How To Build a Rope Hammock Chair

Where's the best place to spend a lazy afternoon? In your own private hammock. A hammock chair takes up less space and can hang indoors in a sun room or child's bedroom. This short hammock is supported by a wooden bar that is connected to ringed ends of the hammock, creating a cozy scooped nest made of soft craft cords.

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How To Build a Rope Hammock Chair

Gather Your Materials

The most important material is the cord itself—it has to be strong enough to hold your weight but pliable enough to weave. Craft cord or macramé cord comes in multiple colors and is durable. Micro-rope or hammock rope can be used for outdoor hammock projects. For indoor seating, a spool or two of macramé cord about 400 yards long will be enough. You will also need two welded metal rings to attach to the ends of your hammock to hold it up.

Know Your Knot

This method relies on a square knot. If you have a preference or another knot in mind the steps can be altered for a traditional hammock weave or double knots. For a square knot, take the far-left cord and cross it over the two center cords. After that, pull it under the far-right cord. Then pick up the far-right cord and pull it under the center two cords and through the loop. Pass it over the left cord. The four cords make a square knot. Repeat the process backwards to finish the knot. For the next knot, pull in another cord.

Creating the Upper Sides

The upper sides of your hammock will need about 16 cords, each four yards long. If you want a longer hammock, add a yard to the length. Remember to add the length to the other sides as well. The upper sides will attach to your welded metal rings. Fold eight of the four-yard cords through the loop so that they hang evenly and secure with a wrapped cord. Repeat with the second loop. These two strands of cords will tie together to create the back support of your hammock.

Weaving the Back Support

Lay the two sets of cords 36 inches away from each other. Pull two strands from each set. These will tie together in a square knot (looping the four cords through each other to create a square pattern). Repeat the process backwards (starting with the right side) to finish the knot. The knots will weave together to create the main support for the back. The back will be made of 21 rows of square knots, each one-inch apart. Cut 34 cords that are 6 1/2 yards each. Tie 16 of these cords using a square knot starting from the first square knot you made in the middle and working your way out, with eight on each side. Starting from the far right, weave a row of square knots. When you reach the far left, alternate and tie knots going toward the right. Create 21 rows.

Weaving the Seat

Once the back is complete, the seat is very much the same process. Take two of the long cords coming from each ring and repeat the knot made for the back support, with at least 60 inches from the top of the back. Repeat the steps used to make a square knot that holds the two sides together. You will then weave in the rest of the 6 1/2 yard cords, connecting them to the back support when finished with tight knots that face away from the seat of the chair.

Weaving the Sides

The leftover side cords will now be woven into the back and seat. Lay the sides flat so that you can ensure they are straight. Move from the bottom to the top, starting with the right side. Take two cords, and slide the longer of the two through gaps in the square knots in the front side of the seat. Slide the second cord through a different gap, a row apart. Tighten the two and tie, weaving the ends through the seat. Repeat with the next two cords, shortening each cord a bit as you make your way to the base where the seat and back meet. This will be the shortest side, with the gaps three rows apart. Repeat on the left side, making sure both sides are even. Weave, cut or let the longer fringe hang from the bottom.

Support Your Weight

When it comes time to hang your rope hammock chair, keep weight in mind. You'll need a sturdy wooden bar to hang your hammock chair, like an oak or oak mix dowel that is at least 36 inches long. Choose stainless steel spring snap links and a quick snap links for the ceiling support for your hammock hardware, and make sure they can hold over 200 pounds. Your hammock will hang on two, three-inch welded metal rings that attach to your weaved ends.

Nat Howard

Nat Howard

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