How To Hang a Hammock Without Any Trees

Are you planning to camp in the desert or some other treeless wilderness? Or do you just want to hang out in a comfy hammock in your treeless backyard? You might be in luck—you can still enjoy a hammock for lounging or camping without trees. 

Obviously, any hammock is going to need to hang from something. No, we do not recommend recruiting your Uncle Jim to be one of the posts. No matter how willing he is to offer help. You need something better. A sturdy and reliable replacement to a tree. Here are a few suggestions:

1.  Build Your Own Wooden Posts in Concrete 

You might have an existing structure in your backyard, on the patio, or on your balcony—but more than likely you’ll need to build your own posts. Upright posts of any kind work, but you’ll need a way to attach your hammock. Large, steel eye-hooks are easy to find at the hardware store and are an excellent choice (or you can wrap the posts as you would a tree).

An excellent method for building posts in your backyard involves 4x4's (or 5x5's) cut to the desired height. For your desired hammock height, remember that the posts will need to be sunk about 8"-12” inches into the ground.

Begin by choosing your post spacing, keeping within the maximum of 18 feet apart. Then dig two holes about a foot in diameter and 10-14 inches deep. Add some gravel for drainage, about 2” in the bottom of the hole, then mix concrete (you don’t need a mixer, a good wheelbarrow or 5-gallon bucket will do), place your posts, and pour.

You’ll need to wait for the concrete mix to cure. Concrete has a half-life, which means that theoretically it never totally hardens but it is usually safe to set up the hammock and try it out within 48-hours.

 

2.  Hammock Stand or Frame

Hammock stands are purpose made accessories, perfect for a semi-permanent hammock hanging spot. These stands or frames are often made of strong, but heavy steel. Tentsile's hammock stand on the hand, is made of lighter weight and corrosion-resistant aircraft alumin(i)um. This makes the stand easier to move around and longer lasting thanks to the lack of rust build-up from rain and moisture.

In general, hammock stands have two supporting frames that run parallel to the ground, and they can be set up anywhere that is relatively flat. Once again, Tentsile does things a bit differently, with our 3-point hammock stand, exactly what you'll need for maximum support for your Tentsile hammock or tree tent.

 

3.  Vehicles

If camping, your car, including its roof rack can provide a good anchor point. The roof rack may only work well if it is a reputable brand. Cheap, after-market racks may not keep your hammock (or your body) secure, so be sure to check weight limits and test it out before hooking up for the night. A car or truck with a tow hitch is the ideal option for this setup.

 

4.  Improvise

Hanging a hammock without trees

Your yard or patio may already have the means to set up a hammock. Sturdy posts, the side of the house, and other structures can work well. Often, the problem isn’t how strong the structure is, but how to attach your hammock to it. When looking for likely places to hang the hammock, corners are generally stronger anchor points than other options.

Another creative option is to hang the hammock from your deck. Or, if you have a deck that's raised off the ground a good amount (at least 4 feet), you can even hang a hammock under your deck—using the support beams as your anchor points.

Wherever you decide to hang your hammock, always test out the spot you’ve chosen and make sure that if the hammock fails you don’t fall on something that could injure you. We recommend the most secure form of hammock, which happens to be the Tentsile way of doing things, with a  3-point anchor system. However you end up improvising, just remember to use plenty of common sense before climbing in. The goal is to create a relaxing spot to lounge, not a dangerous or unstable situation. Be creative but hammock responsibly!
September 25, 2020 — Ryan W

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