Hammock Sizes (Measuring & Dimensions Guide)

When you think of outdoor furniture, hammocks are usually on top of everyone’s list, and for good reasons. The gentle swinging motion invites users to unwind and relax while lounging in their favorite spot. Aside from the style, material, or the hanging method of your future swing, one of the most important factors to consider is the size.

Backyard with hammock

If you have the space for any type, then there are no boundaries to the hammock size you can get since the general consensus is picking the largest one within your budget. [toc]

Standard Hammock Dimensions

Standard Size

The weight capacity of different types of hammocks will vary according to the size you are planning to get, although they range to support weights from 150 to 500 pounds

For the widths, anything from 4 to 9 feet is available. Wider hammocks can accommodate up to four persons, and the smaller ones will be enough for a single to a couple of people using it at one time. 

The length will generally range from 9 to 14 feet. The taller you are, the longer the perfect one will be. 

Single Hammock Size 

Single and double hammock dimensions

The first size to consider is single. A single is small and lightweight, perfect for an average person with an average size or children to lounge in. They are also space-efficient, so closer posts or tree distance will still work to hang them. 

The size will vary according to each manufacturer, but generally, single hammocks have a width that ranges from 39 to 50 inches or 99 to 127 centimeters. For the length, it will range from 76 to 79 inches or 194 to 201 centimeters. 

Double Hammock Sizing

Double hammocks are perfect for 1 to 2 people to relax in. Choose this size for your home if you could use a little more space to sprawl in. A double will be longer than a single one, both width and length. 

If you are planning on buying this size, their widths will vary from 52 to 60 inches or 132 to 152 centimeters, according to each manufacturer. This is also true for the length, which can range from 74 to 79 inches or 188 to 201 centimeters. 

Queen Hammock Dimensions

Queen and Family Hammock dimensions

A queen size which can also be called a matrimonial style, in some cases is rarer, and only a few manufacturers hold them. Unlike the single or double, queens have a specific size

For queen hammocks, the size is 69 inches or 175 centimeters from side to side. The length would be 79 inches or 201 centimeters from top to bottom. 

Family Hammock Measurements

To do right by its given name, the family hammocks are big enough to support the whole family. It is large and roomy enough that kids will have no problem joining you in the swing. 

A single person can also really enjoy this option, and it is comfortable enough that they can sleep the whole night in it. 

This is the biggest size you can own, with a width and length of 79 inches or 201 centimeters. It is also the safest in the weight capacity it can support. 

How To Measure A Hammock? 

Hammock measurement

Knowing how to measure hammocks will come in handy even if you are not a ranger, mountaineer, or adventurer. Comfort coincides with the measurements making it integral for measuring. 

The first thing to do is lay out the entire length and sides of the product flat on the floor or table. Take note that no rope or suspension straps will be included in the final measurements, but the spreader bar and holes to which the lounger will be attached are included. 

You must measure from top to bottom if you are measuring for the length. At the same time, measure from left to right for the width

How Much Space To Hang A Hammock? 

Hammock sizes and distance for hanging

The hanging distance for a hammock is two feet or 24 inches greater than the length of the item itself, from ring to ring.

In general, a user will need at least 15 feet of open space to be able to hang hammocks. Sometimes, this amount can be as low as 13 feet for a single, or more significant than 16 feet for a family-size

It is important to note that the closer two posts or two trees are to each other, the more curvature your fabric material will have. 

Hammock Tree Distance 

Hammock spacing and distance

If you live someplace with access to many trees, then there’s no need to buy an individual stand since the tree trunks would do. But what is the ideal tree distance for cases where they need hanging? 

Ideally, when hanging hammocks there should be 10 to 15 feet or 3 to 4.6 meters of space between two trees. This length depends on your product measurements, but adding two feet or 24 inches on each side to gauge the tree distance is also helpful. 

How High Should Hammock Be Off The Ground?

The recommended “sag” for hammocks to have above the ground is 18 inches or 46 centimeters. This is if you are using a set of posts or two trees to hang it. 

For hammocks hanging from a spreader bar, there is a height of 4 to 5 feet or 1.25 to 1.5 meters from the ground to the “sag” of the material when seated or lying down. 

What Size Hammock Stand Do You Need?

Hammock hanging on a blue wooden stand with a seascape background

The stand you will need will vary in different categories like maximum weight capacities or materials used to make them. Generally, you need to ensure that your stand will support at least 450 pounds

As for the size, hammock stands should at least be 2 feet or 24 inches longer than the length of the one you have. For example, if you have one that is 12 feet in length, you would need a stand that is 14 feet long to support it efficiently. 

Visit our backyard essentials guide for more related content. 

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  1. I always love hammock camping, A hammock makes me think of slow summer days and the smell of fresh-cut lawns and garden flowers. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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