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How to make a hammock to give your own hands


A comfortable hammock will always be a favorite vacation spot for the whole family. It is nice to relax in the fresh air after working on the garden and swing in a comfortable hammock among tall trees. And it is not necessary to purchase it in the store, since such a suburban exterior can be easily made with your own hands.

Types of hammocks and their features

For the first time a hammock appeared among the Indians of the islands of the Caribbean. Since it was impossible to sleep on earth, the enterprising Aborigines invented a device such as a hammock. Seeing such a comfortable and safe bed, the Spaniards immediately took it into service, and later they were already used by many people from different countries. Naturally, over time, the hammock has been significantly modified and modified, and now we can choose any design of the hammock at our discretion: from fabric, woven, from wood, etc.

By design hammocks can be:

    Suspended. This is a classic look of a comfortable “bed” that can be hung between two trees and made of cloth or a thick and durable rope. They may have wooden, metal or plastic fasteners. They are considered the most simple, easy to manufacture and affordable option.

What is better to make a hammock: the pros and cons of fabric and mesh

Regardless of the design and type of hammock, you need to know a few general rules that will help in making a comfortable and durable product.

  1. Fabric for making a hammock. Properly selected fabric will significantly extend the life of the product and increase its strength characteristics. In order for a hammock to turn out to be durable and reliable, it is necessary to choose thick fabrics, such as canvas, tarpaulin, tick, jeans or camouflage. Materials made of synthetic fibers are not less durable, but they do not let the air through, so it will not be very comfortable to stay in a hammock in the hot summer. The fabric for the hammock should be as strong as possible, but it is good to pass air
  2. Ropes or ropes for woven products are also selected based on their strength, practicality and comfort. It is best to purchase products from cotton threads. It is more convenient and easier to work with such ropes, they are more reliable and tighter in knots and weaving, as well as pleasing to the body. It is best to purchase ropes from natural yarns.

No matter what you choose to make a hammock (fabric or ropes), you should not dwell on cheap synthetic materials. If we talk about what is better: a fabric or a rope woven mesh, then everything depends on the preferences of the owners of this design. The fabric is more dense, less breathable, so even in cool weather in such a hammock will be comfortable and cozy. Mesh product is ideal for hot and exhausting summer. Blown out from all sides by even a small light breeze, the wicker hammock will create a wonderful bed for relaxation.

If we talk about the complexity of making a hammock made of cloth, then it will be much easier and faster to make it than to independently weave a fishing net or learn the technique of macrame. Therefore, you can simply buy a ready-made solid mesh, which will serve as the basis for the manufacture of a rope hammock.

Preparation for the manufacture of a hammock: drawings and diagrams

Before you begin work, you need to know some rules for making a hammock design.

  1. The strength of the supports. A hammock is placed between two separate support structures, which can be trees or special poles driven into the ground to a depth of at least 1 meter. The diameter of the trees for fixing the product must be at least 20 cm.
  2. Hanging height Above ground hammock should be at a distance of 1.5–1.6 meters. The step between the supporting structures should be 30 cm longer than the length of the hammock itself. On average, this figure varies from 2.75 to 3 meters. If it is impossible to change the distance between the supporting posts (especially between trees), then the length of the hammock can be changed by reducing or increasing the height of the garters, changing the amount of deflection or the degree of tension. Hammocks with flat weave of the cord are less rubbing the skin than hammocks with round weaving

We will sew a fabric hammock with dimensions of 3x2.2 meters. To do this, we need a durable mattress tic, calico or camouflage fabric. To the hammock was comfortable and roomy, focus on an adult (man). Therefore, we use the fabric to the full width.

The choice of material for the manufacture of a hammock: tips on choosing

We use wooden parts as a frame for a hammock. It is best to buy a canvas with a width of 3.6 meters, but you can take two pieces of 1.4 meters each and just sew them together. If you take a canvas, it is necessary to take into account that it will be very difficult to stitch such material on a regular sewing machine.

To fasten the structure we need a strong rope or a clothesline made of cotton fibers.

Fabric hammock on the crossbar

  • durable fabric - 3x2.2 m,
  • synthetic winterizer - 50 cm,
  • sling - 5,2x3 cm,
  • halyard from caprone - section 4 mm,
  • wooden bar - section 4 mm,
  • sandpaper,
  • paint acrylic.

  • metal ruler - meter,
  • chalk for marking fabrics,
  • hacksaw,
  • chisel,
  • small brush,
  • scissors,
  • basting and ordinary needles,
  • centimeter,
  • sewing machine,
  • iron.

The ironed parts are thinner, easier to stitch and there is no need to hold the fabric with your hand.

Hammock fabric on the grommet

You can make a slightly different modification of the fabric hammock on the grommet with wooden racks.

Materials and tools:

  • durable material - 2.7–3 m,
  • Grommets - 22 pieces,
  • insertion tools
  • rope 35 m long, diameter 6 mm,
  • large metal rings,
  • electric drill and drill 12 mm,
  • bars 30x50 - their length should correspond to the width of the hammock,
  • sewing machine,
  • chalk for marking fabrics,
  • scissors.

Manufacturing steps

  1. Measure out a piece of cloth and cut off 2.7 meters. Bend the edges about 6 cm and stitch on a typewriter. Then iron them, again bend and stitch.

We grind all wooden elements of a design, and then we cover with antiseptic agent. After that they can be varnished or painted.

Hammock swing

Such a small hammock for sitting can be easily made from a cut of fabric and a children's metal wrap (hula hoop).

Materials and tools:

  • durable fabric - 3x1.5 m
  • hoop with a diameter of 90 cm
  • synthetic winterizer - 3x1.5 m
  • rep strong tape - 8 m
  • sewing machine,
  • scissors,
  • a piece of chalk.

Stages of work

  1. We cut out from the fabric two equal squares, the size of 1.5x1.5 meters.
  2. Each fold four times.
  3. To make a circle of it, from the central angle with a radius of 65 cm, draw a circle and cut it out. We also do the second round.
  4. We outline the holes for the lines: fold the circle four times and iron it so that the bends are reference points. The first pair of lines will be located relative to the bend at an angle of 45 0, the second - 30 0.
  5. Also we cut out a synthetic winterizer. To make the same cuts on both circles, we connect the fabric cuts and weave them with pins
  6. We put the synthetic winterizer between the two parts of the material.
  7. We sew on the machine two identical covers. Then we sew them together, putting a metal hoop between them.
  8. To the hoop in four places we tie a rep ribbon, cutting it into 4 equal parts. You can attach the tape or just tie a sea knot
  9. We tie loose ends to a thick tree trunk or other frame at the required height.

We have a comfortable and small hammock, which does not require a few supporting pillars.

Wicker Hammock

Wicker hammocks have been known for a very long time, since in our country they were used everywhere, unlike in fabrics. For the most part, their base resembles a regular fishing or volleyball net, which is suspended between two trees.

Consider a hammock 2.5 meters long and 90 cm wide.

Materials and tools:

  • two wooden slats thickness - 1.5 m,
  • ropes or thick rope 170 meters - diameter 8 mm,
  • scissors,
  • electric drill and drill,
  • brush,
  • varnish or paint
  • antiseptic,
  • metal rings - 2 pcs.

How can I hang a hammock

In order to hang such a hammock on two trees, it is necessary to pack special supporting bars on the trunks. They will not let the halyard crawl down.

But it is best to use metal or wooden poles hammered at a certain distance from each other. To the posts at a height of about 1.5 meters must be welded special hooks. If it is a wooden support, then you can make special hoops with hooks.

Wooden frame for a hammock

You can independently make a wooden frame-support for a hammock portable type. For the manufacture of such a structure, we need:

  • wooden beam - 80x80 mm,
  • board - 100x30 mm,
  • studs, bolts M10 and nuts,
  • hammock hooks,
  • grinder,
  • electric circular saw,
  • electric drill,
  • keys,
  • paint or varnish
  • antiseptics.

Assembly stages

We will make the lower support of two bars of 3 meters each and two transverse bars of 1.5 meters each. Two side mounting beams are made of timber 2 meters each and two stops 1.45 meters each.

  1. First we make the jib. This is a side part of the stand, on which we will hang a hammock with the help of hooks. To do this, we fix the beam and the stop between each other and saw off the bottom so that we get a sheer, but strong and stable part with a breakdown at the top points of at least 4 meters. The finished structure must not only withstand the vertical load that a person’s weight creates, but also the tipping
  2. We install and fasten the side elements between 2 longitudinal bars. They should be in a mirror "reflection" from each other. The width of the legs must be greater than 1 m
  3. We make the cross bar from two boards, 1.3 and 1.5 meters, and place them one on top of the other to ensure our design maximum stability. At the end of the longitudinal bars fastened transverse straps at a distance of 60 cm from each end. Bolts or screws can be used to assemble the structure.
  4. Grind all the wooden parts with a grinder, cover them with an antiseptic and let them dry. Then we paint or varnish.

Video: metal hammock stand

If you stick to the correct technique of making a hammock, then you will get a convenient product, where you can relax on hot summer days. A woven or wicker hammock is an excellent option that will replace bulky expensive garden furniture, and due to their mobility such a construction can be hung in any convenient place on the backyard.

general information

The story of the appearance of a hammock in Europe is associated with the name of the famous discoverer Christopher Columbus. It was he who brought this exotic device from the Bahamas and showed it to the Europeans. The inhabitants of the Bahamas used these wicker nets for sleeping, hanging such "cradles" between the trees.

This use of hammocks was to the liking of the sailors who, during the voyage, were put to sleep in them instead of hard shelves and the floor.

Currently, hammocks can be found on the backyards of country houses and in comfortable apartments. The variety of these products allows you to choose one that will meet all the requirements of the dacha resident or owner of urban housing.

On the hammock you can:

  • relax, relieve stress,
  • sleep in the fresh air, and with a small child too,
  • read books, conduct pleasant conversations with friends or with family.

Adults who use a hammock to relax may unknowingly make some mistakes. You should not go into it, occupying a position along the length of the whole structure. In this case, the hammock cloth will not give you the opportunity to breathe freely and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature, as it completely embraces you. The ideal position in the hammock is diagonally, in this position you can fully feel all the positive aspects of rest in the hammock.

How to choose a material for a home hammock

Choosing the look of a homemade hammock depends on your skills. You know how to sew - stop on a product made of fabric, like to knit unusual things - on a knitted one, you know the basics of macrame weaving - from ropes.

If for you there is not much difference in the method of manufacturing, then you need to weigh the pros and cons of the use of a particular material.

Hammock of thread, cord

A hammock, knitted or woven of threads, can become not only a cozy place to relax, but also a wonderful decoration of the interior or landscape design. All guests who have seen such a creative structure will be delighted and will remember it for a long time.

Naturally, the materials for knitting and weaving should be particularly durable. It is desirable that the yarn or the rope was cotton, because lying or sitting in a hammock made of synthetic material is not so comfortable.

When choosing other materials for a hammock, you must take into account:

  • strength,
  • aesthetic appeal
  • lack of negative sensations in contact.

In order for the product to last a long time, it is necessary to sew it from durable fabrictarpaulin, canvas, mattress tick, coarse calico, camouflage cloth, denim. When using synthetic materials, you are at great risk of becoming sticky with sweat during heat, because they do not allow air to pass through. A great option - the use of canvas raincoats, jeans. For wicker hammocks, you can use different cords, jute ropes, twine.

If the hammock is supposed to be covered or covered with something, then the threads may be unnatural. The same applies to the choice of material for knitting.

The number of threads used in macrame depends on the selected nodes. All craftswomen who own such types of needlework as knitting and macrame can easily calculate the required amount of yarn by making a preliminary sample of a fragment of a small hammock.

Reliable and sturdy should be the materials used for mounting the hammock in place, so the choice of ropes, cords for fastening is no less important. For attaching a fabric product, eyelets, special devices (anchor hooks, wooden slats) may be needed.

Product drawing, determining the size of the outdoor hammock without frame

Scheme hammock made of fabric is easy. A rectangle is drawn with sides of 230 cm and 150 cm (4–6 cm must be left on each side for hemming). Based on this, choose the amount of fabric.

The length of the hammock should be 60 cm longer than the tallest man in your family.

If you make a hammock in the way of macrame, then it is advisable to find a suitable weaving pattern. Drawing can be dense or mesh, everything depends on your imagination and skills.

You can tie a hammock with knitting and crocheting. It is best to buy thick, durable threads and take knitting needles and a hook of appropriate thickness. You can experiment and try to tie the product out of ropes or durable cord.

Drawing every craftswoman can choose at their discretion. It is possible to knit a hammock itself very simply (with double crochets or garter stitch), and on the sides you can make beautiful lace ruffles or fringe.

The amount of fabric is calculated based on the size of the proposed design. It is better if you do not save and take matter with a margin. Fabric can be bought, and you can use old things, thrust. The main thing that the product was not dilapidated.

What tools and devices are needed

The tool that you need to create a hammock with your own hands, depends on the chosen design.

For embroidered products will need:

  • sewing machine,
  • drill (for fastening to supports),
  • shovel or hand drill (for mounting support legs),
  • special fixture for mounting eyelets.

For weaving hammock macrame way:

  • scissors,
  • tape measure,
  • sewing needle
  • drill (for fastening to supports),
  • shovel or hand drill,
  • hammer (for fastening the woven base to the frame).

For knitting a hammock:

  • hook or knitting needles
  • scissors,
  • sewing needle
  • drill,
  • shovel or hand drill.

All tools used must be serviceable. When working with them, you should follow the safety rules.

Step-by-step instructions for making a homemade fabric hammock

  • 2.5 m (or 20–30 cm more, depending on the height of the person) dense tissue,
  • 20 grommets,
  • 2 wooden bars (hammock width),
  • 2 large metal rings (for pulling the lines),
  • 2 metal hooks (for hanging),
  • 20 m thick cord.

All work consists of several steps:

    A pattern is created, the fabric is cut.

How to make a hammock mesh or tarpaulin most beautiful

The product will look complete if you add some decorative elements or functional attributes.

Having hemmed a synthetic winterizer or putting it between two layers of fabric, you will add comfort and coziness. You will be pleased to be in a hammock, it will be quite soft. A blanket, pillows will also help achieve complete relaxation.

The functional qualities of a hammock will be enhanced if pockets are stitched to this device (for storing books, glasses, cool water bottles). For knitted products, you can provide removable or sewn openwork border, and a beautiful strip along the hammock can be knit or crocheted.

Для гамака, сплетённого в технике макраме, будут уместны бахрома и кисти. Главное условие — они должны быть выполнены из того же материала, что и само изделие.

Яркие, цветные ленты, вплетённые или вшитые в изделие, сделают его заметным и неповторимым элементом интерьера. Large wooden beads can be used as decorative elements; an excellent addition to the finished hammock will be a canvas stretched over this device, which can become a good protection from direct sunlight and a drizzling rain.

How to fix a hammock at the cottage on the ready basis

It is very important not only to make the product for rest correctly, but also to correctly hang it up.. The optimal parameters for strengthening the hammock are:

  • height 1.5 m
  • width between supports 3 m.

The distance between the support posts is calculated depending on the length of the hammock, the size of the binding. 30 cm should be added to the obtained value. For example, if the hammock is 2.5 m in length with fasteners, then the supports are fixed at a distance of 2.8 m.

You can hang a hammock:

  • between two trees,
  • between the walls of buildings
  • under the ceiling (if the hammock is in the room),
  • using specially created designs.

If it is not possible to make racks, and you have to use the existing supports (tree trunks, fence posts), then the hammock is suspended in the following way:

  • if it is slack, it is higher
  • if very tight, then lower.

How to hang a product on a tree or pillar

Do not attach a hammock to thin trees. It is better to use wooden trunks with a volume of 20–30 cm for this. In order not to cause harm to the tree, you can put plastic or thick fabric under the cords when attaching ropes around the trunk.

You can use metal hooks that are mounted on the walls of suitable buildings, but you should not use this type of fastener to support.

The ideal position of the hammock after hanging is the shape of a banana, it is this slack that is considered optimal. As a mounting support, special frames can be used, which are purchased in stores or made independently.

Care of the product from scrap materials

Any product that is constantly used, in need of care. Hammock can be washed in the car (if there are no wooden slats) or manually. Water temperature should not exceed 60 ° C, especially used synthetic products.

Products made from wool or very dense fabrics can be vacuumed.

To last longer, try to remove the hammock from the street for storage in winter.

You can easily and quickly make a hammock yourself. The main thing is to understand the principles of device, execution and fastening of this device for rest.

The easiest hammock on ropes


This hammock can be made from ordinary cheap lining fabric, tarpaulin, flax, cotton, burlap - yes, from anything. It looks simple, but it’s going to literally in a matter of minutes.

  • a rectangular piece of cloth (about 3 × 1.5 m or less),
  • 2 thick strong ropes 3-4 m long

How to do

Fold the fabric along in half, fold the edge of the accordion and make a small loop of it. Thread the rope and tie the knots in it, as shown in the video. In the same way, tie the second rope to the other edge of the fabric.

You can first prepare a hammock, to which the ropes will be tied, or you can first tie the ropes to the support, and then to the hammock. The node described below is suitable for both methods. Just choose more convenient for you.

Wrap the rope around a tree, pole, or other support. At the long end of the rope to which the hammock is tied, make a small loop. Thread the same side of the rope into it and tighten. Thread the other end of the rope into the loop and tighten again.

Hammock on ropes and carbines without sewing

The carbines will make the design more convenient and mobile.

  • 2 carbines,
  • 2 thick strong ropes 0.5 m long,
  • a rectangular piece of cloth (about 3 × 1.5 m or less),
  • 2 thick strong ropes 3-4 m long or 2 tightening belts 1-1.5 m long with loops at the ends.

Hammock of stitched fabric on the ropes


A simple option for those who do not want to mess with the nodes.

  • a rectangular piece of cloth (approximately 2 × 1 m or more),
  • thread,
  • needle or sewing machine,
  • 2 thick strong ropes 4–5 m long

Hammock of stitched fabric on slats and ropes with macrame elements

This option is more difficult, but this hammock will become a real decoration of the garden plot.

  • a rectangular piece of cloth (approximately 2 × 1 m),
  • 30 not too thick ropes 50 cm long - optional
  • stationery pins - optional
  • thread,
  • needle or sewing machine,
  • 14 beads - optional
  • scissors,
  • 2 wooden slats across the width of the fabric for a hammock,
  • 24 small nails
  • hammer,
  • 2 metal rings,
  • 2 strong ropes 15 m long,
  • 2 carbines,
  • 2 tightening belts 1–1,5 m long with loops on the ends.

Macrame Hammock

Wicker elements can not only beautify the product and give it strength, but also make a hammock from scratch.

  • drill,
  • 2 wooden slats 1 m long
  • 10 braided cords 9–10 m long,
  • 2 metal rings,
  • 2 carbines - optional
  • 2 tie-down belts with a length of 1–1.5 m with loops at the ends or 2 strong ropes with a length of 3-4 m.

Hammock fabric chair on the hoop


Perhaps the most unusual way to make a cozy place to relax. The hammock chair does not take up much space, so you can hang it not only in the garden, but even on the veranda or balcony.

  • synthetic winterizer
  • scissors,
  • 1 metal hoop with a diameter of 95–100 cm,
  • thread,
  • 1 strip of fabric 3 m long and 20 cm wide,
  • needle,
  • stationery pins,
  • square piece of cloth (about 1.5 x 1.5 m),
  • 4 tie-down belts approximately 3 m long.

Fabric hammock chair on slats

This chair will appeal to both adults and children.

  • drill,
  • 3 thick wooden slats about 80 cm long,
  • 2 thin wooden slats about 90 cm long,
  • nails or screws
  • hammer or screwdriver,
  • a rectangular piece of cloth (the dimensions will be described in the description),
  • thread,
  • needle or sewing machine,
  • 2 thick strong ropes about 1.5 m long,
  • 3 thick strong ropes about 2.5 meters long.

Macrame railing hammock


This hammock looks spectacular, but it will take a lot of cord to make it.

  • drill,
  • 3 thick wooden slats about 80 cm long,
  • 2 thin wooden slats about 90 cm long,
  • nails or screws
  • hammer or screwdriver,
  • 2 thick strong ropes about 1.5 m long,
  • 3 thick strong ropes about 2.5 meters long.
  • 16 braided cords 8–9 m long.

Highlights of the creation process

  • To make your hanging bed absolutely safe, you need to find good and strong supports for it, because, in fact, it will depend on them whether you find yourself on the ground in an hour or not. The best fit are two trees whose trunk diameter is at least 20 centimeters. If there were no such trees, then you will have to find or install two supports - they should be dug into the ground about 1 meter deep and covered with concrete. In the case of such a safety net your hammock is definitely not going anywhere.
  • The next question is how to fix a hammock? Standardly it is suspended at a height of 1-1.5 meters above ground level, the distance between the pillars or trees should be about three meters. Remember that the smaller the hammock sags, the greater the pressure on the supports.
  • To fasten the cradle itself, you must choose strong and thick ropes, preferably not less than 8-10 mm in diameter, depending on the model of the hammock, do not forget to fasten them with eyelets.
  • Be sure to pay special attention to the material, it is better not to use synthetic fabrics, although they are cheaper and lighter, they do not allow the body to breathe, so after spending the night in such a hammock, you will immediately understand what is being discussed now. Natural tissue faster and more accurately take the form of the body, which means that a person will be better able to relax and sleep. For a hammock, you can use mattress tick, canvas or cover fabric, camouflage.
  • If you choose a braided hammock, then the threads in it should also be natural, cotton, firstly, they tighten tighter, and, secondly, they are more comfortable to lie than on synthetic and slippery.

How to weave a hammock with your own hands?

To please yourself with such a fashionable and pleasant thing, you need not so much: cotton threads, natural fabric, wooden slats and patience. If you decide to get a classic wicker hammock, then you have enough durable cotton cord and a pair of slats, as long as they are without a single crack or other flaw.

With the weaving of a hammock, it is easy to cope with someone familiar with the macrame technique: with the help of the simplest knots, in just a few hours a standard hanging bed is obtained.

In the slats, small holes are made at equal distances for cotton threads, the calculation of the cord length is made according to the following principle: multiply the distance from the slats to the slats by three, and then multiply by the number of holes. For example, a standard hammock with a length of 2.5 meters takes about 150 meters of cord plus fastenings.

Mexican hammock

There is another variety - the Mexican hammock, which is usually made without cross rails and crossbars, from the outside it can resemble a real cocoon that envelops a person lying in it. Interestingly, it is almost impossible to fall out of it, but to get into it is a whole business.

That is why it is not recommended for use by older people or people with disabilities.

For the rest of the contingent - this is an excellent and convenient model, it weighs little, it folds easily, which means it is ideal for travelers.

For the manufacture of such a hammock, you will need two pieces of natural fabric, no more than 1.5 meters wide, and 3-3.5 meters long. According to a special scheme, both parts are sewn together, usually on both sides they leave small holes, which allow a small mattress or film to be inserted into the fabric, which will increase comfort.

The two opposite narrow sides are twisted and stitched so that a small tunnel is formed, into which you can insert a strong cord and tighten the ends. Thus, the hammock will assemble at the edges into a knot, then fasteners for trees or pillars are created, a cozy cocoon is ready!

Brazilian hammock

The Brazilian hammock is distinguished by two wooden slats, to which are attached two cloths of fabric sewn together. Here it is just necessary to sew grommets so that the fastening points of the fabric with the rope are as strong and reliable as possible.

How to choose an option for yourself is up to you, each of them has its drawbacks and advantages, but, in fact, there is nothing difficult in the manufacturing process.

Especially for those who wish on the Internet, you can find a whole lot of video lessons and master classes that tell in the smallest details of the whole process of creating a hammock.

Along with the classical models, Brazilian and Mexican, there are modern interpretations, for example, a round hammock, a cradle, for the creation of which a gymnastic metal hoop may be needed.