Installing a hammock: advice and precautions

by Live hammock

Indispensable accessory of the summer, the hammock must above all be well fixed to be able to enjoy it safely. Suspended between two trees or with a support, we give you our advice on how to properly install a hammock

When we think of the hammock, we immediately see a sunny afternoon. Whether you choose to settle there for a nap or a little reading, it is advisable to take care of the installation of the hammock to avoid accidents which would then ruin this moment of relaxation. Know that a successful fixation first requires the choice of grip and that it will also be necessary to respect some rules as to the height and the distance between the bindings. Then you just have to sit diagonally in the hammock to enjoy all its comfort.

Between two trees, with a pole… the different ways of installing a hammock
There are several ways to install a hammock depending on the type of hanging you have:

Hammock support: Some hammocks are sold directly with a metal support and it is then enough to simply attach the textile to the dedicated hooks. For the other hammocks, we will have to find the most suitable fixing system.
Between two trees: In a garden, the ideal is to be able to install the hammock between two trees using a rope that you will tie around the trunk. At least two turns of rope should be made around the tree.
A single tree: If you have only one tree, you can complete the installation using a post that you will have to seal in the ground. If the distance allows, it is also possible to add a clip directly on the front of your house. It will then be necessary to choose a hook appropriate to the material and a fixing sufficiently solid to guarantee your safety.
No trees: If your garden offers no possibility of fixing, poles are the most suitable solution. Care should be taken to seal them properly in the ground to ensure the stability of the installation.
In the case of an installation on a balcony, you can put pegs in the walls, taking care that they are strong enough to support the weight of the hammock and its user. It is of course also possible to invest in a hammock stand if you do not want to pierce the walls.

Securing your hammock
Once the type of grip selected, it's time to install the hammock. Unless you choose a hammock support, it is up to you to choose the fixing height and the curve given by the distance between the two anchor points. And this step will both guarantee your comfort but also your security.

In general, the minimum distance required between two attachment points is 3 meters but must be calculated according to the size of the hammock and represent at least 90% of its total suspended length. In order to determine the installation height, it is in principle necessary to divide the spacing between the two fixings by two. For example, if your fixing points are spaced 3 meters apart, the hammock should be installed at a height of at least 1.5 meters. Contrary to popular belief, the hammock should not be stretched but rather have the shape of a banana or a crescent moon. It is also considered that the hammock should be 40-50 cm from the ground when loaded, so change the height accordingly.

Safety rules
As a reminder, we do not lie lengthwise in a traditional hammock but rather slightly at an angle. Hammocks with bars on either side of the fabric can be used lengthwise.
Always check that the attachment is secure before installing. If you use cords, friction may wear out after a while and they will need to be replaced. To avoid wear, you can also opt for stainless steel heart lugs, metal parts that will protect the rope.
Always pay attention to the maximum weight that the installation can support. You will usually find this information on the instructions for your hammock. Likewise, the fixing chosen should correspond to the weight: so make solid knots but also choose dowels suitable for the material of your wall for example.