Welcome to our gallery featuring fantastic backyard hammock ideas ideal for lounging on a lazy summer day.
Hammocks are the ultimate lounge furniture to read in or take a nap on. They can be strung between poles on a covered patio, like shown above, between two large trees in a shady backyard, or you can choose a freestanding model.
The styles are endless, as are the materials used to construct the bases and of course, the “bed” area of the hammock. A hammock is really just a simple sling of fabric, rope, or netting that is suspended between two points.
While in popular culture, hammocks are used mostly for resting, they are also popularly used for lightweight camping beds, and also for swinging. And of course, hammocks with stands for those who don’t have suitable trees nearby.
Hammocks come in several different styles:
Spreader-bar hammocks have metal or wooden bars at the head and foot of the hammock, keeping it spread open for easy use, but unfortunately making the hammock a little less sturdy.
Mayan and Nicaraguan hammocks are made from either cotton or nylon strings and are woven to form a strong net. Mayan weaves tend to be looser than Nicaraguan.
Brazilian hammocks are made from cotton and tend to be more durable than string varieties. While they are considered on a whole less comfortable than string hammocks, their quality depends less on the construction, so you can go with a cheaper model without sacrificing comfort.
Naval hammocks are canvas or cotton, and tend to be undecorated. You don’t typically see naval style hammocks in a backyard, since they tend to be less attractive and comfortable than other styles.
Venezuelan or Jungle hammocks are typically made of breathable materials, and are the most secure hammock against water entry and insects. Again, these types are less often used in backyards, since they tend to be less attractive than other styles.
We hope you’ll enjoy this gallery filled with images of incredible hammocks that will go great in any backyard!
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A free-standing spreader-bar hammock with a sleek wooden frame that would be perfect in a minimalist or Asian style backyard. The delicate weave of cotton fibers gives it a slightly vintage look.
A spreader-bar hammock hung between two vine-covered trees. The loose weave ensures that the breeze can keep you nice and cool on a hot summer’s day.
A wide spreader-bar hammock under a pergola structure at the top of a concrete patio. Surrounded by trees, the patio becomes a lovely shaded retreat.
While not technically a hammock, this swinging chair has a lot of hammock-like qualities and a decidedly hammock-style.
A sheer mesh spreader-bar hammock in a rich, warm brown. It stands out against the greenery, yet compliments the reddish brick patio.
This colorful spreader-bar hammock is gorgeous against the blooming, bursting garden. This hammock is suspended between two skinny, but sturdy pine trees.
Another super colorful hammock, this time in the Nicaraguan style, which tends to be more stable.
For backyards without a perfect spot to hang a traditional hammock, metal supported ones can be just as good. This is a portable model that you can take camping.
A small spot is sectioned off in this landscaping bed for a large hammock big enough for two. Nearby is a hopscotch area and a chalkboard. Source: Zillow Digs™
A large quilted cotton hammock by the side of a pool. The spreader bar ensures that it’s easy to get into, but it’s also easier to fall off the hammock while drifting off for a nap.
If you don’t find your hammock comfortable enough, you can add pillows and cushions to really make it a luxurious and plush relaxation experience.
Another quilted hammock suspended on a freestanding metal frame. It’s positioned over a mulched section of landscaping and shaded by several tall trees.
A trio of hammocks suspended from poles. This is perfect if you have kids always bickering over who gets to lay in the hammock.
A simple, loose weave hammock hangs between two oak trees over a landscaped section of the yard looking out over the grass. Source: Zillow Digs™
This colorful hammock is suspended from two sturdy, ornate pillars and looks out over the lengthy yard.
A brightly colored orange and white hammock positioned between two large oak trees. A flagstone path leads right up to and behind the hammock. A small table nearby is perfect for resting a glass of lemonade on.
This unusual hammock is made out of warped wooden planks and may not be the best place for sleeping, but is certainly fun to swing in!
A super colorful Mayan style hammock suspended between two patio supports and looking over a small pond.
If you love the look of a pergola structure, build a small one and suspend your hammock from it. This backyard has two small pergolas, one above a seating area, another as a hammock support. Source: Zillow Digs™
This twisted-looking structure supports three hammocks for group napping.
A lovely crocheted hammock in light spring green suspended between two sturdy, mature trees.
A woven hammock trimmed with strings of beads and made more cushioned with accent pillows.
Another gorgeous example of a crocheted edge hammock in the Mayan style.
This free standing wooden hammock stands in one corner of an enclosed swimming pool complex, looking out through the glass panels at the water. Source: Zillow Digs™
The structure of this hammock is strictly shaped, which is unusual for a hammock, but is suspended between two poles at the top of a set of stone stairs leading through a succulent garden.
This unique hammock chair has a built-in foot rest mechanism for an arm-chair type outdoor seat.
This bright red cedar wood frame hosts a flat woven spreader-bar hammock, and can easily fit anywhere in a backyard.
A swing-set type structure holds two bucket hammock swings with a table between. The seats look over the pool and onto the body of water in the distance.
This colorful hammock seat is dressed up with thick cushions and pillows.
This bamboo hammock has it’s own covered structure for shade in this lovely Asian style backyard.
Another hammock suspended between the supports of a pergola structure at the edge of a pool.
This hammock is a little different, suspended from all four corners above a landscaped area just to the side of a shallow pond area. Source: Zillow Digs™
This crocheted hammock chair sits on the edge of the pool suspended from a metal frame. It’s a cozy way to enjoy the poolside.
This ultra-modern metal frame looks as though it has come from the future. The frame supports three hammocks and rests on a large section of patio by the pool.
The delicate arch of the wooden base gives this hammock an ark-like look. The lacey pattern on the sides gives it a more feminine cast.
Thin, delicate white hammocks hang from three sides of this pavilion with a latticed roof. Beautiful lavender flowers hang from the top.
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