I love SCUBA diving! So much that in February of 2014 I spent a month on the island of Roatan, Honduras getting my Divemaster Certification. While there, I spent my days studying, diving, and relaxing in my hammock. Of course after I left, I missed diving everyday the most. However, after the diving, the thing that I missed was relaxing in my hammock on a daily basis. Upon arriving home, I made it a goal to somehow recreate my hammock that I'd left behind but not forgotten. Once I figured out the general idea, I decided to improve upon it by making my hammock with paracord.

This instructable is split up into five main parts:

  • How to make a Hammock Loom (Step 1)
  • How to make a Netting Needle (Step 15)
  • How to load the Netting Needle (Step 19)
  • How to weave a Hammock (Step 24)
  • How to make Rope (Step 32)
  • How to weave a Clew (Step 35)

Step 1: Tools and Materiel for Hammock Loom


  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Driver bit
  • Hex Wrench (for Threaded Insert)
  • Router
  • Various Roundover Bits
  • Planer


  • 2x4's
  • 2 1/2" Grabber Screws
<p>Beautiful work!!!</p><p>With the 550lb load strength of each paracord strand this may be a bit overkill :D . You could probably hold up an elephant easily with the hammock pouch.</p><p>We had hammocks growing up and they had wooden stretchers on each end to keep the hammock open. I am not accustomed to the hammocks that wrap up around you when you step into them. </p>
<p>Hahaha yeah I agree! I know that it wouldn't be exactly linear with being able to hold 550 lb per strand because there are bends in every strand. But lets say that those bends and knots reduce the strength to 75% that would still be a weight capacity of 77,550 lb which is nearly 38 tons. So crazy! </p>
You could make some pocket money selling these things to small island airports as aircraft arresting nets so they could catch planes that overshoot the runway.
That's dang hilarious!
I just have a few questions.<br>1. Does it pack up nicely, or does it get tangled?<br>2. How small does it pack up?<br>3. Ballpark estimate, how much did all the paracord cost?<br>4. Is it like &quot;sleep in it every night for a week and a half&quot; comfortable?<br>I do this Boundary Waters trip, and we aren't allowed too much space to pack our stuff including tent. I'm trying to be a step ahead and get a hammock with a mosquito net and rain fly arrangements. I can easily get the net and fly, but I'm considering making this if it is cheaper and packs up more nicely that those hammocks you can buy at like gander mountain or another outfitter like REB. Thanks.
<p>I haven't ever gotten my tangled up at all. The ends are big enough rope that they don't tangle easily at all. </p><p>Since the paracord doesn't compress much at all, it's doesn't pack small at all. </p><p>It depends on how expensive your paracord is. This took about 3000 feet to make. I bought more than that because I wanted different colors. </p><p>I wouldn't sleep in this every night. If you are wanting to do that I'd make it out of something much softer like cotton or nylon. </p>
<p>Just thought of this, If you were to take the white core strands out, do you think it would be a bit more comfortable to the point where it would be easy to sleep in? It would definitely pack smaller. I am also going to use a different weave that I discovered on accident.</p>
<p>That would definitely make it more comfortable. I would think that taking all the cores of the paracord out would be quite tedious however. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes. </p>
I have the weave shown and I tried it with both cores in and out, out is definitely better. I don't have the ability to attach an image on mobile browser, but the weave uses a bit more paracord. I used 6 strands about 2' each and ended up with a 3&quot;*3&quot; square. The weave is easy to add to and extend. I will add a picture when I can.
<p>Awesome! I can't wait to see it! </p>
<p>Thanks. I have an ENO hammock that I will be using for that Boundary Waters trip, but this will still be on the back burner as something that I just want to do.</p>
<p>I use an ENO hammock when I camp, its about $50 for a single size ($90 for a double, more comfortable) and they pack up pretty small, mine is nylon and its holds 400lb for the single size. You have to get the straps separately though but they pack up small too!</p>
<p>Yeah, I recently got one of those and that is what I will be using for the trip. The straps were definitely worth getting</p>
Also for flexibility purposes would you think making this with cored strands would still be strong enough? Or maybe using a lighter weight/gauge paracord... i dont mean 95 but maybe a 330 or so?
I have not made this yet. However i have a question/ possible improvement on the loom... what about building it out of chain link fence posts or steel piping (yes it would be more expensive but not everyone has access to a planar)? The metal strikes me as less flexible and still retains the ability to break down for storage or conversion into a hammock stand for the back yard. What do you think?
Who even HAS that much paracord?
<p>not me! sadly.</p>
<p>I can't even imagine how much money and paracord that would cost.</p>
<p>That. Is a lot. Of Paracord.</p>
<p>I would love to do this but am to afraid of messing it up for the price of all those materials. Have you ever thought about doing another? If you do next time maybe do an entire video on making one, I feel like that would be very helpful and interesting.</p>
Just wanted to know, how long did the process of weaving the hammock take?
<p>It took me about four months, but I wasn't very diligent about it. About half way through I got really sick of it so I took a longer break than I really should have. If you worked straight through, this can probably be woven start to finish in about 25 to 30 hours. </p>
Wow. That's a long time. Based on how yours turned out it looks worth it in the end though.<br><br>Thanks for the quick response.
This is awesome! Nice dedication. I love paracord and hammocks but 3000ft is a little too pricey for me
me too, I was thinking maybe if you wove it more loosely to make larger holes if it would use less? hard to say but the design is still enticing.
I'm actually making a 8ft by 5~ft hammock out of 250ft of paracord. If it turns out well I think my friend wants one and I'll document the process. Not trying to advertise just inspired by this idea!
<p>I was just wondering if you ever made the hammock you were referring to in your comment?</p>
<p>I would love to see it! Make sure that you write up an instructable! </p>
Love it
<p>wow this is crazy. I've messed around with a few different hammock styles with few of them working the first time. You have defiantly left in depth instructions for this. I really want to make this but I think the cost is a bit much for me... I'm 17 and don't have a job so that much cord isn't exactly easy for me to get a hold of. I love the design and am saving this for when I get the money to do it. My only question is about how much was it overall? I'm going to review this for quite awhile before I start but some info on cost and time would be helpful. If you ever decide to make another maybe you could do a video tutorial on some different things?</p>
<p>I got all my paracord from here: <a href="http://wholesale-parachute-cord.com/">http://wholesale-parachute-cord.com/</a> You do need to have a minimum order of 5 spools, but if you ever plan on using paracord for anything else you will be more than set. For the 5 it cost about $250USD. Hope this helps! If you ever have questions don't hesitate to to comment again or send me a PM. </p>
Dang this is awesome
<p>I would really like to make this, wonderful design and great instructions, but i don't have the money for the cord as i live in New Zealand and paracord is fairly expensive here, would it work to make it out of another type of cord? how heavily is the streangth of the cord relied upon?</p>
<p>YOu could try bailing twine? Haha heres a very cheap place to get it: <a href="http://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-Paracord-550-Paracord-Parachute-Cord-Lanyard-Rope-Mil-Spec-Type-III-7-Strand-100-FT/506643468.html?spm=2114.01020208.3.13.N44o12&ws_ab_test=201526_4,201527_1_71_72_73_74_75,201409_4" rel="nofollow">http://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-Paracord-550-Pa...</a></p><p>I live in the wairarapa about 45 kms from the nearest town and these guys stilkl ship for free all the way there Blimmin marvelous.</p>
<p>You can honestly make this out of almost anything. I've seen pictures of people making them out of small nylon cord. </p>
<p>Any particular reason not to make a four strand rope twister? instead of doing two the two again? </p>
<p>Cable-plied yarns and ropes are stronger and more abrasion-resistant than the same number of strands all plied together at once (a cable ply is what's done here, where there are multiple passes, plied strands plied with other plied strands). Also, cable plies are lumpier, which can help knots hold on slippery materials like this. </p><p>Finally, you'll notice he didn't insert any twist into the single strands before plying them, so the twisted strands aren't fundamentally locked together; the twist of one pass relieving the stress created in the material by the opposite twist of the previous pass is what makes a plied cord lock together, so here the &quot;Z twist&quot; of the first pass locks in the &quot;S twist&quot; of the second. S and Z are terms that denote the twist direction--look at the angled bit in the middle, the little angles on the rope look like either \\\\\ and are S twist, or ///// and are Z twist. Make sense?</p><p>I'm a bit disappointed that this tutorial doesn't take into account the centuries--maybe millennia?--of accumulated knowledge of how to make netting and hammocks. Reinventing the wheel is kind of wasteful. It would be awesome to investigate and share the techniques of traditional hammock-making. Maybe I will! :)</p>
<p>Thank you so much for your insight! I know that there is so much information out there on netting and hammock making however I oftentimes like to think of a project and see what I can do. I'd love to see the results of your invisetigation into the topic! </p>
<p>You took the concept of 'dedication' to a whole new level mate, this is just uberepic! But tell me, how much is the weight of this hammock? Netto I mean, without a body.</p>
<p>i was able to make lighter ones with a youtube tutorial <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UjhDVnXMTP0" width="500"></iframe></p><p>I did it twice and would make it bigger and with more links but a looser weave were i to do it again.</p>
How much cord did you use?
<p>Thanks! I was really surprised to find out how heavy it was. It weighs in at just under 10 pounds. Not the best option for backpacking. :)</p>
<p>I love it. I am am big fat guy and I have had bad luck with hammocks, or I should say the hammocks have bad luck with me. I think I'll try this one.</p>
<p>Wow, now that's commitment! :)</p>
<p>nice work! it simplifies my ideas!</p>
<p>This is awesome!<br>The 'netting needle' is actually a 'netting shuttle'. When I was a kid my father was a lobsterman, and we used one to build &amp; repair the nets in the lobster traps. (Wish I could remember exactly how we made them.)<br><br>I love paracord, but wish it wasn't so expensive! Great job!<br></p>
<p>I've heard them referred as needles and shuttles. I just stuck with one term as to not confuse readers. Thanks for taking a look! </p>
Everybody is talking about how awesome the hammock is. I'm just excited he talked about my country.
<p>Hahaha where in Honduras do you live?</p>

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Bio: My name is Troy. I'm a Mechatronics graduate studying Mechanical Engineering. I love making things and doing anything outdoors (especially SCUBA diving). I am ... More »
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