There’s nothing like reading a book in a hammock in the backyard of your home!
This independent support, which you can do on your own is very practical and economical.
It is 13 feet long (3.9 m), a perfect length for hammocks 11 feet (3.3 m).
Materials you will need
- Four 4×4 posts of treated wood 6 feet (1.8 m) long
- A 4×4 treated wooden pole 8 feet (2.4 m) long
- A 12-inch miter saw (30.4 cm)
- A pencil
- 4-inch deck bolts resistant to corrosion (10 cm)
- A drill
- A 5/8 inch (1.5 cm) shovel drill
- A tape measure
- A mallet
- 2 1/2 inch by 6 inch eye bolts with a hex nut and a 1/2 inch (1.2 cm) washer
- A spanner
Tip: Due to the weight of the poles it is advisable that you request the help of another person to complete this project.
Cut the two 6-foot posts (1.8 m) to get four 3-foot posts (914 cm).
Use a piece of leftover wood cut at a 45-degree angle as a template to draw a 45-degree line at each end of the wooden posts.
Use a miter saw to cut 45 degree angles at the ends of the posts. Use the marks you made with the pencil as a guide. The angles of the cuts should be towards the inside of the post.
Extend the general plan for support in an open space, as shown below. It is better to build the hammock near the area where you will use it, since the frame will be too heavy to move.
Raise one of the 3-foot posts (914 cm) and place it at an angle with the miter of one of the 6-foot (1.8 m) sides so that both angles are flush. You will need help to complete this step.
Insert the 4-inch (10 cm) deck screws to join the posts.
Place another 6-foot (1.8 m) pole that was extended between the three-foot posts (use step 6 as a reference). Set it so that the angles of these smaller poles are flush with the sides and that the angle of the end rests on the lower post of 8 feet (2.4 m).
Insert the 4-inch (10 cm) deck screws on both sides to connect the angles of the 3-foot (914 cm) posts to the 6-ft (1.8 m) post. Repeat steps 7 and 8 on the other side of the hammock stand.
Straighten the 8-foot (2.4 m) center post with a mallet so that the edges are flush with the corner angles of the 6-foot (1.8 m) posts.
Use a tape measure to make sure that the 6-foot (1.8 m) poles rest on the 8-foot (2.4 m) pole at the same distance from the ends.
Use the 4-inch (10 cm) deck screws to adjust the six-foot (1.8 m) angled posts on the 8-foot (2.4 m) post on four sides. Repeat this step at the other end of the pole.
Measure about 48 inches (1.2 m) from the ground and drill a hole through the 6-foot (1.8 m) pole using a 5/8 inch (1.5 cm) spade bit. Repeat the procedure on the other angled post.
Pass a 1/2 inch (1.2 cm) eye bolt through the hole and secure it with a washer and a hex nut. Repeat the procedure on the other angled post.
Adjust the hammock to the eye bolt according to the instructions of the same.
Hold the hammock on both sides.
Choose a book to read comfortably.
Add some cushions for comfort.
- For greater security you should always place the weight in the center of the hammock, not on the edges.
- Never leave children on the hammock unsupervised.