Durable, Light and Compactable Paracord Hammock

Introduction: Durable, Light and Compactable Paracord Hammock

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I love this hammock! Everything I did to make this is from other Instructables. I found this to be a very ambitious project and it took a lot of time. It took about a month and a half to complete although I did have big breaks between working on it.

The frame of it is cobra weave and it is 3' x 7'. I did a 7' core loop with a simple knot in it then did the weave with about 80' of paracord for the 7' sections. The 3' sections were the same with a 3' core then 35' of paracord for the weave. This was the part that took forever. It was just tedious... The center net is 10' segments that I put about every 3" and then knotted together.

I hung this up for a good nights rest and found that there is no flex to it at all. This makes it feel very stable and secure. The loops in the center netting allowed me many positions to prop and support myself while sleeping with little discomfort. Another advantage is, of course, that you're off the ground.

The grey fabric being held out of the way for the picture is an authentic hammock from Brazil. My gf slept in that one and said that it was a constant balancing act to sleep in. I noticed no such problem with my hammock using a 3 point mount for a 4 point hammock.

It was a lot of work, and possibly too ambitious, but I don't regret doing it. I learned a lot of lessons in weaving paracord and it is a great hammock for camping. I can roll it up with a tarp and it is lighter and more compact than bringing a tent. I purchased some heavy duty pulleys and will be able to hoist myself into the trees for the night in the areas where bears are a concern.

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    Wow what a huge project to undertake. A cobra weave usually comes out to being 1' of rope for every 1" of desired length. So just to complete the outside parimeter would take ~240' of cord. I'm curious on how you joined the inside cord to the cobra weave. any possibilities of a closer photograph?


    Reply 6 years ago

    I can get puctures for sure. On one side I just have a simple loop and on the other side I ran the cord through the weave and it stays in place. I will defs grab some close-ups when I bust it out again.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Did you run into any issues with the large weave? I always feel like I get hung up in it, ha!

    I've been wanting to try something like this - it looks really great!


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you very much. Like I said it was a lot of work. I had similar trouble managing the amount of cord during the weave but shortly after I began I found that taking a broom stick and cutting off 2 x 6-inch sections and rolling up the cord onto them respectively. Then when it would get short I'd unroll a bit more cord and it kept things manageable. I'll show what I mean when I make my paracord belt and post it.