A hammock made of wood, wood and bamboo is easy to make, but is it really worth the effort?
The answer may lie in the number of components that go into a hammocks design, as well as the wood used.
Wood, for example, is more difficult to work with than metal.
But even the easiest materials can be complicated.
Here are 3 simple tips to help you make your own hammock.
The wood you chooseThe type of wood you use will depend on your hammock design and how much time you’re willing to dedicate to the project.
A wood hammock will work best when it is a light-weight material, such as birch or maple.
It can be made of a combination of pine and oak, as pictured above.
You’ll need about 40 to 50 feet of pine lumber for your hammocks, and 50 to 70 feet of maple for your base.
For more tips on choosing the perfect wood for your project, check out our article on How to Choose the Best Wood for Your Home Hammock.
For example, if you have a wood frame, you could use about 40 feet of wood.
If you want to make your hammocup from a mix of both wood and metal, you might want to use about 70 feet.
The number of feet of the base and the thickness of the fabricThe thickness of your fabric will be the determining factor for how many feet of fabric you use for your design.
A thicker fabric will give you a better chance of covering the hammock with your hammies legs.
However, you can always add more fabric by cutting out your own base.
Here’s how to calculate the amount of fabric that you’ll need to create your hammogets base and bottom:1/4″ thick wood base, or 3 feet thick and 5 feet long = 10 to 20 feet of base fabric2″ thick (5 feet) of pine fabric, or 4 feet thick = 10 feet of hammock fabric3″ thick or longer of maple fabric, 4 feet long, or 5 feet thick= 30 feet of total fabric, including fabric for the base2″ x 4″ x 6″ pine fabric = 30 feet2″x 5″ x 7″ maple fabric = 60 feet2 x 5″ maple + 3″ or more of other material = 60 more feet of finished fabric.
For more tips, check our article How to Calculate the Weight of your Materials for Hammocks.
The amount of woodYou want to have the most wood to build your hammos base and to complete the base fabric.
Wood is lighter than metal, but heavier than bamboo, so the weight of your wood will be an additional consideration.
To find the perfect weight, simply divide your base weight by the total amount of hammocks fabric you’ll use.
For example, a 1-pound (1.5 kg) weight of fabric will weigh 1 pound (0.7 kg) more than a 1.5-pound weight of wood base.
This is the weight you need to build the base, but also the amount you’ll add to the total fabric.
If your base is only 3 to 4 feet tall, add about 1 inch (2 millimeters) to the base.
If the base is over 10 feet tall and you have the fabric for your entire hammock, you will add about 8 inches (20 centimeters) to your base fabric thickness.
If that fabric is only about 2 feet (60 centimeters) thick, you’ll subtract 2 feet from the total thickness of fabric.
You can also choose the size of your base, using a ruler to determine the width of your final design.
For a standard 5-foot (1 meter) base, use 2 inches (60 mm).
For a 10-foot-tall base, a 2-footer (60 cm) base is recommended.
A 10-inch (30 cm) and a 10.5 foot (24.7 m) base would be the same height, and 10-feet-tall bases are often taller than 10-miles-tall ones.