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Do you wish you could just relax in a hammock every now and then, soak up some sun or simply let your soul dangle and bring a little holiday feeling into your own four walls or into your garden at home? Then a hammock frame is just the right thing to make this a reality. This way, you don't have to attach the hammock to trees, beams or similar, but can simply hang it in a frame provided for this purpose.

In the following guide, we have compiled and answered the most relevant information and frequently asked questions so that you don't have to. In order to support you in your purchase decision, we will present the best hammock frames according to our research and go into which purchase and evaluation criteria you should pay attention to. So that you can find the right hammock frame for you, your needs and your hammock.




The Best Hammock Frames: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for hammock frames

In order to support you in your search for a suitable hammock frame and to make the purchase decision easier, we have listed the most important purchase and evaluation criteria for you. With the following criteria, you can compare and evaluate individual models so that you can find the best hammock frame for your needs.

In the next section we have explained the criteria you should consider before buying a hammock frame.

Material

Hammock frames are usually made of two different materials. You have the option of choosing between a frame made of wood or metal. In the following section, we would like to take a closer look at the two materials and present them to you in detail.

Wood

Hammock frames made of wood are somewhat more expensive than their metal counterparts due to their more complex production, in which the wood has to be bent by special machines to achieve the right shape for a hammock frame. As a rule, wood species such as pine, oak, larch and spruce are used for the production, as they are characterised by durability and weather resistance.

An advantage of wood, besides its resilience and elasticity, which makes it ideal for use as a hammock frame, is its sustainability and naturalness, which fits well in gardens or on balconies. A disadvantage of wooden frames, besides the already mentioned higher purchase costs, can be the weight of the frame. The wooden frame can quickly appear bulky and cumbersome in a room or balcony that is too small. However, if there is enough space, a wooden hammock frame comes into its own very well.

Wooden hammock frames are very popular. (Image source: pixabay / Suissgirl)

It should also be mentioned that wooden frames may suffer from pest infestation. Wood that has not been treated, impregnated, must be stored in a dry place in winter or during storms. In order to enjoy a wooden hammock frame for a long time, we recommend that you maintain it regularly by brushing it with a wood-specific stain.

Metal

A metal hammock frame is the cheaper alternative to wooden ones. They are usually made of stainless steel or aluminium tubes, which are pushed into each other for assembly and screwed together for fastening. If the frame is made of aluminium, it is considerably lighter than those made of stainless steel or wood.

Metal frames are powder-coated tubes that are only coated on the outside. Therefore, rust can form on the inside, as water can enter through screw holes, for example. It should also be noted that hammock frames made of stainless steel usually look cooler, but more modern. Wooden frames, on the other hand, appear warmer, of higher quality and more noble. Which material you ultimately choose depends on your personal taste and the space available.

Weight

The weight of a hammock frame plays a major role when it comes to transport. If you want to move the hammock frame from time to time, for example from the shade to the sun, in winter or during storms to a dry place, it is advisable to pay attention to the weight of the hammock frame. Wooden models in particular are very difficult to move without leaving marks on the lawn or ground. Hammock frames made of metal, on the other hand, are usually lighter and therefore more mobile.

Length and width

The length and width of a hammock frame should depend on the space available. Models range from a length of approx. 250 cm up to approx. 450 cm and the average width is usually approx. 110 - 130 cm. The height does not usually play a relevant role. To avoid having too little space for a hammock frame, it is of utmost importance to measure the available space thoroughly before buying. In addition, you should be aware that not every single hammock fits every hammock frame due to different spans. Therefore, your hammock frame should always be at least 30 cm longer than the hammock. It is important to note that it is not only the lying surface of the hammock that is important, but the total length including the fastening possibilities.

Load capacity

The load capacity of a hammock frame is the most important purchase and evaluation criterion. This is because it is decisive for the number of people who should or can ultimately be accommodated in the hammock. The maximum load capacity of a hammock frame is on average between 100 - 200 kg. Our recommendation is: Always opt for a model that has a higher maximum weight. Then you don't have to worry about what can happen if more than one person lies in your hammock.

Conclusion

Hammock frames are an excellent way to bring a little holiday feeling into your own home. Depending on your space and personal taste, you can choose between frames made of metal or wood. Because of the different materials, hammock frames can vary in price. Before buying, you should pay special attention to the load capacity and length of the hammock frame. If you pay attention to the criteria described in our article, you will surely find a model that will bring you fun and joy for a long time.

(Cover picture: StockSnap/ Pixabay)

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