The best and simplest way to secure your hammock to trees is to make use of a hammock strap. They are made to firmly weave a tree. The looped hammock straps can be used to secure the end of your hammock. So, learning how to make hammock straps can be a very useful skill if you love to explore nature.
A good strap should not shift and should be able to support weights of up to 2,000 or even 3,000 pounds. That should suffice to keep you safe and secure during the night.
You may find different sorts of hammock straps but it is recommended to use tree straps. Or else it will damage the tree’s trunk adversely. But these webbed tree straps are costly but they can be a good deal in long term.
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Why is it important to learn to make hammock straps?
When you are an adventure lover and want to spend some quality time in the lap of nature, hammock straps can give you a vast range of places to explore. Firstly, you need to have a good quality hammock with suspension straps. You need to remember that hammock sets do not come in one set of straps.
You may construct your straps using only items found around the house and at the local market if you have the correct equipment and a little time. Making your hammock straps, also known as tree huggers, is a simple project that doesn’t require the use of a sewing machine.
You can even connect two hammock straps together to enjoy the camping days with your partner.
How hammock straps Should be Used?
So, what exactly do you need to build hammock straps? Before we get to that, let’s have a look at how tree straps should be used.
When you are on the beach, you can use hammock straps as well. You can also set up your hammock indoors using straps. Hanging a hammock while you are on a camping trip is a great way of enjoying your vacation.
You can also hang a hammock in your backyard and enjoy the lazy afternoon or starry night. It will be a DIY process and all and sundry will be able to make it and enjoy relaxing on it.
How to Make Hammock Straps: 3 Easy Ways
However, not everyone has sufficient cash to purchase their pair of hammock straps. Why not create your hammock straps instead of just using a length of rope?
Let’s move on to how you may make one at home and use it whenever you want. This section will be separated into several sections, beginning with the materials you’ll need and ending with the steps required in the procedure.
Now in this article, let’s discuss three simple DIY hammock straps to use and enjoy your camping days.
1. DIY Webbing Hammock Straps
When you want to lower weight, you can make this simple webbing hammock straps.
You need high-tensile nylon webbing and this does not take lots of space in your backpack. This one is really easy to make and you can use it anywhere you want.
The following items are required
- Two Webbing Lengths.
- Two Carabiners.
- One lighter.
Assemble the materials- you need two 15-foot high-quality nylon webbing to make this hammock straps. Just go to any local store or you can buy it online. When you buy a 30 foot long webbing make sure, you cut it in half. To prevent shredding, you need to singe the ends with a flame.
Make loops- now you need to create loops at the end of the webbing. Make sure to wrap loop on each piece of webbing. At that point, wrap the tip of this segment around the loop to form a snug overhand loop knot with another exposed loop.
Pull the end- you need to pull the remaining webbing tightly to the tree through the looped end.
Use a marlin spike hitch- intertwine a marlin spike hitch in the extent of webbing, with one end of the carabiner as the clip. Swap the other carabiner on the other side of strap and reprise the method.
Fasten the Hammock — At this point, you can fasten your hammock to the carabiners and you are all set to enjoy your adventure trip to the fullest.
If you are learning how to make hammock straps for the first time, you can surely try this method.
DIY Tree Hugger Straps with Marlin Spike Toggle
If you are a nature lover, you must consider the safety of trees first. Just out of your enjoyment, you can’t cause harm to the trees. So this one is ideal hammock straps to install and is completely safe to lower the damage for the trees.
This hammock suspension system is best for hikers owing to its lightweight.
The following items are required:
- Two Webbing Lengths.
- Carabiners (two).
- Two marlin spike toggles.
Assess the condition– at first, you need to check the distance of trees you want to hang the hammock straps. The longer the length, you need to choose wider trees to hang the hammock straps.
Tie an overhand loop– now you need to make a small overhand loop on one end of the straps.
Wrap the straps around your chosen trees– at this point you need to pass the other end of the webbing through the loop and wrap it around a tree approximately 6 feet above the ground. Repeat the same process on the other tree with other end of the strap.
Fasten the strap– now pull the webbing tightly to secure the strap and double check.
Use a marlin spike hitch- intertwine a marlin spike hitch in the extent of webbing, with one little toggle like little finger. Now fasten the hitch to keep the pin at place and reprise the method with other tree.
Mount the Carabiners – you need to attach one carabiner to each end of your hammock. Then, straight above the marlin spike hitch, install one carabiner to one of the ends of strap. Replace the second carabiner and repeat the process.
Remember Never Attach a Carabiner to a Toggle — you need to attach each carabiner to the webbing itself, not the toggle. The toggle’s objective is to stop the carabiner from slipping down the hitch’s extent.
3. DIY Paracord Hammock Straps
If you don’t want to invest money on ready made hammock straps, but don’t have confidence to make the complex hammock straps, you can opt for paracord suspension. You just need to spend as little as just $5 to make it and use it. Just use your creativity and enjoy relishing the nature’s beauty.
The following items are required:
- Paracord (Para 1100).
- Camping knife.
Cut it in half– get a paracord and cut it in half with the aid of camping knife.
Use lighter– you can burn the ends with lighter to prevent shredding and now you are ready to use the paracord.
Fasten an overhand knot– you need to fasten an overhand knot to each ends of the paracord. Pass the remaining length of the paracord through the small loop so that it won’t get loose at any point of time.
Wrap the paracord – now you can wrap the paracord around the tree and pull the open end through an overhand knot and fasten it tightly. Interchange the other end of the paracord and repeat the process with another tree.
Link the Marlin Spike Hitch — using your carabiner as the toggle, you need to fasten a marlin spike hitch in the middle of the length of the paracord. Follow the same method with other carabiner and other paracord straps.
Anyway if you found these steps too complicated and time consuming, here are the three readymade straps I will recommend, which I have use personally for long time.
|ENO||Atlas XL Suspension System||400lbs||13’7”||13oz||20 on each strap||These larger straps are ideal for any trip that includes far-apart trees or giant trees, as they feature more loops and are 3’6″ longer.|
|Kammok||Python 10 Ultralight hammock straps||300lbs||10’||03.2oz||20 on each strap||Kammok comes with quality products. Kammok’s lightweight model is just a smidgeon lighter than ENO’s, and it’s also longer.|
|Grand Trunk||Trunk Straps||400lbs||10’||12oz||18 on each strap||Grand Trunk straps come in a variety of bright colors that go with many of their designs. These are the straps for you if you want something flashy and entertaining. They also provide a lifetime guarantee and will replace any broken strap.|
Now that you know how to make hammock straps, you may not want to spend money on ready-made hammock straps. Just go camping or any adventure and relish the beauty of nature.