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Where & How to Hang Your Sling

Where & How to Hang Your Sling

It’s a beautiful thing to live in this day and age. So many options! There isn’t much worry associated with hammocks, but we get that the greatest stressor is where to hang ‘em. Rest assured that’s its a lot simpler than it looks. Provided below is a list of possible options and specifics that can help you choose which is the best for you. Depending on the layout of your home or yard, some may be immediate solutions. If it’s a little more complicated than that, there are customizable options for you. 

Remember--hammocks are for resting! Leave the worry behind and read on. We’ve got you covered and you are already this much closer to the perfect resting spot. 



Ah, tradition. Two walls and a sling is the easiest, most secure way to go. When the stars align, and the selected space is perfect, this is an all time favorite. You’ll want to locate the wall studs and perforate the wall at the center at least 7 feet high. Install the hooks and set up a rope or suspension strap to hang the eyes of the hammock to the hooks. 

The distance between hanging points is equivalent to the length of the hammock plus a few extra feet. The recommended amount is 25 inches more, but it’ll really depend on preference. Some like the hammock to hang a little tense, others like it to have a relaxed drop.

Ground Poles or Stand

Ground poles or stands are a departure from the traditional setup and open hammock placement to a world of possibilities. 

Different to hanging from ceilings and walls, hammock stands will relieve you of drilling a hook or calculating the height of the hammock. It’ll merely be a matter of finding a stable structure and matching the length of the sling to the length of the device. For natural resting, make sure that the hammock has few extra feet (approximately 25 inches) for a relaxed fall on the stand so that it’s not a tense hold. The most significant part about the stand is that it lets you move around your backyard to whatever you're craving---sun or shade!

Using ground poles is the ideal structure when you have a specific spot in mind. You won’t have to depend on walls, pillars, or trees. Separately, the hammock structures can be, or you just may not want the stand moved around. Whatever your reason, it requires more preparation, but only a little. This is because you’ll want to make sure that the poles are inserted into the ground correctly so that it’s a stronghold. The recommended depth for ground poles is 3 ft (0.9m). This should be backfilled with concrete to avoid any movement of the soil. In regards to distance, the average length of a hammock is 13 ft, which gives you a range of 13 ft to 17 ft depending on hanging preference.

Deck Pillars

If you’ve decided to hang your hammock on your deck pillars, make sure to pick a spot that has the best view possible to create the most relaxing setup. The rope can be secured by wrapping the cord around the post or by drilling a hook. Whichever you prefer works just fine. Again, most hammocks are about 13 ft long, so 13 ft give or take a few inches/feet will allow for a comfortable hang. Always make sure that the height is at least 7 feet off the ground.


Keeping the distances referenced above, take your rope and wrap around the tree, similar to the way you would do with a pillar. Same guidelines apply: 7 feet high and approximately 15 ft apart. The rope will be attached to the eye of the hammock with a tight knot on each side. Check symmetry for the perfect garden hang. 


Whatever your preference, there is a variety of ways to hang your sling that you can consider. Rest assured that whichever way you decide, it’s much easier (and more fun!) than you think. Moreover, you're this much closer to the perfect resting spot, so get started!

For more information or specifics, please visit our Hanging Solutions page.

By Artissanos

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