How to hang a Hammock

How to hang a hammock guide

If you are unsure you can always call the hammock experts (that's us!) on 01748 471 299

So you've bought a hammock and you're keen to start using it rightaway. But you're worried that it requires expert skills to hang and you're keen to avoid falling to the ground with a great big thump.

Find perfect Hammock

We have listed a few different ways to hang a hammock along with the fixings and tips you will need to get started.

Type of hang What you need
On a stand Use our Compatibility Guide
Between two trees Smart or Micro Rope Fixing
I only have one tree! Smart or Micro Rope Fixing + Madera Post
Between two walls Easy Plus Hammock Fixing
I only have one wall Easy Plus Hammock Fixing + Madera Post
Wooden posts or beams Jumbo Fixing
On ceiling Power Hook or Rotating Swivel Fixing

Hammock on stand
Hanging on a stand

Hanging your hammock on a stand is the easiest way as all the hard work has been done for you, especially if you go for one of our Hammock Sets.

If you want to choose your own hammock and stand combination, then look at our Compatibility Guide which will tell you which hammocks and stands are compatible. All our stands include fixings so you don't need to worry about that.

Smart Rope Fixing

Between two trees

To fix a hammock to a tree you will need a hammock and a rope fixing like our Smart or Micro Rope Fixing. The ropes wrap around each tree and then link to the loops on your hammocks. Both these ropes are adjustable so you can increase or decrease the tension to suit the distance between your trees.

At Simply Hammocks we often spend our lunch in the surrounding forests near our office. No two trees are exactly the same and we don't have any trouble finding a way to hang our hammocks thanks to how adjustable these rope fixings are.

Measure the distance between your two desired trees. Choose your hammock. Now ensure the hammocks total length is at least 1m less than the total distance between the trees to give enough distance for your rope fixings.

tree and post

I only have one tree!!!

That's fine, you are in luck. You can attach one end of the hammock to the tree using a Smart or Micro Rope Fixing and the other end to a Madera Post.

It means you can then enjoy having your hammock between a tree.


Between two concrete/brick walls 

To attach your hammock to a wall you will need an Easy Plus Hammock Fixing, which you can drill into the wall securely. If you want to give your hammock further flex, you can add a Sonos Fixing which will make it springier but is usually used for when hanging a chair from the cieling.

I only have one wall!!! That's fine, all you need to do is attached one end of the hammock to a wall using the Easy Plus Hammock Fixing, and the other end to a Madera Post or build a new wall

hammock from beams

Wooden posts or beams

Fixing a hammock into wood is easy and often customer choose to hang the hammock from beams on the roof, ones which run down the wall or even sink their own post in the groud with concrete to create a homemade post. A Jumbo Fixing should do the trick which is made especially for hanging your hammock from wooden posts or beams.

hanging chair

From ceiling

If you want to create a larger arch or hang a hammock chair, then you will need our Power Hook or Rotating Swivel Fixing which will suspend your hammock from a fixed point on the ceiling.



On a sailing boat

We sell lots of hammocks to customers that want to fix it to their boat, either below deck or on the masts/rigging. Thanks to all the cleats, ropes and bars on boats hanging a hammock should be easy.

Typically our customers hang hammocks/hanging chairs directly onto the boom between the overhaul and gooseneck. Some even swing the boom out, when anchored so they are hanging over the sea! Alternatively you can fix it to the mast and forward pulpit but with so many options we only ask that you consider your fixing with safety in mind.

If you are unsure you can always call the hammock experts (that's us) on 01748 471 299