The Mayan hammock is one of the true marvels of pre-industrial engineering. If cared for properly it will provide you with years of amazing comfort. Please read the following, to get the most enjoyment and safety from your purchase. A few notes before we get started. Your Mayan hammock is extremely strong, and can hold a surprisingly large amount of weight. The individual strings, however, are fragile, and can be snagged or broken. Care must be taken when wearing clothing with buttons or belt loops to avoid snagging and breaking the strings. Care must also be taken not to tangle the suspension strings.
How to Hang a Hammock Properly
Hammock end loops should be 5 or 6 feet above the ground for the Mayan hammock. The distance between supports can be about a foot less than the length of the hammock. For most Mayan sizes, this will mean 11-13 feet. 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 in 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.
A Special Tip: The first time you set up your Mayan hammock, hang it, then sit on it, unopened...and bounce your full weight a few times to test the installation and stretch the weave.
From Hammock Stands
Because Mayan hammocks hang in a longer drooping curve than most American "spreader bar" type hammocks, they do not work well with hammock stands, except for the Vario stand or equivalent, which adjusts to a greater height than a typical 48" high American style stand.
Generally it is better to use “Tree Huggers” or a strong rope tied around the tree trunk than to screw hardware into trees, unless the tree has delicate bark. 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 member such as a wall stud, ceiling beam, or concrete wall, etc. Never try to hang a hammock from plaster or wall board! Seaside Hammocks produces kits that come with detailed instructions for all hammock installations.
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 two or three 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 grab the far edge. Lift it over your head. 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. Mayan hammocks are generally most comfortable in broad diagonal placement. Experimentation will guide you to the best positions. Unlike American-style rope hammocks with spreader bars, Mayan hammocks are designed with thousands of tiny cells 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.
HANDLING - When moving a hammock, ALWAYS hold the two end loops with one hand to avoid tangles.
STORAGE- Hang both end loops on a single nail or hook in your closet. ALWAYS keep the end loops away from the hammock to avoid tangles. It's a good idea to twist the arms together to avoid tangling. Remember to store the hammock in a dry place. Damp cotton will rot.
WEATHER- All fibers are affected by the sun's ultraviolet rays, and by rain. For longer life, your hammock should NOT be left out in the weather, especially extreme weather. Cotton hammocks are not damaged by becoming wet, but are damaged by being left in sodden condition. If you leave your cotton hammock out in the rain, keep it open with a stick, and let it dry out, or your relationship with it will be tragically short. Polypro Nylon hammocks are tougher in use and will not mildew. They will, however, deteriorate in high ultraviolet. It is best to hang them in a shady spot.
WASHING- Tie each arm at equal intervals with pieces of cord and wash gently by hand in tepid water with 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 or broom 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.
REPAIR- Mayan Hammocks will snag on pants buckles and buttons. It's a good idea to remove any articles that might catch the thread. If you accidentally pull a thread, simply ease it back into the weave, shaking the hammock to even things out. To mend a broken thread, just tie the two broken ends together. The weave won't run. In cases where many strings have been broken, and it is too tedious to try to tie them back together, use an appropriate string in a looping stitch to close the hole and contain the broken strings. Such a repair may last for years. For untangling support strings try this video.
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.
Questions? E-mail Tommy@seasidehammocks.com anytime, or call at 863-676-1580. Thanks.