How to measure aerial silk length

When you visit places like an airport, shopping mall, or music venue how often do you look up and think ... hmm this would be a great place to hang a silk!?

Ya, me too ... all the time! I call it ceiling envy :)

If you were able to rig a silk from that lofty 30-foot ceiling at the mall, how much silk would you need to order? This tip is about exactly that, aerial math!


Your math equation goes like this -> double the height, add 6-8 feet for the tail and divide that number by 3 to get the number of yards to order.


In Feet

For example if your ceiling height is 30 feet.

30 x 2 = 60

+ 6 feet for the tail = 66

/ 3

= 22 yards


In Meters

If your ceiling height is 9 meters

9 x 2 = 18

+ 2 meters for the tail = 20


Since 1 meter is about 3 inches longer than 1 yard

you will need approximately 19- 20 yards of fabric.


What about if you're hanging a hammock and not a silk? It depends on if it's for aerial yoga or aerial performance.


Most aerial yoga hammocks require 6 or 7 yards of fabric. For aerial performance/sling the equations above can be used but instead of measuring from the floor, measure from the lowest point that your hammock will hang and the 'tail' will be at the top instead of the bottom to tie it off.


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