The hanging angle of a hammock

Determines how much a hammock (without wooden poles) sags, how best to lie in the hammock and how much force is exerted on the suspension.

Hammock angle


Not recommended

30° 45°


Hammock must be wide enough

Curvature of the hammock 20 degree hanging angle 30 degree hanging angle 45 degree hanging angle 75 degree hanging angle
Wall or ceiling suspension? Wall Wall Both possible Ceiling
Optimal lying position

Load factor

Due to tensile forces (the smaller the angle, the greater), the actual load on the suspension device results from the weight in the hammock multiplied by this factor.

150% 100% 70% 50%

Example: 80 KG person in the hammock

This is the weight that a person weighing 80 kg lying in the hammock actually exerts on each side of the suspension.

120 KG ⚠️ 80 KG 56 KG 40 KG
Conclusion Not recommended: 1.5 times the load on the suspension; the lying surface may feel too tight Recommended: Classic angle for wall mounting, the hammock hangs like a banana; ideal for small hammocks, as the lying surface is utilized to the maximum by lying diagonally. Recommended: similar to an angle of 30°; well suited for several people in a hammock. Only recommended for particularly wide mesh hammocks (Strong, Heaven); the hammock hangs like a swing; only room for one person; not suitable for stomach sleepers; the hammock can restrict the freedom of movement of the shoulders on the left and right; the entire width of the hammock is used; minimum space required in the room and minimum load on the suspension.

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