Guide to Hammock Use and Care

Imagine yourself relaxing on a hammock, at home or even out there camping, enjoying the cool evening breeze, with a refreshing drink in your hand, and then in a split second you find yourself on the ground. Its then you realize that either your hammock has let you down , or you failed to set it up or use it correctly.

Choose your hammock support wisely.

First things first, no one would want to come tumbling down because of a buckled tree due to excess straining from weight. It’s therefore advisable for one to look for two strong trees that can support their weight. Also make sure that the trees are not so far apart and not too close together (preferably ten to twelve feet apart). Another important aspect to check on is to make sure that the tree doesn’t have  weak branches. Weak branches might fall off and may lead to serious injuries to whoever might be swinging on the hammock.Take care that you don’t hang the hammock on dead trees. Such trees might look strong and reliable but after some time they might break off which is not safe. In case there are no trees around, check for strong shade shelters or even boulders but be sure they can support your weight.

Getting onto the Hammock

Don’t jump or stand on the hammock. It’s advisable to sit on the Hammock and then swing your legs when getting yourself on the hammock.

Standing on the hammock is not safe at all because the hammock will almost certainly flip and send you straight to the ground.

Hammock Safety Checks

Its also important  to check the hammock regularly for wear and tear, and also whether the material it’s made out of is degrading over time.  This can be greatly affected by the storage method when not in use.  Avoid leaving the hammock outside in extreme weather especially winter. Heavy snow accumulating on the hammock can quickly degrade it or damage the hammock by exceeding its recommended weight.

Ensure sure that you buy the hammock from a well-known distributor or manufacturer.  Be sure to check on the recommendations of the hammock  frequently again  before swinging onto it. The hammock might weaken with time. If you have a hammock with stand, check the framework for corrosion.

Putting up a Hammock

Make sure the hanging straps are well secured with the provided hooks, buckles or any knots that may require to be tied. It should be neither too tight nor too loose. You can adjust the hammock according to your preferences, but it is also important to refer to the guidelines provided by the manufacturer.

Hang your hammock just high enough from the ground.  it shouldn’t  be so high that you’ll struggle to sit on it and swing your feet in. It should also not be so low, just next to the ground, for you never know what insect or animal is waiting to join you in the comfort of your hammock. Hang it high enough so that there’s space for a slanting gentle curve which is most comfortable. The most suitable and most recommended height is a knee high from a sitting position on the hammock.

It’s also important to check and ensure that the canvas, netting or whichever material that has been used to make the hammock is tough enough to bear your weight. Manufactures will usually indicate the proper  weight the Hammock can support.

Alternatively you could try a hammock with stand already attached, it makes setting up a whole lot easier.

Choosing a site to set up your hammock when away from home

While setting up your hammock, keep off any roads or paths. It’s very advisable not to set up your hammock in a place that would block people’s paths or even other members of your group. In case you are camping in a game reserve, avoid setting up the hammock on animal paths as this would pose a great danger to you or even the members of your camp in case the animals appear. Also don’t set up your hammock on hiking trails. When setting up your camp in such areas, be sure to consult any game ranger or any other person who would be of help.

Check the weather before setting up the hammock. In most cases the hammocks will be set up using tree supports. It’s therefore advisable to check on any winds since strong winds might break off branches from those trees which of course might cause injuries. It’s also advisable to check on trees with thick cover during sunny days so as to get optimum protection from the ultra violet rays. In case you notice a potential storm, you better not head out camping.

In case you’re having children around, keep a close eye on them as they might tend to jump on the hammock or even try to pull the hanging straps. Also make sure that its only one child at a time on the hammock as this will help to avoid exceeding of the maximum weight which saves you the need of dealing with injured kids. In case you’re the one on the hammock and your child wants to join the swing, be careful and do some real quick maths about the maximum weight the hammock can support.

By using the above listed tips, be assured of a nice, comfortable and most importantly safe, swing on your hammock. For more tips on how to make your home a more comfortable environment check out our bedroom furniture ideas.

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