Introduction: DIY Hammock Stand

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We recently bought a portable hammock and we've enjoyed so much on our hiking and camping trips that I decided I wanted to hang it at home to enjoy on our backyard. I looked at the available hammock stands and they seemed quite expensive but very simple so I decided to give it a try. I based the design on some of the available commercial options. This is what I used:

2 - 8' 2X4 beams
2 - 6' 2X4 beams
2 - 4' 2X4 beams
8 - 5 and a half inch 3/8" bolts
4 - 6" 3/8" bolts
24 - 3/8" washers
12 - 3/8" tightening washers

Step 1: Angled Cuts.

Picture of Angled Cuts.

The first step is to make the angled cuts of the beams that will hold the hammock, the 6' beams. I made a 30 degree cut so that the angle to the floor would be 60 degrees.

Step 2: Drill the Holes

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There are quite a few holes to drill for the bolts. The most tricky ones are the ones to attach the angled beams to the base.

The angled beams will be "sandwiched" between the two 8' beams and the bolts will go through all three pieces. To make sure I had a straight hole for the bolt to go through all three I laid down all three four pieces on the floor just as they would when standing and drilled once through all the wood. As you can see in the picture I made the holes 1" from the edges.

I should also note that the angled beams are not flush with the base beams. This is because the base will rest on top of the 4" pieces and hence be elevated about 2" from the floor. Having the angled beams reach all the way to the floor adds stability. You could also cut a "bed" in the base beams to fit the two 4" pieces so that the base would rest on the floor.

The other holes to be drilled are holes for they eyebolts where the hammock will hang, and the holes to secure the base to the "feet" the two 4" beams.

Step 3: Assembly

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The final step is to bolt everything together. I used a washer on each side the bolt and a tightening washer on the nut side.

After using it a few days I've thought of a couple of improvements. The angled beams flex quite a bit when the hammock is rocking so I think some tensioners running from the top of the beams to the edge of the feet would increase the stability. however they could become tripping hazards!

I should also note that I choose these dimensions based on my hammock's length.

So far it's held pretty well up to 200 pds.


kaway27 (author)2011-01-06

My wife had always want to have a hammock in our back yard, so I made this hammock stand for her as a Christmas present. She loved it.

gdsmit1 (author)kaway272017-05-18

That's a great looking stand.

JeremyO20 (author)kaway272016-04-17

Do u have the specs on this please

kaway27 (author)JeremyO202016-04-19

Here's detail on the my Hammock Stand in PDF.

JeremyO20 (author)kaway272016-04-20

It won't open up for me

kaway27 (author)JeremyO202016-04-20

I just tried to download the file myself and it opened fine. Try update or reinstall your Adobe Acrobat.

TIPOC (author)kaway272016-02-28

Just made this stand. Thank you for the instructions. We love it!

kaway27 (author)TIPOC2016-02-29

You are welcome. Glad you like it.

TAYETURANA2 (author)kaway272016-01-28

I love this i will love 2 have one made

kmedina58 (author)kaway272011-07-05

we really like your design. what are measurements and cuts to assemble

kaway27 (author)kmedina582011-07-06

I am glad you like it. I attached the detail drawing with dimension below.

TheDownsProject (author)kaway272012-06-05

What was the degree that you cut the 4' pieces that are angled?  I'm looking forward to making this my weekend project, my hammock has been rolled up and put up since I bought it months ago.  Great design!

You could find the angles, though with a bit of work, by finding the ridge length of your hammock, and the geometry to the hanging angle (30 degrees) and the height. There's an online calculator for hanging a hammock. Try that, it should make it easier.

kaway27 (author)TheDownsProject2012-06-05

45 degree on both ends.

CarsonG1 (author)kaway272015-06-03

i was looking at your design and decided to would look better with my backyard

i saw your drawing attatchment and appreciate it but what size bolts did you use

if you even remember of course


Cyrus KaelA (author)2016-05-31

I'm not good with measurements. Can you give me something for scale of the size?

JeremyO20 (author)2016-04-20

kaway27 how did you anchor your 4x4 uprights to bottom 2x4?

DrewE1 (author)2015-07-17

Does this even support a toddler?? I made this to spec, even improved on the hardware choices and I've had to brace this thing to the extreme to keep it from pulling the vertical boards in. Also notice how droopy this hammock is, how is anyone supposed to lay in that? Dude, way off here.

cmcclendon65 (author)2014-06-01

Just a constructive piece of info.Weight (mass) is measured in pounds (lbs). It might scare people who are considering trusting your design if you are using inaccurate units.

dhendriks (author)cmcclendon652014-07-14

Weight and mass are two different units of measurement. Mass is measured in grams. It might scare people who are considering trusting your comment if you are using inaccurate units.

getsgarth (author)dhendriks2015-04-12


Mass is the amount of material measured commonly in grams or kilogram in the metric system. In the English system it is measured in slugs.

Force is measured in measured in either Newtons (metric) or pounds (English).

Weight is force generated by gravity between two different masses.

To be be correct, mass and weight cannot be interchanged to convert pounds to Kg. That would be like converting minutes to miles. However, because people are generally talking about mass (in grams & Kg) of an object on the earth, people do convert that to the force (in pounds). It works for objects on the earth, but it is not technically correct and would not work on the moon.

ssmithsonian (author)dhendriks2015-01-31

Mass is a measurement of the amount of matter something contains, while Weight is the measurement of the pull of gravity on an object.

laxbro_hayden (author)2015-01-11

will this work with a n ENO doublenest hammock or do i need to change up any dimensions?

Chromius made it! (author)2014-10-18

Just finished today. Thank you for a great instructable! No more looking for the perfect trees to hang my hammock! This is a great idea and easy to make.

I used a couple 2 x 6's for the angled beams instead of 2 x 4's for extra support. Also, I did not use eye bolts in the angled beams; just a pair of paracord straps tied up near the top. They work just as well.

I think next time, I would set the upright beams at a 45 degree angle instead of 30 as my hammock is just short enough to fit.

lucrobi made it! (author)2014-06-21

Did it today. Took 4h (and 4h of planing... not a very handy guy).

(2) 4x4 8' for the posts at a 45 deg. angle

(4) 2x4 8' for the base and the lateral supports

(14) 5'' 3/8'' bolt, washer

(12) 3'' screws

(2) hooks

(2) end caps

cammills2000 (author)2014-06-19

what type of wood is that?

imjustagurl (author)2014-06-19

I have always had a hammock to relax in until i moved to my current home 3 years ago- I miss it terriably. I just saw it in storage the other day and it really made me sad- motivating this search- I found this and I actually have most of the crap to make this as scrap on the side of my house!!! I just need the metal parts, I'm gunna head over to the hardware store now. I'll post my stand when I'm all done and leave a fallow-up on what worked and didn't---I love all the comments, everyone's ad- ons are very helpful.

"after all it takes a village to raise a child"

hjensen5 (author)2014-05-28

I see your hammock structure and it looks great. I have one question. How big is your Hammock? How long do you think a hammock can be and work with this design? Thank you for posting this

jaleckson (author)2014-05-17

How far along the 8' board did you attach the angled 6' boards? Was it like 1 foot in from the end?

dmarmont (author)2013-02-26

Like Takelababy, I've also switched to a hammock instead of a bed. After years of poor sleep, I had the opportunity in the Yucatan to try a hammock. Better sleep with no pressure points or pain from day 1.

This looks like a fabulous project. I'm getting ready to go back to the States and have been feeling a bit angsty about having to go back to a bed or spend a bunch of money on a fancy stand.

Takelababy (author)2012-10-18

I sleep in a hammock rather than a bed. Mine hangs from the J cargo hooks. Each has two drywall screws that pass thro the drywall and into the studs. It's nice that it is easily hung out of the way. A small cord is tied around the middle when both ends share one hook. The cord is hooked on as well and the whole thing hangs clear of the floor on one side of the room. A nice big basket holds my sleeping bag and sheet liner. Sleeping diagonally is the way to go if one wants to sleep fairly flat. The nice thing about a woven hammock is that it supports every part of the body it touches, unlike a mattress that creates pressure points.

matmore74 (author)2012-01-28

I used only two bolts so that I had a stronger piece of wood and then breaced it in the middle and back. Thanks for the angle of 30. I used 7 ft 2x4's and put the uprights in about 10.5 inches in.. I then added four 2x4's for support cut the 30 and at 5' 4" and set back 1/2" and then bolted them. I them breaced it on the sides. Send me a email at I will send you a picture of it and you will see what I mean. Put in the title area "hammock stand" Thanks for the idea on how to get it started..

maxpower49 (author)2010-05-16

here it is after i added some 2X4's for better support

matmore74 (author)maxpower492012-01-28

Thanks for the idea of the side supports. Its great for my stand.

matmore74 (author)2012-01-28

I have read all of your issues and used them to make the weak areas strong. I breaced the midle and back then I breaced the sides. Now, I will say it made it heavy but strong. I weight at 264 and I was laying in it over night and it is very relaxing and had a great time knowing I used scrap wood and new bolts. I used the idea of the guy at the top of this articule and built it from you all. It is sweet.. So I want to say thanks to you all for you in put and thanks..

ddnova (author)2010-07-25

Save your time and money, unless your looking for a temp. weekend frame then here's some things to add, you must use pressure treated wood only, regular spruce 2x4's will break from the load at the bolt holes, use 2x6 for the uprights as I only weigh 180 and thrid time using it one snapped at the bottom. Also most smaller hardware stores only sell 5 1/2" bolts in galvanized material, do not use these they will bend as they are too soft and as far as the cable support goes well once you add everything up including optional stain then your time you will be at, or beyond what a metal and portable frame sells for on E bay. Appreciate the plans but not for constant use.

geekzoid1 (author)ddnova2010-12-14

Uhm pressure treating only prevents it from rotting it does not make it stronger. good advice otherwise. =D

tim_n (author)geekzoid12011-12-12

Quite right, actually pressure treating makes it somewhat weaker as the water is pushed out for the treatment to be pushed in. This means that instead of getting a cracking sound when it's under too much load, you can have a sudden catastrophic failure.

Not so good when you're suspended over a wooden frame.

vicbp (author)ddnova2010-07-25

I am sorry to hear you had issues. I am not sure where you got your wood and supplies but I can tell you I've had mine for years without issue. I have been laying on my hammock with my two daughters countless times, I've even shared a hammock with my wife without problems. Eventhough I recommend the reinforcement lines I have not even installed them on mine yet. Finally I have to say, at least for me, it is not so much about the savings. It is much more about the pleasure of using something you built with your own hands! Good luck on your future projects.

kiss2dave (author)2009-08-23

Great design. I added the wire braces that suckmyinstrucables suggested (has to be wire, cord just stretches too much), using the hammock eyebolt on the upright rather than adding a dedicated attachment point - this transfers the swaying forces directly to the crossbraces without going through the upright, and saves by not adding another bolt. Before starting the cutting, lay out the base and uprights with your hammock to check it will fit correctly - I changed the upright angle from 60° to 45°, which not only gives it greater strength by making the hammock tension more longitudinal than transverse to the upright, but also gives it (I think), a more pleasantly nautical appearance. Also, if the raw lumber for your uprights are starting longer than the suggested 6' (I had bought 8' lengths) leave cutting them to length till last - that way you can make sure you have sufficient adjustment for your specific hammock - my uprights ended at 6'9", rather than the suggested 6'. Then I left on an extra 6" for a decorative top piece.

Sargel (author)kiss2dave2010-08-27

Did you use pressure treated wood? And how much did the total setup cost?

kiss2dave (author)Sargel2010-08-30

Yes, pressure treated, particularly since it's an outdoor stand. I used decking lumber. Cost? About $60 or $70 altogether - those little bits of metal add up. Value to me? Priceless.

EtotheMax (author)kiss2dave2010-08-24

Your design looks awesome! What's the total length of the setup?

kiss2dave (author)EtotheMax2010-08-24

14' 11"., tip to tip. I eventually added 'feet' too, ie small blocks at the ends of the bases, to stop it from wobbling on my uneven patio.

Sargel (author)2010-07-06

What's the hanging distance with this design?

Sargel (author)Sargel2010-07-06

After looking over the plans and doing a little math, it looks to have a hanging distance of around 10.5' +/- a few inches, which seems perfect.

Kryptonite (author)2010-05-27

Wow that's awesome! Nice job!

genericpenguin (author)2010-05-23

Added the lines as advised by several of the comments. Works well. Did this for one of my nephew's school projects.

maxpower49 (author)2010-05-15

THanks built one last night with my dad it works good i just have to get some cable or more 2X4's to brace it

Pompilidae (author)2010-04-28

 These are some beautiful frames. I bought a hammock in the Yucatan where hammock hooks are sunk into the walls and the hammocks are taken down during the day to open up the room. Gordo (the man who I bought the hammock from) demonstrated how to sleep in them (diagonally). In High school I borrowed from their idea and attached cupboard door handles (the kind with four screw holes) to my walls (making sure to hit the beams).  The hammock is hooked up to the handles with carabiners and I got a much better nights sleep than I ever did in my flat bed. My back hurt less too.

However, now that I'm renting an apartment I don't think that would be appreciated. Your stand is fantastic. It'll be a great summer project.

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