While tying either end of a hammock to two separate trees can certainly prove effective, it’s not always the best choice for everyone.
Whether you don’t have the required trees necessary to get in a comfortable position or would rather not sleep outside with the bees and spiders, it can be beneficial for many folks to go about getting a hammock floor stand.
As with any product one may be new to; however, picking the right one isn’t always as easy as reading a couple of customer reviews.
Because everyone will be using a different sized hammock and setting it up on a different surface, what works for one may be no good for another.
Do you know which hammock floor stand you need? Let’s find out!
Will It Be on a Solid Surface?
Typically, hammock floor stands which are meant to support a hammock over a solid surface (such as hardwood or tile flooring) will have several small points spread out so as to provide a large degree of balance and traction.
If, on the other hand, you plan on supporting your hammock over some sand, you’ll likely want a lower amount of points on the ground, though you’ll want them much larger in stature.
This keeps things even, as opposed to having a point the size of a chair leg digging into a soft part of the sand while the other points do not.
Bigger points are generally less likely to incorporate the use of rubber into their make, giving them less traction on harder surfaces and leaving them more likely to scrape up flooring.
For beaches and backyards; however, this shouldn’t prove to be an issue.
How Tall Should It Be?
While the amount of slack on a hammock’s rope can typically be adjusted on its respective hammock floor stand, it’s important to make sure you have room to get in the hammock in the first place, and then to be able to sink into it without scraping yourself on the ground.
Those who plan on using mesh-like hammocks which “swallow” the user to a degree should allow for an extra two feet off the ground.
Using the hammock stand you have picked out, will you be able to leave your hammock two feet off the ground without banging your head off of a pole on your way in and out?
Check the Weight Capacity
Any decent hammock floor stand should display the maximum weight it can carry at once either on its package or on its online seller page.
If it doesn’t, you’ll likely want to keep shopping around until you find one that does.
Typically, there isn’t much leeway in terms of how much weight you can put on it.
If it says it can only hold four hundred pounds, having it carry any more than that just isn’t safe.
Check the weight capacity and estimate the amount of weight you can expect to see it carrying.
If it comes close to the maximum weight, consider shopping for a more heavy-duty model.
Of coarse, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link – if your stand can carry four hundred pounds but your hammock can only carry two hundred, a heavy-duty stand won’t magically make your hammock stronger.