Installing a 13 Foot Hammock Appropriately

A hammock offers a comfortable, unique place to nap or lounge outside. If outdoor space is a problem or you can not find trees with the appropriate distance between them, there are several options you can consider to hang your hammock. These include using a freestanding frame and placing strong posts in the ground.  

Material and Equipment Needed

  • 13 foot hammock
  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
  • 4x4-inch wooden posts, 8 feet tall (2)
  • Cement and Water
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Tubular steel frame 

Step 1 – Tree Location

If you want to hang your hammock outdoors, find 2 trees that are at least 13 feet apart with trunks that are at least 6 inches in diameter. You can always work with trees that are spaced a little further apart by adding extra chain, but avoid trees that are closer than 13 feet because they will cause your hammock to hang loosely and low to the ground.  

Step 2 – Mark Both Trees

Measure 5 to 6 feet from the ground to the trunk of each tree and mark the spots with chalk. Remember that your hammock will stretch downwards with your body weight, so do not hang it any lower. You do not want your back to scrape the ground.  

Step 3 – Tie Your Hammock to the Tree

Tie your hammock to trees instead of drilling holes in them, since those can cause damage. Wind the rope at an end of the hammock around the mark on the tree trunk a few times. Insert it into the loop, and wind it around the trunk several times in the opposite direction for a secure suspension. Repeat this procedure with the other end, but do not tie either rope too tight. You want your hammock to sag just a bit. 

Test your hammock by sitting in it to make sure it is level and secure.  

Step 4 – Install Posts For Your Hanging Hammock

If you can not find trees spaced appropriately apart, you can enjoy your hanging hammock by installing posts. Use two 8-foot high 4x4 pre-treated wood posts. These are strong enough to support your weight and can withstand decay and rot.

Dig a hole into the ground at least a foot deep and a foot wide. Sink your post into the hole and pour a thick mixture of cement and water around it. Tamp it with a stick to ensure there are no air bubbles and the concrete has set. Dig another hole that is spaced the length of your hammock plus 1 foot away, and repeat the procedure.

Allow the concrete to set for a day before measuring up 5 to 6 feet from the ground to suspend the hammock.  

Step 5 – Use a Freestanding Frame

Invest in a heavyweight steel frame if you want a more mobile setting for your hammock or do not have trees in your backyard. These specially-designed frames are portable and can be placed anywhere.