Hanging a hammock – how to12. July 2018
Summertime equals garden time. A hammock is a must-have for relaxing on the terrace in the balmy hours of the evening. The only issue is that hanging a hammock can be quite complex in some circumstances and can cause problems, which is why we are showing you the optimal way to mount a hammock. After all, your own safety is the highest priority.
Mounting a hammock
There are various options for mounting a hammock. For example, you can purchase a hammock stand from the store which only requires setting up before attaching the hammock to it. But a high-quality model often costs several times the amount of the hammock. A stand also takes up a lot of space, which is why hammocks are more frequently hung from ceilings, walls or trees. This saves both money and space.
The right height
Before we come to the individual types of ceilings, here’s a general tip: measure at what height you would like the hammock to hang before installing it. You may need a rope or chain to ensure it is at the right height later on, otherwise getting into the hammock could become a challenge. Ideally it should sag a little. 1:2 is a good proportion to have between the height and length. It should also be noted that new of freshly washed hammocks will continue to stretch a little, which is why you should leave plenty of room between the floor and the hammock. It should be at least 30 centimetres after it has first expanded.
We have selected four possible ceiling types for the installation.
A concrete ceiling is fairly uncomplicated. It can carry the same load at any point and you therefore have a free choice of where to attach your hammock. The right plastic anchor suitable for the anchor substrate is required for installation. The anchors are usually included with the hammock. We recommend using an adapter plate when mounting a hammock from a concrete ceiling. This creates a fixing point with multiple anchors, and the load is distributed accordingly in the substrate.
Wooden beam ceiling
With this type of ceiling you should make sure that the hammock is only attached to load-bearing beams and not just to the wooden ceiling. The beams should of course be neither damaged nor rotten. Use a wood construction screw for installation and insert it at a right angle to the fibre, not into the end grain, until it sits firmly. You could also insert an eye bolt in order to attach the hammock’s rope or chain to it. In this case, you should pre-drill into the wood. The drill’s diameter should ideally correspond to the screw’s core diameter.
Masonry is a very versatile construction material, and so the anchor can be crucial. You should therefore seek individual consultation. As a rule, a two-component injection resin is recommended for bricks. It can carry significantly higher loads compared to plastic anchors. An dispenser is required to inject the resin. The two components of the injection resin are only mixed in the static mixer once they have been pressed out of the cartridge. Any resin that remains in the cartridge can easily be used with a new static mixer at a later point in time and used for other fixing applications.
Our experts strongly advise against hanging hammocks from wallboard, and in particular from gypsum plasterboard. This substrate cannot bear the load of a hammock. There is a very high risk that the substrate will yield and you will end up on the floor along with the hammock.
Do you have any other applications for which you are unsure which anchor to select? Download our free plug finder app for iOS and Android. Here you will find the most common applications, you can enter your building material, the weight of your attachment part and other specifications in order to receive a suitable recommendation for anchors and screws along with assembly instructions and an option to buy.