Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be on the beach to enjoy a comfortable sleep in a hammock.

Inside your home offers a bunch of permanent and temporary mounting options for your hammock. But what if you can’t damage the walls when you attach your hammock to the wall or ceiling? 

Whether you are renting, lacking hanging structure or lacking trade experience, I have you covered. In this article I will give you a range of temporary options so you will know how to hang a hammock indoors without drilling or damaging walls safely.

lady laying on indoor hammock attached to beams

3 Best Ways to hang a hammock indoors without drilling or damaging walls

The hanging methods we’ve listed below are the easiest way hang a hammock indoors without drilling or damaging walls. You don’t need screws or wall studs and they can be adapted for any living space.

It is not just traditional hammocks you can use indoors. Freestanding hanging hammock chair options for indoor use are a great way to optimize style and functionality while taking up less space in your living area.

1. Use A Hammock Stand

A hammock stand is one of the easiest, most versatile, portable and main ways to hang your hammock indoors without drilling. Many hammocks already come with a stand or you can purchase a stand separately, just make sure they are suitable for the type and length of your hammock.

Most come with easy to follow instructions and all the tools needed to assemble are often included. Often you don’t require any power tools at all. Normally you can just click them together or use a few included nuts and bolts to assemble.

Wooden stands offer a durable and beautiful option, however are less portable and come with an extra cost compared to metal frame options. Wooden stands and metal stands will have a similar maximum capacity, generally being limited by the hammock weight rating vice the stand.

If space is an issue with a traditional type stand, then maybe consider a hammock chair stand or similar which are more upright and take up much less space.

Product advantages and likes thumbs up PROS:

  • Very quick and easy to set up without extra tools or screws
  • Can literally place anywhere in the house 
  • Can be moved around quickly and easily
  • Stands to suit most hammock types
  • Variety of different types to suit your space

Product dislikes disadvantages thumbs down CONS:

  • Some stands can be heavy or bulky and take up a lot of space

2. Columns Or Posts Using Hammock Tree Straps

If you already have posts or columns within your home, then hanging a hammock indoors without drilling is as easy as hanging it between two trees.

You can purchase hammock tree straps quite cheaply and set them up very quickly. Made from non-stretch materials, hammock straps can support over 2000lbs of breaking strenght, or 700lbs working load.

Never used a hammock strap before? That’s ok because they are simple and quick to set up. Simply wrap the strap around your column or post, feed it through the loop and pull tight before attaching carabiners or s-hooks to the loops and your hammock. 

Product advantages and likes thumbs up PROS:

  • Can support large amounts of weight
  • Easy to set up without screws or extra tools
  • Uses existing structures of your house

Product dislikes disadvantages thumbs down CONS:

  • Needs columns or poles to install
  • If your columns are too close together you may experience sag in your hammock

3. Beams Using Hammock Tree Swing Hanging Straps

A similar alternative to the tree straps above is a hanging version which utilizes a horizontal surface such as a tree branch rather than the trunk to secure the straps.

You can use these to hang a hammock indoors without drilling by using accessible roof or ceiling beams that are exposed in your home.

Again, these are super durable as they are made from industrial grade polyester and can hold up to 2000lbs. The carabiner and spinner may be rated to less if you use them (around 1000lbs), however your hammock will be sturdy and safe.

They can be used with almost any type of hammock, they wont damage walls and are they easy to set up meaning they are also portable.

Product advantages and likes thumbs up PROS:

  • Can support large amounts of weight
  • Easy to set up without screws or additional tools
  • Uses existing structures of house

Product dislikes disadvantages thumbs down CONS:

  • Needs existing beams to install
  • If your beams are too close/ far apart your hammock may not sit with a comfortable curve

Things to consider before you buy or hang a hammock indoors without drilling

The first thing to consider is the best place to hang your hammock

    • What hanging area is available (length and width)
    • What existing infrastructure does it have such as columns, posts, roof beams or railings and do they offer secure anchor points.
    • Especially for older houses, are the secure supports in good condition? 
    • How far apart are the anchor points and can you hang it with the correct ground clearance? You can use our guide for how to hang a hammock to figure out the required hanging distance you need to hang your hammock correctly.
    • If your anchor points are too close or too high, you will end up with a large curve in the hammock which will make it uncomfortable. You also don’t want too much suspension cord across your home.

The width and length of your hammock

  • How much space will your hammock take up and do you have room to move around it?
  • Does it work with the anchor points you have available or should you buy hammock combo with inclusion of a sturdy stand that fits your space?

The style of your hammock

  • What type of products will be suitable to hang your particular type of hammock without drilling?
  • How many attachment points does the hammock have and do you have enough beams or posts to support it?

Can I hang a hammock chair from the ceiling without drilling?

  • Attempting to hang a hammock chair (or other heavy objects) from the ceiling without drilling into the ceiling rafters or joists is not advised. There are hanging chair attachments available however they do require you to drill into the ceiling stud.
    • Attempting to fix anchor points to ceiling without screws, even in the vicinity of the ceiling studs, will likely result in holes in your ceiling and a few bruises. 


6 reasons why you might want to know how to hang a hammock indoors without drilling or damaging walls?

  • You’re renting and the owners won’t approve drilling screws into walls or ceilings
  • You’ve got a brand new or existing house that you don’t want to ruin by drilling screws into it
  • You can’t access a stud or beam to take the weight of your hammock or they are in the wrong spot for where you want your hammock to be placed
  • You don’t want the expense of buying the tools and hardware needed to power drill and attach a hammock e.g. maybe if your walls are concrete and you need a special drill like a hammer drill 
  • You live in a house that has walls that contain asbestos and therefore cannot drill safely
  • You don’t have the DIY skills (or maybe the patience) to be able to drill and attach a hammock and you don’t want the additional work if you get it wrong

Frequently Asked Questions About How To Hang A Hammock Indoors Without Drilling Or Damaging Walls

Is it safe to hang a hammock indoors without drilling or damaging walls?

  • Yes it safe – as long as you carefully consider and test the load capacity of what you are using for your hammock anchor points. If in any doubt about the strength of the beams, poles or railings you are using you should get a weight rated hammock stand.

How much weight can an indoor hammock hold?

  • The primary limitation will be load bearing capacity of the anchor points. Hammocks suspended by either stands or straps will be designed to hold between 300-450 lbs on average. 2 person hammocks will generally hold 350-450lbs with some heavy duty hammock options up to 800lbs.

How far apart do indoor hammock supports need to be?

  • For the right hammock angle and sitting height, you can vary the fixing height for hammock supports that range between 12-24 feet apart. 18 foot is a good guide which requires a 6’ 8” fixing height. A minimum distance of 2 feet longer than your hammock length is required.

What is the ideal height for a hammock off the floor?

  • You should aim to set the sitting height at 18 inches / 45 cm (ie 18 inches between the ground and the bottom of the hammock when people are sitting in it.) You should also adjust the fixing height to get around a 30 degree angle in the hammock

Can I hang a hammock in my room?

  • Yes – However, if you don’t have any hanging structures in your bedroom you will probably have to purchase a hammock stand unless you are going to drill into the walls. The portable metal hammock stands are easy to move and a great option for bedrooms
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