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How To Hang A Hammock Indoors

January 04, 2019

How To Hang A Hammock Indoors

Ever since I spotted these hanging hammocks during my trips to Mexico (Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City), I really wanted one but the problem was, “where do I hang it?”

I don’t have a backyard or outdoor patio space so my only option was indoors. However, there is literally no resources online on how to hang a hammock indoors. Thus, I hired a guy off of TaskRabbit, made a couple of trips to Home Depot, and two hours later, we finally hung up the hammock in my bedroom! You can also hang the hammock in the living room or anywhere else in your home.

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Here’s my DIY guide on how to hang an indoor hanging chair hammock!

 

Mercado Ciudadela

Here’s where I fell in love with the hammocks at the La Ciudadela Market in Mexico City. I did get my hammock from Mexico City but here are ones that you can buy online. If you are hanging the hammock outside, make sure you buy an outdoor hammock that’s durable enough to survive the elements.

Quick guide on indoor hammock hanging

How To Hang A Hammock Indoors by atasteofkoko on Jumprope.


 

FAQ on indoor hammock hanging

Hammock stand or hanging a hammock from a ceiling?

If you have room for a hammock stand in your home then by all means, use a hammock stand! I have a small home so I wanted to hang my hammock from the ceiling to save on space but also because I like how seamless it looks in a room. If drilling holes in the ceiling isn’t an option for you, then you will have to opt for a hammock stand or if you have wall beams or ceiling beams to loop a rope around.

What is the weight capacity of a hammock?

This depends on a variety of factors – how durable is the hammock? What’s your hammock suspension set up? What are the anchor points? We used a spring link carabiner that holds up to 530 lbs and a screw eye that screws into a wall stud.

Best hammock hanging kits?

We bought our materials from Home Depot or you can buy a hammock hanging kit from Amazon.

 

Hammock

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WHAT YOU NEED

This home project does require some heavy-duty hardware. I didn’t use eye hooks, metal studs, j-hooks, lag screws, eye bolt, or s-hooks.

  • Screw eye (I used 3/8 in x 4-7/8 inch, holds 325 lbs)
  • Spring link carabiner (I used 7/16 in x 4-3/4 in, holds 530 lbs), optional
  • Rope
  • Hammock chair
  • measuring tape

 

How to hang an indoor hammock

1. Using a stud finder, find the joists/wall studs in the ceiling. Mark with a pencil.

To ensure a safe and secure suspension, we want to stick into the wooden studs in the ceiling instead of just the drywall.

 

Screw Eye

2. Drill a hole through the drywall into the ceiling joist with a drill bit. Screw in the screw eye.

This is just a small hole (pilot hole) in the ceiling! If you’re hanging a traditional hammock, you’ll need to look into setting up hangers for hammock straps.

 

Figure 8 knot

3. Thread the rope through the ring on the hammock and make a figure 8 knot with the rope. We used a kitchen torch and burned the ends of the rope to prevent fraying.

 

carabiner

4. Clip on the carabiner to the rope and then to the screw eye in the ceiling. You’re done!

 

How To Hang A Hammock Indoors

I love this new boho wall of my home and Basil loves napping in the swinging hammock! Let me know in the comments below if you hang up a hammock.

WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.

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