My oldest daughter (10 y.o.) is out of town for a couple of weeks and I decided that I'd like to surprise her with a hammock in her room when she returns. Surprisingly, my wife is all for the idea. She knows how much she liked the hammock I already made for her and thinks it would be a nice napping / reading spot for even if she doesn't use it for full-time sleeping. She's already begun to look for fabric for it since she thinks the green "camping hammock" won't be as pretty as she'd like.
Anyway, I've read through may of the threads about mounting hammocks indoors and had an idea I wanted to throw out for consideration. I'd like to know if this will work, if it's overkill, etc.
I have plenty of scrap lumber on hand. I'm thinking of mounting a 2x6 on the wall, lagged between studs. However, before I mount the board I planned to drill holes and mount a U bolt backed by a steel plate, countersunk in the board to allow a flush mount. If I understand what I've been reading, this should spread the pulling forces over a larger area, as well as create an attachment point that will be near-impossible to be pulled through the board.
This setup should allow her to simply clip her hammock to the exposed loop of the U bolt when she wants to use it, and unclip it from either point to get it out of the way if she needs more space.
As I've been typing this out I realized a small challenge. Since this type of mounting point isn't height-adjustable, I need to figure out the best height to mount the two boards if this will work. Her walls are about 10 1/2 feet apart. I know, short distance, but she's not that tall, either. Given that distance, and considering the hammock might be made from a standard twin bed sheet (mom is thinking of tie-dyed cotton instead of nylon), how high should I mount these on the wall?
Also, will a bedsheet be long enough to make the hammock? I'm considering Warbonnet-style whipping.
Any advice or criticism is appreciated. If this won't work or is problematic I'd rather know BEFORE it's been mounted.