Initially, when I thought about how to make a hammock with a DIY hammock stand from posts, it seemed like it would be a big deal. It’s not my friends! This DIY hammock stand built with posts was easy to do! Today, I’m going to show you how to make a hammock stand and the supplies you’ll need. It’s easy and inexpensive, not a big deal at all.
Plus, you won’t need to worry about a big metal hammock stand rusting and falling apart when it gets weathered. This DIY hammock stand is solid and isn’t going anywhere!
I wasn’t planning on adding a hammock to the backyard. In fact, I had no idea what I was going to do with this strip of yard on the side where we put our awesome master bath addition two years ago.
For weeks, I’d look out the window or over at this area when I was doing another part of the backyard makeover hoping to feel something, some little beginning of an idea, inspiration…
Nope, not a thing 🙁
I finally made the decision to start by adding a palm tree. Shade, we needed shade, right?
My good friend, who is also a Master Gardener, said “Why don’t you get a coconut palm”? Do you mean the kind that makes coconuts I asked? How fun! I was all over that idea! Thrilled that I finally had some direction for this area, off I went to find my new coconut palm.
The fellow at the nursery helped me pick a beautiful healthy one. Then he said, “If you have two, you can hang a hammock between your trees”. Really? What an awesome idea! Gimme two of those beauties:) Keep in mind, my new trees are about 15 feet tall and have maybe a foot of thick trunk on them.
Later that night, I realized it would be a few years before my coconut palms were tall and strong enough to support a hammock with people in. Darn! Yes, years. I don’t want to wait two or three years just to swing in my side yard!
I wanted to swing in my backyard hammock that week!
And that’s when I decided to make a hammock stand from posts in that neglected spot in the backyard.
How To Build A DIY Hammock Stand With Posts
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Supplies to make a DIY hammock stand from posts. I use affiliate links to help you find the products and tools used for this project.
- 2 – 4″ x 4″ x 8′ pressure treated posts
- 1/2″ spade bit – this is a really good deal on a kit
- drill press, I use the Ryobi Brand
- 1/2″ x 6″ eye bolt with washers
- hammock , I purchase the Duracord two person one.
- 5/16 stainless steel carabiner clips with locking bolt each one holds up to 1950 lbs, clearly iverkill but they fit the chain and the eye of the eyebolt.
- post hole digger
- 4 – 50lb bags of Quikrete
- Thompson’s WaterSeal Waterproofing Stain in Semi-Transparent Acorn Brown.
This is how I made m a hammock stand with posts over a weekend.
Steps to make a DIY hammock stand with posts
Step 1. Treat the hammock posts with a Thompson’s WaterSeal product.
You can see I had to be creative in my drill press set-up since the posts were so long, at least I added a seat for myself!
I bought a double wide hammock and wanted to be sure it would hold when DH and I are relaxing with a little frozen something swinging lazily together.
Step 3. Dig the hammock post holes. You’ll need to have at least 3o% of the post underground, which is 29 inches on an eight foot pole.
I was pretty surprised that by using the post hole digger it only took a few minutes per hole. My son handled this task, thank God for brawn and age:)
Step 4. Use two 25 lb bags of Quikrete in each hammock post hole. Follow the manufacturers directions and layer the water and the concrete mixture.
I waited two days for the concrete to cure in the hammock post holes and then back filled the holes with dirt.
How far do I space hammock posts apart in the ground?
When you build a hammock stand from posts, you’ll want to space them about 15 feet apart. If they are too close your hammock will hang at an uncomfortable angle. I planned for my hammock hooks to be at least 57″ from the ground which was higher than what the manufacturer suggested. I’m glad I did, because a new rope hammock will stretch.
We would have had our behinds dragging the ground even after bringing in the slack in the chains at the ends.
Make your DIY hammock stand area pretty
You’ll want to make your outdoor area pretty after you’ve gone to all of the trouble of making a DIY hammock stand.
If you don’t have grass under your hammock, consider adding mulch or something with color. This garden border edging is the easiest stuff to install and it’s crazy heavy duty. I show how to put it in in my Butterfly Garden project from last year. I also used it in my coastal rope garden border project.
Have a small outdoor side table near to hold that frosty drink you’ll be holding while swinging on your new DIY hammock with the awesome DIY posts.
Place your hammock stand near shade if possible. One day these trees will grow and we’ll have lovely shade.
New rope hammocks will stretch with the first few uses. When ours did, I took up excess chain by moving the carabiner up the chain.
My new landscaped hammock area looks great with the rest of the backyard. It was a good decision to build a hammock stand from posts for this project. It blends well with my teak furniture I just finished redoing. Plus, I’ll never need to worry about it rusting and falling apart like metal hammock frames eventually do.
My coconut palms should start making coconuts in about two years and they’ll be great for shade too. Thank goodness I don’t need to wait a few years to use my hammock!
Now that I’ve shared how easy it is to build a DIY hammock stand with posts are you ready to add one to your backyard too?
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My DIY hammock stand was my 10th project of my 30 Days To Fabulous Backyard Makeover. That a peek at the rest of my backyard DIY projects for more ideas to overhaul a backyard!