Make Your Own Hammock

Kick back and relax in this easy-to-make hammock. Throw this simple project together in no time with a ball of rope and mainly using only one knot method.

By Lucy Davidson
Illustrations by Maria Nilsson
September 2018

40 Knots cover
Cover courtesy Princeton Architectural Press

In 40 Knots and How to Tie Them, Lucy Davidson shows readers the ropes on tying handy knots to use as a practical tool for everything from outdoor activities to arts and crafts. Davidson uses step-by-step instructions to teach readers knots essential for camping, climbing, and sailing, and shows readers how to practice these skills to create decorative projects. This book is a brilliant combination of impressive craftsmanship and clever designs, making it perfect for creative adventurers. The following excerpt is from Chapter 4, "Maritime Knots."

Who doesn't love lying back and relaxing in a hammock on a warm summer's day? As this project mainly uses just one knot — the Netting Knot — you'll be enjoying the fruits of your labor in no time! This project uses a huge amount of rope, and the easiest way to work with this much is too roll it up into a ball or wrap it around a wooden shuttle.

Photo by Getty Images/KatZalewski

You Will Need:

  • 2 pieces of dowel measuring 40 in. (1 m) wide
  • Roughly 755 ft. (230 m) of laid rope depending on the length of the hammock; this should be enough to make an average-size hammock
  • 2 lengths of cord measuring 60 in. (1.5 m)
  • Masking tape


  1. Taking one piece of dowel and one length of your shorter pieces of cord, tie a Slip Knot at either end.
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  3. Tie on one end of your main rope using a Perfection Loop. Pull it nice and tight.
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  5. Wrap the beginning of your rope around your dowel to create six loops.
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  7. To keep them even, it is best to stick them to a surface using masking tape.
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  9. Following the diagram, bring your rope down on the right and tape a loop on place. Using the Netting Knot, tie your rope to the loop above.
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  11. Continue creating loops and tying your rope to the loops above using Netting Knots.
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  13. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 until you have made the right length of netting for your hammock. Ideally you need the hammock to be 20 in. (50 cm) greater than your height.
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  15. Once you have reached the desired length, thread your other piece of dowel through the end loops. Attach the remaining shorter piece of cord, again with a Slip Knot, and your hammock is ready to hang.
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More from 40 Knots and How to Tie Them:

From 40 Knots and How to Tie Them by Lucy Davidson, Illustrated by Maria Nilsson. © Pavilion Book Company Ltd 2017, published by Princeton Architectural Press. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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