There is nothing better than taking a nap in a hammock on warm summer days. You can buy or make this unusual bed yourself. All you need is some inexpensive materials, a little bit of stubbornness and the following tutorial.
First, we make the rod that connects the weave to the fabric. You can use cedar or oak wood for this. Start by cutting the board to 1.40 meters. Use a pencil to mark 2.5 cm from one end of the shorter side, and then mark every 6.15 cm until you are 2.5 cm from the other end.
Next, drill holes in the marks with a 9.5mm drill bit. Make sure you drill straight up and down so you don’t punch through to the sides. There should be 22 holes total (11 per board). Smooth them out with a sander or sandpaper, then spray with oil, making sure the inside of each hole is well coated.
Now it’s time to make the V-shaped splice. This is the piece that connects the hammock frame to the stand. It is best to use 4.5 mm rope, but you can use something thinner if you want. Cut eleven 23 cm strands for each ring (46 strands total) – they should be 11.5 cm long when assembled.
As the weave begins to unravel, you’ll want to keep each string taut as you weave. Make sure the knot is tight by sliding a pencil, ruler, or even your finger between the tails and pushing the knot. When you get to the last two strands, tie them into a square knot.
Fabric for the bed
The bed will be the size of a full-size mattress. Provide yourself with a roll of fabric that is 138 cm wide. Measure the fabric and cut two pieces 18 cm long. We are going to cut the shape so that there is a slight convex curve at both ends. Measure 38 mm from the end and make a mark on each side of the fabric. Draw a line from each mark to the center of the fabric, forming a small “V “. Cut along the line
Instead of hemming the sides, we are going to use twill tape – make sure it is double folded when you buy it, this will ensure the edges of the fabric are covered
Facing the wrong sides of the fabric together, pin the bias tape around the raw edge, starting with one of the longer sides. Sew together at a distance of 3.15 mm from the edge of the twill tape. Make sure both layers of fabric are inserted all the way into the bias tape so you don’t accidentally sew through just one piece.
Continue sewing around the shorter side, bending the tape diagonally to go around the corner to the longer side. When the diagonal tape runs out, pin the second piece to the first so that the edges are folded over. Leave the remaining tape attached to the end of the second side for later
Cut the cotton flaps to the appropriate size. Try to match the shape of the ends of the fabric by gently curving them as you cut. Place the flaps into the fabric sleeve and pin the furthest corners. Cut off the excess, then stitch the last piece of twill tape, remove the pins, and wrap it so that no sharp edges are exposed.
To connect the bed to the rod, we use grommets. Center the rod on the end of the fabric and mark the center of all the holes on the fabric – there should be 22 total.
Take the back of one of the grommets and use a pencil to draw an inner circle on the fabric. Place them accurately and equidistant from the edges for a clean, professional look. Cut a small X-shaped slit, being careful not to cut it and end up with too large an opening. You can always enlarge the hole later if necessary. Punch a grommet into each hole
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To attach all the pieces together, make sure you pull the rope through the pole and then through the front side of the grommets and tie a knot in the back. If you care about detail, make sure both knots are facing the same direction. Hang the ring on a nail on the frame and then, using the bottom of the frame as a stopper to hold the rod in place, pull the fabric tight and tie each pair of ropes with a square knot. Start with the two center cords, then move outward two on either side
When you’re done, trim the excess rope so the tails are even and burn the edges with a lighter so they don’t fray.
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