There’s nothing quite like swinging in the afternoon breeze with a good book or laying under the stars with a loved one. Hammocks are designed to take us to a state of bliss, no matter where we are. Whether you’re hanging in the comfort of your own backyard or basking in the sun on an island, assembling your hammock correctly is important when it comes to achieving maximum relaxation. And let’s face it, complete Zen is the ultimate goal.
There are a few different ways to hang your hammock but it all comes down to how you want to use it. Will it be a semi-permanent fixture, or do you plan on taking it on the road with you? There are three basic steps you’ll need to consider when learning how to hang your hammock.
If you have enough height and distance, and have chosen a sturdy hanging method, you should be able to sway anywhere!
With a Hammock Stand
If you’re planning on using your hammock on the back patio or to chase the sun around the yard, an Adjustable Frame is the way to go. They’re easy to assemble, sturdy and suit most hammock styles. Set up indoors, outdoors or, wherever you like!
Using Tree Straps
Although they are called tree straps, these straps can be secured to any post as long as they’re able to wrap around it. Ultra-lightweight, durable and easy to use, tree straps are ideal for camping, as well as in the backyard. When assembling the straps to a tree or post, keep in mind they need to be positioned five feet off the ground.
Rope & Hook
Considered to be a more traditional method, hanging your hammock with Rope and/or Rope Hooks allows you to set your sleeper up almost anywhere. Most rope hook packs come with their own assembly instructions however, if you’re using just ‘rope’ and no hooks, you may want to brush up on your knot tying skills before getting started.
If you’re looking for a more permanent fixture, we’d recommend investing in hanging hardware. There are a few different options available, but most include two wall anchors (such as a j-hook), two chains, and two s-hooks. Once you’ve found the perfect spot, drill a hole into your tree, beam or wall, screw in a j-hook then use the s-hooks to loop through the eye of the hammock. Suspension can be easily changed by simply adjusting the s-hooks higher or lower on the chain.
Happy swinging everyone.