Ever wanted to make your own DIY hammock? Whether you’re gallivanting through nature or simply want to create a cheap yet functional hammock to use at home, we’ve got you covered. Bungee cords can be used in a wide variety of crafts and activities, from storing garden tools to kayaking adventures. In this guide, we cover two different methods for making a DIY bungee cord hammock. So, let’s get stuck in and you could be relaxing in your own DIY bungee cord hammock in no time.
How to make a DIY bungee cord hammock
We will be showing you two different methods to make a hammock using bungee cords. Method one is a very basic and simple hammock, perfect for hikers who want to enjoy a scenic view in comfort. Method two involves more materials and time, so this may be better for those who want to build a hammock as a permanent feature in their garden.
Method one is a very simple DIY hammock that’s easy to attach between two trees or posts. You will need:
Blanket or tarpaulin
Bungee cords x2
1. Select your fabric
This DIY hammock craft works with blankets, tarpaulin or any other suitable fabric. If you plan to use the hammock outside in all weather conditions, consider whether the material you select is appropriate.
2. Cut your fabric to size (optional)
Items such as a blanket will likely be the right size for creating your hammock and won’t need any modification. However, if your fabric is too big then you can cut it down to size with scissors. There should be room for your body – from head to toe – as well as some slack and space at each end.
3. Bunch the ends together
Take one end of the fabric and bunch it together in your hands. Wrap a bungee cord around this bunch a few times, and then secure it in place with a tight knot. Keep plenty of extra bungee cord length left over, as you will use this to secure the hammock to your tree or post.
The knot you use here is important – bungee cords may not hold typical rope knots as well due to their stretchy nature. But don’t worry, our guide to the best knots to use for bungee cords explains how to create secure knots in bungee cords.
Repeat the same method on the other end of the hammock.
4. Attach the hammock to trees
With the remaining bungee cord lengths left on either side of your hammock, begin wrapping the cord around your anchor points. Wrap your bungee cord around the tree trunk multiple times, pulling it taut. You can then secure it in place with the same knots used above.
You should now have a very simple hammock, ready to set up in almost any location! Next time you go hiking, why not bring along your DIY hammock materials, lay back and enjoy the views?
This method is more complicated than the previous bungee cord hammock hack, but it provides a more permanent and stable result with the use of bungee straps. Here’s what you will need:
Carabiners or hooks
Sewing machine or heavy-duty sewing needle and thread
1. Determine the size of your hammock
Whatever space you’re working with, you will need to consider the size that your hammock will need to be. For example, if you want to tie your hammock between two trees, you will need to ensure your chosen material is long enough to stretch across this space and provide slack for your body to rest in.
2. Cut the fabric
Cut two long pieces of durable and breathable fabric to the desired length of your hammock. Ensure they are wide enough for comfortable use.
The desired length will depend on personal preference and the available space for hanging the hammock. Consider the area where you plan to hang the hammock and the amount of slack or tension you prefer.
3. Attach strips of fabric together
Lay your two strips of fabric one on top of the other. The sides of the fabric that you want on display should be facing inwards towards each other. Sew along the long edge of both pieces of fabric, joining them together. Make sure that you create a strong seam, and go over it again if you feel it’s necessary. You can also sew an additional strip of fabric along the seam if you want extra durability.
4. Sew bungee cords to material
With your material laid flat, place a bungee cord along the length of one side. Fold some of the fabric over, creating a small loop over the bungee cord that will hold it in place. Sew this loop in place, making sure that you’re only sewing the fabric and not the bungee cord. Repeat for the other long side of your fabric.
5. Attach carabiners to bungee cords
Attach carabiners to the ends of the bungee cords that are sewn into the fabric. The carabiners will serve as the connection points for attaching the hammock to the anchor points.
6. Test your anchor points
Wherever you want to hang your hammock, ensure that it is strong enough to hold the weight of a hammock and those using it. If you wish to use trees as your anchor points, wrap strong bungee straps around the trunks, ready to attach to your carabiners.
7. Attach hammock to anchor points
Using the carabiners, attach your hammock to the tree trunks. Be sure to test the strength and tension of the hammock, using additional bungee cords if you need more support.
8. Test the hammock
Carefully place your weight on the hammock, ensuring it can hold you. Then, check the tension and comfort of the hammock. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure the hammock is supportive and comfortable. Then, sit back and relax on your DIY bungee cord hammock.
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