I bought a nylon backpack rain cover that has elastic on the sides and put a carabiners at each end' draw cord. I clip the one carabiner to the suspension line at the foot, and the other on the hammock side tie out. the backpack cover acts as a small baby hammock that keeps my excess gear off the ground and acts as a shelf.
I like the idea of the smaller dull length hammock and you could hang it right off to the side instead of beneath you so you can access it while laying. I figure that I could still use the backpack cover on the head end and access it that way but only used it on my last hang and need to try it out again before expanding on it further.