The Complete Guide to Hanging a Hammock Indoors

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


How our indoor attachment for hammocks is constructed

  1. Suspension 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

The picture shows the largest 45° (green hammock) and the smallest 20° (black hammock) recommended suspension angle. The hammock should not be hung flatter than the black hammock in the picture, as the lying surface is stretched too much and the load on the suspension is increased by tensile forces (see suspension angle 20°).

Even if the distance from wall to wall is too small, the hammock can be hung diagonally in the room, as the two suspension points do not necessarily have to be 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 the suspension 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;

Largest: 75° (black hammock) and smallest: 45° (green hammock) recommended suspension 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 through a banana

1. sag loosely in a banana shape

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

The hammock should never be taut.

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

2nd rule: Symmetrical suspension

2. ends at the same height

The two ends of the hammock (suspension eyelets) 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 height

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

This is the most comfortable way to get on and 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 guidelines.

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 ≥ 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 jerky drilling progress
LaSiesta CasaMount

Aerated concrete

Aerated concrete

Hamacama Screws with injection mortar


Drywall (plasterboard)

  • When tapping the wall a hollow sound
  • 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

Is a plastic dowel sufficient or do I need injection mortar?

The plastic dowel is inexpensive and easy to fix. The suspension can also be easily removed and the hole sealed with repair mortar.

The plastic plug is the ideal solution for concrete, but is also suitable for solid bricks. The load-bearing capacity of other building materials is usually not sufficient for a hammock.


The injection mortar is a high-strength mortar that hardens in the drill hole with the eyebolt.

Installation is somewhat more complex, as the drill hole must be thoroughly cleaned several times with a suitable brush and a blow-out device in the case of solid bricks and concrete.

In contrast to dowels, injection mortar can also be used in more specialized building materials (e.g. aerated concrete) and offers the highest load-bearing capacity.

The disadvantage is that the attachment is very difficult to remove. This can be a “no-go” for rented apartments.

Wall/ceiling load-bearing capacity?

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.
  • Tap the wall or ceiling. If you hear a hollow sound, the building material (e.g. plasterboard) is not suitable.
  • You can see through the door frames whether a wall is load-bearing. 12 cm = no load-bearing wall, 24 cm and more = load-bearing wall.
  • Make a test hole. In the table above you will find an indication of what the drill dust looks like.

Drilling site

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 wall

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.


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

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