough space, and you’re prepared to add a permanent addition to your garden, this sun lounger offers a highly comfortable and stylish way to snooze away those summer days.
- Stylish, modern lounger design.
- Made from washable, weatherproof fabric.
- Durable powder-coated steel frame, with 2 wheels to make it easy to move around.
- Adjustable polyester sun canopy provides shade.
- Can accommodate 2 people.
- Includes 2 removable pillows.
- Takes up more space than other designs.
- Not possible to ‘swing’ or rock in the hammock.
- Not portable.
A colourful, freestanding hammock, suitable for one person
Our next hammock closely resembles the Vivere at the top of our list – it has a slim steel frame and brightly coloured, striped woven cotton bed – but comes with a significantly lower price tag.
There are a few reasons for this. The hammock bed measures 210 x 80cm and has a maximum weight capacity of only 100kg – it’s our first single occupancy hammock, so it won’t suit those looking to snuggle! The slimmer width and spreader-bar design also means it’s easier to fall out of than larger hammocks, so take care when getting in and out.
On the plus side, it’s very quick and easy to assemble, and basically just involves slotting together a few pieces of the metal frame. This also means that it’s extremely easy to dismantle for storage and transportation – why not take it on your next staycation?
It has 3 adjustable height options, allowing you to customise it to suit you. It has to be said that the frame doesn’t seem quite as sturdy as other models, but considering the quality of materials, that it’s a freestanding design, and that the price is extremely reasonable, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed!
- Attractive, colourful woven cotton hammock.
- Durable steel stand.
- Very affordable for a freestanding design.
- Adjustable – 3 height options.
- Highly portable – easy to dismantle and reassemble.
- Comparatively low weight capacity – can only accommodate one person.
- Frame not as sturdy as others.
A sophisticated, Nordic-style hammock made from wood and cream canvas
Last, but by no means least, on our list of the best garden hammocks is this freestanding design from Charles Bentley. This is probably the most elegant-looking hammock on our list, with a wooden arc frame and cream-coloured hammock, and it’s perfect for achieving a more high-end look.
The hammock bed is made from a mix of polyester, viscose and cotton, and measures 200 x 100cm. It’s large enough to comfortably accommodate one person of up to a maximum of 150kg – although again, the spreader-bar design makes it a little easier to fall out of than some deeper hammocks.
The frame is made from durable larch wood, in an attractive arc shape. It is quite a bulky design in comparison to some of the metal-framed options on this list (the total length is 310cm), so make sure you’ve got enough space in your garden to accommodate it.
It does feature an adjustable height option, to allow you to set the hammock to your preferred level, and of course, the freestanding design eliminates the need for trees.
Although this is far from the most affordable option we’ve featured, if you’re looking for a stylish, contemporary hammock, this could be the perfect alternative to the brighter and more garish designs.
- Decorative, Nordic style hammock.
- Durable larch wood frame.
- The freestanding design means no trees are required.
- Adjustable hammock height.
- Not the most affordable option.
- Suitable for one person only.
- Spreader-bar design makes it more difficult to get in and out.
How To Hang A Hammock In The Garden
When it comes to hanging a hammock in your garden, you have two options. The first is to purchase a freestanding hammock, which comes with its own stand. This means you don’t need to worry about finding trees or other fixed points in your garden to hang the hammock.
Freestanding hammocks are suitable for anyone with enough space, and we would recommend this as the easiest and safest option. You can rest assured that the hammock stand is capable of supporting your weight (up to the maximum capacity), and the fastenings between the hammock and stand are specifically designed to work together.
Your second option is to purchase a hammock bed on its own and find secure fixed points in your garden from which to suspend it. The most common place is between two tree trunks, but it could also be hung from an overhead beam on your patio or decking, or special wall anchors or mounting hooks attached to walls, posts or trees.
You should be very careful to make sure your chosen fixing points are strong enough to take the weight of your hammock and the occupant(s). Most hammocks come with ropes to use to hang them (you’ll just need to learn how to tie a sufficient knot). If yours doesn’t include ropes, you can source your own, or use tree straps if hanging from a tree.
Tree straps are perhaps the best way to suspend a hammock between two trees (or posts), as they are easily adjustable, and won’t damage the bark. Simply wrap the tree strap around the trunk and use a knot or carabiner to attach the loop on your tree strap to the end loops of your hammock.
You’ll need to make sure the gap between your trees is at least as long as the hammock itself, and probably a little longer. Aim to position the hammock approximately 40 – 50cm above the ground, for maximum comfort – at this height you should be able to get in and out easily, whilst preserving your dignity!