Do you know there are at least ten proven ways of hanging a hammock? Better yet, do you know you can hang your hammock to practically any sturdy object?
You can hang your hammock between two skyscrapers, two sturdy trees or even between two jeeps. There really is no limit to the objects you can fasten it to, as the more important detail is in the knotting. How you hang, your hammock is what determines how well it will stay suspended and how safe you will be.
The Ideal Hang-Out
Before you even think of the height to hang your hammock, you want to think about the location. Where will you feel totally relaxed? If under some cool shade seems like the ideal spot, you want to choose the most sturdy trees in your backyard. As long as you have the ideal distance between your posts or trees, then you are set to go.
Height Is Vital
Once you have sorted the location, get the perfect length. Anything between 10 and 15 feet is ideal but mostly depending on the size of your hammock. The idea is to acquire the perfect ridgeline to give you the ideal sag for comfort. If the hang is too tight, it forms a cocoon that will leave you feeling trapped, and if it’s too loose, you will practically touch the floor with your butt.
This table gives you a visual idea.
|Distance Between Trees|
|Length in feet||10||11||12||13||14||15|
|Height or Tree Hooks in inches|
Hanging the Hammock
- On Trees
If you choose to have it on trees, you want to protect the tree from damage. Webbing straps, which are super light for portability, make for easy installation especially if you are a camper. They also protect the tree’s bark from rope damage, and you can adjust them quickly.
- Sturdy as long as the tree is healthy.
- You can use this hanging method for camping.
- The straps cannot be used on walls.
Hanging a hammock between trees using straps
- On Walls
If you decide to hang your hammock indoors, you will need an S-hook, J-hooks (being wall anchors), and two lengths of chain. These are sturdy to keep your suspended hammock in its place while making it easily adjustable.
In both scenarios where you will need ropes, you want to get the ideal 30-degree angle that eases the load on the hammock. As long as you follow the knotting instructions perfectly, you will achieve this.
- Easy to adjust the chains and hooks.
- You can use the method to hang the hammock inside the house.
- Pretty sturdy.
- It is not mobile.
- YouTube Video
- On A Stand
This is undoubtedly the easiest way to hang your hammock. If you buy both the stand and hammock from the same supplier, they will send it to you with the corresponding gear. You will not need tools to attach it as the stand will be assembled. Universal stands are a tad different. You may need hooks and a chain to put it together, but still, you will have it done in a few minutes.
- It is mobile, and so you can literally chase the sun.
- It is the easiest way to hang your hammock.
- It looks good anywhere.
- A stand could be too heavy for camping.
- It requires ample space.
See? As long as you keep to the ideal distance, you can set camp just about anywhere. This calculator could come in handy.