How To Take Care of Your Wooden Hammock Chair Frame

How To Take Care of Your Wooden Hammock Chair Frame

You and your hammock chair frame have something in common: you're both lovely and long-lasting, but that doesn't mean you don't need some maintenance, right?

Trees are the earth's gift from nature. Hammock stands are among the numerous useful, dependable, and durable equipment we've built out of wood.

Maintaining your hammock demands some effort, yet many neglect the importance of caring for their hammock stand. These tips will ensure your hammock stand stays in prime condition while you kick back and unwind.

Top hammock manufacturers offer a range of expertly constructed wooden stands. Once assembled, they create the perfect outdoor oasis. These stands will likely come coated with a high-performance wood oil finish to protect them from weather elements while maintaining their aesthetics. However, any natural product comes with upkeep costs, and wooden hammock stands are no different. This concise and straightforward care guide will equip you with all you need to maintain your wooden stand.

WOOD AND WOODEN FURNITURE

The finish will weather and wear off over time, which is something to keep an eye on because maintaining the wood's finish will extend the life of your hammock, chair, or swing. You'll need to remove the rope from our chairs and swings before refinishing to avoid the rope body falling apart on you. Instead of dismantling our hammocks, we recommend leaving everything linked together and working gently around the rope. Slide a separate piece of rope through the end loop. Tie each end of the rope together as a precaution, as seen in the figure below. Make sure to do this on both sides.

With the rope removed, use a 7/16 ratchet and key to remove all nuts and bolts from the wood safely. Some screws will be buried under wooden plugs, which you must first remove. Use pliers or a small flathead screwdriver. Don't worry if any wooden plugs are damaged while being removed.

Sand the wood using 120-grit sandpaper once all hardware has been removed and carefully stowed. It's worth noting that some of the grey tints near the bolts won't come off. You can use any shade of polyurethane marine-grade varnish to refinish the wood; we used high gloss, available at any hardware shop. We used three coats of varnish, although two should suffice. After the wood has air-dried for 24 hours, softly re-sand the wood pieces in between coats with 220-grit sandpaper. While refinishing, replace the nuts, bolts, washers, and screws, which are all readily available at your local hardware store.

COMMON MAINTENANCE QUESTIONS FOR WOODEN HAMMOCK CHAIR FRAME

 

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Hammock stands made of wood are a wonderful addition to any home or backyard. Wooden supports are more suited to becoming a regular presence in the house rather than a portable hammock stand because they are often quite heavy. Your hammock chair stand will need to be treated and stained regularly because wood may easily warp and rot. Staining wood stands is not only vital for extending their life but also adds a sense of beauty.

Is it okay if I keep my stand outdoors?

The coating added to the wood throughout the manufacturing process will provide some protection to most stands. This treatment will easily withstand the many sorts of weather encountered during the spring and summer months. However, it's always a good idea to dismantle your stand and store it during the autumn and winter months.

What is the best way to store my stand?

When dismantling and storing your stand for the winter, it's crucial to remember to perform some simple maintenance. First, ensure the wooden frame is properly cleaned using only hot soapy water and a sponge. Then take down the stand and let it dry. Cleaning and lightly oiling any ironmongery is also a good idea. If you've kept it, you can put it back in the packing or hang it from a storage hook. Finally, ensure the store closet/shed is dry and not damp to avoid mildew.

How can I make my wooden stand last longer?

It is recommended that you clean the stand down now and then with hot soapy water to keep it looking good and keep fungus and mould at bay. We would also recommend applying an exterior wood protector to the wood at the end of the first season. Most DIY stores have it like an excellent no-nonsense clear sealant that works well and only needs application every ten years. However, several more brands on the market will suffice.

Should I invest in a cover?

A hammock stand cover is a wonderful choice if you want complete peace of mind. It adds another layer of protection and eliminates the need to clean your stand as frequently. They're also useful if you plan on leaving your hammock outside. However, it's critical to cover your frame after it has rained and the stand has been wet. Then, once the rain has ceased, remember to remove the cover to avoid mildew and mould.

TREATING AND PROTECTING WOODEN HAMMOCK STANDS

 

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While there are several ideas and guidelines on how to use the hammock in various ways, there are times when we don't use it as much as we can. It's best to store it away until summer and spring arrive, and tanning is a thing again.

While the hammocks' fabric is treated, durable, dependable, finely woven, and easy to clean, the stands that keep them up are made with the same love and care. After all, it's not very welcoming if your wooden/metal stand is over a hundred years old while the hammock is only 50 years old.

Taking good care of your wooden hammock chair stand, like any other natural material, is necessary and simple. It only takes a few minutes of your time twice a year - that's it! So, how would you keep your display looking its best?

Sponge Bath

Isn't just thinking about stepping into a hot soapy bath with a sponge to wipe you down a pleasant soothing feeling? The same may be said about your prized Hammock stand. While some people find it relaxing to do less, others find routines therapeutic.

All your sponge requires is a simple bowl, a kettle of water mixed with tap water, and a squeeze of soap to extend the life of your wooden stand and make it last longer than intended. It's a simple procedure that you can incorporate when washing your car on Sunday: two birds, one sponge:)

Not only will this keep the dust off of your wooden stand and look as new as the day you purchased it, but the hot water will also help remove any mould and mildew.

Keep It Away From The Sun

After thoroughly cleaning the stand with hot water, soap, and a sponge and allowing it to dry (ideally on a sunny day), you may go the extra mile by using UV Protection Oil to keep the wood from cracking and ageing due to the strong sun and then storing it over the winter.

Little attention to detail will save you a lot of heartache in the future and slow down the ageing process. If you go the extra mile and pay close attention to storage and good cover protection, you can decrease the need to wash down your hammock swing stands in half. If exposure isn't your thing, don't worry; we've got plenty of other options for you.

Cover It!

Consider a Ford Mustang or Ferrari that has been left outside (in the same location) for half of the year with no wax, no sponge showers, and no other form of upkeep! She won't be able to look her finest for long. A car cover would have spared you a lot of paint job repairs just like that. The same principle may be applied to your hammock stand, whether a wooden masterpiece or an iron one.

That cover can help you avoid wetness, especially on rainy days, but you must make sure to remove it when the sun shines, as mildew is a genuine threat.

Having a cover is especially useful for those of us who lack the drive to wash a stand-down or who don't want to disassemble every season change, even after a Redbull. The primary point of a hammock is to unwind, so don't worry about the upkeep!

WOODEN HAMMOCK CHAIR FRAME STORAGE TIPS

 

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As much as you'd like to spend most of your time in your hammock, particularly if you've customised it exactly for you, the truth is that we all have other things to do. Thus most hammocks take a break throughout the winter and autumn months.

Keep the wooden hammock stands in well-aired but covered storage places like the garage or any room that isn't friendly with spiders and mould. Then, give your wooden hammock stand a sponge rinse and a touch-up of a rust-proof paint. Store the iron hammock stands in cold and dry circumstances.

There are a plethora of sprays, oils, and maintenance items available to strengthen and extend your hammock's life and the stands that support it; after all, what use is a nice-looking hammock if the frame is creaky? Perhaps a fascinating tablecloth?

CYPRESS WOOD STAND MAINTENANCE

We suggest gently sanding the wooden hammock chair stand with 220-grit sandpaper. It's especially beneficial to Cypress wood and provides exceptional protection. Refinish it with boiled linseed oil annually to keep your cypress wood stand in good shape.

Wipe 2-3 applications of boiled linseed oil onto the wood with a clean rag or cloth for optimal results, then let dry for 24-72 hours.

We do not recommend refinishing our Cypress stands with marine-grade varnish because it increases the risk of rot.

MORE CARE TIPS FOR YOUR HAMMOCK CHAIR STANDS

A lot of work goes into maintaining your hammock, but some people overlook the importance of caring for and maintaining their hammock stand. These pointers keep your hammock stand looking good and operating well as you relax and unwind.

Inspection

This step is a must. It would help if you inspected hammock stands in the spring and fall to ensure they're safe to use. To avoid rust, tighten everything lost and repair metal scrapes.

Scratch Repair

Although the powder coating on our steel stands is robust and durable, living in the backyard may be dangerous — we frequently hear about kids on bikes and granny on the mower. If you have a scratch, grab a can of Tremclad or Rustoleum and a little paintbrush immediately. Shake the can, squirt some paint onto a bit of cardboard, dip the brush in it, and delicately paint over the mark. It's like new. Every mended nick, like hockey scars, has a story to tell.

Noise

Squeaks and hammock time are incompatible. Tighten knobs and other installation points to eliminate stand sounds. Metal could be quieted with a drop of domestic oil.

WHAT TO CONSIDER IN BUYING HAMMOCK STANDS

Hammock stands are low and long, like a frame of a boat, while chair frames are designed to go with a swinging pod or woven hammock chair. If you already own a hammock, double-check that it will fit in your chosen frame. Powder-coated steel is commonly rustproof so you can leave it outside. Hardwood, which is weather-resistant or varnished for further longevity, is the most common material.

Hammocks are divided into two types: those with spreader bars at each end, which provide a more supporting surface, and those with unstructured woven or loose-knit forms that adjust to your body. Some hammock chair frames can support both kinds. When buying a hammock stand, there aren't many unique elements, though you should consider the maximum weight capacity.

BUY QUALITY HAMMOCK CHAIR AND HAMMOCK CHAIR FRAMES FROM SIESTA HAMMOCKS

I hope you found the advice above helpful and that you can get many more seasons out of your hammock chair stand. The stand's durability and functionality will be ensured by following these maintenance guidelines. If you take care of your hammock's stand, it will continue to take care of you! Email us at Siesta Hammocks if you have any maintenance or hammock-related questions.

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