One of the features of hammocks that stands out is that you can use them outdoors when camping or even at home. You can use them in the living rooms, sunrooms, etc., to replace your beds.
You should know some tips when setting up a hammock at home. Pretty sure you would want to know these tips. These are what we will show you in this article.
How to set up a hammock at home?
There are three primary ways you can set up a hammock at home. These are hardware installation, sturdy anchor points, or a hammock stand.
- You will need heavy-duty hardware such as j-hooks, s-hooks, eye hooks, etc., to secure anchor points in wall beams and ceiling joists. Also, you will need suspension materials such as chains, ropes, and cords.
- Chains are adjustable heavy-duty materials when using s-hooks. You can move the hook around to adjust the hammock’s tension. To use the ropes and cords, you should know how to tie a secure and tight knot. An advantage of this is that it takes little space.
- Avoid hanging your hammock on drywall. Locate the stud behind the dry walls and then drill into it (the stud). It would help to use a stud-finder over the spot you want to hit.
- After drilling, you can install the hardware into the studs.
- Then, you can attach the chain, ropes, or cords to the end loops of the hammock.
- After that, you can hang the hammock on the wall or ceiling. Hang it with a suspension angle of about 30 degrees. The suitable height for hanging it is 18 inches from the floor.
- Before using the hammock, you should test its weight and capacity. You can do this by piling some heavy stuff on it (the hammock) to see if it is safe to use.
- Hardware installation is the preferred way to hang a hammock chair. To set up a hammock chair, you will need a structurally-sound ceiling beam or joist suitable for your body weight. Also, you should install the eye hooks directly into a stud in the ceiling.
- To set up a hammock at home, some of the tools you will need include a stud finder, chains, an electric drill with drill bits, screws, eye hooks, etc.
Installing the ceiling is another method of setting up your hammock. To do this:
- Locate the ceiling joists using a stud finder and mark its (joist) exact center.
- Use a drill with a tiny bit to drill a 3/8-inches hole into the joist. Measure the distance between the two anchor points. The space should not be more than 15 feet.
- Locate the second anchor point and drill another small hole. You can then screw in heavy-duty eye-hooks large enough to have at least 2 inches screwed into the solid wood joists.
- After that, attach a chain or rope to the end-loop of the hammock to get your desired length. You can then use knots to hook the suspension to the anchored hook.
- Hanging on the ceiling is not advisable if you have a weak roof. Also, if the ceiling stud is too long, it can only hold less weight, and you should not hang it on the ceiling.
Sturdy anchor points
- If you have sturdy and rigid features (such as ceiling beams, pillars, railings, etc.) in your home, this is suitable for you. You should only use this method if the features you want to use are strong enough to support your body weight. You must attach the hammock to the two parts using suspension straps.
- You should locate the best position and distance to hang your hammock in your room. The hanging point should not be so far apart that it would have some awkward and prolonged chain length in the room. Also, it should not be so small that it occupies a little corner of the room.
- It would be best if the ridgeline length were not above 8-9 feet. This ensures enough curve after setting up the hammock. The ridgeline is the distance between both ends of a hammock after setting it up.
- • You can also buy quality ports, but ensure the ports have at least a 5-inch diameter and 6-8 feet in height. Buying a port is suitable if you are not using the hammock indoors but outdoors, such as backyard
- This is an easy method of hanging hammocks. This stand is mobile and easy to set up. You do not have to tie intricate knots or worry about measuring the distance whenever you want to use it. Also, you do not have to drill your walls or ceiling before using it.
- Having explained the different ways you can set up a hammock at home, note that:
- To avoid damage to your walls, always consider hanging your hammocks on existing posts and pillars such as ceilings or any sturdy anchor points. In doing this, do not use home appliances to hang the hammock. Instead, only use permanent and durable features in your house.
- It will help if you do not hang a hammock in the middle of a room. Instead, turn it near the edge of the room where the studs are much more substantial. It would be best if you hung your hammock underneath the attic, supporting the lowest weight.
- • You can also consider building a permanent hammock structure at home. This hammock can be a full-on weatherproof snoozing area or a simple DIY stand. You can design the layout and length to suit your design. A permanent hammock structure is suitable for using hammocks outdoors and not indoors.
In this article, we have taken you through the tips for setting up a hammock at home. This knowledge will help you when setting up a hammock at home.