Common Hammock Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making (And How to Fix Them)


Relaxing in a hammock sounds pretty straightforward and easy. It brings to mind daydreams of enjoying some downtime under the sun or having a unique indoor spot for you and your friends to hang out. What you may not know it that there are some common mistakes you may be making when using your hammock. Here are a few of them to try and avoid.

Lying in it wrong
Most people imagine lying in their hammock with their head at one end and their feet at the other like a banana in a peel. Some people think about just sitting in the middle perpendicularly to the hammock and relaxing that way. However, the most comfortable way to hang in a hammock is actually diagonally. For hammocks without spreader bars, like travel hammocks or South American hammocks, this helps stretch the hammock to its maximum width so that you have more than enough space. Plus it provides the best support for your back as well.

Hanging it wrong
Using suspension sets or stands is the way to go when hanging your hammock. But are you hanging it correctly? To avoid falls to the ground and overall comfort, make sure to follow instructions. While it may hold up sometimes, hanging a hammock incorrectly could lead to an unexpected fall while lying in it.

Not checking the weather
Depending on the material of your hammock, you’ll definitely want to check the weather. Leaving out a hammock made with cotton can cause the hammock to deteriorate. If you plan on leaving your hammock out any and it’s not made of a weather-proof material, you’ll want to see if any rain is on the way.

Standing on it
Stacking hammocks is all the rage right now, but you need to be careful as you hang them and try to get into the higher ones. Try to avoid putting all of your weight in one place like you do when standing. This will help ensure you do not tear or put any holes in your hammock.

Picking a bad spot to hang out
Can’t find a spot? Well, don’t settle for a bad one. Try to avoid areas with rocks underneath or any poisonous plants. Finding rough terrain under your hammock won’t be good if your set-up gives out. You’ll also want to avoid areas where you’re not sure if the hammock is on top of poison oak or ivy. If you’re hiking and camping with your hammock at nighttime, bring a headlamp or lantern to look down at your spot.

Storing it wrong
In order to make sure your hammock lasts a long time, storing it correctly is important. You’ll want to make sure you’ve cleaned the hammock first, especially if there’s anything on it that could ruin it while in storage. After the hammock has completely dried, you can put it in either a plastic bag or container so that mice or other vermin don’t harm it during storage. Make sure you do this if you’re storing in areas like attics and basements.

However you decide to hang, you’ll want to make sure you’re safe, your hammock is safe, and that you’re having the most comfortable hang possible. By following these tips, you’ll be able to relax with peace of mind.


There are many ways to sit in a hammock. How many of them do you know?