ISSUE 34  |  Heat Waves

DIY: Instant Summer Hammock

August 26, 2015 1:30 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

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.

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Above: The Le Beanock Hammock in white canvas is $570.

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

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Above: A large 20-by-20-Foot Canvas Drop Cloth is $151 from Gemplers; a 12-by-12-Foot Drop Cloth is $39.95 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.

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


Above: The 3/8-Inch 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.

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