How To Tie A Hammock – 5 Easy Steps
What can make a beach day even better? Relaxing in a hammock as you feel the breeze and hear the ocean waves crashing. How can you improve a day in the park? Suspended in a hammock between a couple of trees while reading a book hear the wind whistling through the trees.
Is there really a bad place to use a hammock? Not in my book. As long as you know how to tie a hammock, you can enjoy hammock camping or backpacking in just about any place. However, not knowing how to hang a hammock can result in harm.
Continue reading to learn about different hammock knots, locations, and more.
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How Do You Secure a Camping Hammock to a Tree?
Contemplating how to tie a hammock to a tree is a common thought. There are multiple ways to do this. The easiest, and most common, are to use ropes or hammock straps. While it is less common, you can also use mounting hardware.
The best way to do this is with tree straps. Most hammocks are sold with corresponding straps. They are usually quite long and have a rubber grip on one side.
There are multiple loops that allow you to clip the hammock to your preferred height. This is also the most tree-friendly way for hammock hanging. It doesn’t damage the structure at all.
Secondly, if your hammock did not come with straps, or if you lost them, you can use ropes. This is a decent option but does more harm to the trees than hammock straps. The ropes cut into the bark of the tree, revealing the inside, living, part of the tree and can weaken the tree or cause infection over time.
Finally, mounting hardware is a possibility, but the least convenient. If you only do it once and correctly, it will wound the tree, but as long as the tree is old and strong enough, it will heal. It is not ideal to screw hooks into a different tree every day.
How Do You Hang a Hammock With Ropes?
First, you need to choose the right type and length of rope. Hammock rope made from nylon is a great choice that is weather-resistant, durable, and has some flexibility. A rope made from natural fibers is also a good choice because it is more bug-resistant and taut, but is more susceptible to weather damage.
After choosing a rope, you need to learn a few essential knots. While there are many types of knots, I’ll only discuss three of the best knots in this article.
1. Girth Hitch. This is a basic knot that allows you to hang each end of the hammock from the tree, and then create another simple knot or two connecting the rope to your hammock.
First, you need to create a small loop in your rope. Then, hug the tree to pass the loop behind it. Grab the other piece of rope and pull it through the loop.
2. Shoelace Knot. Take one free end of the rope in each hand and around the tree. Make sure there’s enough rope.
Create a loop to cross in the middle and then create the famous “bunny ears” and tie them together. Pull each end of the rope and continue as needed or desired.
3. Clove Hitch. Take one end of the rope in each hand. Pass one side along the back of the tree and continue with one end in each hand.
Cross the ropes to form an X. Wrap the ropes around the tree again and form another X. Do this one more time until you have 3 Xs.
Is It Possible to Hang a Hammock Without Straps or Ropes?
Definitely. Most hammocks come with a carabiner on each end. Some homes are even equipped with two hooks so perfectly distanced for hammocks. If not, you could always install these hooks.
Using the same idea, you can permanently secure hooks to a pair of trees with mounting hardware.
How Do You Hang a Hammock Without Trees?
Without trees, you can invest in a hammock stand. The stand can be placed just about anywhere is a great option for your home. Unfortunately, it is not a very portable option.
If you can only find one good tree near you, you can also enlist the help of your car. Assuming you have a solid roof rack with a strong weight limit (you can find this information in the owner’s manual), you can tie one end of the rope or straps around the roof rack and the others to a tree.
Are All Trees Good for Hanging a Hammock On?
No. You need to thoroughly inspect each tree before you hang your hammock on it. Look for older, yet sturdy trees. If a limb has been cut, make sure that no water has entered the tree, making it weak.
It is also important to look up. Especially if you are hanging from palm trees, look for items such as coconuts or loose tree branches that could fall on you.
Finally, tree distance and height. Depending on the length of your hammock, the distance will change. Typically, you want a set of trees that are about 3 feet longer than your hammock if you are using ropes or straps.
In terms of height, there’s no need to hang your hammock any higher than about 18 inches above the ground. Not only will it be difficult to get out of, but it also makes it difficult to get into.
5 Easy Steps to Tie a Hammock
Now that you’ve learned multiple methods of how to tie a hammock, you are ready to relax.
In just a few simple steps, you can be suspended in the air relaxing and enjoying the outdoors.
- Find a good hammock (some of the best hammocks are available on Amazon) with a sensible weight limit
- Choose a spot to hang the hammock. Make sure there is nothing that can fall out of the tree/on you
- Tie the appropriate knots
- Sit gently in the hammock to test the knots