Hanging Hammock Tip

Hanging Hammock Tip

Rope hammocks will stretch during the first few uses. Keep this in mind when hanging your new hammock. See How to Hang a Hammock.

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HAMMOCK SWING CHAIR AND HAMMOCK SELECTION AND CARE

HAMMOCK SWING CHAIR AND HAMMOCK SELECTION AND CARE

Should I choose a hammock or a hammock swing chair?

Can I leave my hammock swing chair or hammock outside all year round?

How do I choose beteen cotton rope, polyester rope or fabric for my new hammock swing chair or hammock?

Should I choose a 2-point or 4-point hammock?

I don't want to tear up my trees to hang a hammock. What are my alternatives?

Do 4-point hammock lounges require a special stand?

I want to hang a hammock swing chair on a large, high tree branch. How do you recommend doing that?

How do I hang a hammock swing chair from a tree?

What is DuraCord?

The rope hammock I ordered is shorter than described. Do these hammocks stretch?

Two years ago I bought a cotton hammock, used it for six months and then put it in storage for two years. I got it out of the garage to use this year, and it had huge holes in it. Why didn't my hammock last longer than that?

I have an old 4-point hammock lounge from an unknown manufacturer that has a hammock bed that is similar in size to the Algoma Net Company 4-Point Hammock Lounge Replacement Bed. Will this replacement bed fit on my hammock frame?

I have a 9', 2" hammock frame that was given to me by a friend. I don't see any hammocks on your site that will fit this frame. Do you have any smaller hammocks or do you know where I can get one? What are my options?

SHOULD I CHOOSE A HAMMOCK OR A HAMMOCK SWING CHAIR?

Hammocks provide a resting reclined position, whereas hammock swing chairs offer a little more back support so that you may sit up a bit more. Both are comfortable!

 

CAN I LEAVE MY HAMMOCK SWING CHAIR OR HAMMOCK OUTSIDE ALL YEAR ROUND?

If there is an extended period of inclement weather or if there is an extended period in which the hammock will not be in use, placing it under shelter will prolong the life of the hammock.

 

HOW DO I CHOOSE BETWEEN COTTON ROPE, POLYESTER ROPE OR FABRIC FOR MY NEW HAMMOCK SWING CHAIR OR HAMMOCK?

It is a matter of personal preference. Rope hammocks are open weave so they may allow you to feel more of a breeze than fabric hammocks. Fabric hammocks offer a continuous surface, providing a comfortable bed, too. Cotton rope is a more traditional and soft material for hammocks or hammock swing chairs than polyester roping. However, polyester rope is weather resistant and can increase the longevity of your hammock or hammock swing chair if it is to be exposed to the elements over an extended time period.

 

SHOULD I CHOOSE A 2-POINT OR 4-POINT HAMMOCK?

It depends on how much motion you like. Two-point hammocks allow you to swing at will or sway with the breeze. Four-point hammocks provide no swing for those seeking no movement.

 

I DON'T WANT TO TEAR UP MY TREES TO HANG A HAMMOCK.  WHAT ARE MY ALTERNATIVES?

You can hang your 2-Point Hammock between two trees using our Hammock Hanging Kit, which is composed of straps which are wrapped around the tree trunks, preserving the trees. You can hang your hammock between two concreted  posts. You can hang your hammock between buildings or on porches and decks, as long as there is adequate bracing provided by permanent structures. You may hang your hammock between a combination of trees and structures. We offer a Removable In-Ground Hammock Post for locations in which you have only one tree available. Also, you can hang your hammock on one of our stands, which offer the feature of portability, especially made simple with our optional Wheel Kit. See  How to Hang a Hammock.

 

DO 4-POINT HAMMOCK LOUNGES REQUIRE A SPECIAL STAND?

All of our 4-Point Hammock Lounges are combination packages which come with a stand. Some of these hammock lounges also come with accessories.

 

I WANT TO HANG A HAMMOCK SWING CHAIR ON A LARGE, HIGH TREE BRANCH. HOW DO YOU RECOMMEND DOING THAT?

We do not recommend hanging a hammock swing or hammock chair from a high tree branch. The generally recommended height from which to hang a hammock swing chair is 6' to 8'. The concern we have about hanging a hammock swing chair from a high branch is that it makes the hammock swing chair enticing to be used like a tire swing or traditional child's rope swing. Hammock swing chairs are designed for simple lounging and not for any significant movement. Keeping this safety information in mind, we do not recommend hanging a hammock swing chair from a high branch.

 

HOW DO I HANG A HAMMOCK SWING CHAIR FROM A TREE?

Select a large tree limb from which your hammock swing chair will comfortably hang 6' to 8' . Use rope or chain strong enough to support the weight capacity of the chair. (Our hammock swing chair, Model 1500 comes complete with chain). Thread the rope or chain through a piece of tubing large enough to wrap around the tree branch. The idea here is to prevent chafing of the rope, if you use rope, and to prevent damage to the tree. (Another possibility is to encircle the branch with a section of sliced inner tubing from a tire.) Use load bearing threaded circle fasteners to attach the rope or chain and suspend the swing. See How to Hang a Hammock Swing Chair.


WHAT IS DURACORD?

DuraCord is a trademark man-made or synthetic fiber created to yield the softness of cotton and the durability of polyester. DuraCord is designed for easy care and quick drying. This material is both weather resistant and stain resistant, making DuraCord a nice fabric selection in addition to cotton and polyester. Some Pawleys Island hammocks and hammock accessories are constructed with this fiber.


THE ROPE HAMMOCK I ORDERED IS SHORTER THAN DESCRIBED. DO THESE HAMMOCKS STRETCH?

Yes. Rope hammocks stretch during the first few uses after being hung. When first hanging a new hammock, allow extra strapping or chain on each end for immediate use with the plan to adjust/shorten the straps/chains as the hammock stretches. Be sure to have the same length of strapping or chains on each end to reduce the likelihood of tipping the hammock. For safety purposes, do not use more than eighteen inches of strapping/chain on each end of the hammock.


TWO YEARS AGO I BOUGHT A COTTON HAMMOCK, USED IT FOR SIX MONTHS AND THEN PUT IT IN STORAGE FOR TWO YEARS. I GOT IT OUT OF THE GARAGE TO USE THIS YEAR, AND IT HAD HUGE HOLES IN IT. WHY DIDN"T MY HAMMOCK LAST LONGER?

A hammock must be stored properly when not in use. Just like clothing, a hammock must be protected from insects and other pests. Additionally, a hammock must be cleaned with a mild soap and dried thoroughly before it its placed in storage. For more information on preserving the life of a hammock, see Hammock Care/Cleaning.

 

I HAVE AN OLD 4-POINT HAMMOCK LOUNGE FROM AN UNKNOWN MANUFACTURER WITH A HAMMOCK BED THAT IS SIMILAR IN SIZE TO THE ALGOMA NET COMPANY 4-POINT HAMMOCK LOUNGE REPLACEMENT BED. WILL THIS REPLACEMENT BED FIT ON MY HAMMOCK FRAME?

Unfortunately, the answer is "no". The Algoma Net Company Hammock Replacement Bed is designed with attachments and a size that will only fit the Algoma Net Company 4-Point Hammock Lounge Stands, model #6401 and #6301. We have yet to find another manufacturer's hammock frame that this replacement hammock bed will fit. We offer the hammock replacement bed as a courtesy to the long-time fans of their 4-point hammock lounges from Algoma Net Company.

 

I HAVE A 9', 2" HAMMOCK FRAME THAT WAS GIVEN TO ME BY A FRIEND. I DON'T SEE ANY HAMMOCKS ON YOUR SITE THAT WILL FIT THIS FRAME. DO YOU HAVE ANY SMALLER HAMMOCKS OR DO YOU KNOW WHERE I CAN GET ONE? WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

Your hammock frame is not a standard size. We do not offer any hammocks to fit your small hammock frame. We offer 13' hammock frames which support 11' hammocks, and we offer 15' hammock frames which support 13' hammocks. Unusual sizes of hammock frames like yours may have been handcrafted or produced for a department store which did not continue production or offer replacement hammocks. Smaller hammocks are somewhat difficult to find. If you really love your hammock frame or it has sentimental value, we would suggest you pursue having a custom hammock handcrafted to fit your frame. A company in Canada called Bay Hammocks has a custom hammock bed department. An auto or furniture upholstery specialist may be able to construct a fabric hammock to fit your stand. A seamstress may also be able to create a fabric hammock to fit your frame. That may take some time. Perhaps you should consider purchasing a standard frame, at least in the meantime, because a quality standard hammock frame will provide many years of service and will be easier to fit when you need a new hammock bed.