There are some really perfect days where you want to drag your bed to your balcony and just lay there. The sun warms your skin, but a light breeze keeps you from breaking a sweat. Birds are enjoying the weather, children are out playing, and all feels right for some time.
It is not very practical to drag a bed or mattress every time you want to spend time outdoors, which is why a hammock is the best option. It might seem complicated to hang a hammock on an outer terrace, but fret not, this guide will take you through every step.
How to Hang a Hammock on a Balcony
You have two options: drilling or not drilling. Drilling is done on the railings, while beams or stands allow you to hang a hammock without operating any machinery. Do keep in mind that you buy a hammock that fits inside the area of your balcony. You do not want to swing down a few floors.
First, let us look at our drilling option:
Hanging a Hammock on a Railing
It is time to get out that drill you have impatiently been holding on to. But before you poke holes into your railing, you need to test whether it will support the weight of a person and hammock combined.
This guide is for a typical balcony, which has one side of a wall and three sides of a railing. You can hang the hammock from railing to railing, or wall to a railing, depending on which area is more extensive. You will also require some additional materials before you begin this project:
– A marker to make the spots for drilling
– Measuring tape for calculating distances
– A hammer for hammering
– A plier for tightening
– An impact (hammer) drill to pierce an iron railing
– A concrete drill if you need to drill into a wall
– Anchor bolts with hooks for the maximum clasp
– Hanging ropes if any length adjustment is necessary
Before you get to the drilling, you will need that marker and tape measure to locate the points where the distance is suitable. This distance should be greater than the span of the hammock. You can even hang the hammock from one corner to another, in a diagonal fashion, if that is the best fit.
Using a 10-millimeter drill, you may begin creating holes in your marked spots. It would be best if you stopped drilling every 10 seconds to avoid a heat-up. The airflow will help keep it cool. To remove any extra concrete chips from your hole, you can use the drill in reverse.
Insert the anchor bolts and hammer it down, so it goes as far as possible. Grab the protruding hook from the bolt with pliers and keep turning it clockwise till it is fully embedded.
Make a tight knot with your rope to hang on your hook, and the other end of the knot will be used to attach the hammock. While this method may seem like a hassle, it will fully secure the hammock to your railing.
Onto our non-drilling option:
Hanging a Hammock on a Stand
Let me warn you unless you have an ample amount of space on your terrace; this stand will not fit. You need a minimum 5-foot area lengthwise, and this can go up to 15 feet, depending on the size of the stand. You will also need a minimum of 4 feet of width area to swing in your hammock correctly.
When you go out to buy a hammock, many times, a stand will be included as a package deal. If you already have a hammock, make sure you know its exact dimensions. You do not want your hammock to be too taught or too loose.
All you need to do to set this stand up is follow the given instructions, which will come in a manual when making your purchase. It will not be anything too complicated; just join the pieces together and make sure the bolts are tightened. We cannot have the hammock collapsing just because we did not screw it right. What is left is hanging the ends of your hammock to your stand once the frame is set
As I mentioned before, these stands do take up a lot of space. However, that is balanced out by its functionalities. When it is raining, you can quickly move the stand inside. It will also be swift to set up and will not require additional tools.
Can you Hang a Hammock from Terrace Beams?
For this option to work, there needs to be poles or columns on your balcony. Those posts also need to be sturdy enough to hold a minimum of 200kgs of weight. If this option is available to you, along with your hammock, you will need the aid of tree straps.
Now, typically, older trees are deeply rooted and can hold their positions. However, there might be some beams that are just present for aesthetic purposes, rather than them adding structural value. You need to ensure that the columns are sturdy.
Another aspect with tree straps is the grip. Tree bark is rough and full of grooves, which allows the strap to have a hold. With smooth poles, there are chances of slippage occurring when weight is applied. To counter this, you will need to make some lacerations in your columns for there to be a stay.
On setting up the hammock, all you will need to do is circle the strap around the beam, and then secure it through the tightest loop. Using a few hooks, and chains if required for adjustment, attach the hammock to the strap.
This method is also a great alternative to drilling. It requires less space as compared to a stand and is equally easy to set up.
Whichever method you may choose, at the end of the day, you will have a hammock on your balcony that you can use to relax. Just make sure that your hammock is at the perfect height, so there is no fear of falling off the terrace, nor will your back be against the ground.