Hammocks are made as an alternative for beds to those who want to experience a unique relaxation spot for sleeping, reading, camping, or even for sailing. Since hammocks are our proxy ‘beds’, it is important that they have a sturdy quality to free our worries of falling onto the ground the minute we mount on them. Aside from the quality of the hammock materials, the way a hammock is tied to a base has an important role to the overall safety of the hammock as no matter how durable a hammock is said to be, it can still find its way of falling once the tie looses or breaks.
Here are simple yet helpful knotting techniques for hanging ordinary hammocks and hammock chairs for a surely secure attachment. Images are attached for easy demonstration.
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Knots for Hanging Ordinary Hammocks
This knot can be used as an extension of carabineers, rings, or chain links of a hammock.
- Form a small loop at the center of the rope. Leave enough rope from the sides (1 &2).
- Pass the tail of the rope through the loop (4).
- Pass the remaining tail through the inside loop (5 & 6).
- The rope tail must go inside the bottom loop as in the image (7).
- Pull through until the knot is secured (8 & 9).
Basic Hammock Knot
This is the easiest way of hanging a hammock to a tree. This knot can be used with carabineers or rings.
- Pass the rope through the carabineer or ring from the top to bottom.
- Flip the webbing over the top of the carabineer/ring from right to left.
- Make a loop with the tail end of the rope webbing from top to bottom of the carabineer/ring.
- Pull tight the knot made.
This knot is commonly used for hammock extension if the hammock is too short to reach a post/tree. This process can be easily done if the hammock already has a closed loop system included or attached to it.
- Tie your strap on a post/tree (1).
- Insert the strap through the hammock closed loop (3).
3. Insert the strap back to itself downward (4, 5, & 6).
4. Pull tightly and securely (7 & 8).
Two Half Hitch Knots
This knot is preferably used when the base of your hammock is a tree or a post. You can make one hitch knot if you have a short rope but if you have a decent length of rope, you can make two or three of these for extra security.
- Round the rope on a tree or post on the amount you desired and pull it through tightly. Two or three rounds are recommended.
- Make one more loop of the remaining rope and pull it under.
- Pass the one end of the rope behind the other rope line.
- Insert it through the eye of the loop you have formed.
- Now you have a double half hitch knot.
Taut Line Hitch
This type of knot is useful in camping when you are continuously stopping in many places as you can easily tie and remove your hammock anytime you want.
- Bring the rope tail across the tree/post and curl the remaining rope behind the loop you’ve just made.
- Round it over the tree again and pull through.
- You can tighten the knot as much as you want by sliding the hitch back and forth.
- This is ideal for those who make frequent changes in their changes.
Knots for Hanging a Hammock Chair
The knots presented above can still be used in hanging a hammock chair if the hammock accessories are S-rings, D-rings, or O-rings. You just have to see what’s appropriate in your hammock type and make the knots accordingly.
The basic way of hanging a hammock chair is to a branch of a tree that extends horizontally. Make sure that the branch is thick and straight enough to handle a 250-pound capacity hammock chair.
- Toss the rope on the branch two times or until you attain your desire hang.
- Widen the two lines of the rope enough to spread the hammock.
- Pass the end of the ropes through the hang point of your hammock.
- Pull all the way up until the hammock point is near the tree branch.
- Cross the remaining end of the rope and pass it through the loop over, under, and through.
- Repeat as many times possible until the hitch is secured.
- Pull the knot tightly and leave the remaining end of the rope hanging for fast removal later. You can also just trim the remaining ropes if you want.
Sheet Bend Knot
The sheet bend knot is commonly used if the hanging point of a hammock chair has already loosened and you need to use another rope to tie it on a tree/post altogether. To make this knot, you need to use two sets of rope; the other being the line that attaches to the hammock and the other being the one that attaches to the tree.
- Make a loop on the hammock’s rope.
- Pass the other rope into the opening of the loop and back to itself.
- Pull all the ends to tighten.
- Wrap another round following the three steps above to make a double bend.
- Toss the remaining end of the other rope line to a tree/post and perform a basic knot to hang the hammock chair.
If the hanging point of your hammock is not a closed loop but an O-ring, an extremely secured knot must be done to make it safe to hang in a tree, but also great to use for a hammock swing stand for your hammock chair.
- Secure a cord of rope on the other side of the ring by performing a basic knot.
- Move down a few inches and fold it. Pull the rope end back to the ring upward.
- Wrap the rope end on the cord that attaches to the hammock as firmly as you can.
- Move the rope end downward, towards the fold.
- When the wrapped area is at least 2 inches long, cross the rope end through the looped area that was folded.
- Pull the downward end and upward end to tighten.
- Now you can perform a basic knot when you tie the upward end to the tree.