How to Hang a Hammock from Trees?

Being cooped up all day inside the house can get repetitive and tiring very soon. There are days when you want to grab your bed and throw it outside just so you can get some fresh air. You also consider lying in the grass but the last time you tried that, bugs tried to eat you alive.

If you just want to enjoy a nice sunny day, and laze around, getting a hammock is the perfect option for you. All you need to do is hang it once, and then you can use it at any time. Not only will you be saved from ants trying to crawl all over you, but also will not have to drag a mattress outside.

Below is a list of ways you can hang a hammock outdoors. There are also certain conditions that need to be met before you can hang the hammock.

Considerations for Hanging a Hammock from a Tree

Firstly, you need to have trees outside. It seems like a very obvious statement, but these are not ordinary or flimsy trees. The kind of trees you require have to be sturdy, have an adequate height, and have a textured bark for support. Let me explain why these three conditions are important.

Sturdy – The hammock itself has a certain amount of weight, and on top that, add in your weight as well. If the tree is not sturdy, there is a chance it will break due to the weight and an injury might occur. Please ensure that the overall thickness of the tree is at least half a foot.

Height – The tree also needs to be medium or tall, as the hammock has to be hung around 1.5 feet off the ground. Any lower and your back will touch the ground when you lie on it. The ropes of the hammock will also be at least 4 feet up the tree for it to have the perfect sag.

Texture – You can imagine a smooth bark yourself. When you try to tie a rope on it, as there is no roughness to settle into, the rope will keep sliding off whenever weight is added to the hammock.

Secondly, there needs to be either many trees available, or for the limited trees present to have a satisfactory distance between them. The distance required depends on the length of your hammock, which on average are 13-15 feet. On top this length, you need to have an additional 2 feet to account for straps, ropes, or chains. If the distance is too great, you can use extended chains or an extra strap to secure your hammock.

Finally, you will need to ensure that there are no fences or potted plants around the area you set up your hammock. You do not want to swing into a solid wall, nor do you want to accidentally break the other plants in your surroundings. The area should be free of any obstructions.

All of these considerations are necessary as you want your hammock to be at the correct height above the ground. Too high and you will need a stool to climb on. Too low and it will not be fun to swing on. If the hammock is strung too tight because of too much distance between trees, the force will apply unnecessary pressure that could damage the vegetation. If the hammock is too loose, you will drown inside the hammock. Hence, even if you cannot get the measurements perfect, they need to be as close to perfect as possible.

Hanging a Hammock Using a Drill

For some reason, people relish using a drill. Maybe because you can get everything ready-made these days, people just look for an excuse to do activities by hand. Plus, making holes in an otherwise unblemished surface has its own appeal.

Materials Required

Drill – This can be an electric power drill that will aid you in creating the holes. It would be preferable if the drill had grooves for the tree hook to fit into.

Tree Hooks – These go inside the tree to provide a base. Your chains are attached to this base.

S-Hooks – These will be the connection between your hammock and their ropes/chains.

Welded Chain– To adjust the length of your hammock.

Measuring Tape – To accurately measure the length of your hammock and the distance between trees.

Chalk – Since a pen will not be visible on tree bark, you can use chalk to plot the area you have to drill.


Your first step should always be measuring and marking. Make sure you do not forget to measure the length of the ropes attached to your hammock. Also, take the distance of several trees so you can find the one which has the most suitable length. Mark the spots at the same height to prevent keep the hammock levelled.

Next, the part you have been waiting for, grab that drill and use it to make a hole that is half the diameter of your tree hooks. Insert in your tree hooks and screw them into place till they are tightly secured. The ends of the tree hooks should be right against the surface.

Place your chains on the hook on each tree, at the end of which you will attack your S hook. Join the rings on your hammock to the S hooks to hang it.

You can adjust the length of the hammock by moving the S hook up or down the chain. Please ensure that the S hooks are secures by giving the hammock a few tugs.

Hanging a Hammock Without Damaging Trees

Drilling is a permanent method. Even if you remove the hammock, the holes you made will remain. Plus, you think you will get it right in the first try, but actually you will end up making several holes before you get one right. There is also the strain of the hammock which will cause the hooks to burrow further into the tree. The following methods require no drilling and will keep your trees safe:

Using a Rope

Materials Required

Rope – This will be wrapped around the tree, so make sure you have ample rope

Carabiners – This will join the rope ends and make sure they are locked

Hammock Hooks – To attach the hammock to the carabiner


You will have to think of this like braiding. The first part is easy, all you need to do is loop the rope around the tree about thrice and make sure that the loops do not overlap each other. You should have two ends of the rope that remain free and these should be of the same length.

You will need to twist the left end over the right and then pass it through the opening you created. The left end should be shifted to the right end through this process. Repeat this for the right end now, and then once more for the left end.

Viola, you have a braided loop. All that is left is to tighten it by pulling the ends. These ends should then be pulled through the carabiners and ensure they stay in place. You will need to loop the rope around the carabiner for maximum tightening.

Place one end of the hammock hook through the carabiner, and the other should have the hammock rings attached. All that is left is to hang and swing.

Using Tree Straps

This is the easiest, quickest, and safest method for hanging hammocks. They are also easily removable in case you want to shift the hammock.

Materials Required

Tree Strap – To loop around the tree. Do ensure that your strap comes with S hooks attached.

Your Hammock – To lie on


You have a lot of flexibility with a strap. Since trying to manage the whole length of the strap will be hard to do, unwrap the end where the hook is attached, wrap it around the tree once, and pull the hook end through the loop.

Once this base has been created, loop the rest of the strap in the opposite direction of the first loop till all of it is around the tree. You will find an opening through which you have to pull the hook end through. Tighten it to ensure that when you hang the hammock through the hook, it will not slip.

Are There Any Alternatives to Hanging Hammocks on Trees?

Yes! If you do not have any trees around you but still want a hammock, you should get a hammock stand. It is portable, convenient, do not have to set it up, and can shift it indoors when necessary. Just make sure you buy one the size of your hammock.


There you have it, folks, you have plenty of ways to hang a hammock outside. May it be through drilling, or environmentally safer ways such as using ropes or straps, at the end you will have a hammock to spend relaxing afternoons on. Grab a book, some shades, your favorite drink, and swing your way into contentment.

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