Some Tips for Perking Up that Sagging Hammock
After a full year (or longer) of daily use and enjoyment, your hammock might start to look and feel a little saggy and low. When this happens, you may find yourself sitting or hanging quite close to the ground.
If you notice that your hammock is not hanging like it used to, then perhaps some of these tips and tricks might get you back to your regular hanging height and stay off the ground.
What is Hammock Drooping Exactly?
You know that feeling when you jump into your hammock and something just doesn’t feel quite right? Instead of hanging at the perfect curve, your body feels contorted and you’re hanging way too close to the ground than you should be?
This is the result of a sagging hammock.
Why is it Bad?
The main purpose of your hammock is to give you comfort and provide total relaxation, but when your hammock becomes stretched out and droops too low, it is no longer a comfortable experience and that can lead to back problems.
Applying continuous weight to your hammock in this condition will also cause it to continue stretching and drooping even further, and potentially result in permanent damage to your hammock.
What Causes a Drooping Hammock?
So, what causes a hammock to droop and drop? There are a variety of factors that contribute to hammock sagging. Here are a few….
Hammock ropes and threads can naturally stretch out over time, especially if significant weight is placed on the hammock bed area over long periods of time.
In fact, depending on the rope, thread and fabric and also the amount of weight that the hammock has to support, your hammock can stretch up to 2 feet throughout its lifetime.
As a result, over a long period of time, you may find yourself hanging closer to the ground than you might like.
IMPROPER HANGING OR ANGLE
If you have a close look at your hammock and determine that it has not been overly stretched out, you may need to recheck how your hammock has been hung.
Hanging a hammock at the incorrect angle or having the hanging distance between the two points, to short can result in it hanging too loosely and too close to the ground.
YOUR HAMMOCK IS TOO LONG
Some hammocks can come with extra-long rope and strings. If you are using your hammock with a hammock stand, this can make it difficult to get a good hang on most conventional stands. You may need to make adjustment to account for the unusually long strings.
How to Fix It.
Whatever the reason for your drooping hammock, getting rid of it should not be the first thought. There are solutions that prevent you from replacing your beloved hammock prematurely. So here are some easy fixes for getting it to hang just right.
TIPS FOR FIXING A STRETCHED OUT HAMMOCK ON A HAMMOCK STAND
Hammock ropes tend to stretch out naturally over time, which can make a hammock a bit too long for a hammock stand. If this happens, the first thing to do is adjust the chains at the end of the hammock or adjust the hooks heights of the hammock stand.
If you have shortened the chains as much as you can and adjusted the hook heights and your hammock is still not hanging quite right, there are other tricks you can try.
Please keep in mind that the following tips only apply for hammocks without spreader bars.
You can tie a knot in the strings between the loop and the bed of the hammock.
Start off by tying just one knot and test the hammock for length. If it requires further shortening, tie off another knot. Each knot will shorten the strings by about five inches. Keep tying until you have achieved the desired length.
You can also try tying the knot around a stick that’s about two inches in diameter as this can also help to reduce the hammock length by more than five inches and make it easier to everntually untie the knot.
WRAPPING THE ROPES
Pull your hammock’s ropes tight until you have the perfect length for your hammock, then wrap the excess rope around the sides of your hammock stand and then attach the loop to your hammock stand’s hook. Do this for both ends of the hammock.
This will allow you to shorten your hammock without having to tie knots in your hammock’s ropes.
TIPS FOR CORRECTLY HANGING A HAMMOCK
While the key to a properly hung hammock is to have some sag, hanging your hammock too loosely or at too-high of an angle, will leave you too low and uncomfortable.
The key to the perfect hang, regardless of how long your hammock ropes are, is to ensure that the points that you secure your hammock to, are an appropriate distance apart.
Your suspension should ideally be on a 30-degree angle, to provide you with just enough slack to ensure that your weight isn’t placing too much pressure on the hammock, suspension, and anchor points. It should also hang around 18 inches from the ground.
You know you’ve got it just right when your hammock feels somewhat taut when suspended but gently curves like a banana.
TIPS FOR FIXING A SAGGING,HANGING HAMMOCK
Similar to the tips provided for hammocks on hammock stands, you can apply a couple of tactics to remedy a hanging hammock, even those that are already secured between two points.
Remove the hammock from the hooks used to secure the hammock to its anchor points. Use the “KNOT” technique explained above to shorten the length of your hammock until you find the ideal length and reattach.
- Pro Tip: Tying the knot around a stick a couple inches in diameter isn’t pretty but it will reduce the length by more than five inches, make it easier to untie the knot and reduce the number of knots needed.
- Pro Tip: Wrap the strings over the hammock stand’s “U” and around the bar BEFORE attaching the loop to the hook. It gets complicated the other way around.
Got a stand with chains? Simply adjust the chain length shorter to overcome the stretched/stretched out hammock problem and achieve the perfect fit.