How To Use a Hammock Safely

hanging a hammock safely

Hammocks are a fun acquisition. They can serve many purposes, and of course they provide a lot of relaxation! But you need to know how to use it safely, because it can also represent some risks if you don’t know what you are doing.

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First off… Is It Any Good?

The most important part here is to make sure your hammock is well made and in good condition. If your hammock is poorly-crafted and made with poor-quality materials, then you could end up on a #hammockfail YouTube compilation.

A good quality hammock will be made from hand woven cotton, and treated to make sure it is UV resistant and is weatherproof. This will ensure you can leave it hanging in all weathers and not risk deterioration.

If you are packing your hammock away for the winter, make sure it is completely dry and clean so it stays in top condition for next season.

Be Careful Where You Hang It:

Always verify the tree, post or mounting you hang it from is safe and secure. Rotten tree branches will not be able to take much weight, so check the health of the tree carefully. If you are using a hook or post, make sure you use the right type of fastening for safety and security.


Choose the Correct Stand:

If you cannot hang the hammock from secure mountings or tree, then you should use a good quality hammock stand. Just like the hammock, this stand also needs to be solid and made with good materials. Wooden hammock stands are far superior to most metal stands; they are structurally stronger and will not bend or snap.

Mounting and Dismounting

Hammocks should be hung so they sag in the middle, this makes entering and exiting far easier. It is also more comfortable to lie in as the extra material will stretch to suit your body shape and lying position.

It is best to first sit slowly down in the centre of the hammock and then manoeuvre yourself into a comfortable position. Trying to leap on in a lying position often end up in the hammock swinging around and you ending up on the ground in a heap.


Be careful, but most of all, have fun!