A hammock is a low-cost and wonderful device that lets you relax regardless of location and current mood. For instance, a hammock in the backyard gives you the opportunity to create your very own oasis! Here you can dream about future and past vacations, enjoy a glass of Margherita and forget about any stress or problems.
But what is there to do if the backyard doesn’t have any trees? Or if you want to install the hammock indoors without drilling down the walls?
Well, the solution, in this case, is a hammock stand. The cool part is that you don’t even have to invest much in this device as you can make it a fun DIY project for the weekend. In this article, we will provide all the necessary instructions, so if you feel like getting to work, you’ll have all the materials and tools.
However, it’s best to make it a two-person project (or ask the entire family to help out) since it requires handling planks of lumber and working with power tools.
Tools & Materials
Here is the complete list of materials and tools you’ll need to put together this DIY hammock stand.
Quick note: This is a wood design that works best for outdoor settings. Still, if you have the room, it will also look good indoors or on a porch – just make sure it fits.
- 7 2×4 boards (8’)
- 12x 6-inch hex bolts with nuts
- 24 x washers
- 6 x 3.5-inch screws
- 4 x 4-inch metal brackets
- 24 x 2-inch screws
- 2 x large eye screw hooks
- 2 x carabiners
- Wood glue
- Wood stain (to keep the water from damaging the wood)
- A set square, to help you measure the angles
- Saw (it can be a power or a handsaw, depending on the tools you have around)
- Sandpaper (to smooth out the edges)
- Wood Clamps
- Power drill
How to Put Together the Stand
Once you have all the materials and tools, you are ready to start working on the hammock stand.
As you can see, there is a bit of work and the project does require some effort, so we recommend asking a friend or family member for help (especially if you’re new to working with wood and power tools).
Make the Base
Standard hammock stands are shaped like a boat, with a sturdy base that sits on the ground and two poles that go out of the stand, at an angle. This creates a trapezoidal shape, with the base on the ground and hammock situated at the wide opening.
For the base, you’ll need two 8’ 2×4 boards. Lay them on the ground with the wide side. Take the square set and mark a 30-degree angle at each end of the boards using a pencil. The line should start from the top left and top right corner and move towards the center at a 30-degree angle.
Use the saw to cut the ends at an angle and then use the sandpaper to smooth down the edges.
Make the Lateral Poles
Take other two 2×4 boards and cut them in half first. Next, cut one end of each pole at a 30-degree angle, just like you did for the base. The other of each pole will remain flat.
To connect the poles with the base, you’ll need some slants, which will be installed in a diagonal and will become the main support system of the stand. For this, take two 2×4 boards. For one of them, find the center and cut it in half by following a 60-degree line.
The result will be two pieces of wood, each with a 60-degree end and a flat end. Measure using the set square and cut the flat ends in a mirror 60-degree angle.
Next, take the other 2×4 board and cut it in four 15-inch pieces. Two of these pieces should have straight ends while the other two should have one flat end and one cut at a 30-degree angle.
Finish everything off by using the sandpaper on all the cuts.
Put Everything Together
Lay all the pieces on a flat surface and arrange them in a trapezoidal shape, with the small base towards the ground (the large base is where the hammock goes).
Next, use one of the slants to connect the base and lateral pole in a diagonal. You should have around 20-inches from the beginning of the base to where the slant overlaps with it.
Take the four 15-inch boards and place them as it follows:
- The two ones with straight ends should go on the top of the lateral poles (you’ll use it to join them together)
- The two ones with an angled end go over the area where the post and the base meet.
Use wood clamps to hold everything together and use the power drill to create pilot holes as it follows:
- 2 holes through the 15-inch pieces at the top of the poles and the poles
- One hole through the end of each slant
- 2 holes through each of the 15-inch pieces at the base and the base
These pilot holes are only for one side, so make sure to repeat the process on the other side.
Until this step, you’ve worked on one side of the stand (or one of the trapezoids if you want). Now it’s time to create the second one, in the image of the first one but without the 15-inch pieces. These are actually the glue that fuses everything together.
Create the second trapezoidal shape just like you did with the first one and make sure to drill the same pilot holes. You can use the pieces that are already drilled to guide you.
Next, use the 6-inch hex bolts with washers to thread them through each of the holes in the first trapezoidal shape. Once this step is complete, apply wood glue over the surfaces that will come in contact with the second trapezoidal shape.
Finish everything off by laying the second structure over the first and tighten all the bolts.
Install the Hammock
Once the glue is dried there is one more thing to do before you can hang the hammock: two feet to provide the stand with stability.
For this, you’ll use the last 2×4 board, which you’ll cut in half. Mark the center of each newly obtained board and cut a notch into the wide side. The notch should be as wide as the hammock stand so it fits in nicely.
Sand everything down, line each notch with glue and fit it to the base. Fix everything using the metal brackets on each side for each of the two feet.
Congratulations! Your stand is complete and almost ready to use!
We recommend applying one or two layers of wood stain, to protect it from humidity. Still, the choice is yours and this step is optional.
Now, all that’s left is to install the eyelet hooks at the top of each pole and use the carabiners to hang the hammock.