by Staff Writer
Relaxing in a hammock or swing is the perfect way to unwind. Fortunately, learning how to hang a hammock won't stress you out, either. Hanging a hammock is easy and can be completed in less than an hour. By the end of this article, you'll have all the know-how to be able to install a hammock in your garden.
Measure the length of your hammock. The hammock's length will help you select the location of the hammock as well as its height off the ground.
Find a location where you can safely hang your hammock. The preferred location is typically between two trees or posts. If you're going to install the hammock between two walls, make sure the studs in the wall can support the weight. For a taut hammock, the space between the two hooks should be roughly 6 inches shorter than the length of the hammock. If you prefer a looser hammock, the space between the hooks can be up to 2 feet shorter than the length of the hammock.
Mark where the lag hooks will be installed. Using the tape measure, measure how high you would like to install the lag hooks. You can use the screwdriver to mark the tree, pole or wall. Generally, you should set the hooks at least 4 feet above the ground for a flat hammock configuration and around 5 feet for a curved hammock configuration.
Drill pilot holes for the lag hooks. Using the drill and drill bits, drill a pilot hole in each of the poles or trees. Make sure the drill bit is roughly half the size of the lag hook diameter to ensure the lag hook has enough material to hold on to when installed. For a wall installation, use the stud finder to find studs in the wall. If you don't have a drill or drill bits, hammering a nail into the pole, tree or stud and removing it should provide enough of a pilot hole for the lag hook.
Install lag hooks. Screw the lag hooks into the pilot holes; this may require some force to get started. If needed, drill a slightly larger pilot hole. As the hook becomes harder to screw in, the screwdriver can be inserted into the eye of the hook and be used as a lever to make the work easier. The threads of the hooks should be completely inside the hole. Ideally, there should be 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch between the hole and the first curve of the hook.
Install the hammock. Place the eyes of the hammock on to the hooks and you're done. For your safety, slowly get on the hammock the first time to ensure it can support your weight. Now relax; you've earned it!