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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
 
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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.
Chromius made it!2 months ago

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.

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cmcclendon656 months ago

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.

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.

lucrobi made it!6 months ago

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

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cammills20006 months ago

what type of wood is that?

imjustagurl6 months ago

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"

hjensen56 months ago

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

jaleckson7 months ago

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

dmarmont1 year ago
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.
Takelababy2 years ago
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.
kaway273 years ago
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.
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we really like your design. what are measurements and cuts to assemble
I am glad you like it. I attached the detail drawing with dimension below.
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!
45 degree on both ends.
matmore742 years ago
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 matmore74@aol.com 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..
maxpower494 years ago
here it is after i added some 2X4's for better support
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Thanks for the idea of the side supports. Its great for my stand.
matmore742 years ago
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..
ddnova4 years ago
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.
Uhm pressure treating only prevents it from rotting it does not make it stronger. good advice otherwise. =D
tim_n geekzoid13 years ago
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)  ddnova4 years ago
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.
kiss2dave5 years ago
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.
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Did you use pressure treated wood? And how much did the total setup cost?
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.
Your design looks awesome! What's the total length of the setup?
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.
Sargel4 years ago
What's the hanging distance with this design?
Sargel Sargel4 years ago
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.
Kryptonite4 years ago
Wow that's awesome! Nice job!
Added the lines as advised by several of the comments. Works well. Did this for one of my nephew's school projects.


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maxpower494 years ago
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
Pompilidae4 years ago
 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.
prestont4 years ago
 Thanks a lot! I almost bought one but then decided to give making one a whirl with random old scrap wood and whatnot from the garage.

Instead of using cable for the side stabilizers I just used some 2x4s.

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pmdryd prestont4 years ago
THANK YOU! Man, I have looked all over for a plan like yours. I was hot to trot to buy a couple of wooden frames with quilted hammocks for my twin girls 'till I looked at retail prices. I'll make this and send pics if they are presentable.

eno ftw

Thing is, I have yet to find a hammock that maintains tension after a few hours of sleep. So while i like mine with a bit of sag (and sleeping on a bit of an angle, as mentioned), I tend to get mine as tight as possible at the beginning of the night.
So I just finished building this great stand. As has been mentioned several times, it is really not stable enough in the basic version. To increase stability significantly, I added wire rope diagonals between the ends of the feet and the middle of the top beam. This adds about 15 to 20 bucks to the overall cost but I'd say it's well worth it. I don't think I would trust the stand without them.
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wynberg5 years ago
Made this one today and used a double brace on the crossbars. the only problem is I'm not really sure how to strap them together and attach a hook for the hammock. Any suggestions?
dagmar316 years ago
Waah. I just made one. It looks great, but I came upon a few issues... maybe my home depot is just crappy, but I realized that some of my wood was warped.. this made my base a little.. rocky, like, rock left to right a little. Second, I definitely noticed the sway of the upright 2x4's... I think what i might do is actually double up the 2x4's. Third, after some testing, one of my upright 2x4's cracked at the base. It was "pulled upward" as a result of the weight in the middle of the hammock. Do you guys think that running rope or cable from the upright 2x4's to the base will prevent this from happening? And last, I feel some.. weird lopsided tension on my hammock, like its forcing me to learn towards one side when laying down... can somebody help?
ya just check your wood befor you buy it try to get the least boed
fidgety25 years ago
what type of hammock do you have i have a eno single nest that is what i think you have but i can't be sure
vicbp (author)  fidgety25 years ago
I have an ENO Doublenest. I think the only difference is the width, not the length.
MOrmons5 years ago
I HAVZ YOUR CARPET ON MY WALLL nice hammock too
i was thinking about having some pieces go at an angle from the middle of the 6' beams to the ends of the 4' beams, that would make it more stable if you started swinging a little :]
gtashie6 years ago
Great design, but can anyone offer guidance on using this for a hammock with spreader bar? Will it be any different?
leewhitford6 years ago
I like the whole design of the stand. I beefed mine up for outdoor use and for an XL Hammock by replacing the 2x4 with pressure treated 2x6. This will require you to use longer bolts, but there is more area for the bolts so you can add a few more for strength. So far it has held over 350 lbs with minimal sideways bend. I see it constantly evolving..
bikeparts246 years ago
I have been thinking about making one of these-I'll probably do it like this stand. How long is your hammock when it is flat on the ground? Thanks, and great instructable -Sam
perhaps consider running rope, or cable from the place where you screwed in the Ihooks, to the floor brace. to allow it to hold more weight. great job!
Exactly what I was thinking...Sort of like the red lines in the attached photo.
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ya exactly!
srikar067 years ago
i want to make a relatively small hammock stand no more than 6 to 7 feet in length for my dorm room. It should also be able to collapse easy for storage purposes. done any one have any plans that would allow me to do that? i was thinking about building it out of 1-11/4 PVC but that might be too flexable and break. ( i weigh around 170 lbs).
IdahoDavid7 years ago
I'm wondering, too, if a 4x4 for the angled pieces wouldn't also improve the stability. Of course it would also make it a little heavier for moving around.
vicbp (author)  IdahoDavid7 years ago
Interesting thought. I don't know how weight of a 4x4 would affect the whole setup. Also the bolts would have to be longer which could make them weaker. It would certainly help in terms of the excessive flexibility of the angled beams but it may also make the whole thing "top heavy".
IdahoDavid7 years ago
An elegantly simple solution. I use a hammock when I am out camping -- I've reached a point in lfe where the appeal of sleeping on the ground has faded. But I really don't have a decent arrangement of trees in my yard to use the hammock at home. I have envisioned lashing poles in various configurations and still may experiment with that. But I like your design.
dchall87 years ago
I'm glad to see you have used a proper hammock and not one of those dangerous spreader jobs. I slept on one like yours, much to my wife's chagrin, for many (many) months and have worked out some issues that will help others trying this Instructable. I had different resources at the time and decided against building a frame for many of the reasons described below. In addition to those mentioned, a frame would not have worked in my interior. I think the only reason you have not had the bolts rip out of the angled beam is because your bottom beam is not nearly long enough to stretch out the hammock. When they are a proper distance apart, there will be very little sag in the hammock. When you have them far enough apart, you can shorten the angled beams by about half. The eyebolts should only need to be about 3 feet off the floor and 14 feet apart for one of these hammocks. Stretch yours out on the floor and use that length for your length between the eyebolts. When you get the hammock spread out like that, the bending stresses on the bolts for the angled beam will be considerably more than they are with your saggy version. A really easy solution to that problem is to put an eyebolt on the back of the angled beam and another eyebolt on the bottom beam directly under the one above it. Then tie the two eyebolts together with cable or very serious rope (preferably polyester but not nylon or polypropylene). If you do that then you can get away with a single pin joining the angled beam to the bottom beam. Then the hammock itself will become part of the structure holding the rig together, so maybe you don't want to do that. So what did I do instead of a frame? My walls happened to be exactly 14 feet apart and had doors directly opposite each other. I took an L bracket, opened the door all the way, slipped the L bracket all the way behind the door between the door and frame directly above the middle hinge, and closed the door with the bracket resting on the hinge so it would not slip down. When I closed the door it jambed the bracket pretty firmly. I did that on both doors and hooked the hammock to the L brackets with S hooks. My door hinges were about 30 inches off the floor, but when I was in the hammock I still had plenty of clearance under me because it was stretched to begin with. You should find that the hammock will be much more comfortable when stretched rather than saggy.
vicbp (author)  dchall87 years ago
dchall, I really appreciate your great feedback. However I have to disagree. These type of hammocks are designed to hang saggy like I have mine. You are not supposed to stretch it. TO be more comfortable, especially when sleeping you should lie on a diagonal to the center line of the hammock. I do agree that the frame needs some extra support for the angled beams, just as I mention in the last step. I have not got around to making that improvement but I'll update this instructable when I do.
dchall8 vicbp7 years ago
WHAT? You disagree with my OPINION?!?! Oh, yeah. Sometimes I forget that my opinion is only an opinion.

I tested my hammock for 3,000 hours, and stretched was found to be far more comfortable for me. Your 'sleep number' is obviously different from mine ;-) But for those who want to stretch theirs out, they will need the extra support on the frame. It's a physics thing. There are other ways to support it, too.
vicbp (author) 7 years ago
I know, I actually saw one on craigslist after I was done BUT it would not have been as much fun ;)
Cool! Thos are expensive to buy, unless if you get it at a garage sale for 1.00$ like i did!!! :-) (it was metal)