Indoor Hammock Wall Mount

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Introduction: Indoor Hammock Wall Mount

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I love hammocks so I wanted to try and sleep in one indoors. I live in an apartment but opening the big window makes it almost like sleeping outside.

TOOLS

  • Router with chamfer bit
  • Drill
  • Jig Saw

SUPPLIES

  • Wood - preferably some hard/durable type. I used oak: 4x 50mm*120mm*18mm
  • 2 Metal pins (I cut two screws)
  • 8 Screws + raw plugs (depending on your wall - I have brick walls)
  • Finish - I used kitchen table oil
  • Rope
  • Hammock

NOTES

  • Wood: Only make the inner hole as wide as needed for the rope to fit. I wasn't sure what rope I wanted to use so mine is wider than needed. Obviously narrower = more strength.
  • Metal pins: Use proper pins if you have them. If you cut some from screws like I did then make sure to use fairly big screws (mine have 4mm diameter) that are long enough so you only use the unthreaded part.
  • Studs: I have brick walls so spreading out the screws as much as possible was ideal. If you have studs then I'd recommend using 2 screws instead of 4 and aim for the centre of the stud. The screws should be as long as possible and you might want to test somewhere else if you need to drill a small pilot hole or not.
  • Concrete: I'd probably use 2 long expansion screws/bolts instead of 4 screws.

Step 1: Cut + Glue

  1. Drill, cut and mill (sorry - I didn't take any pictures of the actual process but it's a simple build:)
    1. I recommend drilling, sawing and milling the inner holes first as it's easier to handle the router when you have a bigger surface.
      1. Notice that the grove for the metal pins is cut in the back plate.
    2. Cut the metal pins in the right length
      1. I didn't have any metal pins lying around so I cut two screws instead using only the unthreaded part.
    3. Glue together the plates (remember the pins)

    Step 2: Apply Finish and Mount It on the Walls

    I used this website to calculate the height:

    http://theultimatehang.com/hammock-hang-calculator...

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    I know this is a bit stale, but Wow that blew my mind, then I realized that's the force you'd need to maintain to hold a shallow angle. Naturally my hammock sinks down to a deeper angle. I want to do something like this for my son.

    I used this: http://theultimatehang.com/hammock-hang-calculator/

    I hung a hammock in one of my extra rooms too... But i was so worried about taking down a wall or having things rip out that i spanned a 2x4 across 3 studs and screwed them in with 2 lag bolts per stud. Then to hang it I used a pretty thick U bolt that went through the 2x4 right in the center. To make the hammock removable i used a threaded carabiner. Works great but doesnt looks ANYWHERE near as nice as yours! welll done!

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    cheers, brick walls here :)

    Wall Studs are not designed to carry a load horizontally. They do not use premium 2x4s in houses unless the home owner asks for it.

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    Thanks for your attractive hammock wall mount... it's just brilliant! I know how difficult it is to find suitable wall mounting hardware, as I have recently mounted an indoor hammock myself. In the end I used a gate hinge fitting with coach bolts going entirely through the block wall. I then attached a chunky D shackle to connect a carabiner to, making it easy to pack away (into a wall cupboard at one end). Anyway, great job and thanks for sharing!

    Hammock.jpg
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    Thanks, thought about adding a carabiner but I have made it so the robe has a big knot in the end and loops around it so I can easily hang it on just one side if I need the space.

    "Your brackett's are nice & all. I just dont think anchoring a hammock to just one stud would do the trick, unless you weigh in at 80 pound's or less. IM in at 240 , & wouldn't try it without branching out to at least 2 stud's. Maybe 3. Please let me know what weight you may have tested it out at." thank's [VLAD]]

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    I have brick walls, if you have studs then it depends on how they were constructed.

    Just one question. How did you cut rectangular holesd as shown in the diagrams and end up with elliptical holes in the finished picture?

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    ? http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/bt_chamf.html

    gr8 hanging points they look really good. Nice instructable, when i´ll finnish knotting my hammock i´ll make these. Thnx for the how-to

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    great, please post image when done - always fun to see how other people adapt/improve your designs :)

    Hi Larson, sorry for the long time it took me to answer. I almost finished my hammock, purchased a cloth hammock at a bagain so i will most certainly make your wallmounts. As soon as i've finnished them i'll post the picture(s) here.

    make these and use them to hang yer hammock while knotting it.

    Please excuse my waryness ;-)
    Did you lie / sleep in this already?
    How often so far?
    Do you see any deformation / wear?
    And if I may be personal ;-) how much do you weigh?
    I see the pessimists comment, and I am one too BUT 'the proof of the pudding is in the eating' If you have tested this, and it holds, it is probably OK.
    6mm (1/4") expansion bolts happly hold 200 kg (400lb) in concrete...
    If it was a commercial product you would have to prove it could hold something like 8 times the ordinary load. so we are used to seeing things at larger dimensions...

    Having said that I would probably not put somthing I would not want to fall on underneath :-D

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    Every night for the last 6-7 days. No wear. 70kg. Non-commercial. Plenty of sturdy.

    Neat!

    And you have plenty of reasonable non negative comments now, including the weight /force tables which show that the load is fine.
    :-)