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    Hammock Lengths - Shorten or leave as is for kids?

    Having two kids under 10, and dreaming of thawing snow and green trees in the mountains - I am looking at making hammocks for my kids. Seeing that most designs are starting off with approx 3.5yds, I question how this will feel to someone smaller? If made one, what was the rough/finished length. Was it worth the trouble?

    This is with the assumption that mostly these will be a gathered-end hammock - no need for a footbox at this point

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    I say make it full length. The kids will grow into it (faster than we think) and you will have a couple full size hammocks to use as loaners for friends.

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    On my nephew's 8th birthday I made him a hammock (he was always procuring mine). It was made with 3.5yds of fabric. Fits nice now and he can still grow into it.
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    My son is ten and his hammock is 3yds. He could certainly enjoy a shorter one but he doesn't want a smaller one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sclittlefield View Post
    On my nephew's 8th birthday I made him a hammock (he was always procuring mine). It was made with 3.5yds of fabric. Fits nice now and he can still grow into it.
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    Whether its the "yard" hammock, or test firing the diy stuff, my kids always wanna have in on the action. Think of a full size for them as a jumbo for you. They seem to be real comfy where I have just enough room too.
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    x2 on the keep it. My daughter inherited my first DIY (9') and it's great. She's grown 6" since I gave it to her. I'm glad I didn't shorten it.
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    One more vote for the full size here as well. Gage has always slept in a full sized hammock - never heard a complaint.
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    My 6 yr old slept in one of my 12'ers over Christmas break. He seemed happy and it fit comfortably in his room
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