Lately I have found myself switching side in my hammock(s). I like integrated bugnets because it keeps me the TQ etc. in the hammock. All my other hammocks are asym. but they are not comfortable if I switch sides. What to do? The only design I know is a hexagon shape net. For the record it’s not my invention.
Apparently this bugnet shape is not the most common so there is not a lot of hints to find.
I was not sure how to do it but I started it by sewing the zipper all the way around the hammock. Then I made a mark just below my feet and above my head (saftypins). I did the same on both sides.
The hammock was hung so the ridge line was taut. I tied two strings around the hammock by the saftypins and down to a long board. By doing this the mid section will form a straight horizontal line. Then I started to pin the net to the zipper.
The net was sewn to the zipper, trimmed and got a second seam.
The exciting part was to test it because I had no clue what to expect.
I assumed I would get some floppy sections and I did. Because of the shape there will always be two “corners” (diagonal) I can’t use and the net cant stretch so they form a small floppy section. On the positive side it was not as bad as I feared. The negative is I don’t get the full potential of the hammock (66” wide). The net gets a bit of tension diagonal (the way I lay diagonal). Had it been an standard 60-58” wide hammock I doubt it would have worked but I will give it a chance as it is.
I am not sure where and how but this design could definitely benefit from sections of stretch fabric.
If you have any ideas to improve this please let me know as long as its integrated.