Sleeping in a hammock is wonderful, but who is going to hang it?
Hanging a hammock is easy, right? All you have to do is hang it up between two trees and you’re done, or so you may think.
Easy? Yes, but it is a bit time consuming, but oh so worth it!
So let’s get started.
Believe it or not, you are going to have to use some math to hang it properly.
I know, you’re thinking, “Oh no, not math! I have to know math just to hang a hammock?” Well, yes, but it’s pretty much just basic math.
Don’t worry, we have you covered.
Basically, this is what you’ll need to know:
- You will need two webbing strips to attach your hammock to the trees.
- Each of your webbing strips must come with a loop on each end. These loops are what you will need to run the cords through.
- Choose two trees that are approximately 15 to 25 feet apart from one another. The diameter of each tree should be approximately 8”.
- At shoulder height, wrap one of your webbing strips around the truck of the tree two times. Do the same with the other tree and your other webbing strip.
Make sure each loop faces inward toward where you will be attaching the hammock.
- Each end of the hammock has a cord. Choose which end you want to work with first (it doesn’t matter which end you choose).
Estimate how much cord you will need on each end of the hammock, so that when you are done it will hang evenly.
- Tie the cord to the webbing, but don’t make it tight yet. (You will tighten it later when you are sure the hammock is hanging evenly between the two trees).
Note: To tie the cord to the webbing, use a couple of half hitch knots. Make it just tight enough to hold it in place for now.
- Repeat the same process with the tree opposite the one you just worked on.
Again, to tie the cord to the webbing use a couple of half hitch knots. As before, don’t make it tight yet.
- Now, step back and take a look. Does each side look even? If not, all you have to do is adjust your half hitches until both sides look the same.
- You want to make sure that the hanging portion of the hammock is at a comfortable height.
To gauge that, all you need to do is, from a standing position, just sit down & make sure it is easy to sit on the hammock – not too low & not too high.
If it is just the right height for you, great!
If not, just move the webbing straps down both tree trunks until both sides are even and at the height that is most comfortable for you.
Hang In There (Pun Intended) – You’re Almost Done
- Once you are satisfied that the height of the webbing is exactly where you want it, you will need to secure it.
To secure the webbing, untie the half hitch knots.
Then lash the cord to the webbing.
To do that, all you need to do is:
Hold the cord tight, wrap the loose end (aka, the tail) underneath the part of the cord that runs from the webbing straps to the hammock.
Then, bring it back up and repeat the same process, bringing the tail up & putting it through both loops of the webbing & pull it tightly toward the hammock.
Do this same process four times, pulling the tail very tightly each time.
The last step is to use a couple of half hitch knots to tie up the loose end.
Repeat the exact same process to secure hammock to the other tree.
All Done, right? Not quite…
AND, FINALLY, lay in the hammock, relax, take a nap or sleep on it for the whole night. When you awaken, you will most likely be gifted with a gorgeous view of a beautiful blue sky or a bevy of stars.
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, it is a bit time consuming, but oh so worth it! Don’t you agree?
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