If you’re hanging your hammock between two trees, choose sturdy trees with trunks that are at least 12 inches in diameter. Hardwood trees work best. If you’re using posts, they should be 4”x4” or larger. Make sure to use treated lumber posts to keep rot at bay. Plant your posts in the ground a minimum of 2 feet, deeper if the soil is sandy. Dig the hole and place the post in the center of the hole. Fill the hole with cement and let it cure 48 - 72 hours before hanging and using your hammock.
The minimum distance is equal to the overall length of the hammock. This means, if your hammock is 13 feet from hanging point to hanging point, your trees or posts need to be at least 13 feet apart. If they are farther apart, you’ll need a sturdy rope or chain to extend your hanging points. We recommend extending the hanging points in equal lengths on both ends. We’ve found that adding 18 inches on each end (a total of an additional 3 feet) is the maximum distance for hanging. Once you get beyond this, your chances for tipping greatly increase, which makes for an un-relaxed afternoon.
The hanging distance is more flexible. The minimum hanging distance is less than the overall length because these hammocks are designed to hang with a “dip” in the middle. The minimum distance for hammocks with no spreader bars is two-thirds the overall length. If your hammock is 180 inches from hanging point to hanging point, the minimum distance is 120 inches. For the maximum hanging distance, simply add 2 feet to the minimum hanging distance. Essentially, the closer together you place the hanging points, the higher off the ground you need to go.
You’ll need to hang your hammock higher off the ground than you might expect.
- If your hammock has spreader bars the average is 4 - 5 feet off the ground.
- Without spreader bars, your hammock should be 6 - 8 feet off the ground, though these hammocks are more flexible with how they may be hung.
Straps are a tree-friendly way to hang a hammock. Here are a couple of tips to make using them a breeze.
- One end has a cloth loop, the other a metal hook. Position the cloth loop at the height you want to hang your hammock (see height recommendations above) and wrap the strap once around the tree trunk. Place the metal ring through the cloth loop and pull the strap tight. Wrap the rest of the strap around the tree, going the opposite direction, and then tuck the metal ring back through the cloth loop. Pull it tight, attach the S hook to the ring, and repeat the process on the second tree.
- If your tree is too large to wrap the strap around more than once, simply adjust the original position of the cloth loop until the metal ring is at the correct point. Pull the strap tight and tuck the metal ring between the strap and the tree several times until it’s secure.