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How to Set Up Posts for Hammocks

A beautiful summer day only gets better when you add a gently swinging hammock. Relaxing and comfortable, hammocks are a perfect place to enjoy a sunset or glass of lemonade. Hammocks can be hanged from trees and deck posts. But when these options aren't available and you don’t want to buy a hammock frame, try setting up hammock posts. Root the posts firmly in the ground with concrete for sturdy anchors from which the hammock can hang and allow you to enjoy a summer day safely.

A hammock is the perfect place to enjoy fine weather and companionship.

Step 1

Mark the spot where the first hammock post is to be planted. Mark a spot for the second post that is a distance measuring at least 1 foot longer than the hammock’s total length, depending on how tightly you want the hammock to hang.

Step 2

Dig a hole at each marked spot using a shovel. The holes should be 2 feet to 3 feet deep and at least 10 inches wide.

Step 3

Insert one post into the first hole and center it in the hole. Have an assistant hold the post in place.

Step 4

Fill the space around the post with premixed concrete using a trowel, carefully packing concrete around the post to avoid any air pockets.

Step 5

Repeat for the second post.

About the Author

Jane Schmidt has worked in editing since 2003. She served as an editorial assistant of a literary journal and worked with friends to start and write for a community paper. Schmidt received her Bachelor of Arts in design studies and is pursuing a Master of Public Health from The Ohio State University.