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Hammock Guide

The following information should serve as a general guide to hanging and maintaining your pelican hammock. Should you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to our hammock experts.

Hanging Instructions

Hammocks are a very versatile piece of indoor or outdoor furniture and can be hung nearly anywhere by attaching to a strong wall, tree, post, fence, sailboat mast, etc. When hanging your hammock you require a space of approximately 12 feet or greater. At the lowest point, the hammock should hang down to a level between your knees and your hips. For longer or shorter spans simply adjust the length of rope used and hanging heights. For longer distances, this can be simply achieved by using a rope to extend the arms of the hammock and also tying higher to create the proper hanging height between your waist and knees. Hanging a hammock in a shorter space can also be achieved by knotting the end of your hammock to shorten its total length. Or shorter distances can also be achieved by having the ropes tied higher up (this will create more of a banana shape to the hammock though). Both ends don’t need to be fixed from the same height, as long as the end of each hammock is even. For a wood or concrete wall, you can drill or screw in a heavy duty hook (hammock hooks) to use as an attachment point.

Washing Instructions

To wash one of our Pelican hammocks you just need to grab each end loop and stretch the hammock to its full length. Using thick string or cord bind the end cords and body at about six-inch intervals to keep them from tangling. Put into a pillow case and put it into the washing machine. Wash with mild detergent and cold water. You can also wash it by hand by simply soaking it in a large pot for a few hours with mild detergent and rinsing it thoroughly in cold water. Hang it to dry. A cotton hammock will shrink right after washing, but it returns to normal size when in use again.

Caring for your hammock

The life of a pelican hammock is influenced by a variety of factors which make it quite difficult to determine an exact length of life. The main factors that will affect the life of a hammock are environmental factors such as exposure to the sun (UV rays) salt water, rain and the wind. Consideration to these should be taken into account when choosing your hammock location. It should be sheltered from the elements where possible when not in use, such as not being left outdoors for long periods of time, especially in sunlight and rain. We also suggest wearing appropriate clothing while you are resting in your hammock. Try to avoid buttons, velcro, jewelry, shoes, watches or any other object that might grab or cut cords. Nevertheless cut, broken or burned cords can be repaired by knotting the ends. However with proper use and care your hammock will provide you with years of enjoyment and relaxation. Using one of our hammock savers provides an easy way of increasing longevity and protecting your hammock when not in use. Other options such as hanging with ‘S’ Hooks make it quick and easy to put up and take down your hammock when not in use protecting it from unfavourable elements.