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How to Choose the Height and Hanging Distance for your Hammock?
2011-10-12 17:24:42
Hammocks with Spreader Bars: If you are hanging a hammock designed with spreader bars, the recommended height off the ground is 4-5'. The minimum distance that is required for hanging a hammock with spreader bars is equal to the overall length of the hammock. If your hammock is 13' from hanging point to hanging point, then a minimum spacing of 13' is needed. If you need to hang your hammock farther apart than this, you can use either rope or chain to extend your hanging points. We recommend extending the hanging points in equal lengths on both ends of the hammock, and extending the hanging points no farther than an additional 18" on each end for a total of an additional 3'. If you choose to add more than 3' of length, the tipping factor increases significantly.
 
Hammocks without Spreader Bars: If your hammock does not have spreader bars, 6-8' off of the ground is the best height for hanging. Hammocks without spreader bars are typically more flexible in how they can be hung, and therefore can be adjusted to whatever space you have to work with. Camping hammocks usually come without spreader bars, making them easy to put up in a variety of settings. The minimum hanging distance for hammocks without spreader bars will be less than the overall length of the hammock because hammocks without spreader bars are designed to hang with a slump in them. Generally, the minimum hanging distance for hammocks without spreader bars is two thirds of the overall length of the hammock. If your hammock is 180" between hanging points, the minimum hanging distance is going to be 120". To calculate maximum hanging distance add 2' to the minimum hanging distance.

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