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How to Hang A Hammock Indoors

May 16, 2018

Person lying in a cotton stripped hammock anchored to a wall with their dog sitting beside them.

A Look at the Methods for Hanging Your Hammock Indoors and Important Safety Measures You Should Take

People often think of hammocks as an exclusively outdoor way to relax. Whether between trees in a backyard or at the lakeside, most hammock owners eagerly anticipate summer weather to start hanging out in their hammocks outside.

But hammocks aren’t exclusive to the great outdoors. You can hang your hammock (almost) anywhere in your home and enjoy it throughout the year, in rain, snow, or sunshine.

Sun rooms, living rooms, as a replacement for your bed… hanging a hammock indoors gives you plenty of options for use. Plus, they’re a great way to relax while taking stress off your back; hammocks actually prevent tossing and turning, and, depending on the style you choose, can even “cocoon” you for an incredibly restful sleep.

Best of all, as long as you anchor them properly, hammocks can be hung almost anywhere in your home. And if you don’t feel like taking measurements and drilling holes in your walls, consider a reliable stand to use in your home.

Let’s take a closer look at suspension methods and locations to help you get the most out of indoor hammock use.

Suspension: What, Where, and When to Use It

Hardware Suspension

Heavy-duty hardware, like eye bolts, screw eyes, j-hooks, and s-hooks are used as secure anchor points in wall beams and ceiling joists. These hardware types may also secure hammocks between posts. Hardware suspension will require a bit of additional work on your end. You must find secure supports within your home with a stud finder and take a bit of extra care when installing the appropriate hardware.

It's important to avoid using metal studs during this procedure. If you anchor heavy objects in metal studs (like those found in large-scale apartment buildings) you risk bending and damaging the studs, causing structural damage that could be costly to fix. To ensure a safe and secure suspension, stick to wooden studs when hanging your hammock.

Chains

Chains are secure, heavy-duty suspension materials that are easily adjustable when using s-hooks. You can move the s-hook up and down the chain to adjust the tension of your hammock. Plus, metal chains are extremely durable. You won’t have to worry about them wearing down from weight over time.

Rope and Cords

While rope and cords are great for hanging hammocks outdoors on trees, you can also use rope as suspension for indoor hammocks. Again, as with a standard outdoor hammock, you’ll have to know how to tie a tight and secure knot. If you’re not experienced with safe and secure knot-tying techniques, you’re better off sticking with chains for your indoor hammock suspension.

Hammock Stands

Hammock stands are the easiest way to hang a hammock, indoors and out. 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 wouldn’t want to take a hammock stand with you while camping, these stands do make for attractive and useful pieces of furniture at home. The only downside is that a hammock stand has a larger physical footprint that you’ll have to account for.

A blue and white stripped 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 ceiling is a stylish and luxurious way to relax. That said, any suspension methods you use must be anchored to load-bearing ceiling beams, also known as ceiling joists. These beams are made of solid wood that make up the home’s framework. Load-bearing beams are designed to hold heavy weight in the house, and ultimately, hold the house together. They are also found in the walls, where they’re commonly known as wall studs.

Once you’ve chosen a room or area in your home where you’d like to hang your hammock, follow these steps to hang the hammock safely from your ceiling:

  1. Find the ceiling joists using a stud finder and mark the exact centre of the joist.
  2. Use a drill with a small bit to drill a hole into the joist. There should be small wood shavings on the bit if you've reached solid wood.
  3. Measure and mark the distance between the two anchor points. This could be anywhere between 10 and 15 feet. The exact distance depends on the length of your hammock and how much sag (loose curve) you want. Furthermore, consider the height of your hammock when hanging it. The ideal height is 18 inches from the floor, the average sit height of a chair.
  4. For the second anchor point, find the centre of the joist and drill another small hole.
  5. Drill 3/8-inch pilot holes into both anchor points.
  6. Screw in heavy-duty eye-bolts that are long enough to have at least 2 inches screwed into the solid wood joists.
  7. Attach chain, ropes, or cords to the end-loops of the hammock to get your desired length and sag.
  8. Hook these suspensions to the anchored hooks or eye-bolts with knots or carabiners.
  9. Adjust the length of the suspension to get the desired height and sag for your hammock.
  10. Try sitting and lying down in your hammock. If it’s comfortable, then you can start relaxing and enjoying your new indoor hammock.

These steps also apply for hanging a hammock between two walls, or from a ceiling anchor and a wall anchor. When hanging from walls, look for the wall studs using a stud finder, and anchor the bolts and screws into the studs.

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 Most Secure?

Make sure to account for the amount of force applied to your anchor points and suspension while you relax in your hammock.

The amount of force is influenced by a combination of your weight and the angle of the suspension, or the angle between the chosen suspension method and anchor point.

Aim to hang with a suspension angle of about 30 degrees. This angle provides enough slack to securely hold your weight without applying too much force on the suspension and anchors.

If it’s too tight, climbing into the hammock will exert too much force on the suspension and anchor. This puts the anchors at risk of being pulled out, damaging the walls or ceiling, and setting you up for a fall. Plus, taut hammocks are uncomfortable!

Don’t limit your hammock use to a single season and location! Enjoy the best of both worlds by using a hammock when camping or relaxing in the backyard, and bring it indoors for even more relaxation throughout the year. What’s more, you might find you prefer your hammock to your bed, especially if you have trouble sleeping.

So make the most of hanging in hammocks, and use these tips to hang one securely in your home.


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