For your safety and comfort please read and observe all the precautions
listed here. Use hanging hardware included with hammock. Follow
installation directions carefully. Prior to each use inspect your hammock,
hardware, installation points and objects supporting the hammock for wear or
weakness. Proceed carefully and take your time getting into and out of
your hammock. Any hammock may tip if your weight isn't centered. Excessive
swinging and other rough play may result in falls and may wear out your
hammock and hardware prematurely. Maximum safe weight is 450 pounds.
Δ ! CAUTION: FALLING AND STRANGULATION HAZARD!
CHILDREN CAN BECOME ENTANGLED IN HAMMOCK STRINGS.
DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN UNATTENDED IN HAMMOCK.
Your new hammock may initially be shorter then its full length
(approximately 13 ft / 400 cm). It will stretch to its proper length
after short time in use.
Height And Distance Between Hanging Points
Hammocks are versatile! Although traditionally slung between two big trees, you
can also hang them between posts set in the ground, on a porch, or on a
hammock stand. It is easiest to hang your hammock in a 15' space, a foot
longer than the overall length of the hammock. If you have less space try
hanging the hammock higher than the height recommended below, though this will
make the hammock hang more bowed. The hardware should ordinarily be mounted 5'
- 6' off the ground. You may wish to hang it higher or lower depending on the
distance between your supports and your personal preference.
Hammock Posts or wooden Supports
Make certain the wooden supports you are using are strong enough. We recommend
trees or posts are a minimum of 6" in a diameter or 4" x 6" lumber.
Do not use supports which are cracked, split or rotten. Drill a pilot hole
where you want your hooks, approximately ½ the diameter of the screw of the
hammock hook screw. For example, if the srew to be used is 3/8" in diameter,
then the pilot hole should be drilled 3/16" in diameter. Screw the hammock
hooks into the pilot holes. Seat the eye of the hook against the wood, but do not
over-tighten the srew or allow the hook assembly or eye screw to be twisted or
bent. Install screw hooks only on side of tree or post facing the hammock.
Your hammock should not pull sideways on the hook. Do not wrap chain around the
hooks, and do not allow chain to become twisted between the hook assembly
and the ring of the hammock. Either of these conditions may damage or weaken
Placing Posts For The Hammock
Setting posts in the ground allows installation of the hammock in your yard
regardless of available trees. Read earlier instructions for post dimensions
and strength information. Post holes should be at least 3 feet deep and carefully
back-filled with concrete. Remove air pockets when filling with concrete. Posts
may be tilted slightly away from the hammock direction when concrete is still
fresh. Wait at least 24 hours for concrete to cure before hanging and using
Installing The Hammock
Place chain on hammock hooks. See figure 1. It is normal for your new hammock
to stretch considerably when it is new, so the first time you hang a new hammock
stretch it very tight, and then be especially careful when getting into the hammock
the first time! As it stretches under your weight be careful not to hit the ground,
or if using a hammock stand not to hit the center pipe. Be careful not to let the
hammock tip as you get in.
As it stretches, keep shortening the chain. If you store it for months, you may
have to stretch it like this again. After it stretches you can get into it much
Once the hammock is stretched out, it should be hung loosely enough that when the
hammock is in use (when there is weight in it) the angle of the chain as illustrated
in figure 2 is at least 25 degrees from horizontal. Hanging your hammmock more
tightly then this greatly increases the load to the hardware and supports.
Caring For Your Hammock
Under normal use your hammock will last for many years. You can increase its useful
life by putting it away during cold seasons (store it dry), and by hanging it where
it will be shaded most of the day.
Cleaning Your Hammock
The synthetic rope of your hammock is washable with warm water and a mild detergent
or soap. Do not use harsh chemical cleaners or bleach. Rinse well and dry thoroughly
Care Of Wood
Your hammock's wood spreader boards are solid oak. Left alone they will weather
to a natural barn grey. If you prefere to keep the look of finished wood, we
recommend you varnish or oil them frequently (every six months of use).
Relax and enjoy your hammock!