A hammock is not much use without something to hang it from. The usual method is to find two suitable trees but this is not always possible. So one alternative is to buy a ready made hammock stand and there are many currently available to chose from. Choosing the The Best Hammock Stand will depend upon how and where you intend to use the hammock. There are lightweight portable models, their are heavy weight semi permanent models and even those designed specifically for vehicle use. None of these are particularly cheap to buy but for some people they may be the only option. If you want a hammock for general use in the backyard or camping then please see the review: Best Camping & Backyard Hammocks.
The main style differences in these hammock stands is due to how the stand has been designed to be used. There are lightweight aluminum models which look more like a tent frame and are kinda ugly looking or tubular steel versions which are more aesthetically pleasing and would look great in a yard or by your pool but are big and heavy (but also very steady and safe!) So you really need to decide how you want to use the hammock and pick your stand accordingly.
This will vary between models but the height of the hanging support for most models is very similar.
This tends to be between 250lbs to 400lbs per hammock so probably not a major consideration for most people.
This is the biggest difference between these models, the lightest single hammock stand reviewed is a very manageable 15 lbs whilst the heaviest is 63lbs. If you want to hang 3 hammocks at once then the weight of the stand jumps to 101lbs, but you do really need this extra weight to form a safe and steady base.
Most hammocks stands are constructed from powder coated steel with the lightweight versions being aluminum.
This stand measures (LxWxH) 13'9" x 4' 2" x 4' 8"
The dimensions of the base plate are 1' 5" square, the height of the attachment post is 4' 3", the overall length will depend upon the wheel base of the car.
The stand measures (LxWxH) 10'6" x 3' 1" x 4' 4"
The stand measures (LxWxH) 10'6" x 11' x 4' 4"