There are many ways to enjoy a hot day, whether you live in a temperate climate where you can enjoy them year-round or you live in a seasonal climate where your summer days are numbered.
You can swim, cycle, play tennis or go to the park. If you want to relax and enjoy the day, though, there is no better way to do it than lying in your own hammock. You can doze, read a book or just watch what is going on around you. Before you do that, though, it takes just a little bit of work. Here is how to hang a hammock…
How you hang your hammock depends on whether you are stringing it between two trees (or posts, or beams) or if you are suspending it from a free-standing stand like the Vivere UHSDO9 Double Hammock with Space-Saving Steel Stand.
Here are instructions for both ways…
Hanging a Hammock with No Stand
• You can suspend your hammock between two trees or you can use posts that you put in the ground. Another option is using a tree and the wall of your house. Whichever method you choose, you need to make sure that the anchors are sturdy enough. For trees, that means at least 12 inches in diameter. Posts should be at least 4 inches x 4 inches and buried at least two feet. They must also be far enough apart for the hammock to hang without being too far away from each other.
• If you are using trees or posts, one option is to use tree straps to secure the ends of the hammock. These straps wrap around the tree or post securely and then have an S-ring that you can hook the hammock on to. You can also use hooks that screw into the tree, post or house.
• For a hammock with spreader bars, you should hang the hooks 4-5 feet high. For a hammock without spreader bars, you should hang them at 6-8 feet. You want to make sure your hammock won’t drag on the ground when you are in it. After use, your hammock will stretch and you may need to adjust the height again.
Hanging a Hammock with a Stand
• A free-standing hammock stand like the Vivere UHSDO9 Double Hammock with Steel Stand makes it easy to hang your hammock. The stand is simple to put together and take apart so you can move it around your yard, take it with you when you camp or even take it to the beach.
• To set up the Vivere Hammock Stand, you need to slide one end of the crossbar into one of the leg bases and secure it with a screw bolt. Repeat on the other end.
• Next, screw a bolt in the center bottom of the crossbar.
• Attach each hammock frame bar onto an end of the leg base and secure.
• Slide the J-hook into the height hole that you choose on the hammock frame.
• The final step is to place loops at each hammock end over the top of the hammock frame bar and hook onto the J-hook to secure it.
Now that you know how to hang a hammock, you will be done before you know it. Whichever method you choose for hanging your hammock, you will soon be swaying in the breeze with a good book and a glass of iced tea.