How to Hang a Hammock from a Tree
If you are planning a camping trip, you might want to use a hammock instead of a tent to sleep in. Hammocks are often quite comfy; they are lightweight and portable and can be easy to set up.
That said, you do need to know how to hang a hammock from a tree, which is exactly what we are here to talk about today. Let’s go over various methods to get this done, as well as some helpful tips too.
Hanging a Hammock from a Tree
There are 3 different methods you can use to hang your hammock from two trees, each of which have their own advantages and disadvantages. You can choose to hang your hammock with tree straps, hammock hanging hardware, or with some simple rope.
One of the easiest ways to hang a hammock from a tree is by using tree straps. There are many hammocks that come with the tree straps included. These are very portable, lightweight, and should allow you to hang your hammock in just a few short minutes. Let’s go over a quick step by step guide on using tree straps for hammock hanging.
- Take one of the straps and totally unroll it. Remember that these straps have 2 ends, one with a loop and one with a hook.
- Find an adequate tree and wrap the strap around it, and then pass the hook end through the loop.
- Pull it very tight to ensure a secure fit, then take the long end of the strap hanging off the tree and wrap it around the tree a couple of times, in the opposite direction which you fed the hook through the loop.
- Pass the hook end through the loop end one more time and pull it tight, making sure that the hook end is hanging at the right spot to hang the hammock.
- You will now repeat this process for the second strap and the second tree.
- Insert the hammock hooks into the hook ends of both straps, and then hang the hammock rings from this. Now you should have a hammock hanging between two trees.
- You can always use hammock chains to give your hammock more slack as it hangs.
You may also choose to hang your hammock using hammock hardware, which consists of welded steel chains, tree hooks, and S-hooks for the hammock rings.
This takes some more time and effort to accomplish, and you may cause some damage to the trees, but this is also a very permanent and stable way of hanging a hammock. Let’s go through a quick step by step guide on hanging your hammock using hardware.
- First off, find the trees you want to hang the hammock from, and then mark the spots on the trees where the tree hooks will be inserted.
- Get a power drill and drill pilot holes where you made the markings. The pilot holes should be about half the diameter of the tree hooks.
- Take the tree hooks and screw them into the pilot holes which you just created. Be sure to screw them in all the way and be sure to leave the hook facing upwards.
- Take your S-hooks and place them through the hanging rings on the hammock, so one on each end, and place the other end of the S-hooks into the tree hooks. Some tree hooks have steel chains on them where the S-hook is placed. This depends on the exact type of hardware you are working with.
- If using a steel chain model, you can choose the location of the S-hooks to create more slack or tautness.
Hanging your hammock with a rope is another option. It takes a bit of skill, but it can be done quite quickly, plus you won’t damage the tree. All you need is enough rope to pass around both trees a few times, 2 hammock hooks, and 2 carabiners. Let’s go over a quick step-by-step guide on hanging your hammock using rope.
- Make sure that you have 2 ropes of equal length.
- Starting in the middle of the rope, wrap it around the first tree about 3 times, making sure that both ends of the rope are hanging off the tree.
- Take the left end of the rope that is hanging off the tree and then bring it over, then under the other end of the rope hanging off the tree. Now, pull the left end up through the loop you just created, and then bring the left end over to the other side so it becomes the right end.
- Similar to the previous step, take the right end and weave it under and then around the left end, then bring it up through the loop.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 one more time to create a very secure and tight knot. Pull on both ends of the rope to tighten everything.
- Now you want to take both ends of the rope hanging off the tree and feed them through the carabiner. The carabiner’s lock should be under the rope and facing you.
- Now you need to take both ends of the rope and pass them over the length of rope directly above where they passed through the carabiner.
- Now loop both ends of rope around the left side of the carabiner. You should now have created a loop of rope on the carabiner, which you will pull both ends of rope through. Pull them as tight as you can to ensure a secure hold.
- You will now need to repeat this whole process for the second rope and the second tree.
- You can now place the hammock hooks into the carabiners, and then hang your hammock.
As you can see, if you want a permanent hold that will stay in place for a long time, using hardware is best. If you want to make things as easy, using tree straps is the way to go. If you want to work with as little hardware as possible, and you feel comfortable with rope, then that’s a good option too.