Duct Tape Hammock!




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Wan't to make a hammock on a budget? This instructable is for you!
This instructable will show you how to make a hammock from 2, 50 metre rolls of duct tape and some rope and wood.

Hope you enjoy it!

Step 1: Duct Tape Fabric

I made the hammock out of strips of duct tape Arranged in a linear fashion to give it the best strenth. But if you weaved the fabric it may also spread the load better.

First cut 3, 2 metre lenths of duct tape and put them next to one another (sticky side up) . Then Put strips going across ways on top of the other duct tape, like shown in picture 5.
After that lay 2, 2m strips of duck tape along the the surface of the other duct tape strips like shown in picture 6 & 7.
You will need to reapeat this 4 times. Do not join them together yet keep them individualy!

Step 2: Duct Tape Fabric 2

Make sure you have some duct tape left, for this step and the next step.

First put two of the strips you made earlier next to one another. Then join them together with a 2m strip of duct tape at each strips 'sticky surface', like shown in picture 2.
Repeat this process until you have used all the strips.
Your end result should look like picture 7.

Step 3: Joing the Hammock to the Wood

To join it to wood you quite simply tape the wood on!
Its probably the best method and gives quite a lot of strength.

At this stage I ran out of duct tape, so I used parcel tape.. DON'T it broke about 2 minutes after I layed on it! So I will post a picture of it working when I get some more duct tape.

Before you tape the wood on, drill a hole in either end of the wood for the rope.
Next, Tape the wood on, I would suggest using 25cm strips Going around the wood and attaching to either side of the hammock.

Step 4: Attaching the Rope

The hole you drilled in the wood should just be a bit bigger than the rope. To attach the rope thread a bit of each rope though each hole, next tie a knot in each end.  It should look like picture 1.

I built some post for hammocks a while ago. To attach a hammock to a post, I used S type clips. Like shown in picture 3.
To attach the clips to the rope, pull the rope through like shown in picture 4. Then pull the rope other the top of it. ( Picture 5)

To attach this to a tree or post use a metal ring with a rope going round the tree or post.
It will then clip on.

You do not need to undo the rope at the wooden bar.

Step 5: Side Ropes

To help the hammock form a curved shape you need to attach two rope along the side to keep the fabric tight.

All you need to do it attach a 2m lenth of rope from each end, Use the hole where you attached the other rope to tie a knot. Do this for each side and tape the rope along the edge.

The result should look like the picture.

Once you've done this, your finished!

Step 6: Try the Hammock!

Attach the hammock to the trees or posts and try it out!

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    16 Discussions


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction


    Always one guy. Your picture fits you perfectly. I feel like I already know everything about you.

    BTW it's three dots in an ellipsis like you attempted, not four.
    Four would be used at the end of a quoted sentence. How do you like it?



    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    No, there's always more than just one....
    And, by the way....
    Yes, my picture does fit me perfectly....
    Also, four would not be used at the end of a quoted sentence....
    It would still only be three used, if done properly....
    Four would be used when you made a typo....
    ....OR, when you're doing it on purpose for some inane reason....
    See, an ellipsis can be followed by a comma, an exclamation point, a question mark, a quotation mark, or many other forms of punctuation....
    But not by a period....
    Another fun fact....
    Did you know that the ellipsis is an accepted substitute for the phrase 'et cetera'....?



    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    There are those who are vastly offended if you spell it the wrong way; and some believe DUCT is wrong, others believe DUCK is wrong. From my limited research in an online debate years ago, neither term is completely wrong; but the original and all subsequent patents for this type of tape have used either 'Duct' or another name entirely; the only reference to it being 'Duck' tape is the 'Duck brand of Duct tape'....

    Some claim origins in the military where it 'shed water like a duck's back' and the supposedly original term (duck) was coined .. however there is (in my fairly extensive, but certainly not completely exhaustive research) absolutely zero documented evidence about that; only hearsay and old wives tails. As there's evidence behind the name 'Duct tape', I stick with it as the right term. But I only make comments like the above with tongue in cheek...

    The funny thing is, while it has been patented as Duct tape, and is most commonly marketed as Duct tape (even by the Duck brand name), it would seem it was never used to tape up ducting or ducts - that would be the realm of 'aluminum tape'... which is just more fuel for those who argue ferenvtly that it should be named 'Duck' tape.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Actually this type of tape has and still is used to tape HVAC duct with. I acts as a sealant around the "S and Drives" on many home duct systems and to tape flex duct to piping. Many jurisdictions have began to enforce regulations that no longer allow duct tape on ducts and now require a mastic tape or paint on sealant.

    Okay. I guess it is a good thing that no one asked you then, right...?

    As I said, my comment was tongue in cheek. I never bossed him around. I never told him what to call it. I made a comment that was an obvious joke. Did you even read what I wrote in either of the posts?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    i am trying to figure out how to make a simple camping cot ,like for the floor inside a small/medium pup tent..an still able to backpack it


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Looks sturdier than sitzikbs (https://www.instructables.com/member/sitzikbs/) "Duct Tape Hammock" (https://www.instructables.com/id/Duct-Tape-Hammock/).


    8 years ago on Introduction

    You should put a few small drainage holes in the center to keep the water from pooling up when it rains.