Chair + Hammock = Chammock

Two or three years ago, I bought Chris a hanging chair hammock, but we lived in an apartment. We knew we had to save it for a house where we could hang it wherever we wanted, and that day has come. Hello, chammock!!!

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This particular hammock comes from Yellow Leaf Hammocks, which offers a hanging chair hammock and a traditional hammock. They have tons of gorgeous colors and all the hanging accessories you need. Plus, you can actually design you own! So awesome.

We decided to hang ours in our office. *Party in the front, business in the back.*

Following Yellow Leaf’s hanging guide, here’s how we did it:

Supplies:

Hang it:

  1. Determine how you want to hang it. We went with two anchor points and no spread bar. This meant we had to place our ceiling anchor points further apart, because there was no spread bar to ensure that, when we sat down in it, it didn’t essentially cocoon us in.

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    Hanging styles as illustrated by Yellow Leaf Hammocks. We used the far-left option for ours.
  2. Decide on your placement in the room. In the corner of our office, we used the first ceiling beam from the wall, which was 16″ away. Use your stud finder to find the beams. Both of our anchor points are on the same beam.

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  3. Drill your first hole. Our first pilot hole, which was where our first eyebolt would go, was about 4″ off the wall. Chris drilled a 1/4″ pilot hole into the beam to ready it for the eyebolt.

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    A look of serious concentration.
  4. Measure the distance to your second pilot hole, and drill. We spaced ours 60″ apart so that it would give us plenty of space in the hammock once we sat in it.
  5. Screw in the eyebolts. Our first mistake happened here. We had bought flat-end eyebolts, and the threads just didn’t want to grab the beam as we started screwing them in. I ran back to Menard’s and grabbed two eyebolts with sharp tips instead. Once they’ve grabbed hold of your beam and you can’t keep screwing them in, put a screwdriver through the hole and use it like a lever, because holding onto the circle and twisting is impossible. Don’t be alarmed is your ceiling screams at you – the tighter the bolt became, the more it screeched as we twisted it into place.
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    No no no. Those flat bottoms won’t go in. Grab ones with sharp, pointed ends instead or find yourself endlessly trying to screw these flat ones into a pilot hole in your ceiling. What you want is one like on the left, with a sharp tip. However, that small eyebolt is for another hanging project. We still bought 4″ long ones, just as long as the two I crossed out above, for this chammock but with the sharp tips.

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  6. Pop an s-hook onto each bolt.
  7. Tie the straps. We chose a natural sisal rope to connect our hammock to the bolts. It was 1/2″ thick. I just cut a long length of it, probably four feet even though this was more than I needed, and tied a basic loop on one end. Then we hooked that onto the s-hook on the ceiling, and sort of eyeballed how long it would need to be once the hammock was attached (we left about 24″ open below the hammock). I think the rope straps ended up being about two feet each in length. Since I needed so much extra length just to tie a loop around itself, I was able to wrap the long ends around the weight-bearing part, hot-glue those two ends together, and create a finished look.

  8. On the bottom loop you create in the rope, put an s-hook on, and then put the hammock onto the other end.
  9. Test the weight. This is super important. You don’t want to fall. It’ll feel a little scary, but literally pull on the ropes as hard as you can. If nothing moves, you’re good. The eyebolts alone were rated for like 200+ pounds each, so it’s very sturdy.
  10. Get in, relax, and let those fucking cares melt away with a drink in your hand, my friends, because you’re sitting in a hammock inside your own effing house.

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