How To Install A Hammock

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Hammock

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Installing a hammock is an easy way to create a relaxing and comfortable spot to enjoy the great outdoors. Many people find areas that are near trees, posts, or some type of shade, so that, when they’re ready to use it, they can easily crawl inside and take a short rest – or a long one, especially after a summer of home improvement projects! The other benefit to these locations is that it is easy to tie off the hammock ends to something firmly in the ground, thus making the installation process much smoother.

The different types of hammocks

The first thing that you need for this process is the actual hammock. There are different sizes and varieties available, depending on your preference. For instance, some hammocks are made for two people, while others are great for just sitting rather than lying down. For installation in yards that don’tt have any anchoring poles or trees available, there are hammocks that are freestanding, but they do require assembly.

What you need to install a hammock

The key to installing a hammock is to have a plan. Having the right tools available for the job will also go a long way to making this process flow much easier. Some of these tools are not mandatory, but are always good to have ready, just in case:

  • Sledge hammer
  • Stakes
  • Measuring tape
  • Plumb bob

Mounted hammocks

The type of hammock that you need to mount or attach to posts will appear like a large net. Before proceeding, make certain that the posts, trees, or another other type of tethering surface are strong and can handle the amount of weight that will be placed in the hammock. This is to avoid injuries, of course,  and damage to the structures that the hammock is connected with.

Preparing to install using stationary items in the yard

Hammock reading

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The important part of this project is to find a spot where the hammock can hang with sturdiness and reliability. If there are trees present, measure to find the distance between the two trees, which should be at least 12 feet, with 15 feet being optimal. If the spacing is not right between the two tethering points, then consider finding another spot for attachment, or placing a pole in the right spot use.

In the case of using trees as an anchor point, place stakes in the trees that will keep the knotted ends of the hammock from sliding down. Make sure to tie solid knots around the tree so that the hammock is set into place.

Self contained hammocks

This style comes with the hammock, and either poles or stands, depending on the model, that you will need to assemble. It is imperative that all the instructions are followed as per the manufacturers guidelines in order to prevent harm to the user or the equipment. Often times these are simple snap-together assembly systems that require very little effort. The biggest challenge is making sure that the two ends are spaced far enough apart to allow the hammock to have sturdy support, while still providing slack during use.

Enjoy your summertime snooze

Enjoy your newly installed hammock with a nice cold glass of whatever you fancy. Hammocks are the type of feature that help to promote a restful afternoon outside in the fresh air. A healthy body is a rested one, and a place to take a break  brings peace of mind as you lie suspended over the ground dozing off to sleep. Rest easy!

For more information, take a look at this video about how to install tree straps for your hammock.

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.