A hammock is a comfortable place to spend some lazy hours in the summer sun. Maybe you have just bought a hammock, and now you need to hang it up. Or, maybe you’ve had one for awhile and just haven’t gotten around to using it. Whatever the case, now is the time to hang up your hammock so you can start to enjoy it!
The first consideration in hanging your hammock is finding a suitable location for it. You often see freestanding hammocks strung up between two hardy trees. The location is not limited to a woodsy area, though. You can purchase a hanging kit and actually hang it up most anywhere!
All you need to do is to make sure the location you choose will safely hold the weight capacity of the hammock. If you do choose to use two trees, they should be strong, healthy trees that are at least twelve inches around. Or, if you choose to use wooden posts, they should be strong and durable and be at least four inches across each side. They should also be made of treated lumber so they can withstand harsh weather conditions.
If you decide to hang your hammock from two trees, you will need to find suitable trees that are about the same distance apart as the length of your hammock. You can add pieces of rope or chain on each end of the hammock in order to increase its hanging length. Keep in mind, though, that this will also increase its unstableness. To figure out if the space you have chosen is suitable, unfold the hammock and lay it out on the ground in between the trees. The hammock will need an additional twelve inches on each end. It will also need four to five feet of clearance on each side to allow for swinging.
Read and follow the manufacturer’s directions in regards as to how to properly hang the hammock. Basically, hammocks are hung up by the rope on each end about four feet up from the ground. You may choose to screw hooks into each tree or each post so you can easily attach the ropes to them. If you choose to use posts, they will need to be about eight feet long.
You will need to dig two holes – the appropriate distance apart- about two and a half feet deep. Place a post squarely in each hole, then fill each hole with mixed cement. Brace each post up so that it is level by using wooden two by fours. Allow the cement to dry thoroughly before you hang your hammock. Drying time should normally take between forty – eight and seventy- two hours.
To install the hooks in either the trees or the posts, you will need to drill two small starter holes. Make sure these are positioned at the right height to hang your hammock on. Then, screw each of the hooks into the starter holes. Make sure that you screw the hooks in straight. Make sure that you tighten the hooks securely too.
Finally, use the hardware that was included with your hammock to hang it up either between the two trees or the wooden posts. Before you use it, check to make sure that it is hung up properly. And make sure that it will safely hold its intended weight capacity.
If you want to prolong the life of your hammock, you should not leave it outside all year around.
Instead, take it down, fold it up, and take it inside during periods of inclement weather. If you need to wash it, you can probably place it in a zippered laundry bag and machine-wash it.