Hanging A Hammock Chair

What You'll Need
8 feet of polypropylene rope

A hammock chair offers a clear advantage over other styles of hammock. When you cannot find two strong points for hanging, you can hang a hammock chair from a single point. A hammock chair also takes less space, a factor which can be especially important if you intend to hang the hammock inside your home.

Some hammock chairs are simple, while others include accessories, such as armrests, foot slings, and even drink holders. Regardless of their features, you will hang them the same way.

Step 1 - Ensure Suspension Clearance

Ensure the suspension clearance is adequate where you want to hang the chair. Most chairs need a minimum of 6 to 8 feet (2.2 m) of vertical clearance. You do have a little room to maneuver, but if you provide much less room than this, you and your chair will drag on the floor. If you are hanging a cotton hammock chair, allow room for some stretch.

Also leave a 3-foot (1-m) clearance behind the chair. This clearance allows the chair to spin.

Step 2 - Choose the Rope

The rope should be strong enough to easily hold the weight of an average male adult (that is, around twice the working load). Do not confuse the tensile strength of rope with the working load. The tensile of a rope indicates at what point it will break, when new, under laboratory conditions. The working load strength is lower, and this is the one you should use for your calculations.

Step 3 - Tie the Hammock

Fold the rope in half. Feed half the rope through the hammock chair's loop. Take up both ends in each hand and pass them over the loop, then pass both of them through it. Pull both ends tightly.

Step 4 - Attach the Hammock

Throw the two ends of the rope over the beam, post or branch where you wish to hang the hammock chair. Adjust to the height required and tie a two-strand overhand knot, also referred to as a thumb knot, just under the level of the beam.

A two-strand overhand knot will become stronger and tighter the more you pull it. So pull the ropes tight. Now pass both ropes under and over the beam again, and cross them under the overhand knot. Take each end to the outside, above and behind the existing overhand knot. Tie another overhand knot here. Pull the ends through the existing knot work to the front. Again, pass each end to the outside and behind the existing knot work. Finish by tying two overhand knots here.