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Hanging a Traditional Hammock
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Almost everyone who buys a hammock, or is considering buying one, needs to know exactly how they should be hanging their hammock.

Whether it’s setting it up on a balcony, in a bedroom, between two utes, or just in the garden, the situations are always different but the questions and answers are mostly the same:

  • How far apart should the attachment points be?
  • How high do the attachment points need to be to make sure that the hammock isn’t touching the ground or isn’t too difficult to get into?
  • Is a space that is “X” feet wide too short/long to hang a hammock?

First things first, where will your hammock be hung? Trees, beams, posts on your verandah, any appropriate 2 anchor points that can support sufficient weight for whomever will be using the hammock are all suitable . Never hang your hammock from a free standing brick wall that can topple over however. Whatever spot you choose, just always remember that you should be hanging your traditional (non-spreader bar) hammock with a nice loose curve so that you can lie at an angle across it and get flat.

When your hammock is setup, the amount of curve (also referred to as sag) is going to be determined by the distance between the ends of your hammock. The distance that can then be measured by measuring across the empty space between each end of your hammock’s canvas, is commonly called the Hammock Ridgeline Length.

You’re probably already thinking, 

“Wow, there’s a lot more to hanging a hammock than I realised!”

Well, yes and no.

Simply knowing the factors involved can be extremely helpful when it comes to understanding how it all comes together. And, if you’re looking to hang a hammock in a more permanent way (such as installing screws in your wall or posts in your backyard) doing it ‘by the book’ with measurements is definitely the way to go to make sure the hammock hangs exactly the way you want it in the end.

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To break it down, when hanging a hammock you’re dealing with a combination of each of these factors to determine the final outcome:

  • Distance between the two anchor points
  • Height of attachment points (where you put the rope, straps or hooks)
  • Hammock Ridgeline Length
  • How high off the ground the hammock sits (think of it as chair height)

Below is a great little CALCULATOR that can help you determine the optimal height to hang your hammock.

(P.S. You can also download a mobile version of a Hammock Calculator for your iPhone in the Apple store!)

As an example, a Traditional Hammock such as a Pacific Hammocks Colombian Double hammock which is 3.50 metres in total length, should typically be hung in a space of 3.1 meters or greater, while at a comfortable height of about 50cm off the ground when occupied and seated in it. The attachment anchor points from where your hammock connects, would therefore be mounted at around 1.4 m off the ground. But these measurements can all depend on the space that you have, what accessories you are using, what the total length of your hammock is and how high off the ground you’d like to relax.

What Accessories Do I Need?

For Trees

Do you plan to hang your hammock between two trees? You’ll need to keep distance and height in mind using the above calculator and ensure that you have accessories available. Make sure the trees you’re using for your hammock can support your weight. You don’t want to choose two thin young trees to hang from, after all, so keep an eye out for healthy, sturdy, strong trees. Tree Straps or rope are perhaps the easiest hammock suspension types to use outside. What’s more, they don’t allow the combined weight of you and your hammock to harm the tree bark, whereas anchoring hardware may damage trees. Wrap a rope, or the tree straps, securely around each tree and through the end loops of your hammock and fasten. If you choose to, you can of course, use a Chain Hanging Kit or Double Hook Kit to create anchors for your hammock in the trees.

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For Posts and Beams

Hanging your hammock from posts or beams is a popular option as your hammock can be enjoyed on your porch, verandah or even inside. They provide you with a lot of accessory options. You can use a chain hanging kit or a Double Hook Kit fixed directly into the wood.. You can also use Tree Straps or rope around the posts if you don’t want to be making holes in your posts or beams, Only attach to brick or concrete pillars unless you are certain they are safe and will hold.

Between Two Walls

To attach your hammock to a wall you can use a Double Hook Kit, or something similar which you can drill into the wall securely. Always be sure that the accessories are secure and will hold in the wall before fixing and entering the hammock. If you want to give your hammock further flex and provide some “give”, you can add a Hammock Spring which will absorb the shock and tension.

For Stands

Well, in a nutshell, none. All of Pacific Hammocks Stands come with everything you need to hang your hammock.

Happy Hammocking!

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