Hanging a Rope Hammock Indoors

What You'll Need
Tape Measure
Basic Wrench Set
Utility Knife

A rope hammock can be used indoors as well as out. A hammock can provide ideal sleeping conditions by virtue of improved airflow around the body. The following steps will help you install an indoor rope hammock with very little aggravation. The 3 most common ways to set up an indoor hammock include using a stand, attaching to studs or suspending from ceiling rafters.

Indoor Hammock Considerations

Before you begin, decide what type of hammock you want. Indoors, cotton or other light fabrics may work better indoors than rayon. Likewise, a nylon hammock may be better suited for outdoor use.

Also, choose a style that suits your needs. Indoor hammocks are available as a chair, a swing or the traditional reclining unit. Consider how you want to use your hammock, and then purchase one that matches those requirements as closely as possible.

Measuring the Space

Make sure that you have enough room for your desired hammock. Once you have a model in mind, determine the dimensions of it and compare them to the room where you want to install it. Remember to allow room around the hammock for it to swing or move when someone gets in or out of it.

Calculate for the entire hammock, including the stand. If you are installing a vertically hung hammock, check the ceiling height to be sure there is enough clearance to the floor.


  • Stand - Instructions for assembly will be different for each style and brand. Most stands are composed of 3 to 6 pieces of metal pipe or tubes and require installing screws or bolts as fasteners. Other models simply slide together and automatically lock into place. Hammock stands are not built to be complicated, and assembly can usually be completed in less than an hour.

  • Wall Studs - Use a stud finder to locate 2 wall studs that are a suitable distance apart. If the hammock is meant to be permanent, you can place a 2x4 across 2 or more studs and mount the hooks for the hammock to that plank. This will distribute the weight over a wider area.

  • Ceiling Suspension - Install 4 hooks in the ceiling rafters, 2 for each end of the hammock. Each pair of hooks should be spaced 1 foot apart for every 2 feet of distance from the hook to the hammock. For instance, if the hammock is suspended 6 feet down from the ceiling, the hooks at each end should be at least 3 feet apart. Connect guide ropes to the ceiling hooks and connect to each of the hammocks.

Hammock Assembly

For the most part, hammock assembly means installing the spreader bars at either end of the fabric. This spreader distributes the weight of the user by anchoring the tie lines at measured intervals. Without a spreader, the hammock has a tendency to fold in upon itself, cocooning the user and resulting in an uncomfortable hammock with a high potential for rolling over and dumping its occupant onto the floor.

Most spreaders slip down over the different support strands, often using factory-made latches or clips to connect the spreader to the hammock. Once the spreaders are attached, clip each end of the hammock to the stand or other hangers.