Nap season is upon us. Prepare yourself by making this easy DIY hammock. Then climb in.

Whether you're looking for a quick fix or inspired to whip out the sewing machine and install metal grommets into canvas, this utilitarian DIY hammock is the way to go for outdoor lounging.

Above: The Le Beanock Hammock in white canvas is $641.48.

It's considerably less expensive (and perhaps just as satisfying) to make your own version. Here's how:

Above: A large 20-by-20-Foot Canvas Drop Cloth is $94.45 from Gemplers; a 12-by-12-Foot Drop Cloth is $25.89 from Tarps Plus. Consider doubling up on the canvas for your DIY hammock by splitting the large drop cloth in half, or sewing two smaller pieces together.

Above: Source four Stainless Steel Grommets with Washers in a 3/8" size; $16.20 for 12 from Ahh. 

Above: The 3/8" Zinc-Plated Steel Chain is $94.97 for a box of 30 feet from Home Depot.

Above: The Nite Ize Stainless Steel S-Biner is $2.94 from Home Depot.

For more DIY hammock inspiration, see "Swing from the Trees."

This is an update of a post originally published June 11, 2012.



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