So you want to hang a hammock but you don’t have any trees within close proximity. Fortunately, there’s a number of ingenious ways you can approach the dilemma while still maintaining secure mounting options. Safety is paramount—you wouldn’t want to see anyone get hurt while trying to get a little R&R. Here’s a list of five ways to tackle the problem.
The first option that comes to mind might seem pretty obvious, but hammock stands are an instant solution to mounting problems—they are a safe and secure way to enjoy a hammock of most any size without all the mental and physical effort that might otherwise go into hanging one. The nice thing about hammock stands is their portability—in other words, you can move them from one location to another at a moment’s notice. This versatility makes them an extremely popular choice with hammock users worldwide. With advancements in design, now you can choose between attractive wood or metal stands for both traditional and spreader bar hammocks.
Hammock Mounting Posts
Posts are another practical way to suspend a hammock—all you need for the job is a posthole digger or narrow trenching shovel along with a small bag of cement and two pressure treated posts 4 x 6, 5 x 5 or 6 x 6 in diameter. Dig your postholes to a depth of roughly three feet and set them between a foot and two feet farther apart than the overall length of your hammock. When spacing, bear in mind that if the hammock is new, it will stretch a bit with use. If you really want to be creative, you can build a simple pergola to span your posts and in essence create a stationary hammock stand that will compliment your yard.
Patio Mounting Options
If you want to hang a hammock or hammock chair on your patio or under a covered expanse such as a carport or deck covering, be sure to attach mounting brackets to a support beam. The importance of this can’t be stressed enough—you can’t just attach hammocks to eyebolts or brackets that haven’t been anchored properly and expect them to safely carry your weight. The same goes if you’re planning on mounting one from a wall to a column, pole or post of some sort: you need to locate a stud to properly bear the load. Otherwise, you risk the very real prospect of your hammock tearing loose from its moorings and dumping its occupant onto concrete, wood, or gravel.
Build a Pagoda
There’s no reason you can’t build a small pagoda to hang your hammock beneath. There are dozens of how-to sites and books you can find dealing with home improvement materials with easy-to-follow tutorials for walking you through the project. The larger space will create a focal point in your yard and accommodate a family- or king-size hammock with a spreader bar. Both are weatherproof and come with a detachable pillow. The great thing with an open-air design like this is that you can hang gauze curtains or mosquito netting from them for a romantic, whimsical, or exotic look.
Using existing posts or columns that are at least 4 x 4 in size on the edge of a porch is an excellent way to hang a hammock, even if it’s just a single or travel-size hammock like LA SIESTA’s Colibri or a Mayan net hammock like the Mexicana. Before you proceed, investigate the posts’ structural integrity and that they are securely anchored. Compromised wood should never be considered for supporting a hammock of any size. If there’s any question about stability, you can buy inexpensive strapping material for use in both concrete and wood applications at your local hardware store. These take only minutes to install top and bottom.
Hammock Mounting Hardware
If you’re not going to use a hammock stand and have instead opted for one of the other alternatives, you’re going to need proper suspension hardware. LA SIESTA carries sturdy mounting sets for suspending hammocks, hammock chairs and JOKIs (the cozy little hanging nests children adore). Whichever route you choose, all of their products are designed with consumer safety in mind. Now go forth and get the most out of your hammock!
By Rebecca WestThere are many ways to sit in a hammock. How many of them do you know?