10 Great Hammocks You Can Buy Right Now
Spending more time than ever in your own backyard? A comfy hammock is one of the easiest—and most affordable—ways to upgrade your outdoor space into a relaxing oasis.
We’re calling it: this is the “Summer of the Hammock”
Faced with another summer of very little to do beyond our own backyards, now is the perfect time to upgrade that outdoor space into a private paradise—however petite it might be. Some people have used the lockdown to tackle full deck renos (if they’ve been able to source the lumber, of course), but there’s a more affordable way of instantly transforming your patio, porch or balcony into a haven of rest and relaxation: the humble hammock.
There’s something about a hammock that epitomizes those lazy, hazy days of summer; something cozy and inviting that encourages you to slow down and dream the sun-soaked day away. In terms of self-care, it’s practically a must-have, and there’s an astonishing array of styles to suit every taste. Here are 10 of the most noteworthy new options currently available across Canada.
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The starter set
This cotton rope hammock is as back-to-basics as it gets. Although it includes all the hardware you’d need to string it up between two posts, any further customization—think hammock pads, cushions or a stand—is entirely up to you. 13 ft. cotton rope hammock, $101, The Home Depot.
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No trees? No problem!
This hammock comes with its own heavy-duty steel frame, which makes it perfect for a deck, balcony, or any other place where well-spaced posts, railings or trees are hard to come by. Bonus: Easily undo the hammock from its frame to take it on-the-go when beaching, cottaging or camping—just remember a set of hammock tree straps! Arlmont & Co. double classic hammock with stand, $218, Wayfair.
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Sprawl out in style on this light and breathable cotton hammock—a pretty piece you’ll be proud to have on display from spring through fall. Vivere Brazilian double hammock in Marina, $100, Lowe’s.
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Want to enjoy the Big Dipper without being eaten alive? Spend a magical night suspended under the stars—and protected from bugs —in this lightweight hammock with a built-in mosquito net. Hammock Universe mosquito net nylon hammock, $60, Hudson’s Bay.
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Best for balconies
For big comfort in a small space, nothing beats this cotton hammock chair, complete with hand-crocheted fringe. Ideal for a balcony or pergola, it’s the perfect perch to pull up your knees and watch the world go by. Vivere Brazilian hammock chair in Natural, $74, The Home Depot.
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Two peas in a pod
Need a hammock that can hold both you and your honey? This model has plenty of room for two, with the added advantage of being portable: simply fold it up and tuck it into the built-in pouch when you want to take it to the beach or campground. Made of nylon taffeta, there’s no need to worry about wet bathing suits—it dries in a flash. ENO DoubleNest Hammock, $100, MEC.
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A hanging mattress
Swing tree-free in this steel-frame hammock that takes comfort to a new level. With a design that sets it apart from the other hammocks on our list, the spreader-bar construction allows you to sprawl out flat—something you may want to consider if you find conventional hammocks constricting. Arlmont & Co. double spreader bar hammock with stand, $310, Wayfair.
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Here’s a hammock that outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate. Made of triple-stitched nylon, the compact design is light enough to carry around in a backpack—or a canoe—with plenty of room to spare. It’s quick-drying too, which will come in handy if you can’t break camp before the downpour begins. Vivere double parachute hammock in Rose/Celeste, $40, Walmart.
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If you’re more comfy curling up in an oversized armchair than sprawling out on a couch, this hammock chair is for you. Our favourite feature? The convenient side pocket for books, phones and snacks. Bioeartha Hammock Chair, $40, Amazon.
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