looking for a portable, sturdy hammock stand
April 12, 2008 6:19 PM   Subscribe

Where is the best place to buy a hammock stand? I have two hammocks, bought in Central America, that I'd like to use. One has a wood spreader bar, the other doesn't. I like to find a decent, outdoor worthy hammock stand that I can use for both.

I don't need a attractive one, I need a sturdy one (that doesn't need a tree for support or anything). One that is portable, and that could potentially support two people (and is cheap and weather resistant), would be great.

I ask here because there are so many online, that I was hoping someone could vouch for theirs before I go spend $60-120 on one.

posted by waylaid to Home & Garden (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Try Byer of Maine. Sounds like you might want two "Madera" stands - or just one if you can find ONE tree. Keep in mind while you're looking that "portable" and "supports two people" are in conflict - sturdy does not equal light, etc. Spreader bar should be irrelevant, but make sure you get something that doesn't have a fixed length - your two hammocks probably require two different lengths.
posted by bartleby at 7:13 PM on April 12, 2008

I just realized that now - i think i need two different stands because one has the spreader bar and wont sink as low.
posted by waylaid at 7:19 PM on April 12, 2008

I used to work at a store where we sold Twin Oaks stands, and we never had any complaints or return issues. And Twin Oaks is a pretty interesting story in and of itself.
posted by kimdog at 8:05 PM on April 12, 2008

My flatmate converted an old backyard kids swing he scored for free into a hammock stand. It's the perfect size & a funky green colour. It's sturdy enough to take two people but you probably wouldn't want to get too rowdy. It took us about 5 minutes to assemble so it's portable. The hammock is connected with something i believe is called a 'D'. Very simple. I just uploaded some pics if you're keen to check it out our gorgeous hammock.
posted by nicole.hilder at 10:44 PM on April 12, 2008

There are some on this page.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:50 AM on April 13, 2008

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