Do you have your dream hammock and would you like to start your adventure with it? We will advise you on how to prepare for it.
Let's start with where you can take it with you. Certainly, the best place is a garden, a plot and a forest. A good alternative is also a balcony or a room of sufficient length, in which the hammock, unlike the forest, can be permanently hung.
When you go outdoors with a hammock, you can enjoy the convenience of its use wherever you find two stable points to which you attach it. Examples are well-fixed poles or healthy, well-rooted trees with a diameter of at least 20 cm. In an apartment or on a balcony, two opposite walls can be attached. It is extremely important that the elements to which the hammock ropes are tied are durable even with a greater load than our body weight.
What should you pay attention to when you go outdoors with it?
If you are in the field, take a closer look at its shape. It is best if it is flat. Then it is easier to measure the height at which you should tie the hammock lines. The sloped area will make this task a bit more difficult.
The exemplary distance from the attachment points is 5 meters. Then it is easy to remember that the height for attaching the tapes is the height of a statistically tall person (approx. 180 cm). These values result from the angle of 30 degrees, which at these values will be created when mounting at such a distance. This angle provides the optimum stress and physical forces that affect the hammock (the more horizontal the lines are, the more force they are subjected to. Of course, nothing prevents you from mounting the hammock at greater distances, then the attachment point should be mounted higher, but at greater distances it can be however, prove it difficult to access.
Applying the above tips should be useful especially for people who are just starting their adventure with a hammock. A few attempts to suspend and use it will make even the current amateur of this type of rest love it and introduce it to his life permanently.
After deciding on the right place, the distance between two attachment points and the height at which the hammock should be fixed, we begin to hang it up.
1. stand at one of the points. To avoid contact between the hammock and the ground, which may result in its getting wet and dirty, first remove only the straps from the cover. They are used to fix the hammock at the optimal height of the tree. Depending on the diameter of the tree trunk, we can just put the strap on it (in case the trunk is thick), or wrap it around the tree (in case the tree has a narrow trunk). Keeping in mind the rule that the tape should be well tightened, we attach a snap hook to it and go towards the other tree. We wrap or throw a second tape over it.
Stick to the rule that the further apart the attachment points are, the higher the tape should be placed. For example, if one point is about 5 meters away from the other, the optimum height for the straps is about 180 cm above the ground. 2.
2) Holding the cover open, walk towards the second hanging point. Allow the hammock to gradually slide out of the bag. 3.
3) Tie a rope to the second attachment point, choosing the appropriate level of tension beforehand. A perfectly hung hammock hangs loosely, creating a slight arc. Make sure that its middle point is about half a meter above the ground. We should avoid tightening the hammock. Such an arrangement has a negative effect on the comfort of use. In addition, the cords will wear out faster, the fabric will lose its strength, and the seams may even break.
When the cords are mounted on both trees, we check that they are properly attached. We also make the very important adjustment of the hammock. To do this, determine if the lengths of the stretched lines are the same on both sides. Press down with both hands on the hammock's center point - this is an additional test to verify proper hammock placement. 5.
Sit in the hammock. Grasp one front edge of the hammock with your hands and pull it up toward your knees. You can also grab the other edge and try to pull it towards your back. As you do this, you will hear the sound of the ropes moving down the bark of the trees.