Outdoor Federation

How to Hang Hammock without Trees

Even if hammocks are strung traditionally between trees, you do not require a pair of oaks in your yard for you to enjoy one. The only thing you need is 2 string points for you to tie off both ends. If there aren’t natural spots in the yard to do it, you could purchase or make them. Installing hammocks supports provides you the freedom to pick the best area, yet several existing supports found in your home can be a great choice as well. Other than that, you have to pick a safe location. Hammocks might fall, so hang them low to avoid injuries and don’t string one above other objects or furniture.

Hammock without trees

Porch Posts

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Your front porch with sturdy posts offers built-in support for hammocks as long as the distance between the posts isn’t greater than 18 ft, and the posts are in place where you could use the hammocks safely. Stringing hammocks between the posts across the porch railing or banister isn’t safe. If hammocks fall, users might be injured through landing on the railing. The posts that don’t have railing between and the ones that are set apart diagonally are safer. Braided nylon or slip-resistant leather straps with the tie-off hooks wrap around posts and hold hammocks securely without damaging posts. You may also mount high quality eye bolts on the post or tie off hammocks in a traditional manner through wrapping ties around the post a few times and securing these with sturdy knot.

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Concrete Posts

Mimic trees through setting 4×4” fence concrete posts. Determining the post’s height does not require confusing calculations. They may be any height that you prefer, as long as they are tall enough to hold hammocks above the ground. Distance between posts must be at least a couple of feet more than the hammock’s length. 18 feet apart is safe universal spacing for majority of the hammock posts. Cut posts fifty percent longer than the height you like to be. Extra length goes in the ground with layers of gravel on the concrete and bottom that surround the posts, the same manner that the fence is made, so dig twelve-inch wide holes to the depth plus about three inches for gravel. You may dig using shovel, power auger, and hole digger. Adding some inches of gravel at the hole’s bottom part will help the water drainage. You may use the ready-to-mix concrete for the fence posts and follow the directions of the manufacturer. When the posts are set and concrete is already cured, consider tying up the hammock at the height you want. Depending on your preferences, you may twist heavy eye screws into the posts for durable tie-off points.

Between Buildings

If you’re sitting close to 2 buildings, you may hang your hammock between these buildings. The possible locations are between a shed and house or detached garage. You may also tie 1 end of hammocks to the building and install posts to hold the opposite ends. Fastening hammocks to the building requires quality eye screws or hooks to tie the cords and hardware should fasten to the structure’s sturdy part.

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