There are many ideas to upgrade your patio, but one of the best and most relaxing ones is a hammock. You can always purchase one, but you can also make it a DIY project and create a fantastic hammock for your outdoor space! Did you think you can make yours only by using a piece of fabric, drop cloth or a bedsheet and beach towel for a DIY hammock stand? Well, you can also use one of the oldest techniques, macrame, and create your own stylish rope hammock!
The art of crafting cord is a centuries-old method that’s been used to make home décor items, furniture, plant holders, and so much more. It’s all about knotting, that you can practice first on spare threads and loose ends to become a perfectionist while preparing your chair or naval camping hammock. Follow these easy DIY guides to create unique and comfortable no-sew hammocks in no time!
Step-by-step guide: How to make a macrame hammock chair
Sometimes, relaxing in your outdoor living space requires a comfortable and stylish hanging chair. With a few tools and some basic math skills, you’ll have a beautiful backyard hammock that shows off your do-it-yourself skills. To make your own, you should use a specific technique, which requires tying together cords. It is an ancient method used to make plant holders, garden swing chairs and other home decor items. Here’s all you need to do to make your own hammock chair!
What you’ll need
- 3 3.2 cm hardwood, 76 cm long & 2 1.5 cm hardwood, 90 cm long dowels
- 180 meters, 0.5 cm cord or rope
- 7 meters, 1.3 cm rope or strong twine
- 4 2.5 cm wood screws
- Drill and 1.5 cm bit
- Measuring tape
Step 1: Measure
While measuring the dowels, ensure all the holes are level and lined up with each other for a perfectly square frame.
- On 2 of the pegs, measure and mark at 5 cm and 9 cm from each end.
- The third one will only need to be marked at 9 cm from each end.
Step 2: Drill holes
Make a hole at each mark.
Step 3: Sand the holes
Do that to remove any splinters from drilling.
Step 4: Slide the dowels together
Slide each small one into the holes on the large ones to make a square frame for the seat. Leave about 2.5 cm overlap on each end.
Step 5: Secure the frame with screws
Make a small pilot hole where the pegs meet and secure the 2 pieces together.
Step 6: Hang the frame
Hang the frame temporarily in a place where you can easily stand or sit to knot the ropes before starting the process.
Step 7: Wrap the cords
- Using the cord, cut pieces.
- Pick up 1 cord and fold it in half.
- Wrap your loop around the dowel from front to back.
- Pull the tails through the loop.
- Continue with all 16 cord strands.
- You’ll have 32 strands once they’re all hanging.
Step 8: Cross the cords from left to right
To create your seat, you’ll be using a simple square knot. Start with the first 4 cords, take the left cord and cross it over the centre 2, then under the right thread.
Step 9: Cross cords from right to left
Get the right cord and cross it under the centre 2 threads and up through the hole, passing over the left cord.
Step 10: Complete the square knot
Do the same thing in reverse to complete the second half of the knot. Cross the right cord over the centre 2, then under the left cord. Then cross the left cord under the centre 2 ones and up through the hole, passing over the right thread. Pull the knot tight. Continue this with all your cords.
Step 11: Start with the third cord
For the next row, use the same square knot but start with the third cord. You’ll now be using 2 strands from each section. When knotting them together, ensure to keep everything even. Continue this until you reach the end of your cords.
Step 12: Repeat the pattern
Tie a square knot with the first 4 cords and work your way across, like in the beginning. Then start the next row using the third cord.
Step 13: Knot until the seat measures 115 cm long
Your finished art of knotting cord needs to be longer than the frame.
Step 14: Attach the seat to the frame
Wrap all 4 cords from each section around the peg and tie a knot to attach the ends to the bottom of the frame.
Step 15: Tie a second knot
Split the strand into 2 and pull it as tight as you can to tie the second knot.
Step 16: Cut the cords’ ends
Cut the cords’ ends to the length desired.
Step 17: Cut a 1.3 cm rope
Fold the rope in half and tie a knot a few cm from the top, creating a loop.
Step 18: String the rope
If you can hang the rope by the loop in a temporary place, it will be easier to make sure all the cords are even moving forward. String the rope through each hole and tie a knot, using the leftover third peg, leaving about 50 cm between this and the loop.
Step 19: String the rope through the top of the frame
Continue with the same piece of twine. String it down through the frame’s top on each side and tie a loose knot, leaving 75 cm between the 2 dowels. You need a loose knot because you’ll want to make minor adjustments once you hang the finished chair.
Step 20: String the rope through the bottom of the frame
Cut 2 pieces of rope. Starting at the frame’s bottom, string 1 rope on each side through the hole and tie a loose knot. Your knot should be below the dowel with the rope running up.
Step 21: Tie the rope
Run your rope all the way up to the third top dowel. Then, wrap it around it and tie a loose knot, leaving 150 cm between the third one and the frame’s bottom.
Step 22: Hang the seat and adjust all ropes
You can now hang your chair in a more permanent spot using a sturdy hook on your deck or porch or any room indoors. Ensure all the ropes are even. If you need to make adjustments, this is the time to do so. Then, tighten all the knots. Be careful when sitting in your hammock for the first time. The ropes will expand a bit and form to your weight. Once you feel right, cut off any excess rope hanging below the knots or fray them to hang free.
Naval hammock tutorial
Naval hammocks were used in the navy and are very strong. You can make your own following this tutorial for professional results! This tutorial will create a relaxing hammock for one, but by making the proper adjustments, you can create a comfortable two people hammock to enjoy with friends and family!
Cut your canvas to measure 2 by 1.2 meters.
Turn in the canvas’ long edges 4 cm and sew a seam.
Turn the canvas’ short ends to 4 cm and press into place. Repeat one more time and then press in place. With your sewing machine, use at least 2 or 3 rows of stitching and sew the pressed ends together. Leave space for the grommets by keeping the stitches at least 2.5cm from the rear.
Mark 20 evenly spaced spots along each hammock’s end. These spots mark the grommet placement. To make them, use a tailor’s chalk or an invisible fabric marker.
Punch the grommets into place along your marks.
Cut the rope into 10 smaller pieces, each one 3 meters long.
Braid your rope into harnesses. The most classic macrame hammock braid is the clew knot. To make it:
- Fold in half the cords.
- Mount your folded cords to the ring with a lark’s head knot. Then, slip the ring over an upturned milkshake cup.
- Spreading the cords out, straighten them.
- Number the cords’ ends 1 through 20.
- Using all of the cords, weave the clew knot.
Attach the rope’s unwoven ends to the relevant ring. When adding your strings, use a firm knot.
Hang your new hammock from trees or poles and tie it tightly.
Now you can hang your chair or hammock in a more permanent spot using a hanger or a sturdy hook on your porch, deck or tree. Make sure to use caution when sitting in it for the first time, and keep in mind that the ropes will expand a little and form to your weight. Then, all that’s left to do is to feel proud of your new hammock and relax! Are you ready for your “hanging around” and taking your relaxation game to another level?