How to Make a Free-Standing Hammock Stand

Hammocks make for the ultimate backyard "staycation." Nothing says summer quite like reading a book in a hammock! This free-standing wood hammock stand uses basic, pressure-treated wood posts, deck screws, and 45-degree angles to create a custom-looking stand for about $60 — much less than the average cost of a store-bought hammock base! This project creates a hammock base that's 13-feet long from eye bolt to eye bolt, making it the perfect length for 11-foot-long hammocks.

how to DIY a wood hammock stand for $60!
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directions for how to build a backyard wood hammock base
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Step 1

Cut the two 6-foot posts with miter saw to make four 3-foot posts.

cut two 6' posts to make four 3' posts | hammock stand DIY
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Step 2

Using a scrap piece of wood cut at 45 degrees as a template, draw a 45-degree line on each end of all wood posts.

draw a 45 degree line on ends of all wood posts | hammock stand DIY
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Step 3

Use a miter saw to cut 45-degree angles on each end of the posts, using the pencil marks as guides. The cuts should angle inward toward one another on the same face of the post.

cut a 45 degree angle on each end of posts | hammock stand DIY
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Step 4

Lay out the overall plan for the hammock in an open space, as shown below. For ease, it's best to build your hammock near the area where you'll use it, as the sturdy frame will be heavy.

lay out plan for hammock | hammock stand DIY
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Step 5

Raise a 3-foot post at an angle against the mitered end of one of the side 6-foot posts (here's where you need a helper) so that the top mitered edge of the 3-foot post is flush with the top edge of the 6-foot post.

raise 3' post at an angle along edge of 6' post | hammock stand DIY
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Step 6

Drive four 4-inch deck screws to join the posts together at the joint. Repeat this for all four corners, joining all four 3-foot posts to the 6-foot posts.

drill 4 deck screws into corner of 3' and 6' post. repeat for all 4 corners | hammock stand DIY
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Step 7

Position one of the end 6-foot posts that was laying between the 3-foot posts (see step 6 for reference), and position it between both angled 3-foot posts, so the edges are flush and the mitered end is resting flush against the horizontal 8-foot-long bottom post.

Line up 6' post to be flush with side pieces | hammock stand DIY
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Step 8

Drive four 4-inch deck screws on both sides to connect the 3-foot pieces to the angled 6-foot piece. Repeat steps 7 and 8 on the opposite side of the hammock stand.

Drill 3' piece to 6' piece at all 4 connection points | hammock stand DIY
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Step 9

Straighten the center 8-foot post with a mallet so the edges are flush with the edges of the angled 6-foot posts.

straighten 8' post in preparation to be screwed into 6' post | hammock stand DIY
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Step 10

Use a tape measure to ensure that the 8-foot post overhangs the angled 6-foot posts by an equal distance at each end.

verify that each end is equal in distance | hammock stand DIY
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Step 11

Using 4-inch deck screws, attach the angled 6-foot post to the 8-foot post in four places. Repeat this step at the other end of the 8-foot post.

drill deck screws from 6' post into 8' post. repeat. | hammock stand DIY
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Step 12

Measure up about 48 inches up from the ground, and drill a hole completely through the angled 6-foot post, using a 5/8-inch spade drill bit. Repeat for other angled post.

48" from ground, drill completely through 8' post | hammock stand DIY
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Step 13

Thread a 1/2-inch eye bolt through the hole, and secure it with a washer and hex nut. Repeat for other angled post.

srew in eye bolt with washer and hex nut  | hammock stand DIY
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Step 14

Attach your hammock to the eye bolts according to the hammock's instructions.

attach fabric hammock and enjoy! | hammock stand DIY
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Your hammock stand is complete! Pat yourself on the back, pour yourself a drink, and enjoy your new hammock! It is our kids' new favorite place to play and relax outdoors. The supplies to make your own are readily available at your local home improvement store, and for only $60, it's budget friendly, too!

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