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How to Hang a Hammock Chair Indoors or Outdoors?

How to Hang a Hammock Chair

Congratulations! You bought your new hammock chair, opened it up, and will be relaxing in no time!  If you’re like us, you threw the instructions away, and then realized: you have no idea how to hang a hammock chair!  Why didn’t they teach that in school?

Good news, if you took our advice and bought on of our recommended hammock chairs, you already have everything you need and this will be easy.

Setting up your new hammock chair indoors or outdoors is pretty easy compared to other types of hammocks because it requires less space and you can hang up it with a single anchor point.  It doesn’t matter if you want to enjoy a spot on the beach under a tree or want to keep yourself warm inside your room with a feeling of swinging on a pergola, installing a hammock chair is easy.

So no problem if you don’t know how to hang a hammock chair. Read on and you will get the right way to hang a hammock swing from ceiling, tree, beam, ceiling, porch, beam, or pergola.

But before we start the DIY guide, these are the tools and accessories you need if hanging your chair indoors:

  • Swing Straps (like these) if hanging hammock chair from a beam, joist, or tree.
  • S-hook Spring instead of U-hook (this one has the PERFECT flex) if you want to instal an anchor point.
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Drill – ¼” drill bit
  • Chain (like this)
  • Ladder
  • Link Lock/Carabiner (like this)

If you’re trying to hang a hammock chair indoors and don’t have the S-hook Spring, Chain, or Carabiner with proper weight rating and length, don’t move ahead.  Order them now, we’ll wait.

OK, got what you need?  Let’s move on!

How to Hang a Hammock Chair from the Ceiling or Beam

How to Hang a Hammock Chair Indoors
How to Hang a Hammock Chair Indoors

If you have a vaulted ceiling or a flat style roof in your bedroom, then below are the steps you need to follow to hang up a hammock chair.  This is also how to hang a hammock chair from a porch ceiling.

Indoor Installation:

#Step1 – Get the help of the stud finder to locate an exact joist and mark the area with a pencil.

#Step2 – Drill a vertical pilot hole several inches into the joist until you hit wood.

#Step3 – Tightly insert the eye bolt. Double check how firmly bolt attached with the structure because it is the main thing which is going to carry your weight.

#Step4 – Attach the s-hook spring with the eye bolt and hang a hammock chair to the other side of the s-hook.

#Step5 – Now, it’s time to check either your hanging chair is able to carry weight or still needs to make it more bearable.

To avoid unwanted situations, first sit slowly in the chair with your feet on the floor. Then gradually, shift your weight from feet to the chair. If it holds you, it means you have done the right installation of the hammock chair.

How to Hang a Hammock Chair From a Tree

How to Hang a Hammock Chair From a Tree Branch
How to Hang a Hammock Chair From a Tree Branch

Spending some quality time with yourself in the backyard would be the most relaxing moments. Hanging hammock chair can make it even comfier and stress relieving.

You just need to find a sturdy branch on the tree in your backyard and with below steps on how to hang a hanging chair from a tree you are ready.

#Step1 – First, locate the branch where you want to hang your chair. Make sure that the branch is strong enough to bear your weight.

#Step2 – Hold the hammock ring with the rope or chain you are going to encircling the branch. Make sure you keep at least 8 inches distance between the ring and the branch.

#Step3 – You can even use a link lock to connect hammock ring and the rope or chain. It makes the task of transferring hammock from outdoor to indoor.  See our recommendation above.

#Step4 – Adjust the height at least 2 feet off from the ground and you are all set to cradle in the hammock chair.

Grab a book and enjoy your new outdoor hammock!

How to Attach a Hammock Chair To a Pergola?

How to Hang a Hammock Chair from Pergola

A pergola can be your little heaven in the backyard and addition of hanging chair would make it even more exciting place to relax your mind and soul.

Here are a few steps on how to hang a hammock chair from pergola…

#Step1 – First decide how high to hang a hammock chair by measuring the chain attached with the swing. Ideally, 17 inches off the ground would be the best height. But, you can adjust as per your height and the level of comfort you want.

#Step2 – Adjust the length of chain by cutting it with a bolt cutter or you can also mark the link at appropriate length with masking tape. The marked link would be the point from where you need to connect a chain to the pergola.

#Step3 – Marked spots on each side of the beam using a measuring tape. These spots are the anchor points where you will hang chain both sides. Make sure you choose the right width for your hanging swing.

#Step4 – Drill both spots with a drill bit and insert 4 to 6 inches long eye bolts both sides. Make sure that you staple the bolts firm enough that they can bear the weight of yours and chair.

#Step5 – Now, connect the snap hook with the chain and hang the swing on the eye bolt. Do it both sides.

Woohoo! You’re done.

Don’t swing fast, as it may loosen the bolts and can make you fall or damage the pergola and surroundings.

Important Considerations:

So now, you know how to put up hammock chairs indoors and outdoors but do you know what things you should keep in mind while hanging a hammock chair indoors or from a tree or pergola?

Here are few considerations to keep in mind such as….

Height – Wrong choice of height can make you bump on the floor. Thus, keep at least 2 feet height from the ground of your swing.

Space – Make sure that there is enough space for you and your swing to move freely. Lack of space can make you drag with the ground.

Quality Accessories – Determine the quality of accessories like eye bolts, snap hook, rope, hammock ring, etc. It helps you to swing with ease.

Good Tools – Compromising with tools can increase the time of installation or wrong choice of tools can even damage your property.

That’s all, follow this definitive guide on how to hang a hammock chair and enjoy hammocking indoor or outdoor without worrying about anything.

Your Questions Answered

How far should a hammock chair be off the ground?

With weight (that means you!), the hammock chair should be about 2 feet off the ground.  When you are hanging a hammock chair, you must be mindful of anything that will cause the chair to loose height when weight is added.  That can include a tree branch or rope.

How much weight can a hammock chair hold?

Most hammock chairs can hold over 400 pounds, but that won’t do you any good if what you hang it from can’t support the weight.  The chair can only support the rated weight of the weakest point in the system, including carabiners, ceiling mounts, branches, beams, ropes, and connectors.

Can I Hang a Hammock Chair From The Ceiling?

Sure! But it’s a little more messy and takes a little longer.  You need to locate a stud or structural beam.  Do not connect a hammock chair to a drywall anchor.  Use an appropriate ceiling mount with screws directly in a stud.

How Do You Hang a Hammock Chair?

Hanging a hammock chair is easy with the right tools and accessories.  Locate the stud, attach a ceiling mount, connect a swivel with spring, connect your chain or rope, and connect your chair with a carabiner.  Easy!

What do you use to hang a hammock chair?

To hang a hammock chair, use a swivel-hook with spring, chain, and carabiner.  If indoors, you’ll also need a stud finder, ceiling mount, and screws.

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