What Do I Need To Hang My Hammock?
So you've got the hammock, or you are about to get the hammock but are not quite sure what you might need to get it hung.
That's alright, we have put together some information here to help assist when selecting the right hanging accessories to get your hammock off the ground and you relaxing comfortably.
Firstly, you need a suitable amount of space to hang your hammock. For our Mexican hammocks, there needs to be at least 3.5m between the two points you plan to hang your hammock from, whether trees, posts or walls, and approx 1.5-1.8m high for your hanging points. If installing hammock posts we recommend a span of 4m with hanging fixtures set at 1.8m high. This is generally enough space for even the largest hammocks with room to adjust the hang of your hammock as necessary.
When it comes to hanging your hammock there are a few main accessory options and each may suit some situations better than others. As such there is no 'one size fits all' hanging accessory and for this reason, we don't include them with your hammock. These hanging accessory options include;
1. Hammock Rope
Rope is a great practical hanging accessory. It can be used to tie your hammock between trees and posts or to attach to existing hammock attachment points. It is highly practical in allowing you to adjust the hang of your hammock and span distances wider than your hammock. To use simply tie one end around the hammock loop end and the other around your post or tree, such as per the image above. For some knot tying instructions see our hammock instructions, use and care guide (down near the bottom). Alternatives to rope include chain or strong straps. When tying around trees, tree straps are often a more tree-friendly alternative as they don't dig into your trees as ropes can do.
Our rope set includes 2 x 2m lengths of rope.
2. Hammock Chain & Hammock Chain Set
Chain works in a very similar manner to hanging with rope but is a little easier to use as you don't have to worry about tying and untying knots when hanging your hammock. To use chain though you generally need a wall hook to combine with. Either use with an existing hook or after installing a new one, simply slip the end link of the chain on your wall hook, run the chain through the hammock loop ends and back onto the wall hook. Alternatively, you could add an 's' hook onto the end of the chain connecting to the hammock loop end if the chain is not long enough to loop back to the start. Hammock chain can also be used in the same manner from an overhead hook for chair hammocks.
Our hammock chain comes in lengths of 50cm, 100cm and longer lengths on request. Hot dip galvanised and strong and secure holding up to 230kg per chain.
The hammock chain hanging set comes with chain, screw in wall hooks and 's' hooks and is available in various lengths of chain for hammock chairs and hammocks alike.
3. Rope/Hooks/Screws Set
This hanging set is best suited for setting up a permanent hanging solution into a solid wood fixture, such as posts or walls. The screw eye hooks are first fixed directly into wood creating a strong anchor point. The rope is then used between the screws and your hammock loops to span any necessary distance. By using the 's' hooks at either end of the rope (directly onto the hammock or screw eyes), this saves undoing and re-tying knots and makes taking down and hanging your hammock a very quick and easy process.
Our hanging set includes 2 x 2m lengths of rope, 2 screw eye hooks and 2 's' hooks.
4. Hammock Tree Straps
Tree straps are the quickest and easiest option for hanging from trees and posts. These straps have multiple loops allowing very easy hanging and adjusting of your hammock. The straps simply wrap around your trees or posts, feeding back through the first loop which then tightens when weight is applied preventing them from slipping down. One end of the 's' hooks then attaches to the best-suited loops and the other onto the hammock loop. With multiple loops, you can easily adjust the hang of your hammock by using a closer or further away loop. For hammocks that have thick loop ends too large for the 's' hook openings, you can feed the straps through the loop and use the 's' hooks to connect two loops together.
Our tree strap set includes 2 x 2.8m length nylon straps with 18 loop attachments and 2 's' hooks.
5. Hammock Stands
If you don't have suitable trees or existing features to hang your hammock from, then hammock stands are a great option. Alternatively, if you want your hammock to be freestanding, such as on your lawn, deck or patio hammock stands are the ideal solution. Simply assemble the stand where you wish to enjoy your hammock and with the included stand fixtures you can hang your hammock without the need for any further accessories. Stands can also easily be taken down for storage or transport.