Hanging a hammock without a tree

You’re out walking somewhere, when suddenly you come across a set of trees that seems absolutely perfect for hanging a hammock.LStree

You can’t help but notice these things, of course. Years of scanning your surroundings and searching for suitable anchor points have fine-tuned your hammock-hanging radar. These days, it’s almost unconscious.

Tragically, you can’t take advantage of the situation: you’re heading to the office or home from the supermarket, not to mention you don’t have your hammock with you. Still, you find yourself doing a site assessment as you pass, just for fun.

#1. The tree trunks are generously thick — they would easily support your weight.

#2. The distance between the two trees looks perfect — they are wide enough for both the hammock and adequate lengths of rope to achieve the ideal curvature.

#3. There are no awkwardly-situated branches or other impediments.

You quickly imagine the scene playing out: you string up the hammock, then you lie back and savor the sweet taste of victory…

No trees? Some alternatives

Hammocks have been strung between trees for so long that it seems an integral part of the design. But remember — people have been constantly adapting hammocks to different contexts for centuries. So consider your options.

1. Posts, beams, railings, walls — get creative with your surroundings

Those lucky folks in a warm climate will find a few options right outside the door.

If you have a house with a veranda, one option is to tie your hammock extension ropes to the support posts. However, only try this if you’re sure they can easily hold the weight—the force of pull exerted by a hammock can place a lot of stress on load-bearing beams, and causing anything to collapse would put you in an uncomfortable situation, to say the least.

If you don’t have a veranda but have a porch, look at the configuration of the hand rail in the corners. Find a right-angle section and string a hammock diagonally between the railings. Again, only attempt this if you are positive it can support you.

If you don’t have a veranda or porch railing, don’t just sit and stare at the walls—put them to work! Find a corner of your room, back up a few steps and ponder the possibility: would a hammock be a good fit here? If the answer is yes, the next order of business is to measure the distance diagonally between the walls. Remember you will require sufficient space for the entire width of the hammock. If those conditions are satisfied, proceed to the next stage: assessing the suitability of the site and evaluating the potential for damage.

Construction caveat—attaching things to walls requires tools and a healthy dose of common sense. It’s best to consult a professional, someone with carpentry experience. However, if you feel comfortable operating a stud finder to locate the beams behind your walls, then go ahead and drill holes to install large-diameter lag bolts as anchors. But be warned: tradespeople charge a lot of money to fix the damage caused by enthusiastic but unskilled D.I.Y’ers.

2. Using a purpose-built hammock stand

Maybe mounting a hammock to the walls isn’t an option. Maybe you don’t have a suitable corner spot or you don’t want to risk damaging the walls [especially in a rental apartment]. If that’s the case, then La Siesta would like to introduce you to the hammock stand.

The hammock stand resembles a large boat. The two supporting arms at the front and back allow the hammock to be strung up without the need for external support. Best of all, since it’s designed specifically for the purpose of holding hammocks, there’s no need to fret about causing damage or risking injury—the arms are designed to support the weight, and the base is sufficiently wide to prevent tipping over.

For those who gravitate towards graceful wooden structures, La Siesta offers the Canoa hammock stand, available in a range of sizes, from single to double to family.

If you’re already sold on steel the Neptuno is a true plug-and-play hammock-stand system—it assembles and disassembles in a matter of seconds, no tools required!


By Joshua Hergesheimer 

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