How to Hang a Hammock Chair?
People often think of hammocks as an exclusive way to relax outdoors. Yes, it is true. There is nothing like putting your hammock among the trees, in a backyard, or on the lake’s shore. Most hammock owners wait impatiently for the summertime to start hanging out their hammocks.
But hammocks are not exclusive to the outdoors. It is your choice to hang your hammock almost anywhere in your house and enjoy it.
If you hanging a hammock indoors gives you plenty of options to use. Also, they’re a great way to relax while helping you take the stress off your back. Hammocks help keep you from hanging around all night, and, depending on the type of hammock you choose. They can even “curl you up” and help you get incredibly restful sleep.
Best of all, as long as they’re appropriately anchored. As I said before that hammock can hang any place in your home. If you don’t want to drill a hole in your home wall, choose a reliable bracket to use in your home.
Let’s look at the methods and the best locations to help you get optimal use of the hammock inside your home.
How to hang a hammock chair indoors or outdoors?
Suspensions of Hammock chairs
Suspension and anchorage
Heavy-duty hardware, such as eye bolts, screw rings, J-hooks, and S-hooks, are used as secure anchor points on wall studs and ceiling studs. These types of supports can also secure hammocks between the posts. The suspension of anchors will require a little extra work on your end. You should find secure brackets inside your home with a bolt finder and take a little extra care when installing the proper anchors.
It is important to use metal nails during this procedure. If you anchor heavy objects to metal bolts (such as those found in large-scale apartment buildings), you risk bending and damaging the bolts, causing structural damage that could be costly to repair. To ensure a secure suspension, glue to the wooden bolts when hanging your hammock.
Chains are safe and sturdy suspension materials that adjust easily. Move s-hook up and down the chain to adjust the tension of your hammock. Also, metal chains are incredibly durable. You won’t have to worry about weight wear over time.
Rope and laces
While the rope and ropes are great for hanging hammocks outdoors on trees. You can also use the rope as a suspension for indoor hammocks. Again, as with a standard outdoor hammock, you will need to know how to tie a tight and secure knot. If you are not experienced with safe and secure knot-tied techniques, it is better to stick with chains for indoor hammock suspension.
Hammock stands are the easiest way to hang a hammock, inside and outside. You can move the stand and hammock wherever you please. Plus, there’s no need to worry about measuring, tying intricate knots, or securing hardware to load-bearing beams.
While you would not want to take a hammock stand with you while camping, these stands make for attractive and useful furniture pieces at home, the only downside is that a hammock stand has a larger physical footprint that you will have to explain.
hammock hanging hardware accessories
Materials you will need
Hanging from the indoor hammock is made easy when you make a list, make measurements, prepare the hanging area, and get your materials together!
List of different material needs for hammock.
Your favorite hammock or chair
Electric drill with bits
Eye hooks (⅜-inch – must support 300 lbs with string at least 4 inches long)
Two link chain connectors (carabiners, S-hooks – must support 300 lbs)
Pencil for marking drill tips
5 Things to consider
It’s time to find how you want to set up the space you plan on hanging your hammock inside and other essential factors that will contribute to your relaxation.
You’ll want to maximize comfort without sacrificing accessibility, room functionality, and, most importantly, security.
Take the following into consideration before hanging a hammock inside.
* Note: If you have a hammock chair, you can skip to number 4 on this list!
1.Distance between two objects
Just as you would explore a good set of trees to hang your hammock from, you will have to examine your site to determine your indoor hammock’s best angle and distance.
You don’t want these points to be so far apart that you’re left with a long and awkward chain from either end of the room (not to mention a monstrosity).
When determining this space, think: What would Goldilocks do?
You want a fair distance when it comes to installing your hammock indoors, not just for your comfort, but for the accessibility of the site as well – this is something we’ll get a little further down at point # 4.
If you have a hammock chair and decided to read numbers 1-3 anyway, there is not so much “exploring” going on here when it comes to hammock chairs. All you need to do is pick a point on the ceiling that has a bolt.
Height of fixing points
A great thing about the indoor hanging hammock is that you don’t need to educate yourself on how to tie complicated knots or learn how to use straps correctly, so you don’t fall to the ground.
Hanging from a hammock indoors requires anchors to suspend the hammock from your walls or ceiling. They are relatively easy to use and do not require explorer skills as a prerequisite.
This is a none-you installing the eye hooks directly on a bolt in the ceiling for hammock chairs.
You will want to determine how high you want your attachment points based on their chain length, hammock size, and site functionality for all other hammocks.
A good thing to remember when hanging your hammock indoors is that the closer you hang the eye hooks to each other, the higher your hammock will need to be off the ground.
Length of the Vanishing Line
The amount of bend in your hammock, also known as sag, is determined by the distance between both ends of the hammock once it is installed. This gap is more commonly known as the length of the hammock crest and can be easily calculated by measuring the distance between both ends of your hammock.
The ideal length of the ridge line is approximately 8-9 feet (96-108 inches), this allows for optimal drop in your hammock – this also plays a role in the height of the hammock!
Accessibility to the room (hammock placement)
Hammocks elevate almost any living space, but you shouldn’t install it just anywhere. Think about the purpose of the hammock: what you plan on doing while you relax.
Are you looking for a place to nap, reading corners, watch television, or play video games? A place for your child to play?
Hammock functionality will come into play when it comes to your site layout and hammock placement.
Read more: Ideas to decorate hammocks
Once you have determined the primary use for your hammock, optimize your space. Your hammock will be a focal point in the room, so put it in the right position, add some accents and accessories, and spruce up the surrounding area with all the essentials to elevate the space.
With no weight in the hammock, the hammock’s optimal height ends from the floor is about 67 inches or 5.75 feet. Again, without the hammock’s weight, the distance from the seat to the floor should be about 12 to 30 inches, or 1 to 2.5 feet.
Since a hammock chair is installed on the ceiling, it makes it extremely easy for you to adjust the distance between the bottom of the chair and the floor.
Once you have installed the anchors you will want to measure the chair length, the length from the ceiling to the floor, find the difference (recommended for types A), or for all types B, you can use the method trial and error.
When it comes to traditional hammocks, this process is a little different (meaning less measuring). Based on the height of the attachment points, you just need to readjust the ridge line.
Remember, a simple but useful thumb rule to follow when it comes to hammock height is to never install it above the height you are willing to fall from. Cat jumping into an indoor hammock and falling over.
Safety Concerns in Indoor Hammock Placement
It is no surprise that hanging a hammock between the walls or the ceiling can be dangerous. A significant safety concern is to ensure that you, under no circumstances, hang your hammock in plaster only. That is a fact. You must first find the stud behind the gypsum board and drill at that exact spot.
Bolts run along the wall vertically, so while you are within the top to the bottom area, you secure your hammock at the right point. It is better to use the crossbar finder a few times over the point where you want to drill.
Always look for bolts and use hanging materials that can support at least 300 pounds. There are no replacement hooks, weak chains, or old rusty screws you found in the garage.
Check the weight limits of the tension
After installing the hardware on the bolts, hang the chains and give them a firm pull. Do this a few times to determine how safe they are. Once you are satisfied, it is time for hanging up and trying your hammock!
Test Your Hammock
Once you have secured your hammock to the wall or ceiling by following the steps below, we recommend testing its weight capacity and your work (no offense).
Stack on some books, weights, etc. to test your hammock. When you found that it is safe to use, take precautions until you are comfortable with your work results.
* Important reminder: Always follow the instructions that come with your swing. Our hanging tips are an additional resource to help you throughout the process.
This next section will walk you through how to hang a hammock chair from the ceiling and how to hang a hammock inside.
A blue and white striped linen hammock hangs indoors suspended from the ceiling.
10 easy steps on how to safely hang a hammock from the ceiling
Hanging a hammock from the roof is a luxurious and elegant way to relax. That said, any suspension method you use must be anchored to the load-bearing ceiling joists, also known as ceiling joists. These beams are made of solid wood that make up the frame of the house. The supporting beams are designed to carry heavy loads around the house and ultimately to hold it together. They are also found on walls, where they are commonly known as wall studs.
Once you have chosen a room or area in your home where you would like to hang your hammock, follow these steps to hang the hammock from your ceiling safely:
- Find the roof joists using a crossbeam finder and mark the exact center of the joist.
- Use a drill with a small bit to drill a hole in the beam. There should be small wood chips in the bit if it has reached solid wood.
- Measure and mark the distance between the two anchor points. This could be anywhere between 10 and 15 feet. The exact distance depends on your hammock’s length and how much arrow (loose curve) you want. Also, consider the height of your hammock when hanging it. The ideal height is 18 inches from the floor, the average height of a chair.
- For the second anchor point, find the center of the beam and drill another small hole.
- Drill 3/8 ″ pilot holes at both anchor points.
- Screw-in heavy-duty eyebolts long enough to have at least 2 inches screwed into the solid wood joists.
- Tie the chain, ropes, or ropes to the hammock’s end loops to get your desired length and sinks.
- Attach these hangers to hooks or eyebolts anchored with knots or carabiners.
- Adjust the period of the suspension to achieve the desired height and camber for your hammock.
- Try to sit and lie down in your hammock. If it is comfortable, then you can start to relax and enjoy your new indoor hammock.
These steps also apply to hang a hammock between two walls, or from a ceiling anchor and a wall anchor. When hanging from the walls, locate the wall studs using a stud finder and anchor the studs’ bolts and screws.
Hammock hanging on the wall safely secured in using metal suspension hardware pictured next to a cactus.
Weight Support: What material should you use, and which method is the safest?
Be sure to explain the amount of force applied to your anchor and suspension points as you relax in your hammock.
The amount of force is influenced by a combination of its weight and the angle of the suspension, or the angle between the chosen suspension method and the anchor point.
Aim to hang with a suspension angle of about 30 degrees. This angle provides enough slack to safely support your weight without applying too much force to the suspension and anchors.
If it is too tight, climbing in the hammock will exert too much force on the suspension and anchor. This puts the anchors at risk of being removed, damaging the walls or ceiling, and preparing it for a fall. Also, strained hammocks are uncomfortable!
Don’t limit your hammock use to one season and location! Enjoy both worlds’ best by using a hammock when camping or relaxing in the backyard, and bring it indoors for even more relaxation all year round. What’s more, you may find that you prefer your hammock to your bed, especially if you have trouble sleeping.
So do most hanging on hammocks, and use these tips.