How to Tie a Hammock to a Tree

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Lying in a hammock on a nice sunny day is the ultimate symbol of relaxation. Unfortunately, properly setting up that hammock can be quite a battle. Without proper setup, your hammock may become detached from the trees and collapse with you in it! Having your hammock collapse is not as funny as it sounds; the fall can lead to serious injury. Avoid an accident by following some setup guidelines in order to enjoy your hammock the proper way.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammock
  • Thick rope
  • Select two sturdy looking trees that are relatively close together (the distance will depend on the size of your hammock). Lean your weight against the trees and make sure they are sturdy. The trees should not bend at all under your weight.

  • Your hammock should have a small ring at the end of each side. Tie a length of rope to each of these two rings. Loop the rope around the tree several times and tie the end of the rope to the ring again. Two knots should now be on your hammock ring, securing it to the tree.

  • Attach the other end of the hammock to the other tree. Repeat the same steps to attach the hammock to the second tree, but allow your hammock to sag slightly. The sagging increases the stability of the hammock.

  • Sit on the hammock cautiously before fully relaxing. Ensure that the hammock does not sag all the way to the ground and is secure enough to handle your weight. Tighten your ropes if the hammock feels unstable, and raise the ropes on the tree if the hammock sags down too far.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hammock producers measure hammocks ring to ring, not by the length of material you will lie on. Keep this in mind when shopping for a hammock so you do not accidentally buy one that is too short. Always double-check the quality of your rope. Whether you keep your hammock up year round or occasionally assemble it, your hanging rope needs to be strong and secure to help prevent injury.
  • Clear out any rocks or twigs from beneath your hammock spot before actually setting up the hammock. Removing hard, sharp debris from under the hammock can lessen the chance of serious injury. Put soft material below your hammock-hanging site the first few times you try to assemble one. If an accident does occur, you will at least have a padded landing.

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