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Hammock Ins and Outs

Getting In and Out

How to get in a hammock: Turn your back to the hammock and assume the sitting position. Reach behind you and grab the the far edge. Lift it over your head. Grab the edge near you with your other hand and lift yourself up and in. Move around and use the space to support your back and weight distribution. To get out, swing your legs over the side, then, holding the edges, stand up, pushing yourself out and up.

Lying in a Hammock

How to lay in a hammock: Finding the right angle is the most comfortable way.This allows you to lie flat with better distribution of weight, lessening tension, and supporting your back for complete comfort. Some of the wider hammocks ( Mayan) are best when lying across the center, especially for sleeping.

Hanging a Hammock

How to hang a hammock: Hanging a hammock directly on a hook can cause friction wear. To prevent this, use a strong rope to loop through hammock loop then back to chain or hook.The rope, weave, pillow, and Panama hammocks can be used in a stand or hung freely with hooks or tied to a tree. The Mayan hammocks work best when hung freely, rather than in a stand, due to their length. Suspend hammock to hang symmetrically with  the same height on both sides, using two equal pieces of rope if needed.The hammock should sag slightly in the middle, so as to be comfortable, but not scraping the ground when using.

  On the Porch: Hang hammock from wall studs or ceiling beams. Find center stud and screw hooks in with a power drill.

  Outside the House: You can use available trees. If you have no trees, you can use a strong fence post or you can place your own fenceposts to use both posts or one post and one tree. Post must be 8 foot long. Dig holes 2-3 feet deep and secure posts with concrete.

From trees, use hooks, if trees can take them without damage, or tie a rope around the tree trunk.

  Sail Boats: Hammocks can be hung on a boat, such as from the mast to the forestay.

Handling a Hammock

Always, always, always hold the two end loops with one hand.This avoids tangles.

Washing a Hammock

How to wash a hammock:Tie ends with pieces of cord, then let soak in cold or tepid water with shampoo and a handful of salt or hand wash in mild detergent.Smaller hammocks can be placed inside a pillow case and washed in cold water on the gentle cycle with mild detergent. Dry quickly by hanging, then placing a stick or broom across the net to extend hammock for maximum ventilation. Never fold or put away a wet or damp hammock.


Hammocks last longer when not left out exposed to the elements. Cotton hammocks are more durable than synthetics, which break down with the UV rays, however, it is best to store your hammock inside when not in use.


Hang both ends on a hook or a nail in a dry place. Always keep end loops away from the hammock to avoid tangles. You can also twist the arms together to further avoid tangling. Always hang a dry hammock in a dry place. If it is damp, it can rot.


Hammocks can snag on buttons and buckles.If you pull a thread, work it back into the weave, then shake hammock to even out. If a string breaks, is cut, or burned, on an open weave hammock, it will not run, however, tie the broken ends together to prevent a hole.


Never stand up in a hammock!

Never get into a hammock feet first!

Never straddle a hammock!

Teach children how to use properly!

****Misuse of any hammock can cause a serious injury. Hammocks are not intended to swing high in the air or be used like playground equipment. Supervise children at all times while they are using a hammock. Small children could become entangled in a hammock, so never leave unattended. Relaxing Hammocks does not assume responsibility for any injuries incurred during the use of its products.

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