How to Hang a Hammock with A Rope – The Oldest Method

You can hang a hammock with a rope very much like the strap version. Trees are always the best option, but you can also use posts, porch, buildings, and of course a hammock stand. Hanging a hammock with a rope is the oldest method known to mankind for enjoying these wonderful suspended beds. It goes way back to Mayans.

Christopher Columbus wrote in his memoirs how the natives in Bahamas used hammocks regularly. Natives were even placing hot coals under their hammocks in order to stay warm through the night; a different version of underquilt system, I guess. It was the perfect solution to protect themselves against insects. English and Spanish navies also started using them on their ships for sleeping on-deck once they figured out how handy they are. During those days, the hammocks were all rope material, usually made from woven bark from the original Hamack tree.

Hammocks are good for many different recreations. You can rest, read, chat, lie, and sleep on them. There is nothing better than to enjoy a fresh coffee while watching the sunset from your hammock in the wilderness. Many people also started to use them in their homes. Now that you know how hammocks are at least 1000 years old, and they are the next best thing for both indoor and outdoor amusement; let’s learn how to hang one.

Hanging Your Hammock with A Rope to Posts:

This technique focuses on using hooks and bolts that you need to drill on the posts, beams, or similar. Once you measure the necessary distance, mark the connection points, and make the bolts ready, all you have to do is to hook your hammock and enjoy. It is a simple, straight forward method that anybody can easily perform.

What you will need:

  • Posts or beams (2)
  • S-hooks or eye-bolts (2)
  • Carabiners (2)
  • Driller
  • A shovel
  • Ropes (2)
  • A hammock

Step 1: Start by calculating your hanging space. It should be 2ft longer than your hammock size measured from ring to ring. Keep in mind that the closer the hanging points, the more curved your hammock will be.

Step 2: If you are using posts, then they should be at least 6 inches thick, and 1/4 of them must go underground to support your weight on the hammock. Get your shovel and start digging the holes for the posts once you measured and marked the area needed for the whole thing.

Step 3: After you set your posts, install the s-hooks/eye-bolts. Preferably, they should be 4 to 5 feet from the ground level. Use the driller to make holes and select the right bit size according to the diameter of the hooks. Make sure you twist the bolts/hooks all the way in.

Step 4: Get one of the ropes and fold it in half. Pass it through the eyebolt/s-hook. Pull the loose ends of the rope from the loop to secure. Afterwards, pull the rope as hard as you can to test if it is secure. Attach a carabiner at the end of the rope by applying a knot.

Step 5: Repeat the same for the other rope and carabiner.

Step 6: Attach your hammock to the carabiners. Always test your hammock before you use it. Apply force by using both arms to see if it would stand against your weight. Ropes tend to stretch over time unlike the polyester hammock straps. You might want to adjust the loops time to time.

Check out this great video for more tips on how to hang a hammock with a rope. It also contains important information on how to apply secure knots to the end of the ropes.

Hanging Your Hammock with A Rope to A Tree

We don’t suggest using ropes on the trees as they might harm them. But here is the method if you really have to:

What you will need:

  • Ropes (2)
  • Carabiners (2)
  • Hammock

Step 1: Start by calculating your hanging space. Just like the method above, it should be 2ft longer than your hammock size measured from ring to ring.

Step 2: Start by folding one of the ropes in half and pass the loop end around one of the trees.

Step 3: Pull the loose ends of the rope from the loop to secure. Afterwards, pull the rope as hard as you can so that it wraps the tree tightly.

Step 4: Attach a carabiner at the end of the rope.

Step 5: Repeat the same steps for the other rope with the other tree.

Step 6: Now it is the time to attach your hammock to the carabiners. Make sure you test the hammock before you get in it.

What Is the Difference Between Cotton and Polyester Ropes?

The main difference is that the polyester is synthetic whereas the cotton is an organic fiber. Polyester ropes are much stronger, they can hold higher weights easily. They also tend to last much longer. Some people prefer polyester ropes on their hammocks since they are more resistant to mildew. Cotton, on the other hand, feels so soft and has a brighter color, but you have to keep them in a dry place.

What Is A Spreader Bar Hammock?

Spreader bars belong to the oldest, and the original hammock type. You have probably seen them many times; they are almost in every pirate movie. Every beach has one! The spreader bars are placed at both ends of the rope hammocks where all the woven ropes go through. We use them for keeping the knotted ropes in place. Most versions are usually varnished.

In Conclusion

Campers use hammocks for ˚leave no trace˚ camping in order to leave minimum footprint in nature while many others set them up in their houses for better sleep. They are wonderful in so many ways and very popular all around the world. You can hang a hammock almost anywhere; trees, rocks, posts, beams, porches, buildings, cars, trucks, and more. Ropes, straps, and chains are the most used accessories while attaching a hammock on a stand. However, using ropes for hanging a hammock is the oldest method.

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