How to Hang a Hammock from a Porch

Have you experienced those lovely days outside? When the wind is blowing through your hair, but not too hard that dust is flying around. When the sun is the perfect temperature, it warms your skin without you getting sweaty. The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and all feels right.

It is those kinds of days that make you wish that you could drag your bed outside and soak in some rays. Have some fresh icy lemonade by your side while you read a magazine on celebrity affairs. Lucky for you, instead of a whole bed, you can hang a hammock outside. Read on to know exactly how you can manage that.

How to Hang a Hammock from a Porch?

I wish it were just as easy as tying rope ends from two poles. However, there are several factors you must keep in mind before embarking on this endeavor. The first question that should inevitably come to your mind is: Do I even have a porch large enough for a hammock? The swing itself would be the length of 12-15 feet, depending on how stretched out it is. It will need an additional 2-3 feet on each side to swing comfortably without bumping into an object.

Secondly, you should consider the type of hammock you require. Some are made of net and rope, with wooden or metal beams at ends, to maintain the structure. Swings are also made out of woven cotton, which generally hangs nearer to the ground.

There are also different styles for hanging a hammock. You can hang them regularly like a swing, or with a spread bar if you have a confined space. You can also hang them like a pivot using a spread bar, which will allow you to rotate fully.

Required Materials

  • Chalk to make markings for accurate placement
  • A ladder or stool, depending on the height of your porch
  • Measuring tape to keep the distance precise
  • An electric drill for making holes
  • J hooks which will go into the ceiling
  • Chains for adjusting hammock slack and height
  • S hooks that will join the hammock hooks to the chains
  • Stud finder for locating studs present in the roof


Firstly, you will need to clear up all space on your patio, lest you trip over a potted plant. You can also get rid of those deck chairs you never use. This process will illustrate the most straightforward way you can hang a hammock. You can experiment with spread bars as well.

Now, you can climb your ladder till you can safely reach the ceiling. Make sure your ladder is placed away from any railings or walls. You do not want to mark a hook placement near an obstruction. Swinging into a wall will not be fun.

Using a stud finder, you will pinpoint studs already present in the ceiling, to now be used to hang your J hooks. Using chalk, mark the center of these studs as accurately as you can. Otherwise, you might end up drilling several holes into your ceiling.

This is the part where you will feel like a house builder. With your drill handy, get ready to pierce into that ceiling. Once you are through with that and have thoroughly satisfied yourself with your drill skills, it is time to insert the J hooks as far into the hole as they will go. Please make sure these hooks are securely in place, as they are the base for hanging the whole hammock.

Place one end of the S hooks inside the J hooks. The other end of the S hooks will be supporting chains. In turn, the chains will tie to the end ropes of the hammock. These chains are necessary for length adjustment of the hammock.

Once the hammock is set-up, do not jump right into it. You need to test it out first to ensure it will handle the weight. You can grab actual weights, those plants you put aside at the start, or any objects that will amount to 100 kgs. If the test passes, you can lounge on that hammock. If not, you might have to restart the procedure to see where you went wrong.

What are the alternatives to hanging a hammock outside?

If you do not have a porch, or it is too small to house a hammock, you can hang one in between two poles or trees. Make sure the distance between the trees is appropriate for a hammock. You do not want to be touching the floor or be so high up that you would need a ladder to climb down.

The procedure itself would be similar where you would have to drill in holes for hooks. Also, test out the strength of those poles, and whether they can hold over 100 kgs.

Besides hanging a hammock, you can also use a hammock stand, which will already be fitted with the necessary items. You can place it on the lawn, on the patio, or move it around as you see fit.

Are there specific lengths of a hammock?

For height above the ground, about 2 feet is a suitable length. Too high and you will have trouble getting on, too low and you will brush against the floor.

You will also need to factor in sag. Typically, hooks will have a distance of about 15 feet. But this length will vary according to the type of hammock, and your preference. If it is too stretched out, there is a chance of falling off the swing. If it is too saggy, you will feel like a baby inside a cot from which they cannot get out. Hence, a perfect balance is required, which is found by tinkering with the chains.


The process may seem daunting, but all that is required is having the right tools, and not missing out on a crucial step. A motivating factor can be the relaxation you can obtain through this hammock. Just think of all the great afternoon naps you will be able to accomplish. That of course, if the weather allows for it. And if not, there plenty of accessories you can get in order to have a comfortable experience even when the temperatures outside are not so user-friendly. You know what they say in Norway: there is no such thing as a bad weather, but only bad clothing.

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