5 Tips for Hanging Hammocks Correctly

Swaying gently in your cozy hammock is an epic bliss that offers plenty of leisure and relaxation. You can read a book, watch a movie, listen to music, take a nap or just simply chill. Most of hammocks are lightweight and portable, which allow you to enjoy the relaxation anywhere you go. To enjoy all the benefits, we need to know how to hang your hammock correctly to ensure the safety of yourself and others. In this article, we are going to share with you 5 tips to help you hang your hammock correctly.

 

Tip 1: Find the right hanging trees

If you choose to install the hammock on trees, you will need to find two hanging trees that are at least 6 inches in diameter. Choose strong trees such as oak and hickory instead of weaker trees like willow palm and beech. Before you start to hang the hammock on trees, confirm the trees are healthy by checking the branches. Sick or dead trees can be weak and easily breakable, which can lead to bodily injuries.

Tip 2: Use webbing straps

Nylon/polyester webbing straps are recommended for hanging hammock on trees and other anchor points. Just wrap the webbing straps around the trees or other anchor points to provide strong and stable support for the hammock. The webbing straps save you the hassle of drilling to allow for easy adjustments and modification of hammock heights and locations. These straps also minimize damages to the trees and other anchor points.

Tip 3: Hanging distance and height(with spreader bar)

If your hammock has a spreader bar, the minimum distance required between the two hanging points is equal to the overall length of the hammock(excluding chains and ropes).  The optimal distance between the two hanging points is 2 feet greater than the hammock’s total length. (excluding chains and ropes). The optimal height between the bottom of the hammock and the ground is 4-5 inches.

Tip 4: Hanging distance and height (without spreader bar)

If your hammock doesn't have a spreader bar, the minimum distance required between the two trees or the two anchor points is 2/3 of the overall length of the hammock. The optimal distance between the bottom of the hammock and the ground is 24 inches greater than the minimum hanging distance. In order to form a deep curve, hanging distance is more flexible in hammocks without spreader bars.Optimal height between the bottom of the hammock and the ground is 6-8 inches. Hang your hammock at 25 to 30-degree angle to ensure the formation of a nice 'U' curve.

Do not hang your hammock 18 inches off the ground to prevent accidents.

Tip 5: Balance your hammock

You may find yourself consistently sliding to one end of the hammock after some time of use. This is because the straps stretch over time and throws the hammock off balance. In this case, you need to check the length and distance of the straps on each side, and make sure they are at the same height and length. If the hammock is still unbalanced, move the straps up one or two inches to level the hammock.