When considering whether or not to buy a hammock, having questions is expected. Although hammocks are not expensive, and they are one of the best investments you can make, you should know as much about hammocks as possible before buying to ensure you purchase the type of hammock that best matches your needs.
How far apart do trees need to be for me to hang a hammock?
If you plan to hang your hammock outdoors so you can relax during the hot summer days, or enjoy a nice, cool autumn evening snuggled with a significant other, you need to have two sturdy trees that measure a minimum of 12 feet apart. However, the optimum distance, especially, when hanging a deluxe hammock, is 15 feet.
How deep do I need to plant poles in the ground for support?
If you have decided to use a hammock stand, or even your own homemade metal or wooden poles, they will obviously need to be planted firmly in the ground. For the best support without worrying if your hammock will hold up, bury the poles a minimum of 1.5 feet. However, going down to 2 feet or even more, is recommended as well as pouring cement in the bottom of the hole so it can dry around the pole, thus ensuring the highest level of support.
How high off the ground should I hang my hammock?
You should hang your hammock off the ground at least 4 to 5 feet. If the person using the hammock is of a smaller statute, you can lower that a bit but not by much as you want the best support for your hammock.
How can I clean my hammock?
Cleaning hammocks is really quite easy. Filling a large bucket or bathtub with warm water and a mild detergent, you will swish the hammock until clean and then rinse until all the soap is gone. Keep in mind that if your hammock has wooden spreader bars, you want to tie them up out of the way to avoid getting them wet. If your hammock is quilted, use the same water and soap scenario but also use a scrub brush gently on the hammock. You can then take the quilted hammock outdoors, hose it off with the garden hose, and air dry.
How can I make my hammock stand look better?
If you have had your hammock stand for some time, depending on the type and quality, it could chip or rust. To make your stand look new again, use automotive touch-up paint. If the scratches are minor, you can also find small bottles specially for small scratches.