hammocks, hammock chairs, hammock stands

How to install and use your hammock:

Your non spreader bar hammock (Mayan hammock, Mexican hammock or Colombian hammock) should hang nicely with the lower part of it standing between hips and knees. The end loop will be 6' high with an ideal distance of 12' between hanging points. The bigger the distance between hanging points the higher you will have to hang it.

Spreader-bar hammocks should be installed tight and you will need from 12' to 15' to hang them. Install them 4' to 5' from ground, or higher if you prefer a bigger curve.

The best way to sleep in a hammock is diagonally at a 30 to 45 degrees angle. This way your back will be straight and you will be most comfortable. This is not easy to achieve with spreader-bar hammocks.

If a string breaks on a Mayan hammock just tie the 2 broken ends together.

Parachute silk nylon hammocks (camping hammock or travel hammock) are machine washable in cold water. Hang outside to dry.

Always verify the knots of your hammocks before lying on it.


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Suspension

To really be able to enjoy your hammock you need to find the perfect spot for it. This spot should offer enough space and also provide the possibility to suspend the hammock. Important: when mounting a hammock it is important to add space to let the hammock sag. Because the more a hammock sags, the more comfortable it will be.

A short overview of all possibilities for suspension:

Suspending a hammock between two trees

The most classic type of suspension is putting your hammock up between two trees. Depending on the size of your hammock, the trees should stand at least 3 metres apart and be strong enough to carry your body weight. To mount a hammock to two trees you will need two ropes, which are looped around the tree. They are then connected with the hammock. If the trees are further apart, the ropes need to be attached a bit higher to enable the hammock to sag sufficiently.

Suspending a hammock between two walls

For suspending a hammock inside or on your patio you will need walls made of concrete or plaster. For mounting it to a wall, you firstly need to attach a wall hook, which is then connected with the hammock by means of a rope. For older houses, which might have wall material with a lesser bearing capacity there are special hooks available, which distribute the weight to several drill holes, thus relieving the wall.


Suspending a hammock from a ceiling

Especially in large rooms with low ceilings suspending the hammock from the ceiling is a good alternative. Beams are also well suited for that. 

The suspension alternatives shown can be combined in any way to suspend the hammock inside or outside. There are no boundaries for your imagination when hunting for the right spot for your hammock!

Space needed

When you have found your favourite spot for your hammock you need to test whether the available space will be sufficient for the size of the hammock you have in mind.

The distance needed between the two suspension points and the height you will need to place the suspension points at can easily be calculated using the following rule of thumb: The height of suspension (y) must be more or less half of the suspension distance (x). If you want to use a spot with a greater distance between the suspension points you also need to place the hammock a bit higher. Please note: with each additional metre of distance, the suspension mechanism needs to be placed another 50 cm (20 in) higher.

Tip: If your hammock seems too short for the spot you have in mind, you will be glad to hear that you can extend your hammock to the desired length with ropes on both ends.

 Sagging

When you have finally found the right spot and placed your hammock there you should pay attention to its sagging sufficiently. A hammock is perfect when, without someone lying in it, it has the curvature of a banana: Ultimate hammock joy is on its way!

Tip: If your hammock is too short, you can extend it with ropes on both ends until it sags and assumes the form of a banana.