Can I hang my hammock from a tree?

Tree Hammock

To answer the question, yes, absolutely! This is one of the go to hanging spots for the majority of hammock lovers. However, hanging a hammock from a tree may seem like a simple task at first, but in reality, contains a lot more thinking than you might expect. You need to make sure that your hammock is safe, reliable, and doesn’t harm the tree you’re planning to use. This blog will go through the different ways in which you can hang your hammock from a tree to create the perfect lounging experience, as well as provide alternatives to trees so you don’t harm the nature around you.

There are multiple options for hanging your hammock outdoors, this also depends on the style of hammock you own. There are specialised camping hammocks as well as ordinary waterproof hammocks used for lounging. These require different approaches when it comes to hanging, as well as the fixings that are used to keep your hammock secure.

What are the different ways in which I can hang my hammock?

There are multiple options when it comes to hanging a hammock, here are a few alternatives to trees:

  • Anchored posts
  • Ceiling
  • Hammock stand
  • Fence
Tree Hammock

What do I need to be aware of when hanging my hammock from a tree?

The most important aspect you should be aware of is if your chosen tree can support your weight. This is crucial as you don’t want to harm the tree or yourself when setting up your hammock. We recommend trying to find trees with a minimum diameter of 8 inches as these are considered strong. However, be aware that trees, which are too thick, aren’t ideal either, the main reason being that the suspension system may overstretch resulting in a smaller and weaker strap length. We recommend using durable straps and ropes that are made specifically for hammocks like the 'Smart Rope Fixings', ideal for hammocks on trees and can be left outside all year round!

You also need to be aware of the distance between the two trees you have chosen as well, as you don’t want your hammock to be too tight or too loose. The best solution for this is to know the length of your hammock and find a gap that is similar to this measurement, even if it is slightly longer you can always adjust your straps or ropes to the optimal position.

Also, when hanging a hammock, you need to be aware of the correct equipment and fixings as an absence of these could end in disaster. If you’re using a camping hammock, we recommend using ‘Tree Hugger’, these straps provide you with extra length for your suspension ropes without putting extra strain on the trees used. Another tree-friendly product is the ‘Micro Rope Fixings’, these are super lightweight and durable, perfect for limited storage space.  

Tree Hammock

Will residue from the tree damage my hammock?

Leaves, moss, sticks, and sap can all fall on your hammock and leave a sticky residue that can be hard to wash off, this doesn’t necessarily damage your hammock. Simply washing your hammock should do the trick but residues like tree sap can be cleaned using a bit of unscented hand gel, which contains at least 70% alcohol. This miracle cleaner works due to the concentration of ethanol that breaks down the natural components in tree sap and makes it easier to separate from the fabric.

Another easy solution to this concern is to bring your hammock indoors over the wintertime and long periods of bad weather, as during this time water and leaves will fall into your hammock and start to decay making your hammock dirty and even potentially staining it. The majority of hammocks should be weatherproof, especially hammock chairs from our EllTex range, which contain durable fibres for a stronger and more resilient hammock, this means that leaving your hammock outdoors shouldn’t be too much of a problem but don’t make this a  habit.

One product we do recommend using is Nikwax Cotton Proof, which is suitable for all hammock fabrics and helps the water bead off your hammock protecting it from the water, leaf staining, and tree sap, however, this treatment doesn’t mean your hammock will be water resistant, as leaving a hammock for long periods of time in the rain can still result in damage.

Is there anything else I need to know about hanging my hammock from a tree?

So now you know the important basics of hanging your hammock from a tree and how to look after it, but is there anything else you need to know? You need to be aware of the tree’s health as decaying trees may seem like they are sturdy but in fact, can be dangerous and could give way at any given moment. It’s best to stay clear of these trees, however perfect the lounging spot may seem.

Another important thing you need to be aware of is whether the tree branches are strong enough to support your weight. When suspending a hammock from above, you don’t want to snap the branch and have it fall on you so be careful when you are trying to find the perfect spot. Always test the branch for bending or cracking and adjust or move the hammock, if necessary, you don’t want to harm yourself or the trees around you.

We at Simply Hammocks want you to enjoy your hammock and we believe trees are amazing for hammock hanging! They're strong and provide a lovely bit of shade from the sunlight, an amazing spot for lounging all year round, we hope you enjoyed our blog and found it informative. Don't hesitate to get in touch!

Tel: 01748471299

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