When it comes to setting up a hammock on your deck or patio, you have few different options. However, this is the easiest way that I’ve found to hang a hammock on a porch.
Why Use a Hammock Hook Kit?
You can use a simple hammock-hanging hardware kit that only costs about $10. Plus, this DIY project only takes about 15 minutes to complete.
In addition, the kits include 2 carabiners, so you can easily connect your hammock to the hooks without having to purchase more hardware. The carabiners also make it super simple to connect and disconnect your hammock if you want to move it, wash it or store it.
Alternatively, you can use eye screws (make sure they have a high load capacity). Similar to hammock hooks, eye screws can work for ceiling or wall installations. However, larger screws can require more strength to screw in.
How to Hang a Hammock on a Porch in 3 Steps:
1. Select Your Hook Locations:
Begin by finding 2 sturdy support beams or posts on your porch. These also work on apartment patios, balconies or heavy-duty pergola structures. In fact, you may decide to set up several hooks to hang multiple hammocks – or so you can move your hammock around.
You can also use deck support beams to hang a hammock underneath a deck. Or, you can hang a hammock from your porch to a nearby tree. (These also work for hammock chairs or hanging swings.)
Note: You can use screw the hammock hooks into trees. However, we recommend using tree straps for the health of the tree. These straps don’t cost a lot (you can find them under $15), plus they are very versatile.
These straps are super strong with a combined 1,000 lb weight capacity, and they don’t stretch. In addition, the strap measures 1-inch wide, so it’s tree-friendly, should you want to take your hammock camping…
2. Use Tree Straps to Connect Your Hammock to the Hooks:
Next, make sure you have adequate distance between your 2 hook locations. For example, if your hammock measures 9 feet long, you’ll need at least 9 feet between the 2 hangers. But what if you have a 12-foot distance with a 9-foot hammock?
Solution: I like using tree straps to make hammock-hanging easy, and you don’t even need a tree. The straps can connect the hammock bed to the hammock hooks without you having to tie any knots. Plus, you can easily adjust the length anytime. Each strap has 18 loops to which you can clip the carabiners.
3. Screw the Hooks Into the Posts or Beams:
Once you have chosen the spots where you want to hang your hooks, screw them into the wall, post, beam or ceiling. The video below shows how to do it.
How high should you place your hammock hook? Typically, people recommend installing the hooks at head height. The further apart eht hooks are from each other, the higher you want to install the hooks.
This is not a hard-and-fast rule, but usually provides a comfortable height for getting in and out of the hammock. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the material brushing against the ground.