How to Hang a Hammock in Your Backyard

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An outdoor hammock can make an amazing addition to any backyard, and proper installation ensures maximum enjoyment without safety or comfort concerns.

Start by finding two healthy trees spaced approximately 10-15 feet apart. Select wide tree straps or hardware designed to prevent bark abrasion; thin ropes and cords could damage trees.

Choose a Hammock Type

At the forefront of hanging a hammock is finding one suitable to your needs and requirements. Spreader bars are popular choices that hold open the hammock with wooden pieces at each end – these types offer maximum comfort and support, perfect for camping trips and backyard lounging alike.

For this type of hammock, two healthy trees will need to be at least as far apart as your hammock’s length. An effective way of finding these trees is visiting a public park and looking for large and sturdy trees with wide, sturdy bases.

If you don’t have two suitable trees to hang your hammock from, tree straps or ropes may still provide a suitable way of suspending it. Made from thicker materials than thin options like cords or ropes, tree straps allow for less bark damage when attached directly to trees or porch posts. Look for straps with multiple attachment points sewn along their length for easy suspension of suspensions from trees or porch posts.

Find a Spot for Your Hammock

As soon as you’re ready to hang a hammock, the first step should be identifying an appropriate location. Most hammock users opt for hanging theirs between two trees, although you could also use fence posts or posts. What matters most is finding an area which will securely support both its weight and tension needs of your hammock.

Find an ideal spot by finding two solid anchor points approximately 10-15 feet apart, preferably where the trees are healthy and strong; thin-barked trees should also be avoided for their delicate bark.

Once you’ve found an ideal location, drill small holes at each anchor point before installing long eye bolts that reach at least 2 inches into wood joists and screwing in heavy-duty eye bolts that reach at least that distance into each one. Finally, secure the end-loops of your hammock to these eyebolts using carabiners or s hooks.

4 Ways to Set Up Your Hammock

When hanging a hammock, finding an area with sufficient space is of utmost importance, according to Demin. You should ideally choose two healthy trees 10-15 feet apart as anchor points – these must also be sturdy enough to support both its own weight as well as that of the hammock and person using it.

Hang your hammock using hammock hardware, rope, or tree straps – whether camping or setting up temporarily. Tree straps are easier and gentler on trees; thin cord may dig in too deeply and damage vital layers of bark essential to their health. When camping or temporary setting up a temporary setup use tree straps if possible as thin cord can tear bark away from trees causing irreparable damage.

If you decide to install wall or ceiling hooks, make sure the structure contains solid wood or concrete joists with screw-in eyes for hanging the hook at an appropriate height (please refer to Space Requirements above).

Fine-Tune the Height

For optimal relaxation, hammocks must also be suspended at an ideal height. To find your ideal hang, use a hammock height calculator to calculate where you should sit; then choose a suspension system compatible with both that height and Leave No Trace principles – for instance wide tree-friendly straps will reduce bark damage while hammering hooks into trees won’t hurt them as much!

If you prefer hanging your hammock between trees, select two healthy, sturdy trees at least 10 to 15 feet apart that can support your weight and install straps securely by wrapping each post with them and threading one end through an attached loop at either end of the hammock.

If you would rather install posts instead, dig holes for each post and cement them a minimum of two feet into the ground before following manufacturer instructions to ensure your posts remain safe and secure.

Do a Safety Check

Hammocks make an excellent addition to any backyard, but before jumping in one make sure that it is safe to use. Be sure that it can support your weight and that the attachment points are secure; additionally avoid sharing it with multiple people at the same time as this may strain its suspension and lead to its breaking.

Search for two healthy trees or posts made of metal that are at least 10-15 feet apart and capable of supporting your weight without straining. Look out for sensitive plant life such as poison ivy that might pose risks; also avoid areas with wildlife which could possibly harm the hammock.

Decide whether you would like to suspend the hammock using hardware such as ring buckles, finger nines, or j-hook wall anchors; or using rope. When choosing hardware – which can puncture and damage bark – be careful not to puncture and damage trees with it; when selecting rope, opt for thicker options which won’t tangle as easily in branches or harm trees.


Hammocks have become iconic images, often hanging between trees. But this doesn’t have to be your only option! Consider hanging your hammock from posts anchored into the ground, or purchasing a stand specially tailored to accommodate it.

When selecting the location for your hammock, be sure to choose trees which can support your weight without becoming dead or diseased. Once chosen, find an area which is neither too high nor too low – an ideally suitable spot would allow for comfortable lying prone with both feet on the ground and head slightly tilted downward – 10-15 degrees off centerline.

If your hammock features spreader bars, aim for a 30-degree strap angle for best results. This will give your body some cushioned support as you nestle into it comfortably and cozy up on cool evenings by adding a thick carimat or underquilt for warmth.