Hammock Buying Guide

101 Ways to Hang your Hammock

There are 101 Ways to Hang your Hammock - Which technique works best for you?

Hanging your hammock in the right place and in the right way is a personal and practical choice that can mean the difference between relaxing and relaxing. You can hang your hammock between two trees in your favorite shady lawn spot, between rafters, on a porch - even in your bedroom using straps, wall hooks, a hammock stand or a combination of methods.

Hanging your hammock boils down to three key steps:

1. Ensure you have sufficient height and hanging distance;
2. Pick a location (there can be more than one!);
3. Choose a hanging method.

It really is that easy!

Keep in mind when choosing a spot that you will need some basic equipment. All hammocks can be hung from trees, anchored posts, stands and even from wall & ceiling wood studs. An easy and convenient alternative is using hammock tree straps, but if you choose the more traditional hanging route, you'll want a tape measure to determine distance & height, a drill as well as your hanging hooks (i.e. this hanging kit). If you can't find those perfectly spaced trees, we offer hammock stands that solve the problem.

STEP 1: Determine Height and Distance

Hammocks usually need anywhere from 10 to 15 feet of space to stretch out. Your needs will be based on the size and style of your hammock.

When it comes to spreader-bar hammocks, a rule of thumb is to measure the distance based on the length of the hammock. A good quality spreader-bar hammock is usually 13 feet long - so you need a distance of at least 13 feet between hanging points. Ideally, you could have a few extra feet to adjust the hammock tension based on the relaxer's preference (some like it flatter, some like it more arched). If your chosen spot is longer than the length of the hammock, hanging straps or extra lengths of chain or rope do the trick.

Hammocks with no spreader bars are more versatile because they are designed to hang with a slumped arch rather than flat. They can be hung between points slightly shorter than their length, which makes them suitable for a wide variety of environments.

Hammock height is another important consideration.. keep in mind that hammocks stretch quite a bit after use, so you need to leave sufficient clearance to avoid surprises down the line (nobody likes to touch the ground while relaxing :). This handy table shows you exactly how high to set you straps or hooks:

STEP 2: Where to Hang your Hammock

As long as you have sufficient distance and height- you're good to go anywhere! Pick your favorite spot that will induce total relaxation bliss. With the right atmosphere, laying in a hammock, for a few minutes, can make life perfect. Put some thought into whether you prefer sun or shade; what you'll see when you slowly open your eyes from that restful nap and whether you're far enough from noise distractions such as road traffic, etc..

STEP 3: Choose a Hanging Method

With Hammock Tree Straps

Straps are by far and away the simplest and quickest way to hang your hammock. The advantage of straps is that they can be adjusted for distance, won't damage your trees (they also work on posts) and can be brought anywhere as they're lightweight and compact (ideal for camping).

With Hanging Hardware

This is another popular hanging method. What you need is 2 good wall anchors (usually j-hooks), 2 lengths of chain (we recommend about 1.5 feet long) and 2 large s-hooks. The beauty of this system is that adjusting the hammock tension takes seconds (simply move the s-hooks up or down the chain). Folks hanging their hammocks indoors as bed replacements from wood beams usually use this system.

With Rope

Simple... 2 lengths of strong rope looped around the hammock end-loops and secured to a strong tree will do the trick. Low-tech, yes... but easy & effective!

On a Hammock Stand

This is the easiest of all. Stands are already geared for hanging- so all you need is the Hammock & you're ready to go. If purchasing both hammock and stand from us, you have all the hanging gear required.. however if you buy one of our stands (with the exception of the Universal Stand, which requires no hardware), and plan to use your own hammock, you'll need 2 lengths of chain + s-hooks for hanging.

A Few other Creative Hanging Spots...

From the Ceiling

Why not hang your hammock from the ceiling? The procedure here is similar to post hanging - just make sure the beam you've chosen can handle the weight. Use a finder to locate the the beam (If the beam is exposed it's even easier!). Drill a pilot hole for both locations and screw in the bolt and hook. If your hammock needs more distance, just add chain or rope to achieve the desired length.


You can also hang your hammock between a tree and a solid building wall, between two buildings, between two vehicles, or between a vehicle and a tree. If you have a solid roof rack and enough height you can pull your car up to a tree, tie the strap around the tree and roof rack and relax. You can do the same thing between two cars - just separate them at the distance you need and get ready for some R&R.

  Hanging Method   Pros   Cons
 Hammock Tree Straps
  • Lightweight & compact (great for camping)
  • Won't harm trees
  • Adjustable for any distance
  • Can't use them on walls
 With Hanging Hardware
  • Solid hold
  • Can be used on walls & ceilings
  • Easy adjustable distance via chains
  • Not mobile
  • Can harm trees
 With Rope
  • Everyone has rope!
  • Won't harm trees
  • Must secure good knots and ensure very tight loops for solid hold- not as easy as with straps
 On a Hammock Stand
  • Mobile, chase the sun!
  • Lots of different styles
  • Look fantastic and become part of backyard or home decor
  • No measuring
  • Easy set-up
  • Not great for camping
  • Requires space

6 Responses

Relaxer in Chief
Relaxer in Chief

November 27, 2014

Cornelle, if you have a 3 metre space, a 3 metre hammock (with spreader) will work.. I wouldn’t recommend a Hammock that is longer than your space (but shorter is ok)


November 13, 2014

Hello. I would like to hang a hammock with spreader between 2 walls. The distance between the walls is 3 meters. Do I choose a hammock with a total lenth of 3 meters or rather a longer one with a total length of 3.5 meters?

Relaxer in Chief
Relaxer in Chief

September 24, 2014

For sure Tony.. as long as your structure (beam or other) is thick and solid enough, no problem there. Our customers are pretty creative & hang their hammocks from just about anything. :)


September 23, 2014

Is it possible to install a hook to the wood side of a house strong enough to support a hammock?


September 22, 2014

Adam, it is clearly worth sacrificing your security deposit over as there is nothing better than lounging on a hammock. Good luck as you hang your hammock and let the relaxation begin!!


Adam Bichir
Adam Bichir

July 27, 2014

I really want to hang a hammock in my new apartment! If I send you some pictures of the location I’m looking to put the hammock in could you give me some ideas on how to hang it?

P.S. I’m willing to forfeit some of my security deposit if need be… this is important haha

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