We all love relaxing in a hammock. A warm sunny day under the trees and your drink your hand, nothing can be more magical.
But what do you do when you are done with your hammock? You cannot just leave it outside. You may want to shift it or pack it up for the winter days. Or you went out camping and find yourself for the first time using a hammock. Now you cannot pack it.
Although it might look intimidating at first, folding a hammock is one of the easiest jobs in the world. You only have to know how to deal with it. We are going to talk you through how to fold a hammock in this article.
How to Fold and Store a Hammock
As there are different types of hammocks out there, we have come up with a few popular ones and how you fold and store them. It is an easy process and takes only a few minutes.
Folding a Portable Hammock with a Bag
This hammock is easy to use, easy to hang, and most importantly, easy to fold. As it is lightweight and takes up very little space, you can carry it with you anywhere. Also, it comes with a little packing bag.
So the first thing you are going to do is take it off its anchor. This means you have to unstrap it from the trees, hooks, or whatever it was hung on.
Now you lay it flat on the ground. Take both ends of the hammock to the middle point one by one. Go halfway with it. Don’t rush and fold it in half.
Do another fold of both half-fold sides. It should be almost the size of the length of the bag.
It is time to roll. Roll the hammock from the other end of the bag. Remember to roll it tightly. Also, put the cords, ropes, straps in the hammock at this stage. So all the equipment is in one place.
After rolling it tightly towards the bag, you have it small enough to fit it in. And there you have your portable hammock rolled up and ready for another adventure.
Folding a Mexican Hammock
The Mexican hammock is made out of ropes or rope-like materials. This gives it strength and longevity. And most importantly, easy to fold and store.
This folding trick is also the same, but different in the end.
So start by taking off the hammock, and laying it on the ground. Gather the hammock in one place to the center and form a straight structure.
Now bring in both ends to the middle. Again fold it to the middle. Now you should be able to fold it one more time.
After folding it the last time, you are ready to store it in a bag of your choice. You can additionally use some rope to tie it.
Folding a Large Traditional Hammock
A large hammock may seem a bit too much. You might also think it’s a two-man job. But it is actually the easiest of them all.
As it is large in size, you can go with the folding like other hammocks. But if you want to do it the traditional way, you have to follow these steps. A hint, it is like gathering your hose pipe or power socket.
So, to start with, unhook the hammock from one side of the anchor. Hold the hook on your non-dominant hand. And start gathering the hammock as you walk toward the other end.
You have to have the motion of putting your hammock over your elbow to under it. It will start forming into a bundle.
After you reach the other end of the hammock, unhook it from the anchor. And fold it once over your elbow as you did before. And twist the second anchor around the hammock and place the hook on the fold.
The anchor you were holding, can be used as a hanging material for the hammock now. Make sure that the folds are over 1 ft. long. Otherwise, it will look bulky and take up a lot of space.
And here you have it. The traditional way to fold a hammock.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you roll up a hammock?
To roll up a hammock, you have to lay it flat on the ground. Then you bring in both ends to the middle once. And do it a second time. After it is about done, you roll it up tightly.
How do you store a Mayan hammock?
A Mayan hammock is a thin, large hammock that is made out of fabric strings rather than a sheet of cloth. That is why you have to store it in a cool, dry place. Direct sunlight or a damp place may cause the hammock to fall apart. You can also tie it up for better spacing while traveling.
How do you store a Mexican hammock?
A Mexican hammock is no different than a Mayan hammock. It is also made out of ropes or strings that will decay if not stored properly. The main enemy is direct sunlight and damp places. So store them in a dry and cool environment.
How do you put away the Wise Owl hammock?
Wise Owl hammocks are mostly made out of nylon and other durable materials. This is why you can fold and roll it into its bag and keep it in a dry place. Although nylon has high wear and tear rate, it is better not to expose it to direct sunlight unless you need it to. You can just put it away in its bag for safekeeping. Make sure it is dry before you put it inside the bag.
Folding a hammock is one of the easiest jobs in the world. Only if you know how to. It is far easier than putting it up. But you have to make sure it is tightly folded and rolled. Otherwise, it will take a lot of space to store. And remember to dry it out before storing it in a bag. A wet hammock can be affected by molds. No matter what the material it is built with.
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