If you love the idea of lounging around in a hammock, but don't have trees in the backyard to hang it from, you might think it's impossible. However, with the right materials and a little bit of time, you can have a hammock to enjoy for years. This guide provides the steps required to make your hammock-lounging dream a reality.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Grab a friend and make a list of the items you need to install a hammock. Gather the items that you already have from your garage or shed and purchase the rest. These items include
- two 4x4 posts
- two bags of concrete
- two large screw hooks
- two heavy chains if they don't come with the hammock
- chalk line
- tape measure
- five-gallon bucket
Step 2: Mark the Location
Look on the hammock to find its length (including the hanging rope) and measure the ground with the tape measure. Leave the tape measure on the ground. Have your friend hold the end of the chalk line alongside the tape measure while you hold the other end. Snap the chalk line to mark the area. Don't worry, the mark from the chalk line washes away with the next rainfall.
Step 3: Dig the holes
Dig holes at each end of the chalk line with the shovel. Make them about a foot deep.
Step 4: Mark the Hook and Depth Area on the Posts
Mark the posts about a foot from the bottom with the pencil. This end goes in the ground.
Set the post side-by-side and screw in the hooks at the desired height, typically a few inches from the top.
Step 5: Mix the Concrete
Follow the directions on the concrete bags to mix the concrete in the five-gallon bucket.
Step 6: Insert the Posts
Place the posts into the holes, with the hooks facing each other, at an angle away from the center. Pour the concrete around it until it is level with the ground. Allow the concrete to dry according to the directions on the package.
Step 7: Hang the Hammock
When the concrete is solid, hang the hammock on the hooks from the chains, to the desired height off the ground.
Test the hammock yourself to ensure the posts have a solid connection with the concrete. Ask your concrete contractor like Hofmann Concrete Construction LLC for help if you run into any issues with these steps or if you cannot get a solid connection.