Searching for the best hammocks to put in your backyard, patio, or balcony? You’re not alone: long a symbol of lackadaisical summer days, an afternoon in a hammock is the pinnacle of rest and relaxation. As Miranda Kerr told W Magazine: “My goal involves a hammock, a vegetable patch and a solar-powered house. And I hope to eventually get there.”
But what’s the best hammock for you? Some may opt for a classic rope hammock from Pawley’s Island, a boho-style one made by Brazilian artisans, or the avant-garde lawn hammock from Studio Toer. Dream about reading a book in Serena and Lily’s hanging swing chair, or opt for a playful outdoor accent with Mackenzie Childs’ maximalist print. Then there’s the question of functional details: do you want this to be a free-standing hammock, or a tree hammock that hangs between your two favorite oaks? (There’s no wrong answer.)
Also included: camping hammocks. As more and more Americans put outdoor excursions on their summer agenda, weather-resistant sleeping arrangements are a must purchase.
Below, the 17 best hammocks perfect for a day of doing nothing—whether you’re on a lawn, or in the midst of an adventure.
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Cotton Rope Hammock