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hanging a hammock correctly

Everyone struggles to hang their hammock correctly at first.

It seems like an easy thing to do, but it can be surprisingly tricky.

Luckily, you found this page.

This easy-to-read 101 guide to hanging your hammock focuses on the most popular way of hanging a hammock: the Signature Hammock Method.

This method involves the hammock hanging from two shared weights. This can be a tree branch, a ceiling beam, or an overhead beam on your porch or patio.

Before anything else, you need to think about the following factors:

  • Distance between the two objects
  • Height of attachment points (where you put the rope, straps or eye bolts)
  • How high off the ground the hammock sits (think of it as chair height)

You want your hammock to hang with a nice gentle curve. The following table tells you how far apart the posts, trees, etc. should be and how high up on the tree you should attach the straps.

 

Distance Between Trees, Posts, etc.
Hammock Length* 10' 11' 12' 13' 14' 15'
  Height of Tree Hooks, etc. (in inches)
9 feet 48 48 48 48 48 48
10 feet 54 48 48 48 48 48
11 feet 66 54 48 48 48 48
12 feet 84 72 60 48 48 48
13 feet 96 84 72 60 48 48
14 feet 108 96 84 72 60 48

*The length of the hammock is measured from ring to ring.

 

As a general rule of thumb, the ideal hanging distance is about 2 feet longer than the length of the hammock (measured from ring to ring).

Now that we know how much space we need, let’s get hanging!

 

First Scout Your Location

This is one of the most crucial steps. You need to make sure you pick a surface that is strong enough to hold your hammock. You can pick anywhere you like, but the 4 most common and reliable areas are:

  1. Inside your home (from the wall)
  2. Indoors (from the ceiling)
  3. Off a tree branch
  4. Between two posts
  5. Off an overhead porch or beam

 

1. How To Hang A Hammock Indoors (From The Wall)

For this method you need

This simple and effective video shows exactly how you can hang your hammock inside your home.

Steps

  1. Drill a hole in either wall at the height you want your hammock to be at.
  2. Slowly twist your hammock hooks into both holes.
  3. Attach a small length of chain to each hook. A rope works also, but a chain allows you to adjust the height of your hammock by simply hooking into a higher or lower link on the chain.
  4. Thread your ’s’ hooks through the hammock “eyes”. (The holes at either end of the hammock!)
  5. Attach the ‘s’ hooks to your chain.

 

2. How To Hang A Hammock From The Ceiling

The method used to hang a hammock from the ceiling is actually the same as the previous method. Instead of attaching the hammock hooks to a wall, you attach them to the ceiling. Everything else is the same.

 

3. How To Hang A Hammock From A Tree Branch

For this method you will need

 Steps

  1. Wrap your two tree straps securely around each tree trunk or tree branch.
  2. Fasten your ‘s’ hooks to both ends of your hammock.
  3. Use the fisherman’s knot technique to secure the tree straps around the ‘s’ hooks safely. Not sure how to do this? Check out the video below.

 

4. How To Hang A Hammock Without Trees (With Posts)

For this method you will need

  • A drill
  • A pair of ‘s’ hooks
  • A small length of chain
  • Measuring tape
  • A set of hammock hooks
  • Your hammock
  • If you’re using two posts, make sure you pick a pair that are already securely rooted in the ground.

Check out this easy-to-follow guide showing you how to hang your hammock from two posts.

Steps

  1. Drill a hole into both posts.
  2. Gently twist your hammock hooks into both holes, making sure they are secure and can withstand a heavy weight.
  3. Grab your chains and hook a small amount into each hammock hook. Like the first method, this chain will allow you to adjust the height of your hammock.
  4. Attach your ‘s’ hooks through each of your hammock’s eyes.
  5. From here, attach your s hooks to your chain, depending on how high you want your hammock.

 

5. Hanging Your Hammock From An Overhead Beam

This method is almost identical to the tree hanging method. The only difference is that the straps go around a horizontal beam that is overhead, not a vertical post (i.e. tree).

For this method, you will need

Steps

  1. Wrap your two tree straps securely around the beams(s). Make sure they are between 44-84 inches apart.
  2. Fasten your ‘s’ hooks to both ends of your hammock.
  3. Use the fisherman’s knot technique to secure the tree straps around the ‘s’ hooks safely (see video above for instructions on the fisherman's knot)

 

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful! While there are many creative ways to hang your hammock, these are the most popular and safest! It’s so important to primarily be safe when hanging your hammock, and this is what our article ensures.  

Do you hang your hammock in a different way? Let us know in the comments below!


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