Hammock Instructions, Use and Care Guide
Congratulations on your purchase of a traditional Mexican Hammock. You can look forward to many years of enjoyable use and relaxation. Please find below some information about the care and use of your hammock. Following these simple steps will enhance your hammocks longevity.
Instructions for your Hammock
Hanging your Double, Queen, King, Thick Cord or Resort Style Hammock
Hammocks are very versatile and can be hung nearly anywhere, through attaching to a strong wall, tree, fence, post and so on. After finding your perfect spot.
For Double, Queen, King, Thick Cord and Resort Hammocks
- Unwrap (for Resort Hammock unroll) and stretch out your hammock. Ensure there are no twists/turns in respect to each end.
- Only handle the loops of the hammock to prevent tangling.
- Setup your hanging points, whether using rope or screws, so that you can hang each end from a height of approximately 180cm (6 feet) from the ground and a distance of 3.5 -4.2m apart. This should allow the hammock to hang down to a level between your knees and your hips. Longer distances can easily be adjusted for by using longer lengths of rope. Shorter distances can be achieved through knotting the ends of your hammock to shorten its total length (see the end of this page for more details).
- The correct height for the centre of the hammock can be found by sitting in it with feet flat on the ground and with knees slightly bent (Drawing 3)
- You should always use a smooth hook, or rope, chain, or strong cords when tying your hammock to reduce wear on the eye of the hammock.
- For solid wood walls, you can use ‘screw eye’ hooks or bolts (Fig 1 & 2) screwed directly into studs or joists, giving you a solid fixing point to attach your rope and hammock.
- For concrete walls, you can drill a heavy duty hook (Fig 3), or use a dyna bolt (Fig 4). Hardware stores have a variety of these. You may wish to speak with your local hardware store guru as to what will suit you best.
- When using rope to tie your hammock check our knot tying guide for the best knots to use.
Note: A new cotton hammock stretches over time. Assume that when the hammock is first used it will come to hang about 50cm lower in the centre.
Hammock Chair Only
Hammock chairs only require one fixing point. This can be a tree branch, a beam, etc. You can tie directly onto this using rope. Attach one end to the eye of the hammock and the other onto the beam or branch. You can also use ‘screw eye’ hooks or bolts (Fig 1 & 2.) screwed directly into a ceiling beam giving you a solid fixing point to attach your rope and hammock. Once in the hammock chair move around to change your centre of gravity and find the most comfortable position.
Using you Hammock
To enter the hammock spread it out with your hands first to find the centre and then sit/lie in the middle. Then spread the cord out around your body as you lay back. (Drawings 2, 3, 4, & 5). The ideal position is often lying diagonally (Drawing 5). The hammock is also great fun and very comfortable when sharing with a friend(s) (provided it is large enough - the King size is ideal for this). While it is perfectly fine to gently sway in your hammock, remember a hammock is not a swing. Heavy swinging is not only dangerous but will shorten the life of your hammock (Drawing 6). Never step in the hammock (Drawing 7), and ensure children are supervised or instructed on how to use safely. Do not overload (Drawing 8).
YouTube Video – How to Get into a Hammock
Hammock Care - Looking After Your Hammock
Protect From Excessive UV, Moisture and Accidental Damage
Your hammock will last for many years given proper care. It should be sheltered from the elements where possible when not in use, such as not being left outdoors for long periods of time, especially in direct sunlight and rain. While it's great to hang your hammock hung and ready to use at all times constant exposure to UV rays will deteriorate your hammock over time. This can weaken the hammock fibres and fade the colours as the sun will do to any materials exposed outside. The best way to avoid this is to simply bring your hammock inside when not in use, using a quick hanging system such as through the use of 's' hooks or carabiners make hanging and taking down quick and easy, or with a hammock protection cover which is a great easy to protect your hammock. Cotton and nylon hammocks both require the same levels of care.
Of course, hammocks are made to be enjoyed outside and it is perfectly fine to enjoy your hammock out in the sun, just try to avoid leaving it out exposed to it repeatedly all day every day.
Cotton and organic cotton hammocks should also be given extra care to protect from moisture where possible. Being a natural fibre if left wet for extended periods of time this can lead to rot or mold/mildew forming. Simply popping your hammock inside overnight to protect from dew and during wet weather will go a long way in enhancing the lifespan of your hammock. If your hammock does become wet, just hang it to dry. Just ensure when storing your hammock it is always fully dry when done so.
Hammocks made from our weather resistant HamacTex material do weather better and are not as affected by the elements as pure cotton hammocks. HamacTex hammocks have better UV stability and are water repellent and quick drying. In saying they are not indestructible and will still weather. So by following the same care instructions, you are giving your hammock an even longer lifespan and yourself more years of hammock enjoyment and relaxation.
If you want to leave your hammock outside for extended periods of time, try our hammock cover, a simple and easy way to protect your hammock when not in use.
Take care where hanging that unattended the hammock doesn’t get caught up in trees or shrubs in windy conditions. If your hammock is left in a windy location, frequently check your fixing points and/or hammock rope for any signs of wear and replace as necessary. Constant wind blowing on your hammock will place extra wear on the rope, tree straps, hammock loop ends, fixing points etc. We also suggest wearing appropriate clothing while you are resting in your hammock. Try to avoid buttons, belts, Velcro, jewellery, shoes, watches or any other object that might grab or cut cords. Nevertheless, cut or broken cords can be repaired by tying off the broken ends to another cord or knotting together the broken ends.
Folding Your Hammock
If you are storing or travelling with your hammock it is important to fold or tie it to prevent damage or tangling. An easy way to do this is to hold both loop ends together and slowly twist in the opposite direction; this brings all the cords together. From there you can create one or two big knots by bringing the bottom up and folding it across your arm creating a big knot in the midsection. It doesn’t need to be tight. Gently feed the ends back through when untying. Storing inside a pillowcase is also an easy way to store and travel with your hammock.
YouTube Video - Folding a Mexican Hammock
With the Resort Style Hammock the easiest way to pack this up is to just roll the hammock around the wooden bars. Go to the middle from each end. You can then tie a piece of string or rope around to hold it tight.
With the Chair Hammock you can also easily wrap the hammock around the bar, and secure with string.
Tip: Note how your hammock is folded or rolled up before opening, this gives you an idea of how it should look when packed down for storage of transport.
Cleaning your Hammock
The best way to clean your hammock is to hand wash it in warm water and soft detergent or have it dry cleaned. Do not spin dry. For washing coloured hammocks, use a special detergent for coloured wash. Extend each end loop apart so the hammock is stretched to its full length. Using thick string or cord bind the end cords and body at about six-inch intervals to prevent tangling. Place in a pillowcase and put it into the washing machine. Wash with mild detergent and cold water. You can also wash it by hand by simply soaking it in a large bucket for a few hours with mild detergent and rinsing it thoroughly in cold water. Hang it out to dry. A cotton hammock will shrink straight after washing but it returns to normal size when you use it.
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Thank you again for your purchase from Hammocks Australia. We wish you a good swing!
From the Hammock Australia team.
Additional Hammock Hanging Information
Various Attachments for Hanging Your Hammock
Fig 1 – Screw Eye Hook
Further Instructions on Knot Tying
VIDEO - Tying a hammock using a wall hook
SHORTENING HANGING DISTANCE TIP
If you find the space you wish to hand your hammock is too short, you can make an adjustment to your hammock to shorten its total length.
By simply making a knot in each end (arm) of the hammock you can shorten the total length by approx 40cm. Such as in the picture below. A second knot on each end can be added.
We do recommend you to make the knots close to the loops not to
the body. Always take care when tying to ensure the cords do not tangle.