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National Hammock Day is celebrated annually on July 22 to commemorate the universal symbol for relaxation. But why wait? The time for stylish outdoor furniture is now. We’re sharing our curated list of the best outdoor hammocks for a chic luxury home backyard, beach house or pool deck.

a brief hammock history

In the annals of stylish outdoor furniture, the hammock is very near the top of the list. It has become an iconic symbol of refined luxury. And yet, this chic accouterments of luxury homes everywhere has very humble beginnings.

Hammocks were born of necessity a thousand years ago in Central and South America, where versions made of braided tree bark were strung between trees to keep people cool and safe from jungle predators while they slept.

the best luxury outdoor hammocks for a chic backyard

William Wegman Hammock (2011). Courtesy Photo.

Some say that Christopher Columbus introduced the hammock to Europeans after spying them in the Caribbean. They were first used as inexpensive functional bedding – for example, navies used them as berths for sailors. Soldiers often carried lightweight hammocks when on missions in the jungle during the Vietnam War.

However, around the turn of the 20th century, the hammock became a popular leisure accessory. A symbol of jet-set life on the French Riviera or the tropics, they became de rigueur in luxury gardens and pool terraces the world over.

the best outdoor hammocks for a chic luxury home

If you’re in the market for one of your own, you’re in luck. There are quite a few stunning and comfortable luxury hammocks out there right now. You’re sure to find just the one that’s perfect for your own backyard.

Here’s our curated list of the best luxury outdoor hammocks for a chic backyard, beach house, or pool deck.

1. Royal Botanica Wave Hammock

Chill out in true luxury style with this hammock.

the best luxury outdoor hammocks for a chic backyard

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2. Casa Furnish Store 2-person quilted hammock

This two-person quilted hammock has a 450-pound weight capacity, and room for two (and maybe a little one or two, as well). The stand is crafted from Russian pine and is weather resistant; the hammock hangs from it at a perfect height, allowing ample room for swinging.

the best luxury outdoor hammocks for a chic backyard

BUY NOW – $1,062.00.

3. Hattaras Hammocks Midori Indigo Quilted Sunbrella

We love the cool blue Mediterranean vibe of this hammock from Hattaras Hammocks, made with quilted fabric from Sunbrella (a brand well-known for its high-performance outdoor fabrics). The rope is weatherproof and resistant to rot, mold, and mildew. Go ahead and go full-on luxury by adding the matching pillow ($74).

the best luxury outdoor hammocks for a chic backyard

BUY NOW – $399.99.

4. Rope Hammock

Part chair and part hammock, we love the classic simplicity of this hand-woven rope hammock from Bay Isle Home. It brings an instant topical summer vibe to your space.

the best outdoor hammocks for a chic luxury home backyard, beach house or pool deck.

BUY NOW – $69.95.

5. Headdemock Chair Hammock from Fatboy

Despite the “Fatboy” name, which we don’t love, there’s nothing not to like about this comfy setup. A single-sized hammock, this one is well-sized for a city balcony, patio or veranda. The stand is included. We love this azure blue color – perfect to while away some time in beside a pool. But there are 10 other color options, so you’re sure to find the perfect hue.

BUY NOW – $545.00.

6. Maya Bronze Single Hammock

Fair trade marketplace Novica is an excellent source for luxury hammocks and other stylish outdoor furniture. Living on the Yucatan Peninsula, the Maya preferred to sleep and rest in hammocks. They considered the hammock to be like the loving embrace of a mother, due to the comfortable manner in which the body is held and swung within its cradle. The organization Maya Artists of the Yucatan seeks to preserve time-honored customs while also offering stylized versions of the original Maya hammock. For them, the hammock is a work of art.

BUY NOW – $337.99.

7. Arupemba Hammock

Invite the whole gang–this Brazilian-designed and crafted bed consists of a generous circle platform that’s made for all your favorite people. Designer Sérgio J. Matos specializes in authorial design, furniture, and objects influenced by his upbringing close to the Xingu indigenous reserve.

BUY NOW – $12,144.00.

8. Striped Cotton “Peaceful” single hammock

Woven of cotton, this beautiful single emerald green hammock is trimmed with crocheted lace. The hammocks are hand-made in Brazil by the organization Hammock Artisans of Ceará.

BUY NOW – $219.99.

9. Nanimarquina Wellbeing Hammock by Ilse Crawford

The Wellbeing collection consists primarily rugs made of hand spun Afghan wool, nettle, jute, linen, Tussar silk, using traditional craft techniques and employing local artisans. In a collaboration with Ilse Crawford, the brand has created this hammock made of natural, sustainable and local fibers that are hand spun, with no bleach and no dyes.

BUY NOW – $848.00.

10. Impagliando Hammock Chair

Combining the relaxing swing of a hammock with the ease of a lounge chair, this design works for both indoor and outdoor lounge areas. The frame provides stable support (important for the clumsy amongst us) while the hand-crocheted seat adds an artisanal touch to your decor.

BUY NOW  – $4,580.00.

11. Hammock Artisans of Ceará Striped Hammock

Brazil’s Hammock Artisans of Ceará created this tropical-inspired hammock woven with premium and durable cotton in cool shades of green and turquoise. We love the elevated detail of crocheted lace trim.

BUY NOW – $219.99.

12. Dedon Nestrest Hanging Lounger

While not technically a hammock, we’d be quite happy to hang out in a Dedon Nestrest lounger. They are available in chalk and natural, and make a chic and cool statement on even the hottest summer day.

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13. Adam Cornish Design Wooden Hammock

Working from his design studio in Melbourne, award-winning Australian industrial designer Adam Cornish has created a wooden hammock as an alternative to the traditional sling made from cloth. Assembled from a single piece of wood, the sculptural design uses rubber vertebra that allow the hammock to move, mimicking the human spine. made out of plantation-grown accoya plywood.

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14. Trinity Hammocks Duality Hammock

Design lovers will embrace this minimalist 2-person swing bed from Trinity. The brand is known for its famous “triple” hammock (which holds three adults, natch), but we love this one even more. In addition to the striking silhouette, it meets the company’s high quality standards. Trinity uses only marine-grade materials, and their products are stress-tested in extreme weather environments.  The Duality hammock is made using Sunbrella fabric that’s stain, mold and mildew resistant, and stuffed with quick-drying foam.

BUY NOW – $1,950.00.

15. Yellow Leaf Classic St. Lucia Double Hammock

This vibrant “Saint Lucia” version of the classic Yellow Leaf double hammock is a fitting note upon which to end our roundup of the best luxury outdoor hammocks for a chic backyard this summer. It’s handwoven with ultra-soft yarn; the Triple-Weave construction combines more than 150,000 interwoven loops. Plus, it’s weatherproof and fade-proof. There are over a dozen colors from which to choose, from the natural “Big Sur” to the sunset hues of the “Sedona.” For an extra fee, you can even design your own.

BUY NOW – $199.00.

the best hammocks for a chic luxury home backyard

That’s it! Our top picks for ways to chill out in style: the best luxury outdoor hammocks for a chic home backyard, beach house or pool deck.  So many options to add to your collection of stylish outdoor furniture. What’s your favorite, dear reader?

Pamela Thomas-Graham

Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Founder & CEO of Dandelion Chandelier. She serves on the boards of several tech companies, and was previously a senior executive in finance, media and fashion, and a partner at McKinsey & Co.