How To Make A Hammock Support (Pictures/Video)

Many people are often lost when making hammock support for themselves. This is usually because of many reasons, from not knowing the equipment needed to the entire process and much more.

While few people find making hammock support pretty easy, many others do not. If you are among the people who find it complicated, this is the article you should be reading. We will take our time to guide you on how to make hammock support, the things you need to make hammock support, and much more.

 

 

Can I Build My Hammock Stand?

Can I Build My Hammock Stand

Yes, you can build your hammock stand. You might feel incompetent when building your hammock stand, but you should ensure that you will have no problems building something good if you follow the right instructions.

Get all the necessary tools listed above in this article. Once the tools are gotten, you can build your hammock stand. It might not be as perfect as you would like since it’s your first time, but it should still be strong enough to serve its purpose. Here Are The Best Portable Hammock Stands for Camping in 2022 (10 Best!)

What Do I Need to Make Hammock Support?

What Do I Need to Make Hammock Support

There are a few things you need to make a hammock stand. These things help give you all the firmness you need when making your hammock support. Below are the things to make a hammock stand.

  1. Electric saw
  2. Speed square
  3. Wood
  4. Bolts
  5. Lock washer
  6. Connector screw
  7. Drill
  8. Socket wrench set

How Do I Make Hammock Support?

While hammock support can seem like a pretty easy thing, there are several things you must do dutifully, or your hammock support wouldn’t be as balanced as you would like. Below are the steps to making a hammock support

  • Use your Electric Saw to cut your two-by-four wood into 8 feet length
  • Cut a 25-degree Perpendicular Angle for the Base and 25 Degrees Parallel Angle for the Arms
  • Cut (2) two by six wood that would serve as a joint for the 8 feet wood
  • Drill several holes through the Joined Wood with your Hand Drill
  • Connect the Hand to the Base of the Wood
  • Add Lumbers to the 2 Sides of the Bottom of the Base
  • Add Anchor Points to the Stand
  • Connect your Hammock to the Hammock Stand and Sit Inside
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Step 1: Use your Electric Saw to cut your two-by-four wood into 8 feet length

Use your Electric Saw to cut your two-by-four wood into 8 feet length
Using An Electric Saw to cut your two-by-four wood into 8 feet length

This is the first thing you must do if you are looking to build a hammock stand for yourself. YoIt would be best if you gathered some of the wood (precisely two by four) and cut them into 8 feet.

The 8 feet length should be okay for your Hammock, but you can always make it longer if you desire. Eight feet should be the minimum length of the wood you intend to use to build your hammock stand.

Step 2: Cut a 25-degree Perpendicular Angle for the Base and 25 Degrees Parallel Angle for the Arms

Cut a 25-degree Perpendicular Angle for the Base and 25 Degrees Parallel Angle for the Arms
Cutting a 25-degree Perpendicular Angle for the Base

Once you are done cutting your wood for the 8 feet length, the next thing you should do is cut a perpendicular angle for your base and arms. The bottom serves as a support for the wood that holds your Hammock.

This base must be strong enough to hold your wood when your wood is a bit bent. That is why cutting the 25-degree angle is essential. Once you have cut the 25-degree angle for the base and arm, you can move to the next stage.

Step 3: Cut (2) two by six wood that would serve as a joint for the 8 feet wood

Cut (2) two by six wood that would serve as a joint for the 8 feet wood
Cutting two by six pieces of wood that would serve as a joint for the 8 feet wood

This is the next thing you must do. You must take your time to cut wood (two by six) in different parts. When you cut them with an electric saw, you can join them to the 8 feet wood you have already cut.

Joining them is important. Ensure you join them between the two logs of the 8 feet wood. Join them at the top and bottom of the wood.

Step 4: Drill several holes through the Joined Wood with your Hand Drill

Drill several holes through the Joined Wood with your Hand Drill
Drilling Holes through the holes

You must drill holes in the wood once you have successfully joined them. Take your time to drill holes into the wood that will serve as a stand. ( remember, a short wood must be between the 2 long kinds of wood). Once drilling a hole, use your nail to nail the wood together. Ensure they are pretty tight and firm.

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Do the same thing for another wood. (join the together and drill a hole). The 2nd wood will serve as a second hand or arm to hold your Hammock. Once you have done this, drill separate holes into 2 to 3 planks of wood without joining them to anything (the wood must be long).

Step 5: Connect the Hand to the Base of the Wood

Connect the Hand to the Base of the Wood
Connecting the Hand to the Base of the Wood

Once you have successfully set up the hands, this is the next thing to do. You can now connect the hand to the base of the wood. Remember, there should be 2 singular planks of wood equal in length.  Put the wood on the top left of the wood and the other wood on the top right. Remember to observe the 25-degree rule.

Once you have done this, join the other singular base on the wood, serving as your hammock supports. Once you have kept it on top (meaning it must be equal in length to the singular base underneath), you can nail them together firmly. Ensure they are pretty firm together.

Step 6: Add Lumbers to the 2 Sides of the Bottom of the Base

Add Lumbers to the 2 Sides of the Bottom of the Base
Adding Lumbers to the 2 Sides of the Bottom of the Base

Lumbers are pretty important, as they help add balance to the base of the wood. You have to take your time to add lumbers to each side of the base. Ensure they are at the bottom of the base.

Once added, you can drill a hole into them and nail the lumbers to the base. This should give you all the balance you need.

Step 7: Add Anchor Points to the Stand

Add Anchor Points to the Stand
Adding Anchor Points to the Stand

You are almost halfway through if you have done the previous 6 steps. The next thing you should do is add anchor points to the stand. Remember, the anchor points must be equal in height. 

Once you have drilled holes for the anchor points, screw your anchor bolt to the holes using your screwdriver or expansion bolt. There are different methods you can use, and it is best to use the one that is best for you.

Step 8: Connect Your Hammock to the Hammock Stand and Sit Inside

Connect your Hammock to the Hammock Stand and Sit Inside

This is the last thing to do if you want to make a hammock stand. If the joints are firm, your hammock stand should hold your weight. You can connect your Hammock to your hammock stand using your carabiners.

Once you connect your Hammock to your stand, you can go ahead and sit inside your Hammock. Gently sitting in your Hammock will allow you to know if your hammock stand can accommodate your weight. There shouldn’t be any arms bending when you get inside your Hammock. If your hammock support stands string, then you have built for yourself a pretty good hammock stand.

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How Do I Keep my Hammock from Sagging?

If you have been using your Hammock for a while, there is a pretty good chance your Hammock will sag.  You might not be too comfortable with your hammock sagging, so you want to know what you can do to keep your Hammock from sagging. Well, here is a guide below.

  • Make your Hammock a lot firmer

This is the first thing you must do if you want to prevent your Hammock from sagging. Often, your Hammock sags because your hammock straps are too long. Try to shorten the straps as much as possible.

Once you have shortened the straps, you should get into your Hammock without it sagging (that is, as long as you tied the straps firmly). If it still sags after you make the necessary adjustment, you can go to the next tip.

  • Change your Straps

There is a good chance your strap would have been overstretched if you had used them for a long time. If you have used them for a while, your strap gets longer, which results in your Hammock sagging.

It is pretty much easy to fix this. Instead of making adjustments to your straps, you can change them entirely. By changing your straps, you should fix the problem of sagging in no time. SEE Why Hammock Hangs Too Low on A Stand? (READ)

How Tall Should a Hammock Be?

An ideal hammock shouldn’t be more than 4 feet off the ground. Observing this rule makes it easy to get in and out of your Hammock without stress. Apart from the ease, you also reduce the chance of accidents when you fall off your Hammock.

While a hammock shouldn’t be more than 4 feet from the ground, you should know that the hammock strap or anchor points shouldn’t be more than 6 feet from the ground. Making them higher will likely affect your balance, exposing you to the possibility of being flipped in the wind. READ – How Do I Stop My Hammock From Flipping In The Wind?

 

 

Conclusion

Making hammock support is a pretty easy task. All you need is to follow the steps listed in the article above. You should have no problems setting up your hammock support with the steps.

Apart from the steps, other important things, such as keeping your Hammock from sagging, have been discussed. Read through to get all the relevant details you need.