Do not give up!! At first attempt, I thought there was some mistake because the stand looked so much longer than the hammock bed, that one end of the hammock would never reach the other end of the stand. I took a metal chain and ‘S' hook to bridge the gap and laid on the hammock for about 5 minutes. Then I felt the hammock sag, so I adjusted the chain which brought the ring on one end of the hammock closer to the stand hook. I kept doing this until I there was no more need for the chain. The hammock just needed some stretching which took about 15 minutes. Everything is fine now and I am enjoying the hammock, resting under the shade. The stand looks very sturdy. Great buy for the lowest price I can find for the set. Light enough to move around. I remove the hammock and bring it inside the house at the end of the day to avoid bird ‘pooping' on my beautiful hammock, but leave the stand outside for next day's use. Enjoy!!