If you don’t have a hammock stand, there are several ways that you can hang a hammock, whether it be indoors, on a porch or from a tree (or someplace else of course).
In short: the supplies that you’ll need include either hooks or straps.
The nice thing about using hooks or straps to secure and hang your hammock bed is that they are easy to find, inexpensive to buy, quick to set up and they provide an effortless way to put your hammock up and take it down.
Here’s how to use both options:
1. How to Use Hammock Tree Straps
Straps are ideal for traveling or non-permanent set-ups because you can take the entire hanging system down when you are done, pack it up and move on to your next place of sleep.
You don’t need any tools to use straps, which makes them a lot more versatile to use in random locations. They are also called tree straps and are usually used when camping.
I really like the Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Straps. They are basically adjustable straps, so you don’t need to worry so much about the distance between your two hanging points. A set of 2 straps supports up to 400 lbs and costs about $30.
If you plan to use your hammock frequently in different locations with varying hang distances, this is a good option. Just use a heavy-duty carabiner to connect the eyes of the hammock to the Atlas Straps.
Alternatively, you can get less expensive straps (about $13-21) that are not as adjustable but support up to 440 lbs and include S-hooks. Depending on the size of your hammock eyes, you may not need to purchase carabiners either. You could just use the S-hooks included in the package.
In either case (using a carabiner or s-hooks to attach), you don’t need to figure out (or remember) how to tie hammock tree straps because you simply attach everything using the secure metal hardware. By the way, if you’re wondering how high to hang your hammock or how far apart the attachment points should be, the Hammock Hang Calculator can help you figure that out.
All that said, if you already have your own nylon straps that can support the appropriate weight, this video shows how to knot and tie them using a carabiner:
2. How to Hang a Brazilian Hammock Using Hooks
Hammock hooks are great for securing your hanging bed either inside your house or outside on a deck, patio or porch. They are more of a permanent configuration because they involve screwing hook plates into walls, ceilings, posts or beams.
Although it’s considered a more “permanent” set-up, the fixtures are small. Plus, it’s quick and easy to remove a hammock from the hooks and pack it away when not in use.
This can be a great solution for people who want to take their hammock bed down during the daytime, move it indoors to outdoors or use the space for other activities while they are not sleeping in the hammock.
In addition to hammocks, Vivere also sells a specially-designed hammock hook set (surprise, surprise) that supports up to 450 lbs.
The metal hooks are attached to metal fasteners, which you then attach to a wall, ceiling, post or beam using 4 screws. (Note: You will need a drill.)
The complete set of 2 hooks, fastener plates and screws costs about $15. It can take under 15 minutes to install. Just make sure that your hook location can support the weight of people in the hammock.
You can also use eye bolts to hang your hammock indoors. This video shows how:
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