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DIY Camping Hammock

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This instructable features how to make a "Do It Yourself" Camping Hammock- (This is my first instructable, so bear with me...)
 
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Step 1: Materials Needed

Materials Needed:
1.) Large peice of ripstop nylon - 3 & 2/3 yards - You can get this at most sewing stores: JoAnns, Michaels, even Walmart (if they have a sewing section).
2.) Sewing machine
3.) Paracord( any type of rope will do, as long as it will hold your weight. I prefer paracord for it's size and weight capacity). The length of the cord will depend on how far apart the trees you hang the hammock from are.
4.) 2 carabeeners or other type of clip, which must be able to hold your weight as well.

A.)  I have also seen people make hammocks out of bed sheets( perferrabley large ones)

Step 5: Making Space for Rope

1.) Take the 2 short ends and fold them in to make space for the rope ( I folded the ripstop down 3 inches and stitched along that line). This leaves enough room for any type of rope or chord, large or small. It will serve as a "tube"  for the rope to lace through.
2.) Repeat on the other end.
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walloon3 years ago
What type of ripstop nylon did you use? I just want to make sure the fabric is strong enough to hold an adult. Would any style of ripstop work?
I'm just having a *really* hard time finding the fabric that can work. I've tried all the usual fabric stores but they aren't sure if the fabric can hold the weight.
Any advice anyone?
Great instructable! keep it up!
cwebb11 walloon1 month ago
taffeta fabric works very well also. not as light but still very strong
larslovespeace (author)  walloon3 years ago
The nylon I used was a regular ripstop nylon I got at Joannes. I was very skeptical about a very thin piece of fabric holding my weight, but it seems to work. I have had mulitple people sit on it at once and it didnt break.
I was skeptical as well. But, if all else fails, try try again. I bought some fabric at joannes as well, gonna give it a try myself. Cheers!
hammockguy2 years ago
I've heard about wrapping the sleeping bag around the hammock instead of using a pad. That way your not crushing the insulation in the sleeping bag. Has anyone tried this?
Yes, but not all night. The bag has to zip down all the way past the foot box so you can use its whole length. With bag slightly open at bottom, slip hammock clew thru it and connect to tree hugger (or unzip the bag, etc. what the hell) The problem was, the hammock exiting behind your head prevents cinching the drawcord around your face. So next i'll try using a smaller, inner bag as a quilt, and wrapping the excess over my head from on top (get it?)
I recently went on a trip with my daughter and was caught by much colder than expected nights. I got up in the middle of the night and zipped my bag around my hammock and it was passable. I was still cold but that had more to do with being cramped into only the space the bag covered. I would go with a purpose built solution.
larslovespeace (author)  hammockguy2 years ago
I believe thast is a called an underquilt. you can make them yourself and it is a very efficient way to stay warm.
nilnate51911 months ago
What type of thread was used to sew the hammock? And what carabiners are used?
jamob1 year ago
Is this a comfortable hammock for sleeping without padding or sleeping bag? What caribeners did you use and where can I get them? Great instructable!
HAL 9000 jamob1 year ago
Any climbing-rated carabiners will work fine. I just got some little carabiners yesterday that are rated at 22kN, which is more than enough to support a hammock.
larslovespeace (author)  jamob1 year ago
I think it is very comfortable bra. I used some standard caribeaners no the cheapo ones but the screw tight ones. Id say for night sleeping you should use a pad just because the bottom of the hammock gets really cold. I guess it also depends where you live too
Alright thanks! Me and some of my friends are making this hammock to go roughing it in Vermont for a weekend in April cause its simple and portable! Thanks for the help
larslovespeace (author) 4 years ago
Also when I had hung the hammock from these trees they were over 20 ft apart so it really strched it out like you see but if you find trees fifteen feet apart then it will be much easier to lay in at angles.
I built a hammock like this a few years ago and just decided to try using paracord (for pack size and weight considerations) instead of the nylon webbing I normally use. Never knew paracord was that stretchy. I tied the thing 7ft off the ground and it still stretched to the ground... If I preshrink the paracord do you think it will stretch less?
larslovespeace (author)  Myklknife2 years ago
I dont really know. Paracord is built to be strechy and to make it non strechy would probley hinder the strength somehow.
Perhaps... I don't know how much damage washing it would do though. I gave it a try anyway, I'll string it up later in the week to see how it works
sun damage is really the only thing you need to worry about with 550 cord. washing it shouldn't harm it at all, provided you dry it thoroughly enough to keep it from mildewing.
Alright I just tried my washed paracord and it still held my weight (180lbs) just find and stretched far less.
larslovespeace (author)  Myklknife2 years ago
thats awesome that worked ill have to try it sometime
milamber2 years ago
does anyone know if an old fly sheet would be strong enough??
50-50 milamber2 years ago
fly screen works great for this.
it has a special weave that stops ripps.
possibly but not likely. rain flies are not made for weight bearing, BUT its worth a try. why dont you make an IBLE trying this out?
matmore742 years ago
Okey all, great things were said, But Nylon webbing works the best and paracord 550 type. Go to www.hammockforums.net or go to www.tothewoods.com you will see what I am talking about..
briarwalker: I used much of your design to make a hammock for camping. It was great! so simple and so cheep compared to "store bought".
Bought the ripstop nylon at Joanne's on sales and with a coupon! I already had a pile of para cord. Then I recycled a set of webbed boat straps, (The straps no longer worked with my kayak or car.) Wha La.. a very comfortable and secure hammock. I will likely make a couple and give them to brothers and sisters for Christmas. Thank you!

Does any one have any ideas about other synthetics that are available that would serve the same purpose? I think it would be fun to do some stripes!
Again, thank you!
rentman3 years ago
Perhaps you could add a cross-bar to keep the hammock open. otherwise good design!
personally, I'm not a fan of stays to keep the hammock open when I sleep in one. the cocoon effect keeps you from rolling out if you toss and turn a lot.
yea, just get a thin aluminun rod and do a cobra stitch with paracord to pad it. thats my plan!
larslovespeace (author)  brickman933 years ago
I was origanly thinking getting some rope and attaching to hammock and steaking into ground but thats a realy good idea.
larslovespeace (author)  rentman3 years ago
Great Idea! When I ended up camping in it the trees were much closer together and it was much more open ( specially if I laid in it at an angle)
i really like it but the funny thing is, the way he's laying in the hammock make is look like some sort bizarre coffin. but i guess that adds to some sort of effect, but idk what kind, however.
larslovespeace (author)  Pointy Cactus243 years ago
Back then I really had never slept in a hammock before... You would ussually sleep in a hammock this style where you body is at a 45 degree angle to the treee- allowing for maximum flatness.
eddems3 years ago
I learned about hammocks from soldiers in the Viet Nam War. They copied them from green Berets. My first one was a failure. I think this one might be too. The hammock needs to be 7 plus feet long. But the really important thing is to arch the ends where the rope goes. Abut 3 inches is nice. This keeps the sides of the hammock up so that you are cradled by it. Otherwise, there will be a tendency to fall out of it.
mikesnyd eddems3 years ago
Arch goes in what direction? Does it go into the rectangle or out of the rectangle? I was thinking about it and maybe adding a couple of twists in the rope might stop it from flipping. Both leads to the tree are twisted maybe four or five times. More depending on how long they are.
eddems mikesnyd3 years ago
the ends of the hammock where the rope goes should have some arch to it. The hammock will cradle you then.
I dont know dude the way I did it seems fine so me I have camped in it multiple times and I have never fallen out even in my sleep.
Hey, how wide is the fabric that you're using? Great Instuctable too!
larslovespeace (author)  LuminousObject3 years ago
it is 5ft wide which is 58 in. wide by 9ft long. the width is the width of the role of fabvric at the store.
jessejwk3 years ago
DId you mean to put 7 of the same picture on this step? Great instructable by the way.
larslovespeace (author)  jessejwk3 years ago
no I'll have to change that- woops
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