Hanging A Hammock Between Trees / Posts
HOW TO HANG A HAMMOCK
Instructions for Hanging a Hammock with Spreader Bars: Select placement of hammock between two trees, between a tree and a post, between objects, or select the appropriate size hammock stand. Remember that a new hammock, particularly one of cotton or rope construction, may initially be shorter than its eventual full length. Upon first hanging it, stretch the hammock tight, but not so tight that the hardware is strained. Be extremely careful when getting into the hammock. It will stretch to its full length after a few uses. As the hammock stretches, extender chains, if used, can be shortened.
To hang a hammock between two trees, find hardwood trees with trunks at least 12” in diameter. The distance between the two trees should be the same length or up to 1’ or 2’ greater than the length of your hammock (measuring from one hanging loop to the other hanging loop). For example, select trees which are 13’ apart for a hammock that measures 11’ to 12’ from tip to tip. Trees must not be considerably further apart than the full length of the hammock. Ropes or chains may be used on each end of the hammock to extend it, but extenders must be added on both ends of the hammock and must be equal lengths on both sides. There should be no more than 1 ½‘ of rope or chain extenders on each end, otherwise the integrity of the hammock is compromised and tipping is likely. Any hammock may tip if your weight is not centered. Four to six feet is an appropriate height to hang a hammock between two trees or between a tree and a post. Determine how tight to mount the hammock based on the distance between the supports and desired height. A hammock hanging kit makes this step easier and protects your trees.
A hammock may be hung between a tree and a post as long as the post can support the maximum weight capacity of the hammock. A hammock post should consist of treated hardwood which measures at least 4” by 6”, preferably 6” by 6”. Do not use cracked or damaged posts. A post should be placed at least 3’ deep (deeper if soil is sandy) and set in concrete. Make sure to eliminate air pockets when filling with concrete. Allow concrete to dry at least 48-72 hours before attaching hammock. Select screw hooks, S-Hooks and chain that will support the weight capacity of the hammock. Drill a starter hole where the screw hooks will be placed. Screw the screw hooks into the holes so that the eye of each hook is against the wood. Do not over tighten the screws because this could crack the posts. Four to six feet is an appropriate height to hang a hammock between a hammock and a post.
Choosing a Hammock Stand for a Hammock with Spreader Bars: The distance between the hangers on a hammock stand should be the same length or slightly greater than the length of the hammock from hanging loop to hanging loop. In general, an 11’ hammock usually fits a 12’ hammock stand. However, a “stretchy” hammock may require a larger stand. Ropes or chains may be used to lengthen each end of a hammock so that it will fit a stand, as long as the extenders are the same length on each end and do not exceed 1 ½‘ on each end. Extending hammocks further will increase likelihood of the hammock tipping out the occupant.
Remember to swing gently. A hammock is not a playground swing. Swinging motion with intentional force poses a risk of tipping, as well as damage to the hammock and supporting structure. Small children should not be left unsupervised in a hammock. Weight should be centered in a hammock. Use caution when getting in and out of a hammock.
Enjoy your hammock. Have a relaxing day!
Hammock Hanging Instructions from Algoma Net Company