How to Hang a Hammock Indoors Without Drilling
Swinging in a hammock can be relaxing, a really great way to take a nap. Hammocks are most often hung outdoors, particularly between trees, but this doesn’t always need to be the case.
If you enjoy the feel of lying in a hammock, there is no reason why you can’t set one up indoors. That said, of course, you won’t have trees to work with, so you’ll need to turn to other hanging methods.
Another issue which you may be faced with is that of drilling. Many indoor hammock installation methods require a power drill; however, this also doesn’t have to be the case. It is possible to hang a hammock indoors without drilling. Let’s take a look.
Hang a hammock indoors without drilling
Complete Indoor Hammock Kits
The easiest way to hang your hammock up indoors without drilling is to simply buy a hammock that comes with a stand. Hammocks that come with stands cost quite a bit more due to the inclusion of a sturdy stand, but they also involve literally no work, at least not in terms of hanging.
You simply take the included stand, assemble it as directed, and then hang the hammock from it. This is by far the easiest way to hang a hammock indoors without the need for a drill or other power tools.
These stands will take up quite a bit of space, but that said, most stands suit most hammocks; they’re easy to set up, and they can also be moved around. Remember that these stands don’t get bolted into the ground which therefore allows for a good deal of portability.
Using Roof Beams
Another great way to hang a hammock indoors is by using the existing beams in your ceiling or roof. This is not going to require you to drill, as you will use hammock straps to hang the hammock.
In order to use the roof beams or ceiling rafters for this purpose, you need to ensure that they are in good condition and able to hold up a lot of weight. This should not be a problem, because if the beams are strong enough to support a hammock with a couple of people laying in it.
A small issue you may experience has to do with the distance between those beams or rafters. You need to have beams that are appropriately spaced so the hammock doesn’t hang too loose or too tight.
However, the big benefit is that besides a hammock and the hammock strap kit, you really don’t need anything else; you won’t need any special tools to hang a hammock this way, it’s very easy to do; you use the existing structure of the house; and this hanging method can hold up a good deal of weight.
To hang your hammock this way, simply pick the right beams or rafters, and the right location on each, and then install the straps just like you would on a tree, but instead of installing them on a vertical tree, you’re hanging them from a horizontal beam.
Take the tree or hanging strap, wrap it around the beam or rafter, and then feed one end through the hole in the other end. Once you have done this, you can then use S-hooks or carabiners to attach the hammock. Repeat this step for both sides. So, what you should have now are two straps attached to the beams, with either an S-hook or a carabiner on the end of each strap. Now you can hang the hammock.
Using Vertical Beams or Posts
The other option you have at your disposal is to use existing vertical beams or posts in your home. Of course, this means that you need to have vertical beams or posts. If you don’t have them, then this method won’t work for you.
However, if you do have beams or posts in your home, and they are adequately spaced for hammock hanging, then there is no reason why you cannot try this method.
Just like with the above method, the ceiling rafters, you can use a simple hammock hanging kit such as a tree strap kit to hang it; your beams or posts in your home are really not that much different from trees.
One thing that does need to be said is that trees are rough and textured. That rough bark is able to hold straps really well, but the beams in your home are probably smooth, so a hammock strap may slip if not secured properly. Therefore, you need to tighten those straps as much as possible to ensure that the hammock does not come crashing down with you in it.
You may also choose to cut small grooves or notches into the vertical post, right at the height where you will install the tree hanging kit. This will allow the straps to sit inside of the grooves, and prevent them from slipping down.
As with the ceiling rafter method above, tie the straps around the vertical beams, insert the S-hooks or carabiners into the loop, and then attach the hammock. Just make sure that everything is very tight.
Why You Can’t Drill
There are a few different reasons why you either cannot or do not want to drill into your walls or ceiling for hammock hanging. What might these reasons be?
- You live in a rental where you are not permitted to make alterations
- There is asbestos in the walls which makes drilling unsafe
- You do not have the ability to drill (you might not have the tools or the skills)
- The studs in your walls do not have the proper spacing
- You don’t want to buy a drill just to hang a hammock
Whatever the reason for not being able to drill into your walls or ceiling to hang a hammock, there are other methods to hang your hammock indoors, all without a drill. Just make sure that whatever you hang your hammock from can support the weight.