How to Hang a Hammock Indoors Without Drilling

Throwing up an indoor hammock gives you an instant coziness-boost. But can you even set it up without drilling in your walls? The answer's yes, and here's how you do it.

Hammocks are often thought of as outdoor bedding and furniture, but a lot of people also enjoy using them indoors. How can that be possible, though, as wouldn’t you need a set of trees to anchor to? The reality is while securing a hammock to a couple of trees is probably the most well-known suspension method, it’s far from the only one.

Wait… the last part of this title is the kicker. How to hang a hammock indoors is a very different question after you add, “without drilling” to the end of it. If you’re willing and able (and if you can find the correct space to do so in your home), hanging a hammock indoors by installing hardware will open up your options more.

Yet, that’s not what we’re here to discuss. So, without drilling, quite frankly, the best (and probably only way for most people) way to hang your hammock indoors is to use a dedicated stand. In other words, using a hammock stand is the optimal option.

We’ll further assess the pros and cons of using a stand, as well as talk about another possible method, and even discuss the option of installing hardware if you end up choosing to drill after all. What do you say we don’t waste any time and get after it, huh?

How to hang a hammock indoors using vertical beams or posts

There’s no need to sugarcoat anything here, this isn’t the best option for a few different reasons. We still wanted to make mention of it, however, as it could still be feasible for you. As for what the option is, using existing vertical posts or beams inside of your home could work.

The likelihood that you’ll be able to pull this one off, though, is kind of slim… and there are a few reasons as to why:

  • You need to have vertical posts or beams in plain access
  • The posts have to be properly spaced apart
  • The posts need to have a rugged texture (read more below)

Even if you find a good spot that would be suitable, the smooth texture of the posts may pose a danger when using rope or hammock straps to secure the hammock. Trees have a rugged and rough texture and slipping is more or less a non-issue when straps or rope are secured properly. So, in the posts, you may have to cut small notches right at the height where the straps or rope will need to be.

As you can see, in our opinion, this option is kind of a longshot. Opting for a hammock stand will be the much more feasible, practical, and realistic option.

The pros & cons of opting for a hammock stand

hammock stand in a conservatory
Image credits: Ostap Senyuk

Even though the best answer to the question of how to hang a hammock indoors without drilling is with a stand, there are still some pros and cons of choosing to do so.

Thankfully, the pros far outweigh the cons, but we wanted to mention both so you’re fully aware of what you’ll be getting into.

Now, as for what a hammock stand is, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Typically made of either metal or wood, it’s a stand that’s specifically designed to be used with a hammock, and it works by simply hooking and unhooking a hammock over it. Not all of them will be created equal, but this is the gist of how they all function.

Note: I’ve written a post on the best portable hammock stands if you’re interested.

Pros of using a hammock stand indoors

  • Versatile: In addition to the fact that many will be adjustable for different lengths of hammock, hammock stands also tend to work with many different types of hammocks. Plus, depending on the model, most will be able to be used virtually anywhere from indoors to outdoors to your porch, you name it.
  • Easy to use: Generally speaking, hammock stands aren’t too tricky to assemble and use. When compared to installing hardware in a home or securing a hammock to a couple of trees, the process is a piece of cake (most of the time).
  • Mobile and lightweight: Ironically, weight is both a pro and a con with stands. Reason being is portable hammock stands will oftentimes be lightweight and easy to carry. This can be beneficial if you want to move your hammock around from time to time.

Cons of using a hammock stand indoors

  • Heavy and large: You can buy stands that will end up being somewhat cumbersome to maneuver. Thankfully, this can be solved by choosing a more lightweight and mobile stand. But generally, if you want something that’s sturdy, it’ll be a tad heady.
  • They take up space: No matter how you slice it, using a hammock stand in your home will take up a decent amount of space. This is probably the main reason why choosing to install hardware can be beneficial over opting for a stand.

Portable hammock stands are probably what you’re looking for

We’d have to say that the best aspect of owning a hammock stand is the mere fact that you’re not limited to where you want to use it. With hardware, once it’s installed, the hammock’s not going anywhere unless you choose to install hardware in multiple locations to be able to move your hammock.

Yet, as we just mentioned, the easiest type of stands to move will be portable hammock stands. If you think that you’ll want to move the stand around occasionally, we highly recommend going with a portable one. And here’s the good news, we’ve already compiled a list of the best portable hammock stands to help you with the buying process.

Why is drilling not an option?

red hammock hanging in the living room
Image credits: Jonathan Borba

When you see the question of how to hang a hammock indoors without drilling, it makes you wonder why drilling wouldn’t be an option. After all, installing hardware in your home for the purposes of using a hammock can be a fantastic approach to take.

For the sake of this post, though, what would be some reasons as to why you wouldn’t go about installing hardware?

  • Time and resources: The fact is, you may not have the necessary resources and tools to drill hardware into your home. Or you may simply not want to exert the time and effort it will take to do so. Both are fair reasons in our book.
  • You live in a rental: If you don’t own the home, you’re in, you may not be permitted to drill into the walls and ceilings. If that’s the case, drilling will definitely not be an option.
  • The spacing isn’t correct: If you can’t find two wood studs that are spaced adequately for your hammock, you might not even be able to drill anyways.
  • You don’t trust yourself: Listen, this is fair too. Securing a hammock to two trees is easier than installing hardware in your home to secure a hammock.

We want to continue on with that last bullet point as how to hang a hammock indoors with drilling needs to be done correctly. We’re not going to go too in-depth as that’s not the purpose of this post, but just keep the following in the back of your mind if you see yourself possibly drilling:

  • Make sure you’re drilling into wood and not metal studs
  • Never use drywall alone to hang your hammock
  • Make sure you’re anchoring it into secure beams or joists (if hung in the ceiling)

Final thoughts

At the end of the day, this is the most important point to take away from this entire post. How to hang a hammock indoors without drilling is best to do with a hammock stand. It’s also the easiest and most versatile option at your disposal, as buying a portable model can allow you to move it to different rooms, indoors and outdoors, etc.

Doing so in this manner also means you don’t have to be concerned with anything being damaged or broken because as long as you adhere to what the stand and what your hammock can safely bear, you’ll be just fine.

Still, using a drill to install some hardware in your home to be able to hang your hammock up inside is an option that’s worth considering if you want to save some space. Remember, a hammock stand in your home is going to take up a respectable amount of space. That’s probably the main drawback!

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Tyler Jones

Tyler is much like a swiss knife. Even though he has a degree in Computer Science, he knows almost everything there is to know about camping. He has been writing for HeadlessNomad since 2021 and has contributed with over 100 articles. If you have an outdoor-related question, then Tyler much likely knows the answer.