Your Brazilian Amazona style hammock is one of the true marvels of pre-industrial engineering. Used properly it will provide you with years of amazing comfort. Please read the following, to get the most enjoyment and safety from your purchase.
How to Hang a Hammock Properly
Hammock end loops should be 5 or 6 feet above the ground for the Brazilian hammocks. The distance between supports can be about a foot or a foot and a half less than the length of the hammock. If you have more distance, that is great. Use the adjusting ropes, and attach the hammock a little higher off the ground. The hammock should hang with a catenary droop, with the bottom about 2-3 feet above the ground. The best installations space the supports a little wider than the minimum, and take up the difference with the use of rope. This allows you to adjust easily for stretching.
From Hammock Stands
Amazona hammocks work best with a stand such as the Vario stand which has higher riser arms than most. They do not do well in low up from the ground stands that require spreader bar hammocks.
Use “Tree Huggers” or a strong rope tied around the tree trunk. Screwing hardware into trees is ill advised. Tree trunks or branches used to support hammocks should generally be at least 6” to 8” in diameter to support the weight at the attachment height.
Inside Your Home
Locate a stud or beam by tapping the wall or ceiling or by using a stud-finder.You will hear a solid sound when you hit one. Hammer a small nail or drill with a narrow bit to make absolutely certain you're directly on the stud or beam. Locate the center of the beam by tapping additional holes to the left and right of the first one. Once properly located, drill a 1/4" starter hole, then attach a heavy-duty 3/8” eye lag screw. Then use S hooks and poly rope to attach hammock. You MUST hang your hammock from a structural element such as wall stud, ceiling beam, or concrete wall, etc.. Never try to hang a hammock from plaster or wall board! Seaside Hammocks carries kits for all hammock installations that come with detailed instructions.
Set 10' pressure-treated 4”x4" or larger posts firmly in the ground approximately 12 -16 feet apart, depending on the hammock size. Bury the posts at least 3 feet in the ground, surround them with concrete, and allow the concrete to cure a couple of days before using the hammock. Install 3/8 inch diameter 4 1/2 inch long lag eye screws in the posts for hammock attach points.
Getting In and Out
Imagine yourself about to sit in a bed or chair. Turn your back to the hammock. Reach behind and lift the far side. Place your other hand on the near edge and lift yourself up and in. Lie across the hammock when you first get in, then move toward the diagonal until you find that “sweet spot” where you are fully supported in blissful relaxation. Don't be afraid to move around in the hammock and make full use of its space for best back support and weight distribution. Lie diagonally across larger hammocks. All true hammocks are most comfortable in diagonal placement. Experimentation will guide you to the best positions. Unlike American-style rope hammocks with spreader bars, our hammocks are designed to mold to your body shape and hold you like a soft cocoon. They are extremely stable and will not suddenly dump you out without warning.
STORAGE- Store Indoors in dry conditions.
WEATHER- All fibers are affected by the sun's ultraviolet rays, and over time will fade and deteriorate if left outside. For longer life, your hammock should NOT be left out in the weather, especially extreme weather conditions.
WASHING- Tie each arm at equal intervals with pieces of cord and leave to soak in tepid water with a mild detergent. With the arms tied in this fashion, there is less risk of tangled strings. The hammock should be dried quickly after washing. To do this effectively, hang the hammock and place a stick crosswise in the net to keep it fully extended. This ensures maximum ventilation and helps to dry the thread quickly and thoroughly. Never fold the hammock when wet or store it in a damp place.
And one last Reminder: TEST BEFORE YOU REST!
Hammocks are meant for relaxing. Do not spin, rotate, or twist.
Customer assumes all liability and risks resulting from use of hammock.
Always supervise your children.
Store your hammock indoors when not in use.