This is How to Hang a Hammock Indoors (The Best Ways You Didn’t Even Think of)

Hammocks are often thought to be an exclusively outdoor relaxing product. Whether hung between trees at lakeside or in a backyard, many people eagerly wait for summer weather to start hanging their hammocks outside.

Hammocks are not made to be exclusively used outdoor, they can be hung almost anywhere indoors and enjoyed throughout the year in all weather.

Either in your living rooms, sunrooms or as a replacement for your bed, an indoor hammock gives you plenty of options to use it. Also, they are an excellent way to relax and take the stress off your back. Hammocks will prevent you from tossing and turning from side to side. Depending on your sleeping style, it can even cocoon you for a blissful night rest.

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As long as you anchor your hammocks properly, they can be hung anywhere indoors, and if you do not like drilling holes and taking measurements, consider a hammock with a stand to use in your home.

The following are what makes up a hammock suspension system and the best locations to use it.

Hammock Suspension System Hardware

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S-hooks, j-hooks, screw eyes, eye-bolts are all heavy-duty hardware used as secure anchor points on ceilings and wall beams. They can be used to secure a hammock between posts. Suspension of hardware requires some additional work from your side, it entails identifying secure supports within your home using a stud finder, and taking extra care when installing the appropriate hardware.

Avoid using metal studs during this procedure. If you anchor heavy objects in your metal stud, you risk causing structural damage and damaging the studs, which may be expensive to fix. For a secure and safe suspension stick to wooden studs when hanging your hammock.

1. Rope and Cords

While cords and ropes are great for hanging hammocks outdoors; ropes can also be used to suspend hammocks indoors. As with a standard outdoor hammock, you need to know how to tie a tight and secure knot before securing hammock indoor. If you are not adept with safe and secure knot-tying techniques, use chains for indoor hammock suspension.

2. Chains

These are secure, heavy-duty materials for suspension that can be easily adjusted when used with s-hooks. The tension of your hammock can easily be adjusted by moving the s-hook up and down the chain. In addition, metal hooks are extremely durable, and won’t wear down from weight over time.

3. Hammocks with Stands

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Hammocks with stands are easy to use indoors. They can be moved wherever you please. Plus, you do not need to worry about tying intricate knots, measuring or securing hardware to load-bearing beams.

While these hammocks are not generally used for camping, they do make for a useful and attractive piece of furniture at home. The only downside to a hammock with stand is its larger physical footprint that needs to be accounted for.

Materials You Need To Hang Your Hammock Indoors

To make the indoor hammock-hanging process easy, you need to make a list, take measurements, and prepare the hanging area. Plus, get your materials together.

You will need the following materials.

  • Pencil to mark drill points
  • Screws
  • Two link chain connectors. (S-hooks, carabiners that can support at least 300 lbs.)
  • Eye hooks (⅜-inch, It must support 300 pounds, and have a thread at least 4-inches long)
  • Chains
  • Electric drill with drill bits
  • Stud finder
  • Measuring tape

How to Safely Hang Your Hammock From the Ceiling

Hanging a hammock from the ceiling is both luxurious and stylish. It is an excellent way to relax. Whatever your suspension system of choice is, your hammock must be anchored to load-bearing ceiling beams. These beams make up your home’s framework, and they are made of solid wood. Load-bearing beams are designed to carry heavyweight in the house, they hold the house together. In the walls, they are called wall studs.

Once you have chosen an area or room in your home where you want to hang the hammock, the below steps will help you hang it safely from your ceiling:

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  • 1. With the help of a stud finder, find the ceiling joists, and mark the center of the joist.
  • 2. Drill a small hole into the joist. You will see small wood shavings on the bit when you start to drill solid wood.
  • 3. Measure the distance between the anchor points and mark. This can be between 10 and 15 feet. The length will depend on how much loose curve or sag you want. Also, take into consideration the height of your hammock when hanging it. The ideal hammock height is 18 inches from the floor. This is the average seat height of a chair.
  • 4. Prepare the second anchor point by marking the center of the joist and drill a small hole.
  • 5. Drill 3/8-inch pilot holes into the anchor points.
  • 6. Screw-in eye-bolts that are heavy-duty and are long at least two inches that so they can be screwed into the solid wood joists.
  • 7. Attach cords, ropes, or chain to the hammock end-loops to get your desired sag and length.
  • 8. Hook these suspensions to the eye-bolts or anchored hooks with carabiners or knots.
  • 9. Adjust the suspension length to get the desired sag and height for your hammock.
  • 10. Try to sit or lay on your hammock. If it is comfortable, then it’s time to relax and enjoy your new indoor hammock.

How to Hang a Hammock if You Have a False Ceiling

You may discover that the place you want to anchor your hammock has a false ceiling. A false ceiling of plasterboard is easy to identify. But a false plaster ceiling is more difficult to notice because they are usually very thick, making the roof looks like a hole. It’s best to do a test drill to ascertain the condition of the ceiling.

It is also important to know what the structure of the building is. If the goal is to hang the hammock from a wooden pole; then the wood has to be in excellent condition. If you discover cracks on the beam after hanging, remove the hammock immediately. For concrete structures, anchor the hammock to the beams, in the center.

How to Hang a Hammock if You Have a Brick Wall

This is quite easy to accomplish. Drill holes in the brick wall and insert the pins, screw-in the hangers, and hang your hammock. If the cement wall or brick wall is very solid, we recommend the 4-bolt wall hook. These screws will distribute the load evenly; you can also mount it with appropriate resistant screws and 8mm pins.

If your brick wall is not very solid, we recommend using screws that can penetrate deeper into the walls. You will need a set of ropes, carabiners, pins, and eye-bolts to hang the hammock on a brick wall. Additionally, you can hang the hammock low and attach it with a simple handle.

Before screwing, you can put a drop of oil on the screw thread to prevent the pin from drifting.

Safety Concerns

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Hanging a hammock between walls or on the ceiling can be dangerous. You should, under no circumstance, hang your hammock in drywall alone. You must at all times first find the stud behind the drywall and only drill this spot.

Studs usually run along the wall vertically, and if you hang a hammock within this area from bottom to top, you will be hanging your hammock securely. You should also use a stud finder on the exact spot a few times before drilling.

Apart from hanging on studs, ensure you are only using grade A materials that will support at least 300 pounds. Avoid flimsy chains, aftermarket s-hooks or old rusty screws in the garage.

1. The Tension Weight Limits

After the hammock hardware has been installed into the studs, it’s time to hang the chains and give them a strong tug. Do this a few times to ascertain how secure they are. Once you are satisfied, hang, and test your hammock!

2. Test Your Hammock

After securing your hammock to the ceiling or wall, follow the steps below to test the weight capacity and the integrity of your hanging hammock.

Pile on weight such as books etc. to test the hammock. Determine if it’s safe to use, and then cautiously get on the hammock if you are satisfied with the results of your hammock-hanging work.

Conclusion

An indoor hammock provides a soothing way to relax after a long day at work while also providing a therapeutic solution for a sore back.

Please always follow the hanging instructions that come with your hammock. Consider this hammock hanging suggestions as an additional resource to help you hang your hammock indoors.

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