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How to Hang a Hammock


Our larger Hammocks are rated to hold hundreds of pounds, and will probably hold far more than their rated weights. The same holds true for the hardware. The point of concern becomes the support members. If they are trees, they should be six inches or more in diameter. If posts in the ground,4x4 are commonly used and okay for most applications. In stud wall interior construction, going dead center into the stud is generally considered adequate.

For Mayan hammocks the height of the attachments should be about six feet, plus or minus a foot depending on other factors. For the Nicamaka, seven and a half feet is optimal for a wall installation. Ceiling installations for all hammocks require greater distance between attach points. Brazilian and Colombian will generally follow the Mayan hanging specifications.

If you are installing into a typical wall or ceiling, you must first find the studs, either by tapping or using a stud finder. Once located, it is crucial that you then find the centers of the studs, using a small drill bit or ice pick to puncture the wall until you know where the stud begins and ends. Then find the center and drill a 1/4 inch pilot hole, and screw in the 3/8 inch lag eye screw.

We have developed basic hammock Install Kits for easy installation into most wood and concrete structures as well as trees or posts. These consist of an eyebolt to go into a wall, post or ceiling support, "S" hooks to attach to the eyebolts or rings, and convenient adjusting ropes that connect to the hammock ends.

There are several chair Install Kits from basic eyebolts, chain and connectors to more deluxe swivel and spring combinations that provide the ultimate in chair comfort and convenience. These are available for installation into wood or concrete structure and/or for use with existing eyebolt support.

For trees, there is a tree Install Kit" with "Tree-Hugger", tree-friendly cinch-belts that strap onto tree trunks and "S" hooks & adjusting ropes.

For stand-alone support for no-bar hammocks we offer the Vario Stand and the Viking Stand, which can be adjusted in height and length to accommodate every hammock we sell except for the Family Nicamaka.

For hammocks with spreader bars we have rugged steel stands from Algoma that are size matched to the hammocks we offer.

For detailed hanging instructions visit the Hanging Instructions page.

1. Form a loop with one rope piece, and place the rope ends in your hand with ends facing in opposite directions. You will tie one knot in one direction and then turn it around and tie the second in the same manner.
2. Tie the first of two half hitches with at least one inch of tail end, and then turn the rope around and tie a second half hitch in the same manner. This assures that the two knots nest well together.
3. Pull the assembly tight to insure good seating of the knots. Make sure there is at least 1" of tail on each knot. The tighter the ropes are pulled, the tighter is the resulting knot.

Hanging Video from Merida:

Nica Couples Hammock

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Chair Hanging

1) First step is to locate a solid overhead beam or stud. If the ceiling is normal sheet rock or plaster, use a stud finder and a small drill or ice pick to locate the stud, and then the center of the stud.
2) Once the center of the stud is located drill a 1/4 inch diameter hole into the center, and screw in the 3/8 inch eye lag screw all the way in up to the eye.
3) Then, if using a spring, insert the end coil of the spring into the eye of the eye lag. If not using a spring, use an S hook to connect the chair eye to the lag eye.
4) Then you can either insert the other end of the spring into the eye of the chair, or use the S hook as a convenient and easy to move connection between the two.
5) If chain is required to get the chair to the proper height off the ground insert it between the upper and lower S hooks, or between the spring and the S hook.
6) And the final very important step is to test the installation with your weight before you relax in the chair. Famous slogan is "Test before you rest!"

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Making the loop with the Fisherman's knot

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hammock hanging dimentions

The above diagram is provided by the courtesy of the Nicamaka Company, originators of some of the world's finest hammocks.

Following is an account of an ingenious method a customer devised to automatically position the hammock when not in use:
I wanted to pass on to you a way of hanging hammocks which I worked out back in the early 70s when I was in Southeast Asia. I kept a hammock on the tugboat I ran, and also in the places I rented ashore in various towns in Vietnam. I put a couple of eyebolts up, as far spread as possible, but on one eyebolt I hung a pulley wheel. One end of the hammock line was secured to an eye bolt and the other hammock line went through the pulley to a weight, like a window sash weight ( I think I used a big smooth rock ) with a large figure-of-eight knot in the line between the pulley and the rock. When not in the hammock the weight would fetch the thing up overhead out of the way, but when I wanted to use it, I just reach up and pulled the hammock down and climbed in....the figure-of-eight knot fetching up against the pulley when the hammock was low enough to enjoy. This makes for a good use of space, so your room is clear to use without having to negotiate passage through one or more hammocks.



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