While we can’t promise that hanging your hammock will be as relaxing as actually laying in it, we’re here to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Here’s how to hang a hammock on your property for the ultimate spring resting spot.
Choose the Best Location for Your Hammock
Choosing the best location for your hammock is the most difficult part of the process. You’ll want to find two sturdy trees that are about the same distance apart as the length of your hammock when it’s fully stretched out. (It’s best to measure your distance before you get your heart set on a hammock that might not work.) If you happen to have the perfect place, lucky you! If your trees aren’t quite up to the task, you have a couple of options.
First, it’s important to note that having trees that are too far apart will give you better odds than trees that are too close together. That’s because trees that are too close together will cause the hammock to brush the ground when you lay in it. Trees that are a touch too far apart, however, can work as long as they’re not too far apart. While you can stretch a hammock to fit between trees, we don’t recommend using more than 18 inches of rope or chain on either end. Too much stretching can lead to ripping—or flipping.
Is Hanging Your Hammock Inside an Option?
Definitely. It’s just that instead of measuring the distance between two trees, you’ll measure the distance between two walls. Be prepared to drill holes into your walls, as this will give you the safest and most durable results.
Secure Your Hammock with the Right Suspension Materials
Once you’ve got the location figured out, you’ll need to find the right materials for suspending your hammock. Fortunately, you can buy kits for both indoor and outdoor hammock-hanging that contain everything you need, save for a few household tools.
For outdoors, we recommend using tree-fastening straps. This way, you can avoid drilling into your trees and potentially causing significant damage. For each tree, you’ll wrap the strap, pass it through the metal loop and then use an S-hook to attach either end of the hammock to the rings.
For indoors, your best bet is to purchase a complete kit made especially for hanging hammocks inside. This way, you can be sure that you won’t cause costly damage to your walls.
How High to Hang Your Hammock
What type of hammock do you have? This will determine how high you hang it.
Traditional hammocks hang loosely between two points, the center “drooping” down toward the ground. When you lay in them, you’ll feel “cocooned” since either side will collapse in around your shape. It’s best to hang traditional hammocks about six to eight feet off the ground to accommodate the center.
Hammocks with Spreader Bars
Hammocks with spreader bars on either end may be hung lower than traditional hammocks because they don’t have a center that hangs loosely. These hammocks should be hung taunt, or parallel, about four to five feet off the ground.
Now that you know the basics, you can hang your hammock quick and get straight to relaxing.
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