33 responses

  1. Marco
    May 23, 2013

    Good MYOG article. Thanks!

  2. M.Pearl
    May 23, 2013

    Great info, I really enjoy DIY! I recently completed a DIY tarp and hammock that awaits its maiden voyage.

  3. Alissa
    May 23, 2013

    Wow. You’ve really done your research. Good work!

  4. Derek Hansen
    May 23, 2013

    Thanks all! Do-it-yourself projects can be very rewarding, even if it “costs” more in time.

  5. Tim
    May 23, 2013

    That’s quite a variety of options. I agree that DIY projects are more rewarding. I’d probably go with the anchored pole setup because it looks like the lightest DIY configuration. Thanks for the ideas, Derek.

  6. BMW
    May 23, 2013

    Ah… Doney parks winds. We still hammock ourselves despite the lack of trees.

    • Derek Hansen
      May 23, 2013

      You recognize my hood? :) Yes, we still hang without trees (although, you don’t have to walk far to get back into the forest).

  7. Jolly Green Giant
    May 23, 2013

    Top notch article. If hammockers are one thing, they are inventive. I’ve got a MYOG stand made of piping. It was a bit pricier than I hoped, but it’s fun to have an indoor option without ripping down the walls. Great book too Derek.

    • Derek Hansen
      May 23, 2013

      Thanks! Great to hear from you again. I do a lot of indoor hangs on my stands as well, especially when I’m testing gear. It’s just so convenient.

  8. Larry
    May 23, 2013

    On your DIY pipe stand you keep in your house, how do you suspend your hammock. I’m completely new, have your book and get the gyst of the stand but can’t wrap my head around how your hammock is tied up without sliding down the poles. I’ve had an eno singlenest for a couple years and sadly haven’t had the time to hang it up due to my very urban environment…..and kids.

    • Derek Hansen
      May 24, 2013

      I can relate! I also drilled eye bolts into the walls in my kids’ room so we can do bunk bed hammocks indoors. It’s always a lot of fun.

      For the pipe stand, I just use webbing straps. I haven’t had any slipping problems. I first wrap the strap a few times around the pipe and then through the sewn eye loop. I wrap above and below the strap and it really binds well.

      The straps I prefer to use in demos are either the ENO Atlas straps or the KAMMOK Python straps. They are functionally similar in providing several daisy chain loops along the webbing so I can attach different hammocks quickly and easily with just a climbing carabiner.

  9. Gail Storey
    May 23, 2013

    Your magnificent post on hammocks, exhaustive but not exhausting! opens a whole new world for me, after years of sleeping at bug-and-snake level while camping. Thank you!

    • Derek Hansen
      May 24, 2013

      You’re welcome, and thanks. I can be a windbag when it comes to hammocks and I work hard at being concise, although it doesn’t always work. I appreciate your kindness!

      When I re-discovered hammock camping, the idea of sleeping off the ground had great appeal. I had grown tired of the post camp clean-up, which involved sweeping out the tent, scraping the slugs and wet leaves off the floor, and then drying everything out. It was mind-numbing and took the fun out of camping. You could say that hammock camping appealed to my inner laziness, but I like to think of it as simplifying. Of course, hammock camping can get as complex as any tent, but I still gravitate to simple setups, and getting off the bugs, snakes, and wet leaves is also appealing.

  10. Sue
    May 24, 2013

    Great article! Thank you for this info! The Byer of Maine Madera stand seems very portable. Can two stands be used together to create a treeless hammock hang? Thanks again.

  11. Derek Hanse
    May 24, 2013

    Yes, you could use two stands, but a lot of force is being held by a single stake. If you are looking for a stand you can easily carry, I’d go with the Handy Hammock. A tripod stand doesn’t require any stakes.

  12. John
    June 25, 2013

    Would the Portable Pipe Stand still work if the 6′ sections were replaced by two 3′ sections and a connector? If so it would then pack down smaller and fit in a car trunk without folding the seat down. (I have a difficult time figuring out where the stresses are on these structures.)

    I appreciate your knowledge and your skill and generosity in sharing it. I love your blog and your book.

  13. Derek Hansen
    June 25, 2013

    John, the smaller sections might work. I’ve never tried it and I’m not a pipe expert. If I were to use smaller pipe I’d probably go with thicker pipe (1.5 to 2 inch thick) to compensate. You’re introducing multiple weak points in the structure so I would be cautious.

    If trunk portability is more important, you might consider an anchored stand. You can use surplus military mast sections which come in 4 ft sections. They work great, but it’s not free standing.

  14. Kerri
    June 26, 2013

    Hi Derek, I’m loving my pipe stand although it weighs a ton. Can you tell me what is the stand in the picture with the aircraft please? That looks very interesting. The problem I’ve had with most portable stands is that I’m pretty heavy and any pegs in the ground just pull out – even those fancy ones from Hammock Forums (can’t remember the name). I love the idea of the Handy Hammock, but I’m too heavy for it. I tried the single pole and pegs – the pegs came out. So far, the pipe stand has proved perfect but it’s just heavy and bulky. Thoughts on the stand in the aircraft pic?

  15. Derek Hansen
    June 27, 2013

    Kerri, the plane stand is a little more complex to construct and also requires staking, so it may not work for you. I would recommend the turtle dog stand, which is fairly easy to build, free-standing, and much lighter than the pipe stand. The 2×4 stand is also lighter and breaks down well, but there is more to construct.

  16. Seth McAlister
    June 27, 2013

    Hey Derek,

    I’ve been considering the pipe stand for a bit. I finally picked a hammock up for my wife and oldest daughter – haven’t decided what we’ll do for our 1 year old yet. What I had been thinking in my head was attaching another section of pipe at the top junction and into another pipe stand so there would be 2 parallel to each other. I figured this would allow two hammocks side by side…if only one needed to hang, i could run it on the diagonal. In addition, since the pipes are good for upwards of 300 lbs. or so, I can suspend one or two in bunk bed fashion for the kids.

    What are your thoughts?

  17. John
    June 27, 2013

    Derek – thank you for your reply. I asked my architect friend about replacing the 72″ sections with 2 x 36″ and here is his reply:

    “That piece is operating in a structural state called “bending” (or, more hopefully, the absence thereof).

    Bending is the hardest nut to crack. Bending forces are greatest at, you guessed it, the middle – right at the weakest point of your proposed seam.

    You might could design some sort of overlap splice or “scab/gusset’ to overcome this flaw but a simple connection will cause problems there.”

    I don’t know which 72″ section he is referring to but either way I don’t think this stand is the solution to my problem. I think I will go with the antenna mast poles stand even though the footprint is larger than I would like it to be.

    • Joel Dare
      March 12, 2014

      I wonder if you could overcome the “bending” problem by splitting the poles into three equal pieces instead of 2. That way, the majority of the force is still in the center of the center pole. Your splits would be both above and below that point. As a bonus, three sections would be even more portable than two.


  18. Randy
    July 3, 2013

    Newbe 63 to hammock camping and looking at ideas and how to. I do not know anything about these spiral stakes, but might be something to test? thanks, Randy Petco Spiral Tie-Out Stake with Cable
    Super strong, solid steel shaft spiral stake with vinyl-coated cable tie-out. Just screw the spiral stake into the ground, attach the tie-out, and you’re ready to give your dog room to roam. Quick-and-easy-to-install spiral stake with arrowhead design screws into ground and stays firmly anchored. Super strong, solid steel shaft. Double welded. Features 360 degree swivel ring to attach tie-out cable. Strong galvanized steel aircraft cable with 920 lb. break strength. Crack-resistant UV-protected vinyl coating stops rust and corrosion. Smooth vinyl coating won’t scratch furniture or damage lawns. Safer and stronger than chain or rope tie-outs. Steel lock-snaps at both ends.

  19. CampingMaxx
    July 16, 2013

    I stumbled upon here in a hunt for some DIY hammock solutions, and I’ll be darned this is ALL the info I was looking for. Thank you so much Derek! And btw, the familyroom hammock pic is classic!

  20. David
    July 20, 2013

    What is the stand in the third picture with the planes?

  21. Derek Hansen
    July 21, 2013

    David, the stand with the planes is a pipe-style stand I would call a rocking horse stand. It requires staking. Looks cool but more involved to make.

  22. Sherri
    August 4, 2013

    I’ve been brainstorming hammock stands for several years now. Just recently had this idea for making a stationary stand: bury 2, maybe 3-4′ long, sleeves of pipe in the ground angling away from the hammock, then using longer pieces of pipe, maybe 9-10′ in length and with eye bolts, slid down inside the buried sleeves to hang the hammock on.

  23. koolaidguzzler
    September 1, 2013

    Terrific article.

  24. Ken Lane
    January 9, 2014

    I just picked this hammock stand up off Amazon and am currently using it for my full-time sleeper inside my house. It seems to work great, sets up and breaks down in about 5 minutes, and will fit in the trunk of a car: Universal hammock Stand.

  25. alvan
    March 1, 2014

    There are so many ways to use a camp hammock I’m always impressed to see new ways they can be set up. It’s such a versatile outdoor item it’s no surprise they’re catching on with more campers.

  26. vaps0tr
    June 7, 2014

    Derek, have you tried the BooneDOX Drifter yet?

    I’ve heard they are working on a tarp and bugnet solution.

  27. Gary Moxnes
    August 21, 2014

    Derek, distance between my 2 trees 24 feet, too long. I am using one tree and a wood post to hang my 13 foot hammock. I’ve been told to use a 8-10 foot pole, 6X6 inches. Not sure how deep to bury it. Place the post 15 feet from tree, how far up the tree/pole do I attatch hammock? What would u recommend? Thank so much.

    • Derek Hansen
      August 21, 2014

      Twenty-four feet isn’t horrible. I do that in my backyard. To make long hangs work best, it’s good to have a ridge line on your hammock so the hammock maintains the right sag. If I were to bury a pole, I think 2 to 4 feet deep would be sufficient, but I would defer to building code (and use cement). Fifteen feet apart is a great distance. You can use my hang calculator to figure out hang points. http://theultimatehang.com/hammock-hang-calculator/

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