Make Your Own Hammock Stand
You will get more from your hammock if you have a hammock stand. Even if you bring your hammock indoors when it rains, it is quick to attach it to a hammock stand
Hammock stands are not difficult to make, but as they need to take your weight and more, getting it right is important. If you would rather not buy a hammock stand then here are a few key points to bear in mind when making one:
- The most important part of the hammock stand is the design. This will vary according to the materials and space you have available. It is worth spending the time to get the design right though, to ensure it will be strong enough. Construction should only then take a couple of hours once you are clear about the design.
- The hammock fixings should be at about 1.5m above the ground. The horizontal distance between theses fixings should be around two thirds of the hammocks length plus 50cm.
- The hammock fixings must be strong enough. Every bolt should be at least 12mm diameter.
- The timber must be strong enough to take your weight too. The beams that hold either end of the hammock should be a minimum of 3”x2”, as should the braces that support them.
- The base beam that connects both triangular braces is best made from 2 planks (6”x1” or 4”x1”) which sandwich the beams that support the hammock. This enables you to put a bolt through both sides of the sandwich and through the supporting beams in the middle.
- The triangular brace timbers should be cut at 45 degrees and the bottom of the supporting beams at 60 degrees.
- The hammock stand will be heavy, so position it somewhere where you won’t have to move it very often. You could make it more portable by making a couple of the bolts easy to unscrew, but it will still be heavy. If it’s not heavy, it’s probably not strong enough.
- If you can make the hammock stand from spare timber then great, but it must not be at all rotten. If you have to buy new timber then do consider buying tanalised timber as it will last longer outside.
- Regularly check the hammock stand for signs of wear and tear. Pre-emptive repairs are the best