Nothing like relaxing outdoors on your very own hammock right? The gentle breeze of the wind and the carefree feeling you have while lying down and swinging on your hammock is a relaxation that’s second to none. If you might be unsure how to properly set your hammock up a tree, this guide is definitely for you.
Now let’s get started,
Well first of all, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when planning to hang your hammock from a tree. First is the amount of distance between them and second is the height from the ground are the main priorities to consider.
With the distance, the trees should not be so far apart as your hammock will not give you your desired curvature for your comfort. Depending on what hammock you have, you would most likely want at least a 10 – 15 feet of distance in between those trees. That distance will set your hammock up with the necessary space for the proper tension of your desired sit height – which is the lowest point of your hammock to around 18 inches.
The height of the trees should be sufficient as well, not too high as not only do you risk getting injured in the unlikely event that you fall off but also getting up at such a high distance poses challenges as well. You would want to anchor your hammock at least 48 inches or 4 feet from the ground.
With these two things in mind, this leads to probably the most important part. You have to pick the right pair of trees to hang your hammock off of. They should be two sturdy and healthy trees that can support your body weight and accommodate the measurements mentioned earlier. So now that you’ve found your two perfect trees, you want to hang your hammock with the proper suspension (rope, chain,strap) on a 30 degree angle to provide you with right amount of force.
Wrap the suspensions properly around the tree trunks, then use a knot or a carabiner to attach the suspension to the end loops of the hammock. I would advise using tree straps as this would cause less stress on the trees and does not damage them in any way.