Ever tried to get into your hammock and been flipped out?  Then you’re suffering from spinning hammock syndrome.  Thankfully, it’s easily cured.  (Believe me, we’ve learnt the hard way!)

The most important consideration is the type of hammock that you have.  If it has spreader bars (wooden batons at either end which ‘spread’ the hammock fabric) then the good news is that it’s always open, which looks lovely and makes drying faster after a shower of rain.  But the bad news is that a hammock with spreader bars can flip or spin if you don’t get into it properly.

The key is to hang the hammock at the right height so that when you sit in it you can still have both feet firmly on the ground.  Then, to avoid spinning hammock syndrome, follow these two essential steps to get into your hammock:

Step One: Avoid the edge

Sit in the centre of the hammock not at the edge.  If you sit at the edge there will be nothing to support you and you will end up sprawled on the lawn.

Step Two: Take it slowly

Stabilise the hammock before slowly swinging your legs into the middle of the hammock.  Attempt this too quickly and you will find yourself flipped like a burger at McDonalds.

To get out of the hammock follow the same steps but in reverse.  Sit in the centre of the fabric and then slowly swing your legs round so that both feet are firmly on the ground.  Then stand up without leaning on the hammock edge for ‘support’.

See Timo the cat’s wonderful demo of how to get into a spreader bar hammock….

If your hammock is Brazilian style (without spreader bars) then you don’t need to worry about flipping or spinning.  Many centuries ago the South Americans realised that this style of hammock was far more stable and comfortable. The two key considerations for getting into and out of Brazilian-style hammocks are firstly having the hammock at the correct height so you can sit in it with both feet on the ground and secondly opening up the fabric with your hands before you sit down, so that you can see where the centre is. Then it’s simply a case of sitting down in the middle and pulling in your legs.  The sides of the hammock hang higher than the centre, acting as stabilisers, making it far less likely that you will fall out. It also means that for double or family hammocks you can have two people in the hammock at the same time without any problem.