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How to Hang a Hammock: Hanging & Set Up

How do I hang my hammock?

Such an important question. To be able to fully relax and enjoy your hammock also means finding the perfect place for your new hammock. The area you choose for your hammock should not only provide enough space but should also be able to accommodate one of the common suspension options. Below is a full rundown of everything you might want to consider as you are deciding where and how to hang your hammock (things like load-bearing branches, walls or ceilings; enough space to hang your hammock at the desired height off the ground; etc.).

How do I hang a hammock between two trees?

Probably the most classic way to set up a hammock is between two trees. Depending on the size of your hammock, the trees should be at least three feet apart and strong enough to hold your body weight. To attach the hammock between two trees, you need two ropes, which are wrapped around the tree and then connected to the hammock. As a rule of thumb: the further apart the two trees are, the higher you must attach the ropes to the trees (which also requires a longer rope). Higher anchor points allow the hammock to sag even when the trees are far apart.

Illustration: How To Hang a Hammock Between Two Walls or Beams - LA SIESTA

How do I hang a hammock from two walls, two beams, or from the ceiling?

To hang a hammock indoors, you need solid concrete walls or weight-bearing studs/ joists if you have drywall. To attach the hammock to the wall or ceiling, a hook is first attached and then connected to the hammock using a rope. You can use a standard hook from your local hardware store, or you can use one of our recommended Universal Rope Multipurpose Suspension Kits. The most important part is ensuring that you can locate strong joists/ studs if you have drywall and that your ropes are long enough to account for the distance between both anchor points.

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How much space do I need to hang a hammock?

The required distance between the two suspension points and the required height of the suspension points can be determined by a simple rule of thumb: The suspension height (y) should be about half of the suspension distance (x). If you are looking for a place with more space between the suspensions, you also have to remember to place your suspension points higher in order to account for the added distance between the two anchor points. Note: With every additional foot of distance between anchor points, your suspension must move up half a foot higher. Tip: If your hammock seems too short for the space you want to use, it’s not—you just need longer ropes!

If you’ve found the perfect spot for your hammock, be sure to check whether the available space is sufficient for the size of your hammock. Every hammock has its own, unique minimum required hanging distance based on the size and length of the hammock. Knowing this before you purchase your hammock is often quite useful and usually informs your hammock decision.

Illustration: The Right Sag or Shape When Hanging a Hammock - LA SIESTA

What’s the most comfortable way to hang a hammock? Should a hammock sag or be taut?

Classic hammocks (or traditional South American hammocks) should always have a nice sag once suspended. This is what will ensure optimal comfort and weight distribution when you are lying in your hammock. As a general rule of thumb, the shape of the hammock should resemble a banana or a smile when no one is laying in it.

The one exception to this rule is when it comes to hammocks with a spreader bar. In order to achieve maximum comfort and relaxation on a spreader bar hammock, it needs to be tightly suspended (taut), with little to no sag. But beware—this tight suspension is also one of the things that make spreader bar hammocks so easy to fall out of!

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How do I hang a hanging chair or hammock chair?

To attach a hanging chair, the Seguro Suspension Set or the Universal Rope Set by LA SIESTA are recommended. They are not only easy to set up and adjust but have also been tested for safety. That said, the same rules apply for hanging a hammock chair as for hanging a hammock. If you are suspending your hanging chair from a tree, always remember to ensure that the tree limb is strong, load-bearing, and shows no signs of rot or damage. If you’re hanging the hammock chair indoors, the most important things to remember are finding a solid concrete ceiling or finding a solid, weight-bearing joist if you have drywall ceilings.

You may also choose to suspend your hanging chair using a stand. LA SIESTA hanging chair stands are made using FSC®-certified sustainable wood and powder-coated steel.

Illustration: How Much Space Do You Need for a Hanging Chair - LA SIESTA

What minimum height does a hanging chair require?

All Basic Hanging Chairs (Caribeña, Sonrisa, Orquídea, and Modesta) require a minimum mounting height of 6.5’ (ft). Lounger Hanging Chairs (Currambera, Domingo, and Habana) require a minimum suspension height of 7.2’ (ft).

Illustration: How To Set Up a Joki Hanging Nest Chair for Kids

How do I setup the Joki Hanging Nest Chair for Kids?

To hang the Joki Hanging Nest, you first need a suspension point (ceiling, branch or beam). Remember to ensure that all tree branches are load-bearing and show no signs of rot, damage or distress and that all ceilings are either solid concrete or contain a solid joist from which weight can be suspended.

Joki Hanging Nests takes up very little space and can be used in most small children's rooms. All LA SIESTA suspension options for the Joki allow easy removal of the chair from the suspension point so that you can take it down when not in use if you prefer.

Joki Hanging Nests for Kids require a minimum suspension height of 6.5’ (ft). If the suspension is at a higher point, all that is required is a longer rope. This allows you to hang the Joki while maintaining the desired distance off the ground.

Illustration: The Hammock Angle - Best Way to Lie in a Hammock

How To Lie in a Hammock

What’s the “right” / "wrong" way to lay in a hammock?

When it comes to hammocking, our philosophy is that there really is no “right” or “wrong” way to lie in a hammock. Regardless of how you choose to use it, what’s most important is that you’re comfortable and that you feel good when using it. Having said that, there are some generally agreed on tips and common practices that we can pass along.

Hammock newcomers tend to lie lengthwise (lengthwise). Most people agree that this laying position is not very comfortable, especially for prolonged periods of time. Even if you’re comfortable, this way of lying in a hammock usually presents another problem for most people: the cloth wraps so tightly around your body that you can’t look up at the sky or at anything outside of your hammock, because all you see is fabric and cloth. But if you’re going for a cocoon-like experience, then yes, lengthwise is definitely the way to go.

Hammock enthusiasts and aficionados agree: The ideal position for lying in a hammock is diagonally at an angle. When done correctly, a diagonal lying position minimizes pressure points and essentially allows your spine to straighten (trust us on this, we know it sounds counterintuitive at first, but once you try it out you’ll quickly see what we mean). A diagonal lying position also allows your head and neck to be supported and rest in a slightly elevated position. Many hammock lovers also claim this lying position makes rocking and swaying more comfortable, because you do not swing from right to left, but instead rock back and forth—like in a rocking chair.

Sleeping in a Hammock

The Hammock Angle: How To Comfortably Sleep in a Hammock

The consensus over the added comfort that comes from lying diagonally in a hammock is especially true when it comes to sleeping in a hammock. Making full use of the width of your hammock (as opposed to the length) is the only thing that allows for your spine to be straight while you're laying down, and it's also what prevents uncomfortable pressure points from forming. This is because you're minimizing the areas where your weight has a chance to "pool" or collect all in one place. Lying in this diagonal position creates that "feeling of weightlessness" that you'll often hear hammock enthusiasts talk about, or that feeling of being "gently cradled". It's kind of like "runner's high": it's hard to describe but easy to identify when you feel it for yourself, and until you've actually experienced it for yourself, it can be quite annoying when you hear your friends talk about it.

How To Find Your Perfect Angle for Lying (and Sleeping) in a Hammock

The easiest way to get into the hammock angle is to begin by lying lengthwise (the "wrong" way) and then shifting your upper body about a foot to one side, and your lower body about a foot to the other (opposite) side. Usually, you'll be intercepting (or cutting across) the length (or "ridgeline") of the hammock at a 30-degree angle, but it's important to note that the exact angle is determined by the size and width of your hammock as well as personal preference. Many of us here at LA SIESTA lie in our hammocks at an angle that is almost perpendicular. This is because LA SIESTA kingsize hammocks are extra-wide, so there is a much larger area to take advantage of (which makes them extra comfortable too). Different angles provide different levels of support for your head and neck as well, so it's best to start at the basic 30-degree angle and then make adjustments until you're totally comfortable. You should (of course) begin by following the previous instructions on how to set up and hang a hammock so that you're already working from a good starting point as you try to find the lying position that's most comfortable for you.

The Importance of Fabric & Materials When Sleeping in a Hammock

Another important (but often overlooked) factor when it comes to comfortably sleeping in a hammock is the fabric or material of your hammock. If you're sleeping indoors in a hammock, then by far the best option is an organic cotton hammock. Organic cotton is softer than any other textile that is currently used to make hammocks, and nothing comes close to the feeling of organic cotton on your skin. We cannot stress enough how big a role the material of your hammock plays in its ability to provide comfort for long periods of time.

How To Choose the Best Hammock for Sleeping

Circumstance and surroundings will always dictate the need, so if you're sleeping outside in a hammock, the choice is obvious: you'll either be using a camping hammock made of ripstop nylon/ parachute silk, or a traditional (classic) hammock made from weatherproof material. Camping hammocks are the most common choice for a reason: they're lightweight, easy to transport, easy to set up, and most are fast-drying. But if you're looking to sleep outdoors in a hammock in a place that will not move around often (like your backyard, garden, patio or balcony), then we highly recommend using a weather-resistant classic hammock. When you don't need to take your hammock on hikes or long treks from one spot to another, you'll find that the comfort level of sleeping in a traditional, South American hammock just cannot be beaten. You're essentially getting the best of both worlds: the comfort of sleeping in an "indoor hammock", while still enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.

In summary, if you have space, we can unequivocally, hands down recommend that you choose a kingsize hammock for sleeping in (you'll thank us later). And remember to give special consideration to the material of your hammock, as this will play a big role in how comfortable you are for eight hours at a time. While we're on the topic of sleeping in a hammock, there are also a few things that we can pretty safely recommend against: do not sleep in a rope hammock (you'll wake up with a waffle print/weave pattern all over your face and body); and do not sleep in a spreader bar hammock (any story you've ever been told in the past about someone falling out of a hammock while sleeping or dozing off was absolutely, 100% talking about a spreader bar hammock--classic hammocks are virtually impossible to fall out of when used properly).

Illustration: How To Lie in a Spreader Bar Hammock - LA SIESTA

How to Lie in a Spreader Bar Hammock

The most comfortable position for lying in a hammock with spreader bars differs fundamentally from that of traditional hammocks and camping hammocks—and is essentially the exact opposite. Because the laying surface of a spreader bar hammock is so taut and tightly suspended, lying lengthwise is the most comfortable position (and also helps to prevent you from falling out or tipping the hammock).

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How To Use a Hanging Chair

Can you also lie down or recline back in a hanging chair?

LA SIESTA Lounger-size Hanging Chair Hammocks are designed so that most adults can lie down and fully recline while using them in addition to sitting upright and using them as you would any other hanging chair. To lie down in a LA SIESTA Lounger Hammock Chair, simply begin by sitting back a little further than you might normally. Once seated, lift your feet off the ground and onto the edge of the chair, and extend your legs outward pushing and spreading out the fabric as you go. When you’re done, you should be sitting in a reclined position with the fabric of the chair fully supporting both of your legs.

Illustration: How To Choose the Best Stand for Hammocks and Hanging Chairs

How To Choose the Best Stand for a Hammock or Hanging Chair

What are the advantages of using a hammock stand or a hanging chair stand?

Matching stands for hammocks or a hammock chairs have several advantages. Stands add a visually appealing design element to your hammock set up and creates a perfect scene—almost like a picture frame for your hammock or hanging chair. Stands also make setting up your hammock or hanging chair much less complicated. Starting with the placement, you won’t have to worry whether the perfect spot for your hammock is also capable of accommodating suspension options based on the distance between the two anchor points, whether the walls or tree branches are load-bearing, etc. Furthermore, you won’t need to worry about drilling holes or finding studs and joists.

Stands for hammocks or hanging chairs also offer a higher level of flexibility compared to other options. A tree rope suspension relies on the placement of two trees and offers little to no leeway in terms of changing the position of your hammock to accommodate for weather and other environmental factors. If you have drywall, an indoor suspension system relies on where you have studs. Once you’ve gone through the process of finding the right spot and drilling holes, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to move the hammock to another place within your home. With Hammock stands, however, you can easily move your hammock or hanging chair anywhere it fits! If there’s too much sun you can move it into the shade. If it’s rainy season, you can move it into the patio or under an umbrella. If you’re living room gets too crowded, you can easily move it to the family room. The options are endless!

What are the differences between wooden and steel stands for hammocks and hanging chairs?

In general, the decision between buying a wooden hammock stand or a steel hammock stand depends largely on style, design, and aesthetic preferences. There’s really no way to go wrong—both wooden and powder-coated steel stands by LA SIESTA are made from high-quality materials and meet the highest quality standards. It’s about whatever works best for you.

If you’re looking for mobility or to move the location of your hammock often, we recommend a stand made of powder-coated steel because they weigh less than wooden stands and are easier to set up and disassemble. Steel stands are commonly used to set up hammocks at parks or on the beach for this very same reason: they are lightweight and very easy to use.

If you’re looking for a more visually striking or permanent option, we recommend wooden hammock stands. Wooden stands for hammocks make a bold statement and perfectly compliment any beautifully decorated interior or exterior space. LA SIESTA wooden stands are just as safe to use outdoors as the steel stands, so there’s no limit to where you can use a wooden stand to add some flair to your home décor.

Illustration: Setting Up a Hammock Stand or Hanging Chair Stand

How do I set up a stand for a hammock or a hanging chair?

All LA SIESTA stands are designed to be easy and intuitive to set up. They are always accompanied by easy to understand installation instructions. If the set up guide doesn’t fully answer all of your questions, feel free to give us a shout—we’re happy to help!

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