Let’s face it: when you talk about lounging in a hammock, you imagine yourself in a romantic and relaxed setting, maybe at the beach or in a beautiful forest. That’s why when people hear about hammocks indoor, they don’t quite get the picture.
Sure, it looks interesting and it can be a wonderful piece of furniture when you want a laid back setting. But to actually use it for relaxation?
As it turns out, hammocks and hammock chairs can be used both indoors and outdoors with the same relaxation-related results. After all, even if outside is rainy and cold, you can still lounge in your indoor hammock chair and think about summer, sun, and the gentle breeze at the seaside!
So why not get this piece of heaven in your living room or bedroom?
If you already got a hammock chair (and given that you’re reading this, you probably did), let us walk you through the installation process. It’s not difficult, but it requires a bit of practice, especially if you’re planning on using it!
Where to Hang It?
Before even thinking about hanging the hammock chair, you must find the best location.
For this, you need to consider two aspects: safety and relaxation.
Since the hammock must support your entire weight, you want to hang it on the ceiling, using a solid rafter or beam, that is able to withhold the extra load and the eventual movements of the hammock (we all love to swing in it, right?).
Quick tip: If you don’t have exposed beams in the house, you can use a stud finder. This device is easy to use and lets you find rafters under drywall and other similar materials.
Also, you want to install it in an area where it’s safe for you and other members of the family to use the hammock chair. This means it shouldn’t be hung in an area of the house with high foot traffic (hallways, dinner area, kitchen, close to doorways, and so on).
The ideal areas are nooks, under the stairway, libraries, or corners where no one will bother your moments of relaxation. Also, if you’re a reader, we recommend installing the hammock chair somewhere you can escape the craziness of the house and enjoy a book (or a nap while pretending to read).
The basic idea is that you want to be able to enjoy those sweet moments of relaxation that are so rare these days!
Hanging the Hammock Chair
What You’ll Need
Once you decide on the perfect location, make sure you have all the necessary tools:
- The hammock with instructions on how to hang it
- Stud finder (we mentioned it earlier)
- Eyelet Screw
- Goggles – to protect your eyes from debris when drilling the hole
Quick note: these items are needed for hanging a hammock chair that doesn’t have a stand.
How to Hang It
Use the stud finder and the ladder to identify the rafter you want to use (while this is a one-person activity, it’s best to have someone around to hand you the tools and secure the ladder). Once you find it, mark the place and drill a small hole (about the size of the eyelet screw).
Next, screw the eyelet screw according to instructions. You can start by using your hands, but you should end up with the pliers to make sure the eyelet is screwed in tight (all the way up to the shank of the screw shaft).
Once the eyelet is secured, hook the main mounting hook of the hammock chair into the eyelet. Next, take measurements so you’ll know how much rope to add (the hammock chair shouldn’t be lower than 20” from the ground).
Attach the right amount of rope to the spring link and hook it onto the eye hook. Use the rope to get the chair to the desired height, secure everything, and then test it out. If the height is not right or the balance is not as you want it, adjust the rope until you get the ideal setting.
Safety tip: When you test out the hammock chair, don’t jump right in! Apply lighter weight at first, give it a couple of tugs, and make sure it holds. Increase the weight in a progressive manner, and when you’re absolutely sure it will hold, climb in and test for the height.
Enjoy your New Indoor Hammock Chair!
After you test everything out and put the tools away, it’s time to enjoy your new hammock chair! Use it to relax and reminisce about those hot summer days when you enjoyed a gentle breeze with a mojito in one hand and a good book in the other!