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rope hammock Answered

Does anyone know how to go about making a rope hammock? I've seen the diy cloth hammocks, but I am more interested in a hammock that retains its shape when its not being used, like the rope ones do. If someone can create an instructable for this that would be amazing. Thanks


Popular Mechanics article on how to:


And yet another from 1915 popular mechanics:


Part 1 of the 1915 article here:


Try Janns Netcraft which sells material and instructions for tying several types of nets including hammocks. I personally have made several and have altered their pattern to make one longer and wider. It takes about 20 hours or more to make one yourself using their instructions.

Why doesn't anyone do an instructable on that type of hammock?? I'm more looking for how to do the knot at the top. Anyone know how to do that or what it's called?

If someone gives me money for the approx. 1000 yards of rope it'd take to do this instructable, I'll do it.


8 years ago

come on why cant i find this in an instructable

I have been looking for exactly the same project but seems to be the first thing I couldn't find on the site. I am actually going to try to make on regardless and then make an instructables for it and try to make a hammock chair after that. Will keep you updated.

My sister and I did both! Though we didn't do an instructional video or picture instructions.... ACtually I decide to do achair my self and Have my husband build the stand. So i mentioned it to my sister and it became our project to do together one week. We had gotten outdoor canvas at a yardsale... we decided to make her a quilted hammock-the kind that cost alot! We got o different type outdoor material on clearance at a fabris store... purchased the rope and hardwood for the spreader. We cut the material to the size we wanted... cut outdoor type batting and sewed the hammack..machine quilted. We found a heavy duty gommet tool at wal-mart.. once the hammock itself was made. I had my husband drill the holes for threading the ropes... I used large "O" rings from the hardware store. Tied the knots macrame' style and then slip wrap tied the extra long ends for added strenghth. My hammcok seatswing I created in just 2 days... sewed the outer door canvas into a large cahir type cushion...figure the placement for the grommets. I used one double board of hrdwood.. sanded and outdoor finished. drilled two hole for the top spreader. I macame' tied the sides and used tow boards under the back of seat for support and one nuder the front as a support spreader. After I tied the knots through the seat grommets I under wrapped the extra and did a slip joiners knot for even more support. My husband built the hanger from 8 ft. 6X6 gussetted.. as you would for a mailbox.. I used regular porch swing hooks for hanging. The hanger was concreted in and I have been using it now for about 4 years... I just slip a large contractors garbage bag over the swing and rehang for the winter, tying of the bottom for weatherproofing! With the material being on sale and doing all the planning and handy work it only cost me a total of $60.00 for everything... even the hanger. A purchased swing of equal or lesser type design would have cost me $80.00 at the local home center! Oh, for the foot rest.. long ropes with a cross board at the bottom place at a comfortable level for raising or simple rest below! There are no limits to waht you can use or create! Just think in terms of how much you need to support and how to redistribute the weight evenly! Have fun creating and USING!

Hahaha, I've been trying to find the time for the same thing!