Your Lazy Summer Needs a Hammock: 11 of Our Favorites — Annual Guide 2017
There’s pretty much nothing more summery than drifting off into slumber while swaying back and forth on a cozy hammock. Curl up with a good book or your favorite person, and whether you want to set one up in your backyard, by the pool, or on your patio, these hammocks will have you daydreaming in no time.
Well if the boho chic fringe wasn’t enough reason to ogle this hammock, what really got me was the notion of setting it up inside. Sure, we all love summer, but let’s face it: it’s hot out there.
This hammock chair immediately grabbed my attention because it’s just that—a chair! Maybe you don’t want to sleep on your hammock. Maybe you want to sit up but still be comfortable and lounge-y. Rules are meant to be broken. Made from recycled cotton and polyester and woven in Brazil, this handsome option, shown in a sophisticated Mocha colorway, answers the call.
An emerald-teal woven lounger with fuchsia fringe and lime green netting? Yes, please! Here’s another boho chic hammock that’s been turned up a few notches.
This ultra-light, hand-dyed hammock is ideal for packing up and bringing along with you on all your summer adventures. It’s made of parachute nylon so getting it wet is no concern, and with a weight capacity of 400 pounds, you can fit a friend (furry or human) on the sling with you! Trunk straps for tree hanging are sold separately.
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Handwoven using time-honored techniques by Maya Artists of the Yucatan, this nylon double-person sling pays homage to the history of the Maya culture, as the Maya people often preferred to sleep in the comfortable embrace of a hammock rather than a traditional bed. You can easily take this with you when you travel—all you need are two tree hooks, which are included with the hammock. And just look at that rich color combo of hunter green and eggplant!
I knew I had to find another hammock chair, but what I didn’t expect to find was a hammock company where each one is signed by the artisan who crafted it. Social impact and ethical job creation are just as important to this brand as aesthetics and function, and it all began with bringing jobs to artisans in a small tribal community of Thailand. So when you’re relaxing in your hammock chair, you can feel good about feeling good.
Each one of these hammocks are hand-loomed by women in Colombia—a skill that is passed down through generations. It takes about three weeks to make, so take note of the timing if you’re looking to get one speedily. This beauty holds up to 550 pounds.
Since this hammock is woven with ribbon-like quilting, it looks extra soft and inviting. It’s made using solution-dyed all-weather fabric that stands up to the elements, and has added pillowy comfort thanks to polyester fiberfill batting in each strip. Plus, it accommodates two people, so now all I can think about is Danny Zuko and Sandy singing Summer Lovin’ and reminiscing about their romantic beach rendezvous.
Black and white is a sophisticated color combo, but the Sunbrella stripe used for this pillowtop gives it a playfully fun and modern lean, and the plush cushion seems extra alluring. The spreader bars are made of Cumaru wood, or Brazilian teak, which will patina over time. The stand is sold separately—check out the Deluxe Roman Arc Cypress Hammock Stand for $699.99.
This is a serious hammock. It sort of reminds me of Noah’s Ark because of its commanding presence and curvaceous stature. Not everyone has two giant coconut palms in their backyard, but with this hammock, you won’t need them. Oh, you’ll have to buy the actual hammock separately—their Classic Rope Hammock, shown, is $179.
And here’s an uber-cool modern hammock. If you’re willing to splurge, it’s worth taking a look. Handcrafted in New Zealand using kwila hardwood, this stand also has a crescent shape that feels nautical. Buy the Single Hammock for $895 or share the love and get the Double Hammock for $1,095—they’re made with outdoor Sunbrella fabric, are treated for mildew and are water resistant. And if you don’t want to splurge quite as much, they can be used with or without the stand.