The trickiest part of having a hammock chair at home is in the assembly or installation. It requires a small degree of handiness which might put some people off. Fret not, though, because while the task of setting up a hammock chair seems daunting, it’s actually pretty simple. You’ll need a bit of patience, but with such a promising output, all of the work will be well worth it.
The Basics of Hanging a Hammock Chair
There are a three major points that you should note when hanging a hammock chair.
1. Hanging Style
The hanging style plays a huge part in how you are going to hang your hammock chair. This will determine how much hanging material you need or how much you’ll need to work with a tool.
There are three general hanging styles that you can choose from:
- Swing style. This is the most traditional style and is the most often used hanging method for regular hammocks. It allows your hammock to have a rocking movement, lulling you into a relaxing slumber.
When hanging a hammock chair in this way, you’ll need two anchor points or a single sturdy branch or accessible beam. The branch/anchor points as well as how you intend to install the hammock chair all play a part in the sturdiness of the unit.
- Swing style with Spreader Bar. This hanging style makes use of a single wooden bar to minimize the space you need to hang a hammock chair. The bar also adds further stability to the unit.
As for movement, the spreader bar won’t affect how the hammock chair moves. You can still rock back and forth with it as it is essentially the same as the swing style except for the fact that you’ve added a wooden element to your unit. You’ll also still need two anchor points or a long sturdy branch or beam to set it up.
- Pivot style. This style attaches your hammock chair to a ceiling, branch, or beam with just one anchor point. It makes use of a spreader bar to expand the seating space in the unit so you can sit comfortably in it. Because this style requires the least amount of work with tools, it might just be the best option for those who aren’t very handy.
This style is also great for smaller spaces and those who want to get more movement with their hammock chair. Thanks to its single anchor point, you can easily move 360 degrees around instead of just rocking back and forth in this hanging style.
2. Where to Hang
Where you intend to hang your hammock chair also plays a huge part in how you can hang your unit. Different locations require various hanging materials. Make sure to look for a good spot where you want to install it first before you buy a hammock.
3. Get the measurements down to pat.
Getting the optimal measurements for hanging a hammock chair is essential so you can get the most out of it. It should be at least 2 feet off the ground, more or less 4 feet across, and nearly 6 feet in height (including the space from the ground).
For stand-alone hammock chairs, you’ll need to take measurements in the area where you wish to install the unit. If you’re buying an off-the-shelf product, you can easily check the product specifications to figure out if it will fit your space. If you’re making one, though, you might need to tailor fit your design according to how much room you have.
Step-by-Step Guide in Hanging a Hammock Chair
So how do you hang a hammock chair? Here are the most popular ways depending on the location.
Here are the steps in hanging a hammock chair outdoors.
Find a good foundation for the hammock chair
Since hammock chairs are not able to stand alone, you’ll need to find a place to hang it from. You have a lot of options to get this done. If you have a huge, old tree in your backyard with a good number of thick, sturdy branches, it will be an easy spot for one. You can treat a hammock chair like a swing in this case.
If you don’t have a huge tree, you can look for other structures that can provide a horizontal beam that’s at least 6 feet off the ground. Pergolas are excellent alternatives because they’re sturdy and provide a good frame. If you don’t have a lot of space in your backyard for a full pergola, you can always just pitch a single frame and use it solely for hanging a hammock chair.
Grab the necessary supplies you need
You’ll only need some heavy duty ropes and the hammock chair in most cases. You can also use a few carabiners and a spreader bar if you choose to hang a hammock chair in such a style. Make sure that your ropes are cut to the right measurements.
Measuring your ropes can be tricky, especially if you intend to just wrap it around the truck or overhead beam. To make sure that you’ll have enough length to attach your hammock chair, you can try doing the knots first to determine how much you’ll need. Then add the measurements provided above.
Assemble your hammock chair
Once you have all of your supplies on hand, the next thing you need to do is to assemble the hammock chair to prepare it for installation. You can now attach it to the spreader bar using the spreader bar knot. This is a non-slip, yet relatively easy to undo knot that will secure your hammock to a spreader bar. Attach the ropes (and carabiner) after. If you’re not using a spreader bar, you can go ahead and attach the ropes to your hammock chair.
Suspend the hammock chair
Wrap the ropes onto the overhead beam or tree branch and lock it into place with a knot or carabiner.
Test the hammock chair
Before letting anyone else use your hammock chair, test it out first. Start by tugging strongly into the ropes and see if your knots are tight enough. If it holds, carefully sit on it and try moving around. If it holds, it’s ready for some hanging out.
Installing hammock chairs indoors are a lot like doing so outdoors. The major difference here is there’s a higher chance that you’ll need to drill a hole into your ceiling. Here’s how to install a hammock chair indoors.
Locate the best spot to install a hammock chair in your home
Find a nice spot for hanging out and make sure that there’s a ceiling joist to attach the hammock chair to. Ceiling joists are sturdy and will be able to take a good amount of weight which makes them the perfect places for an anchor point. You can find one with the help of a stud finder.
If you’re drilling through concrete, you’ll want to stay away from the center as that is the weakest point. Drill near the supporting walls so you won’t stress the concrete too much. Make sure to make round and smooth holes as well to prevent cracking the concrete and damaging it.
If you have exposed ceiling beams, you’ll have an easier time installing your hammock chair. You can follow the outdoor steps to get it done.
Get your tools and supplies ready
You’ll need your hammock chair, some ropes (or other materials you wish to use to suspend the hammock chair), a large hook that can carry a lot of weight, and a few carabiners. If you’ll need to bore a hole through the ceiling, grab a drill and some safety gear.
Assemble your hammock chair
Make sure that the hammock chair is ready to be installed. Attach the spreader bar (if needed), ropes, and carabiners.
Install the hammock chair
While wearing safety goggles, face mask, and ear plugs, drill a hole (or holes for swing style hammock chairs) into your ceiling and attach the hook. Insert the carabiners on the hooks.
Test it out
Test out the hammock chair first by tugging it down with your full weight then by carefully sitting on it. If it holds, then you’re good to go.
Installing a Hammock Chair with a Stand
If you don’t have anywhere to suspend a hammock chair to, you can also opt for a unit with a stand. You can purchase a whole system easily or you can DIY a stand using several tutorials online. You might need a bigger area for this unit, though, so make sure to take measurements before purchasing anything.
Hanging a hammock chair may seem like a massive challenge, but in reality, it’s actually pretty simple. Just make sure to do your research first and get a good understanding of the stability and sturdiness of where you intend to hang it from and you won’t have a problem in the installation process.
As you see there are many options to install a hanging chair.