Hanging a hammock outdoors

Now is always the best time to start prepping your outdoor living space to be a relaxing and enchanting haven to spend your days and nights. A hammock is a must-have piece of furniture for the ultimate relaxation space. If you’ve never owned a hammock before, you should know, there’s quite a bit of good stuff to learn.

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Whether you’re looking for a permanent hammock installation in your garden or outdoor area, or you just want to take a hammock with you when you go camping, there are many ways to hang a hammock securely outdoors.

Read on below to learn about the possibilities you have with a hammock, and what you need to to install it safely.

BEFORE YOU BUY: CHOOSING THE RIGHT KIND OF HAMMOCK

If you aren’t yet, the proud owner of a hammock, you’re in luck. Our guide below details the options you have. Your perfect hammock is waiting for you, and so all you need to do is to pick the right material, size, and type.

MATERIAL

We offer hammocks made from high-quality cotton, outdoor cotton, nylon, super nylon and polyester,. How can you tell which one is right for you?

  • Cotton is soft and snug, and it’s the perfect choice for nappers.
  • Outdoor cotton are more durable and made from a more resistant cotton.
  • Nylon is made for use outdoor but are not as soft as cotton.
  • Super Nylon are the most durable and will last against the harsh elements.
  • Polyester is durable, making it great for long-term use but also not as comfortable as cotton.

You may want to try out different hammocks to determine which material is right for you.

SIZE

No matter how many people are in your group or family, there’s hammock that’s perfectly fitted for you. We have single hammocks for the individual all the way up to family/jumbo hammocks built to hold your whole family and everything in between. The difference in size is noticed in the width and weight capacity of the hammocks, less so in the length as most hammocks are built to a similar length.

HAMMOCK VS HAMMOCK CHAIR

A traditional hammock is shaped like a boat, and is designed for you to lie down and relax. This hammocks tend to hug your body and can be great for napping or just being with your own thoughts. A resort style hammock is flatter, suspended tighter and can tend to be less stable but they’re great for reading a book and they’re certainly great to look at. However, you may choose a hanging hammock chair instead. Like a traditional hammock, a hammock chair is a comfortable, suspended piece of furniture that allows you to relax and unwind, albeit in a more upright position, sometimes more conducive to socialising, drinking or even working and reading. Consider whether you’d find yourself sitting or lying down more often.

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FINDING THE BEST SPOT TO HANG A HAMMOCK

Now that you’ve thought about what kind of hammock you’re after, it’s time to decide where you’d lie to place it. There are both indoor and outdoor hammock possibilities, such is their versatility, but no matter which option you go with, you will need to make sure that you have the right amount of space for the installation.

If you decide that your outdoor living area is the place you have in mind, there are a number of ways to set your hammock up. If your porch has a ceiling, you can consider using attachments to hang it from the ceiling. Otherwise, you might want to hang it up using beams or posts. A third option is to use a hammock stand and place the hammock exactly where you’d like.

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If you decide that outdoors, in the garden between two trees is the best place for a hammock, you can use tree straps to safely hang your hammock or hammock chair. If you’re keen to learn more and you’re ready to set up, read on.

READY TO SET UP? YOU’RE SPOILED FOR CHOICE  

There are many ways to set up a hammock. Each method has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. The method you choose will ultimately depend on how you plan to use your hammock, whether it be for camping, on a stand indoors or for a permanent set up in your garden or outdoor living area.

USING HAMMOCK ACCESSORIES

You may use one of several types of hardware suspensions available, including Chain Hanging Kits, Hook Kits, Tree Straps, or S-Hooks . Most accessories can be adjusted to find the right tension to suit your preferences.

While most accessories are easy to use and set up, some can be harmful if you’re planning on hanging a hammock from trees. This is why, for tree hanging, we’d always recommend to stick with either the Eco-Friendly Tree Straps or Ultra-Lite Tree Straps. Tree Straps are versatile, easy to adjust, eco friendly and strong.

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MAYBE JUST ROPE….

If you’re not up for investing in your own hammock hanging accessory and would rather use the old, tried and tested rope, fair enough. Rope is the traditional method for securing a hammock in place, but you’ll certainly need a few additional skills to ensure you tie it strong and safe.

Hanging a hammock with rope means you must try to master the art of tying the perfect knot for a strong hammock suspension. That said, most Aussies should be right at home.

PROS  
  • Easy to pack and carry rope for camping
  • Won’t harm trees like tree straps
  • Its’s a mobile, non-permanent option
 CONS  
  • Not as easy as using tree straps
  • Knots must be secure for a strong hold
  • Untying the knots when you’re leaving can be tough

SETTING UP BETWEEN TWO TREES

Do you plan on hanging a hammock between two trees? You’ll need to keep the distance and height in mind. Make sure that both trees you’re using for your hammock can support your weight. You don’t want to choose two, small, young trees to hang from so be sure that your chosen trees are healthy, sturdy and strong.

DISTANCE BETWEEN TREES  

You’ll need 10 to 15 feet of distance between trees, depending on the length and style of your hammock, and how much tension you want.

If you have a spreader-bar hammock, the length of the hammock will determine the length of the distance you’ll need between trees. For example, a 13-foot hammock will need at least 13 feet of space between trees. For more tension, you’ll need to another foot or two of space.

For spaces that are several feet longer than your hammock, you can hang extra straps or lengths of chain to suspend your hammock.

HEIGHT ON TREES  

The ideal final, seated height between the ground and your hammock is about 50cm. This is the average height of a regular chair, making it easy for you to sit in your hammock and easy for you when climbing off.

When hanging a hammock between trees, or anywhere else really, aim to have the hammock’s suspension (rope, strap, cord, chain, etc.) hang at about a 30-degree angle. With this height and angle in mind, you can adjust the height of your hammock up the trees. At the very minimum, you should consider fastening the tree straps, rope, or other suspension that you’ve chosen at least 120cm up the trees.

Wrap a rope, tree strap, or other suspension securely around each tree trunk. Then use a knot, a carabiner, S-Hook or other hardware to attach the suspension to the eye (end-loops) of the hammock.

You can also use this technique to secure these straps to posts on porches and patios.

USING A HAMMOCK STAND

Hammock stands are ideal for gardens, pool areas, porches, and patios. These stands are easy to set up and can be moved anywhere you like. You may sometimes find their size to be a bit cumbersome to transport, and disassembling these stands for a camping trip can be a little time-consuming although these days, they’re quite convenient. If you’ve got the space though, a hammock stand gives you a ton of freedom and flexibility. Plus, they look great when they’re set up in your garden.

PROS  
  • Portable and easy to move
  • Easy to set up
  • Attractive designs and styles
  • Self-contained support
CONS  
  • Not as portable for camping
  • Stands take up space

SETTING UP A HAMMOCK ON PORCHES

If you plan to set up a hammock in your outdoor entertainment area, use an overhead beam for weight support or find the perfect distance between two pillars or walls. Tree Straps , Chain Kits or S-Hooks are great for wooden beams and the Hook Kits can be used for tougher anchor materials.

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FINAL TIPS AND TRICKS

The distance between the two loop ends of your hammock is pretty important to consider when setting up a hammock. Often, a hammock sags too low, or is too stiff and tight. When hanging a hammock without spreader bars, make sure that the hammock has a loose curve. Hanging loose will allow you to lie in your hammock at an angle if you please or get a bit flatter for a comfortable sleep.

Finally, consider the type of hanging method and accessories that suit your needs. It’ll depend largely on where you’re wanting to hang the hammock.

If you plan to secure your hammock with a permanent suspension, consider investing in proper accessories. However, if you want to hang a hammock from a tree in your backyard or while camping, tree straps and ropes are the easiest to pack, the lightest to carry, and the most gentle on trees.

Use these tips to relax and get the most out of your hammock life!

THE TAKEAWAY

Getting a new hammock is a great way to breathe new life into your outdoor entertainment area or garden. The information above aims to help ensure that your hammock is installed safely and securely. Now, all that’s left to do is lie back and chill.