The Complete Guide to Hanging a Hammock Indoors

Attaching a hammock to the wall or ceiling and to different building materials

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The Suspension

What parts make up our indoor suspension for hammocks

  1. Anchor Points depending on the building material
  2. Suspension Ropes
  3. Carabiner or ropes with carabiner

Wall suspension

The classic method of hanging hammocks at home is from wall to wall. Suitable for all hammock.

Distances for wall suspension

Wall suspension: minimum and maximum distance

Distance between the two walls: 1 min. 90 % of the total length of the hammock. For Hamacama hammocks: 380 cm (150 in).

The image shows the maximum recommended hanging angle of 45° (green hammock) and the minimum recommended hanging angle of 20° (black hammock). The hammock should not be hung flatter than the black hammock in the picture, as this will stretch the surface too much and increase the tension on the suspension.

Even if the distance from wall to wall is too small, the hammock can be hung diagonally in the room. The two anchor points should be at the same height, but not necessarily opposite each other.

Ceiling suspension

Attaching the hammock to the ceiling saves space, looks elegant, does not block the room and reduces the load on the suspension.

However, this method is only suitable for large and wide hammocks.

Distances for ceiling suspension

Ceiling suspension: minimum and maximum distance

Distance between anchor points at a room height of approx. 2.5 m: 2 min. ~70 % of the total length of the hammock. For Hamacama hammocks: min. 290 cm (114 in).

Largest: 75° (black hammock) and smallest: 45° (green hammock) recommended hanging angle.

The hammock hangs like a swing from the ceiling at a suspension angle of 45° – 75°. One lies diagonally (<45°) or crosswise (>45°) in the hammock. Lying crosswise is only possible if the person in the hammock is smaller than the width of the hammock.

Suitable indoor hammocks for the ceiling

The 4 hanging rules

No calculations necessary: If you follow these basic rules, the hammock will hang correctly.

1st rule: Hammock hangs like a banana

1. Sag like a banana

The hammock should hang loosely in a banana or sickle shape.

The hammock should never be stretched too tightly.

The curvature of the hammock is determined by the hanging angle.

2nd rule: Symmetrical suspension

2. Ends at same height

The two ends of the hammock (suspension loops) should be at the same height.

Ideally, the suspension should be symmetrical on both sides.

3. Lowest point at knee height

3. Lowest point at knee level

The lowest point of the hammock should not hang above your knee height.

This is the most comfortable way to get into the hammock. It also reduces the risk of accidents if something goes wrong with the suspension.

Make sure that there are no objects under the hammock.

 

4. Enough space to swing

4. Enough space to swing

There must be enough space for the hammock to swing. One meter to the front and one meter to the rear are good rule of thumb.

Enough space?

With the help of two friends, we find out whether there is enough space in our room for a hammock and where it is best hung.

Suspension points

Which suspension points are suitable for which building material?

Building material Tips Recommendation

Wooden beams

Load bearing wooden beams

Hamacama Screws

Timber frame construction

Wooden studs (timber frame construction)

Hamacama ScrewsLaSiesta CasaMount

Concrete

Concrete ≥ C20/25

Hamacama Screws with plastic dowel

Solid brick

Solid brick ≥ Mz 12

Hamacama Screws with plastic dowelLaSiesta CasaMount

Vertical perforated brick

Vertical perforated brick ≥ Hlz 12

Hamacama Screws with injection mortar

Solid Kalsand brick

Solid lime sand brick ≥ KS 12

Hamacama Screws with plastic dowelLaSiesta CasaMount

Sand-lime perforated brick

Perforated lime sand brick ≥ KSL 12

  • Test drilling: White, fine-grained, almost sandy drilling dust and sudden rapid drilling progress
LaSiesta CasaMount

Aerated concrete

Aerated concrete

Hamacama Screws with injection mortar

Plasterboard

Drywall (plasterboard)

  • A hollow sound when knocking on the wall
  • Test drilling: soft material, white drill dust that sticks easily to the drill bit
No fastening possible

Finding out the building material through test drilling

Load bearing wall/ceiling?

How do I know if my wall or ceiling is stable enough to hang a hammock?

How do I know if my wall/ceiling is load-bearing?

  • Ask your landlord or the property management company.
  • Knock on the wall or ceiling. If you hear a hollow sound, the building material (e.g. plasterboard) is not suitable.
  • You can see if a wall is load bearing through the door frame. 12 cm = non-load bearing wall, 24 cm and more = load bearing wall.
  • Make a test drill. In the table above you will find an indication of what the drill dust looks like.

Where to drill?

With the help of two helpers and the suspension ropes, we find the right drilling point for our wall or ceiling suspension.

Am I allowed to drill in my rented apartment?

In principle, drilling and installing wall plugs is part of the contractual use of the apartment. Whether the plugs have to be removed and the holes sealed again is regulated in the rental agreement (cosmetic repairs or minor repairs).

For wooden beams

This is how you attach the suspension points to load-bearing wooden beams or wooden uprights.

For concrete ceiling or solid brick walls

How to fix the Hamacama Screws with plastic dowels to concrete, solid brick and solid sand-lime brick.

For perforated brick walls and other bricks

Ideal for weaker building materials such as vertically perforated bricks. To achieve a higher load-bearing capacity, this method is also used for solid bricks.

Tying hammock and supenension ropes

The final step is to attach the hammock to the suspension points using the suspension ropes.

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