How to hang a hammock

How to hang a hammock

How to hang a hammock in 5 easy steps

Published: April 30, 2024
Published: April 30, 2024

Picture it: a gentle breeze, a cool drink in your hand, and the rhythmic swaying of a hammock drifting you into a state of bliss. Sounds idyllic, right? Well, you can make it happen anywhere, whether it's in your backyard, at a campsite, or even on your balcony. With a Decathlon hammock, you can achieve ultimate relaxation quickly and easily. Let’s get you swaying in just 5 steps.

① Scout the perfect location

First things first. Look for a suitable hanging spot between two sturdy structures that are approximately 10-15 feet apart. Here are a couple of options:

  • Trees: Ideal! Just make sure they're healthy and can bear your weight in addition to the hammock.
  • Posts: If you've got dedicated hammock stands, great. If not, strong porch supports might work, if the spacing is adequate.
② Secure the straps

Most hammocks (especially these Decathlon hammocks) come with tree-friendly straps for easy hanging. Wrap a strap around each support at roughly eye level. Make sure the straps are tight and sit evenly.

Pro tip: For added stability, give your straps one extra twist around the tree.

③ Adjust the height

Time to attach your hammock. Depending on the style, you'll probably have either carabiners or loops on the ends. They make experimenting with different heights a cinch. Aim for a comfortable angle and a hammock height that makes it easy to get in or out.

Pro tip: We’ve found that the optimal height is 18 inches above the ground when the hammock is occupied.

④ Test the stability

Safety first! Before you fully commit, give your newly hung hammock a gentle test shake. Is it securely anchored? Are there any wobbles or signs of strain? Adjust as needed.

Pro tip: If you tend to sleep in your hammock, try a slightly tighter hang to prevent your back from curving too much overnight.

⑤ Enjoy your hammock

Congratulations, you’re ready to relax in your hammock! Hanging a hammock is a simple task with never-ending rewards. Don't be afraid to experiment with different spots and heights until you find your personal sweet spot!

A few extra items to consider

For maximum enjoyment, we recommend these add-ons:

  • Pillows and blankets. Make your hammock extra cozy for naptime.
  • Bug protection. A bug net will be your best friend in Mosquito Country.
  • Hammock stand. No trees? No problem! Hammock stands offer great flexibility.

If you have questions about hanging your hammock, reach out to us. Looking for a high-quality hammock guaranteed to chill you out? Check out our collection of Decathlon hammocks.

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