We love a hard day’s work in the garden, but sometimes there’s nothing better than putting your feet up.
Hammocks are one of the best ways to do this, letting you gently sway in the breeze in a personal cocoon. They’re a great way to doze off in the garden, or get stuck into a good book. They can also be a relaxing place to have a few drinks after work, or snuggle into a blanket and stargaze.
Unlike sun loungers or deck chairs, curling up in a garden hammock will keep you warm when the sun goes down. Because you’re wrapped up, they also reduce the risk of sunburn on bright days, as well as the risk of insect bites and stings.
They come in several sizes, so they can be a private, cosy space for one, or a place to socialise. A stylish cover can also bring inviting colour and design into paved or decked areas of the garden.
We’ve put together a wide range of some of the best hammocks on the market. We’ve found everything from double-width and woven garden hammocks to chair-style slings and hammocks with stands.
How do I set up a hammock?
Not every garden hammock comes with its own stand, so you may need to set it up yourself. In this case, find two trees that are your hammock’s length plus two metres apart. It doesn’t matter if they’re a little further apart, as you can make up the distance with chains or rope if needed. Using a drill, screw in a hammock fixing on each tree at about 180cm/5’’9 high. This is to allow the hammock to sag in the middle, and it should hang at around 50cm off the ground, depending on how stretchy the fabric is. Then, using lengths of chain carabiners, clip in your hammock, and suspend it so that there’s a little slack in the middle.
10 of the best garden hammocks
Browse our selection of favourites below:
Habitat Metal Hammock
It can be a little tricky to string up a hammock between two trees, but this Habitat hammock is easy to set up. This free-standing hammock needs no extra tools, so you can be swaying in the sun in a flash.
Vonhaus 1 Person Hammock with Wooden Frame
We love this garden hammock from Vonhaus; even the stand is graceful. It’s well suited to modern-contemporary gardens, but neutral enough to fit a more traditional style too. It would look fantastic with some personalization with your favourite cushions and blankets.
Oliver Bonas Blue & White Fan Print Hammock
This hammock (stand not included) from Oliver Bonas would be a stylish addition to any patio or social area. We love the cool blue and white design, great for dozing off in on a summer’s day.
Wayfair Quilted Fabric Hammock with Pillow
For real indulgence, try this comfortable hammock from Wayfair. It goes the extra mile with its quilted fabric and built-in pillow. It’s also a double, so it’s roomy for one or cosy for two.
Valencia Tassel Swing Chair
Cocoon yourself in this swinging hammock hand made from up-cycled cotton on a pinewood pole. The fabric sling is easy to slip off for washing to help keep it fresh or for storage in the winter.
Maximus Hanging Hammock Chair
A twist on the classic swinging hammock, this woven hanging chair offers a bohemian vibe to the garden, balcony or terrace. The macrame style and tassel trim give it a relaxed, summery feel and the padded, 100 per cent cotton cushion (which comes included) gives added cocooned comfort.
This wide garden hammock can take up to 200kg at a time and has been classically designed to exude that traditional beach island look. The hammock can be simply tied between two trees or posts and folds away into a drawstring bag for easy storage, so it’s great for taking away on holidays. It also comes in 7 colours.
TecTake Wooden Double Hammock
This double-sized hammock with stand set is a sophisticated take on the traditional beach-side sling. The curved wooden stand provides a hull-like support for the extra-large swing which, thanks to adjustable stainless steel suspension cables, can hold up to 200kg at a time.