I have seen a wide range of suggested fabric lengths for a hammock. Everything from 3 yards to 4 plus yards. Assuming a wipped end rather than the spear tie, does anybody have a suggestion as to which length to choose and why?
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the longer the hammock, the easier it is to lie on the diagonal so you're flat in the hammock. I would get a nice long piece, whip it and leave the extra fabric dangling, test, lengthen, re-whip... and once you know what length is comfy for you, whip and cut off the excess. I think it depends on how tall you are where your comfort level is.
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I've been reading up on this and have found that the longer is better... but I'm 5'5", so... I don't need a 10 ft hammock. I've read that height + 10"-16" for whipping + 24" (one foot extra on each end)= should be plenty. Lori's suggestion is good too, since you will be able to customize it for your body a little easier. Personally, there's no way I'm going to start with 4 yards of fabric. I just don't need that long of a hammock.
I always forget and make it more complicated than it needs to be...it's just walking.
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I'm 5'5" and I like find that 10 feet is great. I think I got 3.5 yards and whipped the ends. But then again I like a really flat lay to a hammock. My hennessy is shorter than 10 feet (measured around the bottom, not the ridgeline length) and is less comfortable. If you are comfortable with more of a curved shape while you sleep then feel free to go shorter.
Also I prefer using wide material (60") rather than narrow (48"). That also contributes to your ability to lay flat. But other people feel differently.
I'm 6' and like my 10' hammock. I had a 9' and it just didn't seem quite big enough. I could definitely sleep in a shorter one, but I just don't get as comfortable.
I have to echo the suggestions you've already received to get the longer fabric length and work your way down to the "proper" length. You can use the left-over fabric to make some stuff-sacks or hanging pockets or something similar.
I did the knotted end at first. The hemmed ends allowed me to make a neater 'gather' and also to make the edges/sides of the hammock a tad shorter than the middle. This makes it easier to keep my head from slipping over the side. Hem the ends, and once the rope is passed through, sew a 3" seam on each side to force the rope toward the hem stitch on the edges of the hammock. Make sense?
That sounds right. You want the sides a couple inches shorter than the middle, running length wise. Sew/hem your hammock, hang it an get in. You'll notice the sides will allow your head to slip out when you lay diagonally. Shortening the sides a bit stops this and the hem is the easiest place to do it.