When it comes to outdoor furniture, there are plenty of different seating options to choose from, including chairs, couches, loungers and many more. But nothing says relax and unwind like a hammock. At its core, a hammock is little more than a big piece of fabric tied to two different trees—but those who have spent a day reading or sleeping in one know it’s worth much more than that. Unlike other outdoor furniture, a hammock encourages total relaxation, swinging in the breeze and lulling the user into a state of total calm. Ready to kick back? Here are nine of our favorites, from colorful options with plenty of personality to more muted, versatile variations.
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Lujo Living Freestanding Hammock
Most every hammock has one prerequisite: It has to be tied to two posts before one can sit back and relax in it. With Lujo’s model, though, you don’t have to, as the hardwood-and-aluminum frame keeps it held together, even if there aren’t any trees around to fasten it to. It’s available in six bright, colorful fabrics from Mokum too, so there are plenty of design options to choose from.
West Elm Double Weave Hammock
If you’re looking to invest in a straightforward, no-frills hammock, this is a good place to start. West Elm’s offering is made of handwoven organic cotton, with teak wood on either side holding it all together. The solid navy blue colorway will match most outdoor setups, though those looking for a more vibrant, beachy vibe may have to look elsewhere.
Sunnydaze Decor Quilted Hammock
This set includes the hammock itself, a detachable pillow and a stand to fasten everything to. Like any hammock, it can be used either indoors or outdoors, but it’s engineered to survive the wear and tear of alfresco living, with fabrics treated with a special dye to make them UV resistant. The frame itself, meanwhile, is made of powder-coated steel, so it won’t rust after a night of rain.
Nanimarquina Wellbeing Hammock
Nanimarquina is best known for its creative, high-quality rugs, but the brand has a few other products up its proverbial sleeve as well, most notably this neutral-hued hammock. Its concept comes from Ilse Crawford, a renowned British interior and product designer. Like all of the pieces in the Wellbeing collection, the hammock aims to “support the human experience” by using sustainable and local fibers, in this case, 100 percent pure cotton that’s woven by hand.
Missoni Home Luna Hammock
You likely have a few Missoni garments and furnishings sitting around at this point, so why not add a hammock to that list? Luna is a colorful piece of fabric that maintains the same quality that the Italian fashion house has become known for, without being so overtly bright and patterned that it’s distracting.
Rever Luxurious Hammock
It’s a bit unconventional in its design, sure, but it’s a hammock all the same. Rather than a resort-esque look, Rever’s offering opts for a more polished aesthetic that’s reflective of its fine Italian craftsmanship. The hammock is held together by a varnished steel frame, and the seat is covered with outdoor-resistant fabrics—plus a few suede details here and there for good measure.
Vivere Brazilian Hammock
Vivere’s hammock has more of a light, bohemian look to it. Crocheted fringe runs down each side, giving the cotton fabric a bit of extra aesthetic interest. And, since the color palette is fairly muted, it won’t clash with any other outdoor decor you’ve got going on.
MacKenzie-Childs Boheme Hammock
It may be a bit too busy for some, but there’s a boldness to this hammock that’s impossible to ignore. Made of striped cotton and with a braided tassel trim, it’s the type of design-forward hammock that you’ll want to leave hanging even when it’s not in use.
Toer Field Hammock
Okay, so this one’s a bit different. It won’t feel like you’re lying on cheap plastic turf, though—instead, it’s made of a grass-like fabric. The idea is that laying in it feels like falling asleep in a grassy field, but with fewer bugs and more swaying. It’s water- and UV-resistant, too, so it won’t fall apart during long periods tied up outside.