Build Your Own Hammock Stand

One of the best outdoor spots for relaxation is a hammock. You can simply lie down and read your book, enjoy the clouds above the sky, or take a snooze. If you’ve got no trees or posts in your yard, how can you hang your hammock? You can simply purchase a hammock stand.

Here comes another issue. Hammock stands are usually expensive. They typically cost more than the hammock. How can you relax with that? Luckily, to help you save money, we are here to help you build your own hammock stand.

Things You’ll Need

  • 8 pcs. 8’ 2×4 Boards
  • Deck Screws
  • Drill and ½” paddle bit
  • Chop saw or circular saw
  • Measuring tape
  • 10 pcs. ½” washers
  • 10 pcs. ½” nuts
  • 6 pcs. ½”, 8” long bolts
  • 4 pcs. ½” diameter, 12” long bolts

Step 1

Lay 2 pcs of 8’ boards parallel to each other. Then, drill a hole 6” inches from each end using your paddle bit.

Step 2

Next, take another 2 pcs. of 8’ boards and drill 4” holes from one end. Next, line them up. Don’t forget to utilize a spacer. It can be a small scrap piece of wood. With your 12” bolt, bolt through all 5 pcs of wood and secure with a washer and a nut. At this point, since you need to be able to swivel the boards, do not over tighten the bolts.

Step 3

You can also ask for help if possible. You can ask your little ones for help since they are usually eager.

Step 4

You need to ensure that your hammock will be attached around 4’ up to 5’ from the ground.

Step 5

You can look for the proper angle required for the hammock feet by searching on the internet. After you have the angle you require, to make a brace for each end, you need to cut another 8’ board in half. Utilize 2 spacers for every brace and secure it using 8” bolt on the “arm” and 12” bolts through the spacer.

Step 6

For the “feet” of your hammock stand, cut an 8’ board in half. Tip the hammock stand up and screw the “feet” in using deck screws.

Step 7

For hangers, place an 8” bolt through both of the “arms”. The placement will vary on the hammock’s size. You need to the hammock to be approximately 4’ off the ground. Also, you need to ensure you leave room for sag. Place a spacer right below the hanger and utilize deck screws to attach spacer. You can buy large “S” hooks if your hammock does not have its own hanging kit.

Final Step

Finally, tighten up every bolt and hang your hammock. Place it in a shady place in your yard.


Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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