How to hang a hammock
Hammocks can be hung from just about anything. All you need is enough space and strong supports.
Most of our garden hammocks don’t have spreader bars, which makes hanging easier. They are designed to hang with a dip. How much dip you have is a matter of taste. As a rule of thumb, the minimum distance between the hanging points should be two thirds of the hammock’s length. The maximum should be two thirds plus 50cm, although you can go to the full hammock length. It just makes the dip less steep. Hamocks with spreader bars are designed not to have a dip, so should be hung taught.
Hammocks are most commonly attached to trees, walls, posts or a hammock stand. Trees should be healthy and at least 30cm in diameter. Posts should be a minimum of 4”x4” and ideally sunk to a depth of at least 30cm with a bag of post-fix concrete to act as a collar.
A hammock rope is a great way to attach a hammock to a tree or post as it is easy to adjust. If the distance bewteen your supports is too great, you can use the rope to extend the hammock length. Another easy alternative is a hammock fixing. This has the advantage of working on supports you can't tie a rope around like a fence of wall. For us, the combination of a hammock rope at one end and a hammock fixing at the other works best.
For most settings the middle of the hammock should be around 1m off the ground when it is empty. This makes getting in and out relatively easy and allows space for it to sink a little with the body weight. The fixings are typically at eye level or higher. Baby hammocks clearly need to be hung with particular care to ensure that the baby won't fall out or be able to grasp anything dangerous.
For a demonstration of how simple it is to hang a hammock take a look at our video.