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How to Hang a Hammock Without Trees


Q. I need hammock advice! Here’s my situation: I’d like to have a hammock that I could take on campouts or just to use at home. However, my backyard doesn’t have two good hammock trees next to each other.

I’ve looked into some “camping hammocks,” which use a metal frame on the underside instead of trees, but they’re pretty expensive and they seem to get bad reviews. Your advice is appreciated!
—One Tree Jesse, Mt. Pleasant, Utah

A. Ahh, if only everyone had two perfect hammock trees right next to each other the world would be a happier place.

I do feel your pain, Mr. One Tree. Been there. So to help answer your question I tapped our friend Jen Brooks at Eagle’s Nest Outfitters (ENO), which makes some of the coolest camping hammocks out there. Here’s what she had to say:

“As you know, hammocks need two very strong supports to be hung out by. Unfortunately the laws of physics do not allow for much room to wiggle around this solution. That said, for a treeless backyard we’ve found the cheapest and most reliable hammock support system requires a trip to your local hardware store. Buy two 8-foot long 4×4 wooden posts, one bag of quick cement, and two eyebolts.”

Here’s how: Dig a hole about two feet deep for your post. Put a little cement in the bottom, drop in your post and fill around it with cement. Set your second post about eight feet away and do the same thing. Finally, screw in an eyebolt near the top of both posts and — BAM! — you have a hammock hanging system, no trees required.

For camping hammocks, many car campers use the doorframe of their car or a roof rack as one support and a nearby tree for the other. If you’re out in the backcountry, try a pair of easy-to-set-up webbing straps like the 10-foot 6-inch-long L.L. Bean Hammock Tree Straps ($30 for pair; or the 7-foot 4-inch-long ENO SlapStrap Suspension System ($20 for pair;

As long as you can find two trees or study objects 20 feet apart or less, you’re in business.

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7 Comments on How to Hang a Hammock Without Trees

  1. For camping out in fields, I use two sets of three 7 foot staves and then use a tripod lashing to make two separate supports.

  2. Hammock camping 101 // August 27, 2017 at 11:58 pm // Reply

    For hammock camping without trees, build a turtledog stand using simple materials from a building supply store.(Lowe’s/Home Depot) google search “turtledog hammock stand” and look at images for ideas.

  3. I use a home made system that doesn’t even require you to dig holes meaning I can pack it all down and it’s then small enough to take to any camp ground that gas no trees.
    I love being in a field among tent campers to hear them moan how uncomfortable they were at night and I’m all set and off the floor and had the best night sleep ever.

  4. use two cars to hang it hang the hammocks on the roof hooks

  5. My son has an ENT and sleeps in it all the time. Packs small, is lighweight, sturdy, and over all amazing! He has had it everywhere from the Bahamas to the mountains. In rainstorms with the fly and hot buggy nights with the net….what an awesome piece of equipment

  6. make a wood frame

  7. hammocks can sometimes be a pain if you fall out so get a closed one

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