Instruction For Making A Basic Hammock

Set in the garden or inside the house, the hammock makes it possible to rest while enjoying a rocking conducive to the nap. It can also be used as an extra bed in the house. Making a hammock is not difficult and requires little equipment. Simply follow the method explained above to make your own hammock.

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1.   Choose your fabric

Before choosing the fabric, it is necessary to think about types of  hammocks:

  • Punctual or intensive.
  • Indoor or outdoor.
  • Adults or children.
  • Fixed or itinerant.

Only a few types of fabrics can be used to make a hammock:

  • Natural materials: cotton and hemp. Cotton is the most commonly used material because it is very soft to the touch. Their disadvantages are a longer drying time than synthetic materials and a low resistance to mildew.
  • Synthetic materials: nylon, polyester. The nylon is sturdy and durable, the polyester is thinner and more flexible. Both are mildew resistant and dry quickly.

2.    Prepare The Canvas

  • Cut the canvas to size 2.50 mx 1.50 m.
  • Make a 5 cm hem on the sides measuring 2.50 m.
  • Make a 10 cm hem on the sides measuring 1.50 m.

3.   Install the eyelets

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This step is to be carried out at both ends of the fabric.

Prepare the template:

  • Draw a round on a sheet of paper using the female side of a grommet.
  • Note: the eyelets have a male side and a female side. The male side (the one with the pins) is the one that comes to be embedded in the female side.
  • Cut the middle with scissors and mark the center of the circle at the top and on the side.

Calculate the spacing to fit the 6 eyelets:

  • Trace on each hem a horizontal marker 5 cm from the top (over the full width of 140 cm).
  • Make a first mark on the horizontal line 5 cm from the edge (the first and last eyelet are centered 5 cm from the edge).
  • Then draw a marker every 26 cm and then put 6 eyelets. You get 6 markers at: 5 cm, 31 cm, 57 cm, 83 cm, 109 cm and 135 cm.
  • Note: the dimension of the eyelets does not matter. The calculation is done according to the number of eyelets that one wishes to pose. The calculation is as follows: length of fabric – margins (here 140 cm – 5 cm × 2 = 130) ÷ number of eyelets – 1 (here 130 ÷ 5 = 26 cm) = deviation from the center of one eyelet to other.

Install the eyelets:

  • Position your template by matching the center marks to each marker (horizontal and vertical).
  • Draw the circles on the canvas and gently cut them out with scissors.
  • Place the female part under the fabric and clip the male part.
  • Note: Once the eyelets are installed and clipped, no risk of the fabric fraying.

4.    Pass the strings

  • Pass a 1-meter long rope between the eyelets, back and forth between the top and bottom of the canvas.
  • Do the same at the other end.
  • Make a knot at each end.

5.    Attach the hammock

Where to install the hammock:

  • Outside: hanging on trees, poles, fixed in a wall, on a terrace. Any point of attachment located more than 1.60 m above the ground is usable.
  • Inside: on walls using hammock hooks, to beams according to their height.

How to Install the Hammock:

  • The minimum distance between the two points of attachment must be between 2.70 m and 2.90 m.
  • The height should be between 1.60 and 2.50 m. It all depends on the size of the hammock.
  • The lowest point of the hammock should be between 40 and 50 cm.
  • If the distances are too short, simply increase the length of the ropes.
  • A hammock should not be too taut to be comfortable.

Good to know: a new hammock will tend to relax. It will therefore have to be suspended a little higher.