How Do You Tie a Hammock on your Balcony?
The standard balcony size of an American household is 6 to 7 feet and say for example you just purchased a 9 ft. size hammock for your balcony that you really love and will be a hassle to return.
Instead of taking the risk and time to return the hammock, you can actually just adjust the rope of the hanging hammock and tie it up on the wall of the balcony.
This tip, however, will only work on a wall that’s made of wood which is easy to put nails on as a base. But to concrete houses, it can be hard to make adjustments especially when there are no hooks attached.
You can always tie the hammock’s rope to the balcony’s railings, but be sure that the rail is sturdy enough to hold the maximum weight capacity of the hammock. If the amount of sag is still so low that your butt touches the ground, adjust the rope into knots until the hammock is lifted from the ground.
Another way is to fasten metal chains directly into the railings if the rope is too long. There is also a great possibility to use a hammock as a bed-replacement.
A hammock stand can also be used, but unless your balcony is wide enough to fit the standard 9 ft. stand, the chains-railing option is still the top choice.
How Do You Hang a Hammock to a Balcony Rail?
If your only option is tying your hammock onto the balcony rail, here are some tips and suggestions for doing it securely and successfully:
- Measure the length of your hammock and the distance between two points of parallel railings. If the two points are farther than the length of your hammock, proceed to step 2, otherwise, make a knot or more to shorten the hammock rope as mentioned above.
- Drill two holes larger than the circumference of your hammock rope.
- If you are using eye bolts for the hammock, fasten its end firmly into the holes using a screwdriver until it is exceedingly tight.
- Now strap the hammock into each eye bolt as firmly as you can. If you are using an S-hook, simply attach it to the bolts.
- Test the hammock and see if it’s strong enough to hold your weight.
How Do You Take Care of a Hammock on a Balcony?
Maintaining a hammock on a balcony is actually just the same as taking care of a hammock anyplace else.
Even though it is said to withstand mildew and rotting, it is still not advisable to leave it outside for too long because some fabrics are not resistant to fading. Leaving a hammock and its stand in the rain or during the winter is a big NO.
Hammocks on a balcony are prone to sunlight and rain and as much as possible carry it inside to avoid fading or rotting. Metal railings are also vulnerable to rust and attaching the hammock rope onto it can weaken the rope.
If you find out that your rope has become reddish due to rust, clean the railings and check the rope if it’s still durable enough to be used.
Make sure that by connecting your hammock into the railings, it can easily be removed for cleaning or replacement.
Concluding this “Best Hammocks for a Balcony” Review 2018
Should you have a hammock on your balcony? I’d say yes! But then I’m pretty bias. Should you have a hammock with stand on your balcony? Well, that depends A LOT! I’d say go for a hammock stand for the balcony since it makes it easier to both remove it and place it.
This balcony hammock review aimed at giving you options to both go with or without the hammock stand for your hammock on the balcony!