There are literally hundreds of guides out there boasting 101 surefire ways on how to hang your hammock. Whether you are lounging on a beach, chilling in your backyard, or nestling up for the night in a hut by the jungle, there are various ways you can do it — but all have the same result: an easy-made, comfortable resting place to snooze. Let us help you teach you the perfect way how to hang a hammock from a tree. All this can be done with the perfect knots to hang your hammock.
Today, we will be discussing how to specifically hang your hammock from a tree, well, from two trees. That’s the first step before it all, finding the perfect hammock and then scouting out the perfect place to set it up.
When dealing with these two natural landlocked points, hanging your hammock can get a little more strict and a little more difficult than when you are making camp between two adjustable objects. The trees usually aren’t very adjustable, so you have to maneuver and alter the way you hang your hammock to adjust to them. If you can, however, try and find the perfect spot. If you have to venture your way a little further from where you would have hoped just to ensure you and your hammock’s safety, it’s a sacrifice you should be willing to make.
To simplify your hammock hanging, we’re going to break the process down into three different factors that affect the process:
- The distance between the two objects called the Hammock Ridgeline Length
- The height of where it is placed
- The amount of force lying in the hammock
This might sound extensively mathematical and not at all like a simple day of lying in the hammock, but once you get the hang of it, you won’t have to get your calculator and protractor out every time.
We’re kidding, of course, hanging a hammock isn’t rocket science but before you even begin to set up camp, you might want to take a few of these points into consideration.
First Step: Picking the Proper Spot
A trunk-to-trunk distance — yes, we said trunk and not branch (that is a terrible idea)—is ideal at from 13 to 16 feet. This will be a perfect length to give you enough space to hang your hammock from the two trees. If the span between the two trees is too small, you should consider a two-poled mounting stand. Rule of thumb is that the trees should be one to two inches further apart than the full length of the hammock. This distance is important to remember. Too much might actually tip you over if you are swinging, and too little will hardly give you any swing at all.
The Amount of Force Lying in the Hammock
Make sure to scout out the trunks. They should be at least ten inches in diameter, thick enough to support a person weighing about 220 lbs. Of course, if you are lighter, you have a little bit more wiggle room in taking thinner trees, but don’t risk it too much. Check the trees out for signs of disease and stress. Good coverage for shade (if that’s your goal), or less shade (if you want a tan) are also important factors for the ultimate chill or sleep quality.
The Height of Where it is Placed
Take into account of your weight when trying to prevent a hammock from tipping over. Getting in and out of the hammock might actually cause it to tip over if it’s too high, and placing it too low will prevent a good swing. For a general rule, try and make the height four to six feet high but take into account your own height or the height and weight of your children, etc.
Second Step: Set Up Extenders
For this step, you maybe need to use extenders when you’re using hooks to attach the hammock to trees that are too far apart from each other. These extenders should be equally long on both sides and are usually not longer than one-and-a-half inches. These are usually a small piece of rope or chain that fits that perfect game between the hook and the end ring of the hammock.
These hooks are usually set up when you’re on your property. You can ask an official at the beach or park if you are worried about the legalities in your area about your actions. However, if you’re going to go ahead with the hooks when you‘re hanging your hammock from a tree, here’s how to do it:
Third Step: Assemble Hooks
First, drill a hole on each point of both trees. Make sure these points are the same height, which in general, are usually between four to six feet high. Once you have the holes, screw the hooks right into the tree. These hooks should be drilled well into the tree so they won’t bend down at an angle and make your hammock really unstable. Using your hooks that are attached to the tree, clip the S-Hooks on those and on the other end, clip the ring located on the ends of the hammock.
Use Ropes to Attach the Hammock
If you found out you can’t drill holes into the tree, then you have to use this alternative way of attaching your hammock to a tree is with rope. Use the rings already located at the ends of the hammock. Thread your rope through these rings and then wrap the rope around the tree several times. This method is easier than the other way, but make sure you pay attention to your knot on both ends of the hammock. To ensure that your hammock stays upright, these knots should be tight and strong. Make sure to tie these at the proper height of the tree.
Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ve created the perfect place to set up a nap or a good place for some relaxation. Now it is time to test it out! Climb on in your hammock and enjoy. Always make sure to properly care and store your hammock to give it its best chance of having a long, reliable life with you. We’ll get into how to do that later.