Installing a hammock: tips and precautions to take
Essential accessory of the summer, the hammock must above all be well fixed to be able to profit in complete safety. Suspended between two trees or with support, we give you our advice to install a hammock.
When we think of the hammock, we immediately visualize a sunny afternoon. Whether you choose to settle there for a nap or a little reading, it is advisable to take care of the installation of the Hammock with mosquito net to avoid the accidents which would spoil then this moment of relaxation. Know that a successful fixation first passes by the choice of hook and it will also comply with some rules as to the height and distance between fixings. Then you only have to sit diagonally in the hammock to enjoy all its comfort.
Between two trees, with pole … the different ways to install a hammock
There are several ways to install a hammock depending on the type of snap you have:
- A hammock support : Some hammocks are indeed sold directly with a metal support and it is then enough simply to attach the textile to the dedicated hooks. For other hammocks, we will have to find the most appropriate fastening system.
- Between two trees : In a garden, the ideal is to be able to install the hammock between two trees with the help of a rope that you weave around the trunk. At least two towers of rope should be done around the tree.
- Single Tree : If you only have one tree, you can complete the installation using a pole that you will need to seal in the ground. If the distance allows, it is also possible to add a tie directly on the front of your house. It will then be necessary to choose a hook suitable for the material and a fastening strong enough to guarantee your safety.
- No trees : If your garden does not offer any possibility of fixing, poles are the most suitable solution. Care must be taken to seal them properly in the ground to ensure the stability of the installation.
In the case of installation on a balcony , you can put pegs in the walls taking care that they are strong enough to support the weight of the hammock and its user. It is of course also possible to invest in a hammock stand if you do not want to pierce the walls.
Fix your hammock
Once the type of hook is selected, it is time to install the hammock . Unless you opt for a hammock stand, it’s up to you to choose the mounting height and the curve given by the distance between the two anchor points. And this step will both guarantee your comfort but also your safety.
In general, the minimum distance required between two points of attachment is 3 meters but must be calculated according to the size of the hammock and represent at least 90% of its total suspended length. To determine the height of installation, it is necessary in principle to divide by two the spacing between the two fasteners. For example, if your attachment points are spaced 3 meters apart, the hammock should be installed at a height of at least 1.5 meters. Contrary to popular belief, the hammock should not be tense but rather have the shape of a banana or a crescent moon. It is also considered that the hammock should be 40-50 cm from the ground when loaded, so change the height accordingly.
- As a reminder, we do not lie down in a traditional hammock but rather slightly at an angle. Hammocks that have bars on either side of the textile can be used in length.
- Always check that the attachment is secure before you install. If you use ropes, the friction may wear out after a while and they will have to be replaced. To avoid wear, you can also opt for heart stainless steel lugs, metal parts that will protect the rope.
- Always pay attention to the maximum weight that the installation can withstand. You will usually find this information on the notice of your hammock. In the same way, the chosen fixation will have to correspond to the weight: make solid knots but also choose dowels adapted to the material of your wall for example.
How to choose a hammock for your garden?
The garden hammock is outdoor furniture designed for long exposure to the sun and weather resistant. So when you plan to buy one, opt for a model insensitive to climatic variations , mold or light . Those made of polypropylene dry quickly and are low dirt. Also consider the width of your hammock (between 1.60 and 1.85 m). Know that the wider it is, the more comfortable it is!
How to mount a hammock in your garden?
For the installation of a hammock in your garden , you must have a tree to hang it. If not, here is the procedure for planting a pole .
- Make a 24 x 9 x 9 cm post with treated pine.
- Dig a square hole 4 cm square and 4 cm deep.
- Plant the post in the ground and pour cement around it to secure it .
- Level the top by creating a slight slope for the flow of water.
- Wait a week for the concrete to dry.
When the pole is ready, proceed with the installation of your hammock .
- Measure the distance between the attachment points of your hammock .
- Equip two ropes that will lengthen the hammock so that it measures 20% more than its original length.
- Hang the hammock fixings at a height of about 1.80 m from the floor, at least 40% of its length.