12 Easy DIY Hammocks You Can Build In a Weekend
Learning how to build a hammock will help you get something to relax on at just a fraction of the cost.
Building a hammock should not be difficult, especially when you have some ideas on how to do it. Well, the good news is that there are a lot of new ideas out there for DIY hammocks.
It's never too late to start building one. To make things easier for you, we present 12 simple ideas you might want to adapt for your homemade hammock.
- 1. Lazy Day DIY Hammock
- 2. Rip Stop Nylon Hammock
- 3. Simple Summer DIY Hammock from Beach Towel
- 4. DIY Two-Tone Sail Rope Hammock with Alternating Square Knots
- 5. 6 x 9-Foot DIY Hammock from Canvas Drop Cloth
- 6. DIY Hammock Chair
- 7. Simple DIY Hammock in 5 Minutes
- 8. Fail-Safe Dual-Layer DIY Hammock
- 9. 250-Pound DIY Hammock with Trims
- 10. Weatherproof Summer Hammock with Decorative Beads
- 11. The Bed Sheet DIY Hammock
- 12. Wide Heavy-Duty DIY Hammock
1. Lazy Day DIY Hammock
This hammock gives a comfort level that keeps you relaxed. That's why it's given such a name. The designer builds it using a piece of cloth. The cloth is 44 inches wide and 2.5 yards long.
According to Claire, this is a good size that fits most people. I like the fact that this hammock can be given a customized look. This can be achieved by adding lace and trim details.
To give the user more comfort, Claire uses a cloth with a net design. This makes it breathable to let you enjoy the cool breeze.
The cloth is folded in half and hems added to the edges to give more support. Holes are made through the hems where the support ropes thread through.
Claire uses chains to attach the ends of the cloth to shackles. This makes it easy to hang in a good spot of your choice. In this design, she advises that you use a chain with a weight limit that matches your size.
2. Rip Stop Nylon Hammock
Mr.Balleng builds this tough hammock using two pieces of nylon cloth sewn together. The double layer gives a play safe hammock that's hard to fail.
This is a large, multi-colored hammock built using red and blue nylon cloths. It is 4 yards long and 60 inches wide. He adds rip resistant lines along the length of the cloth. This will help to eliminate failure points.
The seam is folded and held together using stitches. Doing this will help reinforce it further. A channel is made between the two layers. It is on this channel that cord threads through.
The cord helps to pull the edges together to create a billowed shape. Painters tape can help you in this project in case you don't have good sewing skills.
3. Simple Summer DIY Hammock from Beach Towel
Did you know you can use a beach towel to make a hammock? Well, this is what Kate uses and the outcome is amazing.
She folds the towel 1-inch on the long edges and stitches it together. The width of the towel is folded to create a 2-inch hem.
Leather strips fold into loops are sewn on the hem. Kate uses nine strips on each side. Ropes thread through the loops to suspend the hammock. This hammock is 80 inches long and 40 inches wide.
4. DIY Two-Tone Sail Rope Hammock with Alternating Square Knots
A lot of weaving is needed to make this hammock. Meg uses double weaving to eliminate failure points. The ends of the ropes are looped over a bar to keep the hammock spread out.
This hammock is six feet long. To build it, you will need around 100 feet of sail rope. The pattern created here is of alternating squares. You can use contrasting rope colors to give your hammock a more beautiful look.
This hammock will take a good amount of time to finish. But the cool pattern created makes it worth all the effort.
5. 6 x 9-Foot DIY Hammock from Canvas Drop Cloth
Martha builds this hammock using a lightweight canvas material. She gives a weight range of 8 to 10 ounce for the cloth.
The edges of the cloth are folded over 2 inches and sewn together. This creates a heavy hem that is fitted with grommets. Ropes fit through the grommets to give a good anchor point.
The rope is woven in a repeat pattern to give more secure anchor points. Well, expect to use around 70 feet of rope to build this hammock.
According to Martha, it is good to hang this hammock at a height of 12 to 18 inches. Martha keeps her tutorial short. It only has five simple building instructions.
6. DIY Hammock Chair
Rachel builds this chair hammock using just 2 yards of cloth. This hammock gives a place where kids can sit and relax. The cloth is folded in half and laid flat.
Rachel folds the top edge over 1/2-inch twice. It is ironed and stitched to give a strong hem. The process is repeated at the bottom.
She adds pocket holes where the ropes will thread through. A strong braided rope is used to suspend the hammock. You can choose to add a small pillow on the sitting area for improved user comfort.
This project takes 9 steps to complete. According to the designer, this chair hammock has a weight capacity of 200 pounds.
7. Simple DIY Hammock in 5 Minutes
Some hammock designs out there take hours to build. Well, this design gives you a time-saving option. You won’t believe that the designer builds it in just 5 minutes.
What you need here are common household supplies, which include a twin sheet with 10 feet of rope. The sheet is folded in half to give a strong double layer hammock.
The rope is cut into two equal pieces tied to the end of the sheet in form of bend knots. Well, that’s all. The only remaining thing is to find a nice spot to suspend your hammock. It’s just a 4-step process for those that want that temporary hammock.
8. Fail-Safe Dual-Layer DIY Hammock
Looking for a safe DIY hammock? Well, this is a safe hammock that still holds up well, even in the event of a failure. The designer uses a strong cloth made of nylon.
The length of the cloth used is 7 yards. This is folded in half so that one layer supports you in case the other fails. A pad is fitted in between the space to provide a cozy build. You can choose to use a large cushion to cover the whole area.
Apart from giving good comfort, the pad adds inexpensive bottom insulation. The ends of the hammock are tied twice using a cord to give a strong knot.
The designer gives detailed instructions, illustration diagrams, and cut measurements for this hammock. The designer gives a video tutorial to provide an easy guide.
9. 250-Pound DIY Hammock with Trims
Looking for a hammock that gives both beauty and strength? I think you will like this homemade hammock. It is made of canvas cloth that is 7 feet long and 4 feet wide.
The length is double fold to 1/4 inch and finished with a straight stitch. The short ends are double fold to 1.5 inches. Grommets are fitted on the folded ends of the hammock.
3 yards of trim piece is sewn on the hammock in a zigzag pattern. Ropes attached to a metal hoop or carabiner suspend the hammock.
10. Weatherproof Summer Hammock with Decorative Beads
This is one beautiful summer hammock designed to withstand whatever the weather has in store. It’s made of a weatherproof canvas fabric pre-cut to a size of 79 inches long and 41.5 inches wide.
Support cords are attached to the hems of the fabric and are spaced 5 inches apart to give a sturdier support. The designer uses decorative wooden beads to give the hammock a more appealing look.
Straps tied on metal rings help suspend the hammock between two trees. There’s a video tutorial for this DIY hammock to give you a guide that’s much easier to follow.
11. The Bed Sheet DIY Hammock
There are many ways you can use to improvise a hammock. Well, you don’t have to always use that expensive fabric for the purpose. You can settle for something as cheap as a bed sheet.
That’s what the designer of this DIY hammock uses. Here, the designer uses a king size bed sheet that’s folded in half length-wise. You can decide to fold a second time to get that tough, multi-layered design.
The ends of the sheet are gathered together and tied into a knot using ropes. What remains is to suspend the hammock on a higher support, such as trees. Every instruction in this tutorial has pictures that act as a guide.
12. Wide Heavy-Duty DIY Hammock
One good thing about this design is that you get a hammock that remains spread out to provide more room. This is achieved by fitting a support bar on each end of the fabric.
Claire, the designer behind this hammock uses a fabric made of canvas material. She recommends using a heavy-duty fabric that’s 2.5 to 3 yards long.
Each end of the fabric is fitted with 11 grommets through which the support ropes are threaded. Expect to use around 100 feet of rope. Metal “O” rings provide an anchor point from where the hammock is suspended.
I hope you’ve decided on the DIY hammock idea that will help take your summer relaxation experience a notch higher.
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