If you’re planning on making a hammock chair for your home, there are lots of ways to go about it. You can always easily purchase a unit from retailers. But if you have the time and you want to make the unit more personalized, you can also easily make one on your own.
To get started, you’ll need to know what materials you’ll need. So, to help you out, we’ve listed down every supply, material, and tool you’ll need to make one.
Hammock Chair Materials
Let’s start with the actual chair itself. To make one, there are different materials that you can use, depending on the style you want. However, there are a few basic supplies that you absolutely need.
The most vital material is the fabric. This will be the actual hammock chair. You can use thick canvas, cotton, various blended fabric, or even macrame. As long as they are thick, sturdy, and comfortable to sit in and wrap yourself with, they will do. The measurements vary with the design you have in mind, though.
Cushioning is an optional material that you can get for a hammock chair. It can be just a small pillow or you can also fashion a hammock chair with fiber filling to create a softer seating surface.
For DIY hammock chairs, you’ll need to sew a bit so the rope and the fabric can be attached together. Creating a sturdy seam is the best way to do this which will require a large needle and a heavy duty thread. You can skip this if you’re getting a store-bought hammock chair.
If you intend to add some design to your hammock chair, you’ll also need some fabric paint and a paint brush to work with.
The hardest part in making a hammock chair is in the suspension. This is where you really need to pay attention to what you’re doing because you’ll need it to be sturdy and strong to carry your weight.
The most important thing you’ll need here are the ropes. They will help suspend your hammock chair to an overhead beam or hook. They should be thick, sturdy, and soft to touch. However, if the style you have in mind uses other materials like chain links, for example, you can also opt for those instead. They should be long enough to suspend the hammock chair at least until the seat is just 2 feet off the ground.
The hook is another essential supply for your hammock chair’s suspension, especially if you’re setting one up indoors. This will be the very thing to attach your hammock chair to the ceiling. It needs to be large and thick enough to carry a lot of weight. You also have to be careful in attaching it to your ceiling as it can determine how well it will hold up.
When it comes to hooks, you have the option to go for an actual, large sized hook or a large eye bolt. These will easily do the trick. However, there are also specially designed hammock chair swivel hooks available in the market. You can easily opt for those as well if you want a dedicated anchoring tool for your hammock chair.
You’ll also need carabiners to get the job done. If you don’t know what these tools are, they are a special kind of metal loops with spring-loaded gates. They can easily and quickly attach your rope to the hook and share the weight to make the whole system sturdier. Some people call them snap locks or spring links.
An oak dowel is also an important suspension tool, especially for pivot style hammock chairs. These will serve as excellent spreader bars since they can take a lot of weight well.
Stand Materials (for Standing Hammock Chairs)
If you want to make your own standing hammock chairs, it’s also pretty simple. Since there are several ways to make a frame, you have tons of options at which materials to get. Most people go for wood frames and a bit of their carpentry skills. Others opt to make an easy and portable metal pipe stand. It’s really all up to you how to proceed with this part.
As you can see, making a hammock chair is pretty easy. You can make one with just a $50 budget. You can also find hammock chairs from retailers at around that budget as well, so it’s really up to you how you want to get your hammock chair.