Hanging A Hammock Indoors

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  1. Kristine says:

    My room is 10×10 and a rental, so drilling into studs is not allowed, I managed a 8ft frame. I would like more stretch to my hammock and will build a better when when I have the money, but after some practice I have a good Idea how to build a sturdy frame

    • Derek says:

      Rentals! Yes, I’ve been there. With some rentals you can do it, just consider it like nailing a picture frame to the wall (unless that is also outlawed). Patching the small hole is easy.

      However, in strict cases, you’ve got to do something else. What I did for a buddy of mine was to use a hammock stand indoors. Like you mentioned, building a custom frame is sometimes necessary. If it were me, I would try a 4×4 stud against the wall with a horizontal cross beam that goes along the ceiling and drill into this frame.

      • Angela says:

        Hi Derek, I was wondering about your 4 x 4 idea for hanging indoors…how does that stay in place?

        • Derek says:

          I need to append that comment. It should be a 2×4 stud. Anyway, you are basically slapping a 2×4 stud to the wall and attaching the hammock to it. You can pre-drill or even counter sink an eye bolt or other attach point.

    • Hammocks4Health says:

      Shoot. Go ahead and hang it. That is what hole patch (simple drywall compound) is for… Would be small hole easy fix when you decide to move!

  2. thejaydub says:

    I was looking into this for a while, and I read that studs nowdays are often not dense enough to support indoor hammocking. Old houses with old studs – they have dense wood which will be suitable.

    How can I know if my studs are strong enough? Obviously I don’t want to get it set up, get in the hammock, and pull two walls down….

    • thejaydub says:

      My mistake! I wasn’t trying to disparage your post – I actually find it encouraging and would love to hang a hammock in the house. Particularly the garage.

      Quick question though – I guess the forces need to stay perpendicular to the wall? No off angles, right? That would pull the stud in the wrong way?

      • Derek says:

        Jay, no worries mate! I’m not offended in the least. I was actually trying to reply on my phone and kept making mistakes, so my apologies for a half-written response (I hope I’ve fixed it all now). You have valid concerns. Like building something for the first time, you’ve got to test it out to make sure it works. Over time you begin to trust the work because you have more experience and knowledge. Hanging hammocks is the same. Some people are really nervous trying a hammock out the first time, trusting the ropes will hold them, or hoping the hammock won’t rip.

        No matter where you hang your hammock, you want the suspension to come off the anchor point at an angle. This reduces the force on the anchor point significantly. Check out my hang calculator to test this.

        The eye bolts or other bolted hardware should go straight into the wood stud, perpendicular to the wood. No angles. The hammock, however, does hang at an angle.

    • Derek says:

      If you are really concerned, contact a contractor.

      I did a quick search and found one article describing wood densities and warning of sub-standard wood. Curiously, the article came from a lumber yard who recommended using their premium cut wood.

      I’ve heard from others who have been very concerned about damaging their 2×4 studs. I’ve drilled dozens of holes and installed several eye bolts in different homes and never had a problem. Maybe I live on the wild side, but I think we may be over analyzing this.

      If your home has sub-par 2x4s, you probably have a bigger problem than just installing a hammock. Just make sure you drill the hole in the center of the stud. A stud finder is a great way to do this. I also prefer to put the anchors near door and window frames where there is additional supports and beams.

  3. Ricardo Henriquez says:

    Hi, I am a contractor. Most wood used for framing here in the US have to conform to codes and if it holds your structure it should be perfectly fine for hanging your hammock. The trick is to pre-drill your hole not to big as when you put in your eye bolt it barely grabs. A good rule of thumb is to use a drill bit 1/3 to half the size of the bolt you are using. Centering it on the stud is also paramount. Patching holes is very easy. If you can tie knots you can patch a wall. Use youtube for that. Happy hanging :)

    • Derek says:

      Thanks for this! Great info.

    • J says:

      Uh, as someone with a lot of experience in construction and building maintenance, the possible issue here is metal studs. They are used in most modern (post 1980) commercial building projects like apartment buildings. These are made from thin sheets of metal and would definitely NOT come anywhere near holding the weight of a hammock. I recently installed a pull-up bar in a wall with metal studs and it required major surgery: I had to remove a section of drywall and incorporate some plywood backing into a few studs so they could take the force–not something your typical apartment dweller can, or will want to, do. If you’ve got wood studs in your dwelling the eye hooks will work fine. But with metal studs you really should either not try it or you should get the help of an expert who can modify the structure to take the force.

  4. zhanger2 says:

    My eno came without the black ties? how do i get those?

  5. Jeremy says:

    So if hanging on an angle due to a small room wouldn’t eye bolt be at an angle to the rope? Would this deflection cause issues?

    • Derek says:

      I suppose it can, depending on how acute the angle, and tight the hang, and how heavy the load. Most of my indoor bolts are not exactly even, but the angles are not small enough to be an issue. However, in my master bedroom, the only way I could set up a hammock meant a very tight angle, however, I haven’t had a problem with the bolts bending or timbers cracking, or other issues. I’m not saying “be reckless” — please be careful and thoughtful about how you want to hang, but from my own experience, it has been working very well.

  6. I have a finished attic with angled walls, (close to 45 degrees) Is there any reason I couldn’t bolt these to the trusses instead of the studs?

  7. Josh says:

    What size eye bolts are you using in this video?

  8. puzso23 says:

    With the soccer World Cup around the corner, a hammock could be an awesome substitute for a couch!

  9. Cyntada says:

    I’ve been looking for answers to an indoor hammock problem… need one in a commercial office. The wall buildout has studs but it doesn’t go all the way to the structural ceiling. The drop ceiling it does connect to is just a grid with cork tiles and offers no load-bearing support of any kind. I fear that the eye bolt would hold nice and tight to the stud as the entire wall folds in like wet cardboard… considering Mr. Henriquez’s comments, is it worth trying? I’d really like to get this hammock up, but not at peril of the building!

    • Derek says:

      I’d hate to give bad advice with not seeing the space. I would recommend contacting the building manager and getting some support or advice on what to do there. If the walls aren’t load bearing, I think you have your answer.

      • C Knighton says:

        I’m already looking into building a stand, just seems smarter for the reason you mentioned. Thanks for the confirmation though!

  10. Steve Knipe says:

    Hi there, sorry if this has already been asked before. Is it possible to fit a hammock into the corner of a room? Regards, Steve

    • Derek says:

      You mean diagonally? Or paralleling the wall? You won’t have room to lay if you bolt into a corner and parallel the wall, but that should be obvious. Diagonally is also fine provided the angle isn’t too acute.

      • CK says:

        Hi, very helpful post! I’m looking to hang a hammock diagonally in the corner of my apartment room too. How would you know if the angle is too acute for it to work? Thanks

        • Derek says:

          I have a hammock in my room that is very acute. It works. What I did though was place the anchor bolts on reinforced studs at the window and door frames. Consult an engineer or contractor for specific questions.

  11. Cynthia says:

    Hello, I currently have a double eno hammock screwed into our walls with large eyelets, and I was wondering if it would be ok for 2 people to sleep in? Together we weigh about 320-340 lbs. Thank you :)

    • Derek says:

      Possibly. Much depends on the studs and the weight capacity of the eye bolt. Personally, I don’t find it comfortable to sleep two in a hammock since you will slide together. As long as you love synchronized sleeping, you should be fine.

      • Cynthia says:

        The eye bolts are super heavy duty… the largest ones they had at Lowe’s. The stud capacity is something to look into though. Thank you for all your help :)

  12. Ryan says:

    Hi! I’ve been sleeping in my hammock for the past 2 weeks and I hear like a cracking sound every time I move. I weigh 230 is cracking sounds normal with indoor hammocks?

  13. Funkysod says:

    I hang my hammock strap over a door, resting on the hinge on one side. Then close the door pull the strap tight across the top part of the door. Do the same on a door opposit or diagonal from the first door. Works a charm. Been doing it on a lot of different doors, with my a few of my kids hanging with me in the hammock no problem. Never seen anyone else do it or write about it and I would like to share my experience. Happy indoor hanging.

    • Derek says:

      I do this at hotels when I travel. Works well!

      • Cara says:

        Could you describe this a little differently? I’m having a hard time getting the picture. I’m in a dorm, so this is the only option for hanging.

        • Derek says:

          Measure. Drill. Insert eye bolts. Hang.

          In a dorm room, you may not be able to drill holes in the walls, so the question may be moot. If you can drill holes, make sure you use the right hardware to work with cinder blocks or wood. Using a stand may be a better option indoors in some locations.

          If it were me going to college and living in a dorm room, I would build a pipe stand.

      • Dbass says:

        I’m not sure I can picture the way you attach a hammock to 2 doors that oppose one another… I’m staying in a hotel this weekend and would love any pointers/diagrams/pictures/etc

    • Hammocks4Health says:

      Remember the lullaby Rockabye Baby? as long as no one opens the door you should sleep like a baby…

  14. Allen Austin says:

    If you’re going to use the eye bolts, use shouldered eye screws. Eye screws/bolts are meant to hold a force perpendicular to the mounting surface, or parallel with the shank of the bolt. Shouldered eye screws/bolts will better support an off-angle load such as the hang angle of 30* you recommend.

  15. Brian says:

    Is there a chance of pulling the room out of square (I want to hang in my 2×4 framed workshop/shed)? Also is it best to use the load bearing or non load bearing walls in a room?

    • Derek says:

      I suppose it does depend on the structure you are hanging from. I’m less concerned about a fully framed and finished house than a shed. You will have less issues if you hang perpendicular to a wall than on an angle. Yes, I would recommend going with a load-bearing wall or a reinforced beam (like on doorways or windows) than a single wall stud. That said, I would send all technical questions to a mechanical engineer, which I am not :)

  16. Ted says:

    Curious question. Would you be able to hang two hammocks from the same eye bolt? Wife is not even willing to try the hammock at this point but was curious if you can put two hammocks up on the same eye bolt in the stud?

    • Derek says:

      I’ve done that with kids. I would be hesitant with adults. Just thinking of the load strain. If it were a more robust connection then maybe.

  17. Johnny says:

    I tried this……and broke my tailbone when the eye bolt pulled out of the wall stud. It took many months to rehab this so just be careful. I probably drilled out a little too much or drilled into a weak part of the stud, but regardless, I’d be pretty nervous about recommending this hanging approach as is.

    • Derek says:

      Good observation. Any time you drill a pilot hole, it should be smaller than the screw, otherwise there isn’t enough material to hold it in place. I’ve done dozens of these installs and have never had a problem, but there always exists a risk. If you are worried about structural integrity or install, please consult a contractor or builder.

  18. Jim P says:

    Hi Derek, I’m trying to make a hanging space out of a pretty small room (8.5′ diagonal). It’s not ideal, but I feel I should be able to make a hammock work in that space, since some frame hammocks are only 8.5′ (but come with the frame). Do you have any suggestions about where to look for a hanging one, and how the experience will be impacted? There are so many models and vendors but all seem built for bigger spaces.

    • Derek says:

      You’re going to want to find a smallish hammock, no longer than 9.5 feet. While not 100% complete, you can do a quick search through my hammock database. I know the Hennessy models are right at 9.5, along with the Grand Trunk Ultralight.

  19. hayden says:

    Is it safe to swing in the hammock after i hang it? I want to do this in my room but I’m nervous about the stud not holding. Thanks

    • Derek says:

      Gentle swinging is always encouraged in a hammock. Getting more aggressive can exert more force on the wall studs and anchor points than you probably want. Of course, if you loop your webbing straps or suspension over and around exposed studs or have more robust anchor points, you could probably do more. Just be careful :)

      You might want to look into Minorswing Hammocks :)

  20. Thomas says:

    Hey Derek,

    I’ve been looking at a 14ft Brazillian Hammock. (14ft being the hanging length according to the website.)

    I’m really interested in using it to replace my bed, however the wall space is just over 10ft.

    Using you’re calculator, I punched in the information and it recommended a height to hang it. I was wondering if this is actually possible or if the calculator is just adjusting to the information i’ve given it.

    What I mean to say is is it feasible to hang something like that in that way and have it still be comfortable.


    • Derek says:

      That is a good question. The calculator will help, but it is adjusting. Big mayan hammocks typically hang at 45-degrees so they will fit in spaces differently. The hang point is also higher than a camping hammock. When I plugged in the numbers it appears to just fit. What I would do to test is to use a 14 foot rope and hold it in position and let it sag like a hammock.

  21. I have quite a bit of construction and rigging experience and I’m pretty good at physics. I’d be very wary of relying on a single eye screw into a 2×4 stud with a hammock. Personally, I’d cut 52″ lengths of 2×6 or I-channel steel (backed with furring strips, put washered eye bolts (not eye screws) into them, and lag screw them into four studs each, assuming my walls were framed 16″ o.c. as most houses are, to spread the load. There’s a very big difference between dynamic loads and static loads. Just calculating the static hang load isn’t enough. If you can contrive it, you might want to consider some engineered wood studs in the wall to hang your hammock from.

    • Hammocks4Health says:

      Gemma, I am having trouble seeing this. Could u email me pls? I have a small cabin and want to reinforce hanging points before I install the walls. Thanks in advance. Wompol at hotmail.

  22. BTW, what you are calling an eye bolt is not an eye bolt, it’s an eye screw, and I wouldn’t recommend the ones that have open eyes like you used in the video. Find ones that are welded closed. An eye bolt goes into a hole and attaches with a nut, or threads into a threaded hole or insert. An eye screw screws directly into the substrate.

  23. Ryan says:

    Has anyone tried using a threaded insert into a 2×4 so you can remove the eye bolt when you are not hanging the hammock? It appears like the threaded insert will have sufficient pull strength.

  24. Jason says:

    I’ve been thinking about this post in application to my apartment. I’ve seen the references to putting a board between two studs and hanging from it to give more strength. I’m thinking about putting an eyebolt in two adjacent studs, then run some webbing straps between them. I’d then attach the hammock to the strap. Seems like this would accomplish the same thing as using the board.

    Aside from the unknown inside the wall, so lets assume the wall construction is good, anything I’m missing here that would need to be addressed or done differently?

  25. kyle says:

    is it possible to hang a standard hammock from a single anchor point on the ceiling without a space bar? I have a hammock and the ability to hang hammock chairs only from my balcony, I truly do not wish to purchase a new hammock.

    • Derek says:

      This is a very interesting question. I suppose if you had a steel bar that was as least 10 feet long, you could attach a hammock to the two ends of the pipe. Then, from the center of the pipe, attach the single point to hang from the ceiling. You would need to have some stabilizer or floor anchor, otherwise the hammock would simply tip over to one side or another, much like a balanced scale.

  26. Kaily says:

    Hi, I am wondering if I can hang the hammock on two walls so it is just in one corner, therefore the hooks would be pulled at at an angle. Is this bad to do?

    • Derek says:

      Not necessarily. This is exactly what I do in my master bedroom — hang on an angle in a corner. Sometimes that is the only way to make it work. Just be sure you are on secure studs (I always pick reinforced studs like on window or door frames) and make sure to drill in the center of the stud. It does put extra strain on the hardware device and mine have twisted until they equalized.

  27. Antje says:

    Hi, what a great site! We are renting a place whose owner had a hammock. The hooks are still in the wall. It’s a diagonal setup, and he said that we need a “shorter” hammock to make it work. I don’t quite know what “shorter” means and where to look. Any thoughts?

  28. Zac says:

    Ok so I am not sure if I have drywall or plaster walls but I know if I have either they both have studs in the wall could I do it for either type of wall?

    • Derek says:

      Yes. The important thing is to find the studs, preferably reinforced studs like those around door or window frames, for extra support.

      • Roger Alexander says:

        Hello Derek, I am wanting to hang hammocks in my addition. I am getting ready to run the wire so I would like to get the appropriate studs in in which to put the I-bolts into. I can either re-enforce the wood studs with more horizontal and vertical studs or perhaps add in between the top and bottom plate. What do you recommend for new construction?

        • Derek says:

          Celing studs or wall studs? Honestly, I shouldn’t give construction advice as I am not an engineer. If it were me and I wanted extra security, I’d reinforce a wall stud. I’d probably drill a hole for a celing stud or joist.

        • Ricardo Henriquez says:

          General contractor here. If your walls are already exposed and you know where you want to hang your hammock you can sister(double) the studs to reinforce. You can add Simpson corner ties at the top and bottom plates to make it even beefier. As an additional reinforcement the horizontal studs, usually called fire blocks, should be added in between the stud bays (usually code). Hope this helps. Happy hanging..

          • Roger Alexander says:

            Derek and Ricardo thank you, The wiring starts Monday so I need to make the modifications to the new construction studs this weekend before the wiring is done. I had thought about adding extra 2×4’s and sistering them together. I even thought it might be a good idea to add pressure treated 4×4’s. The floor is concrete and there are 24″ floor trusses at the top. I have considered using E-track with a ring like the one shown here:


            I am doing this mainly for the kids to have places to hang hammocks. Over the top of one another even to get more hammocks hung in the corners. I don’t know if the E-tracks are a good idea or not. They appear to be to me since they would provide a lot of flexibility.

            Again, thank you both for your help.

  29. Bev says:

    Hi, I just purchased a chair hammock, the kind with a bar and attaches to the ceiling at only one point. I am going to hang it from the ceiling beams that lay above the drywall but am not sure what to use as when I went to the hardware store the hooks either said don’t use to hang human weight or said would hold only 75 or 50 pounds, or didn’t say anything at all. Also, should I use a spring?
    Thank you for any assistance.

    • Derek says:

      I wouldn’t use a spring. You’ll want to reinforce the hang point or find a way to brace it between multiple joists.

  30. Cdog says:

    How would I be able to hang an eno between two doors and make it secure

    • Derek says:

      When I hang between two doors, it’s usually at a hotel room. It’s a temporary, short-term solution. I place my strap through the door jam, around the door hinge. Close the doors, and hang.

  31. James says:

    Hi Derek,

    Love your post! I am planning on putting a hammock in my college dorm room. I believe that one of the walls in my room is concrete, and the other one is standard sheetrock on studs. How would you advise I attach the hammock to the concrete wall?

    Thanks for your help!


  32. James says:

    Hey Derek,

    I’ve re-read your post and re-watched the video, and could not find anything mentioning concrete screws. I would like to avoid having to order a hanging kit, as I live in Germany and would prefer to avoid the headache of ordering one, so I would like to know what I should buy at the local hardware store. I have never drilled into concrete, so I have no idea what I should expect and what I should watch out for (pieces of the wall crumbling, etc). Would it be easier (and maybe even better) for me to fix a piece of 2×4 on the wall using concrete screws, and then fixing an eye bolt/screw to the 2×4? This could be ideal, as I could make the 2×4 rather long and use it to hang jackets and coat as well (making it all pretty and stuff of course 😛 ).

    As for permission to drill, there’s nothing a little wall putty and paint can’t fix 😀

    • Derek says:

      You’re right. I put it in a new post (I’ll cross link them momentarily).

    • Derek says:

      I should also mention that I am not a contractor, nor am I qualified to give you any advice about drilling into concrete. I would talk with a professional to get advice as to how to go about it. Concrete blocks are different than a concrete slab (hollow vs. solid), which will also make a difference I’m sure.

  33. Jake says:

    Hey Derek,
    Awesome stuff you have on here! I recently hung a hammock in my room and used the same screw in bolts and but I never drilled a pilot hole. Do you see this as being an issue? So far no problems….

  34. Esther says:

    Hey this is cool I was wondering if you could help me figure out how to hang a yoga hammock indoors. I am having a hard time finding info for safely hanging inside.

    • Derek says:

      I’m not as familiar with yoga hammocks, outside of what I’ve seen. They mostly appear to be single-point hammocks, hanging from the ceiling, correct? Or at least the to ends are very close together. Here’s some advice I found from This Old House that I really like.

      Tom Silva is more accustomed to working on the porches of older homes, where the condition of joists is often hidden by a finished wood ceiling. Rather than remove a section of the ceiling and have to replace the whole thing later, he prefers to cut a 3-by-3-foot hole in the porch roof and patch it when he’s done. From the roof, he predrills holes through the joists, then inserts 6-inch machine-threaded eyebolts through the ceiling and joists, securing them with nuts. (A threaded connector and nut can be used to lengthen a 6-inch eyebolt, if needed.) If the joists aren’t located exactly in line with where you want to put your swing, Tom advises hanging a timber between two joists, then putting the eyebolt through the timber and securing the nut. Where a swing is to be installed parallel to a single joist and older, full-dimension lumber isn’t in place, the joist should be sistered.

  35. anselmocat says:

    Hey Derek, i use my hennessy in the house – I just put the webbing over doors and the c,ose them – they grip, don’t damage the webbing and can be removed (helps if its over doors you won’t be using ;-))

  36. optimumrv says:

    Have you heard of someone doing this inside of an RV? This would be FANTASTIC in a toy hauler because many of them drop the back end as a deck (man cave). I’d be really curious how to do it without damaging the RV yet making sure it’s stable enough. Thanks in advance for any input you have on this.

    • Derek says:

      I’ve seen folks hang hammocks inside vans and buses so it’s no stretch to think you can hang in an RV.

  37. Jacob Weldon says:

    So my dad is worried about me pulling the studs out of the wall or damaging them if I mount my new hammock in my room. We have the eye hooks, drill, etc. But he is convinced it will not work and won’t risk trying it. We have eastern white pine studs in our house and I think they will be strong enough to hold me. I’m only 155 pounds anyway! Do you think two eye bolts in the studs will be sturdy enough and not pull my house down? Lol. By the way great video! I want to hang it exactly like you did on the video. Thanks!

    • Derek says:

      I don’t want to incur your dad’s wrath :) I think you’ll be fine, especially if you drill in the center of the stud, and even better, drill in reinforced areas like a door frame or window frame.

  38. Melissa says:

    We live in an great older house (1860s) that has exposed ceiling beams. I’m sure they are strong enough to hang a hammock, but should I try to put a bolt all the way through the beam with a nut on the other end, or just go ahead and put eye screws into the beam? Does it matter?

    • Derek says:

      If you can drill through the beam, you can do exactly as you describe with washers and nuts. It’s a very secure method. The eye screws will work fine too, but I think if I had to choose, I’d go with the bolt and washers.

  39. Joshua says:

    Hey, I was wondering if i could screw into a corner stud for my eye bolts? Thanks.

  40. Joshua says:

    Turned out not to be as thin as I thought. But the corner stud ended up being metal, which royally screwed with the stud finder for some reason. Laying in my hammock as we speak :). Thanks for all the help!

  41. Dinah Watkins says:

    I bought a double nest Eno for Father’s Day and can’t seem to get it to hang correctly. When I try to lay in it, the thing encompasses me like a cocoon ! Any suggestions?

    • Derek says:

      The ENO can be a little tricky because they are so wide but not very long. This makes the sides pull tighter, which creates that cocoon effect. Have you tried hanging the hammock with a good sag? Use my hang app clinometer to get your suspension angle around 30 degrees. Here’s a few more tips:

  42. Addison says:

    Hi Derek, sorry if this was already asked. I’m moving into a tiny room – 9’8″ x 7’5″ – and I’m 6’3″ tall, so I need an XL. However everything I’ve read says most XL have a total length of 13-15′. If I’ve done my math right, even the diagonal length of the room is only 12′. Is an XL still possible in this space? Would I just be sacrificing how low it hangs? Thanks for your help!

  43. Andy says:

    I’ve got a rectangular room. One problem is two end walls are too far apart for a reasonable hang and it’s too narrow to hang from side to side. Other problem is that one end and one side wall is cinder block, the other two are drywall with metal studs. Thinking about affixing 2x4s with eyehooks to the two cinder block walls. This will have the hammock pulling slightly sideways as well as downward. Suggestions?

  44. Mara says:

    This post saved me, thank you sir. tried at first hanging from the ceiling, decided to probably not risk that when I saw that there was metal. Tryin’ for the walls now hahah

  45. John P says:

    Hi Derek,
    I recently found your website and decided to attempt installing a Mayan Hammock that was given to me while I was living in Southern Mexico. I have several questions though… I read in one of your posts that Mayan hammocks typically hang at 45 degrees, but whenever I use this value in your calculator I end up getting hang points that extend toward the highest points on my wall (I only have one balcony door frame, so my options for anchor points situated on reinforced studs are limited). Also when I lived in Mexico, I remember the eye bolts were seldom higher the 5 ft which I can arrive at on the calculator if I lessen the angle. So I was hoping for some clarity on that. My second question is: How important are the suspension lengths? My hammock came with a loop of rope, knotted to the threaded handles on each end of the hammock, measuring 9.5 inches out (not including the handles), where I used to just attach an S hook to that and the eye bolt. For convenience I’d like to just use this for suspension, but only if it doesn’t matter too much in the long run. My last two questions are: Do larger eye bolts equate to more carrying capacity? And, in one of your posts you said you were using a 3/8 in. eye bolt, and in the video you said you were using a 5/16 bit- There’s also a post by a contractor (Ricardo Henriquez) who mentions that it’s best to use a bit that’s 1/3 to 1/2 the size of your eye bolt. But you’re using a bit that is 5/6 the size of your eye bolt- I’ve never done this before, so I was hoping you could shed some light on how important this is. Thank you for your time!

    • Derek says:

      Hey John, sorry for any delay. A Mayan-style hammock has nettles and a loop at the end, but all of that is considered part of the overall hammock length–from end to end. Make sure you use the full length for the measurement of your hammock. It may change the calculation. The good news is that if your hammock is long enough, you won’t need any extra suspension to span the distance between your anchor points. I have a Brazilian hammock that I can just hook like you describe, directly to the eye bolts.

      As for the eye bolts, they will say on the package what they are rated to, which is also a safe working load limit, not the breaking strength. I also use climbing anchors in my house, so whatever you feel most comfortable using, make it work for you :) Thicker hardware is typically stronger.

      In terms of the pilot hole, you want it to be slightly smaller than the bolt size, otherwise the bolt won’t have anything to bite into and will easily slip out. I’ve been using my eye bolts for years now, with all kinds of horse play (thanks kids!) and demos with adults, and they’ve been holding up fine.

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