Want a hammock but lack the perfectly spaced trees? No problem. Hell, you don’t even need ONE tree to have a little hammock haven of your own. Below are the materials and directions needed for this simple DIY.
- 6X6X8 post(s) – obviously you will need one if you have one tree or two if you do not have any trees
- 2 – 80# bags of quick-setting concrete per post
- stain and/or wood sealer
- hammock with hardware
- tape measure
- post hole digger
- large screwdriver
- willing hammock participant
Because every hammock company has individual measurements and dimensions, read the directions that come with your hammock to ensure that you have an idea of spacing and hardware either included or needed. The hammock we have is from Lowe’s and by the company Garden Treasures – there were very limited directions for hanging this without a metal stand and so it became a trial and error process. Heavy on the error part, which is beneficial for you because the kinks are already worked out! Again, read the directions for your particular hammock and modify as necessary.
- Check out all possible views and at different times of the day – you don’t want to install a hammock only to find that the sun will be blinding you when you want to use it!
- Plan out your hammock space by measuring according to the directions. We started by measuring 12 feet from the single tree that we would use to the spot that the post would sit. If you do not have a single tree to use, then plan out the same measurements for your two posts and follow the directions below for both posts.
- After marking out the measurement, Kurt used the post hole attachment on the tractor to dig a hole approximately 3 foot deep (do not go any deeper – you need the height!). If you don’t have a tractor attachment or a willing neighbor with a tractor attachment, then get ready to dig by hand. Tip: make sure you aren’t going to hit water lines, electric lines, sewer lines, etc….
- Once the hole was cleaned out, a small layer of stone was laid in the bottom to level it out. This would be the time to mix your concrete and have it ready to go in the next few minutes. But don’t mix too far in advance – it is a quick-setting mix!
- The post was put into the hole and the pre-mixed concrete was poured into the hole along with some of the dirt. The post quickly set but we left it alone for a week to ensure that it would be sturdy.
- Once the post was ready it was time to set up the hammock hardware. Dad drilled into the tree and the post approximately 68″ from the ground. This was the trial and error period – there are NO directions that said how high to place the hardware on the tree or posts so we ended up going higher and higher and higher….
- Use a large screwdriver to twist the large hardware into the tree and post(s). Place the metal part of the screwdriver through the hardware ring and use the handle as a twist tool.
- The hammock was unrolled and after another trial and error period – do you know how hard it is to get off of the ground in a hammock? – the next to last link seemed to be the right one. Again, trial and error is probably going to be the best approach for finding the right hammock height.
- I used a gloss stain/sealer from Cabot in Aged Leather to finish the post and surrounded the base with impatiens and mulch.
A couple of weeks after its completion, I was able to find the time along with the right weather to enjoy my new hammock. And how convenient, it comes with a built-in can holder.
But my main reason for wanting a hammock? Some serious summertime snuggle time with this cute dude.
Are you planning out a hammock area of your own? I would love to see how you decorate and pretty up your hammock haven!