How to make a swinging hammock chair

Have you ever thought on the lines of making your own swinging hammock chair? Well if not then now is the time to test your skill and creativity. We will just explore the easy way to make your very own swinging hammock chair.

Materials you will need

  • Faux leather 2 yards
  • Electric Drill
  • Scissors
  • 1 ½ inch spade bit
  • 5/8 inch spade bit
  • Fast grab glue
  • 1/16 inch drill bit
  • Sewing pins
  • All-purpose thread
  • 4, one inch screws
  • Sewing machine
  • Stud finger
  • 2 inch wooden dowels
  • Pliers
  • 1 ¼ inch wooden dowels
  • Miter saw
  • Spring loaded fixed eye hook
  • Heavy duty braided rope
  • Clamps
  • Large eye hook

Steps to make the swinging hammock

Make it a point to follow the steps below for making the swinging hammock chair.

Step 1: The faux leather has to be cut into two rectangles about 55 inches in length and 27 inches in width.  One of the rectangles should be placed wrong side up and glue should be applied on all the 4 sides. The other rectangle should be placed right side up on the first rectangle and try pressing the sides to adhere.


Step 2:  Make a fold of about 5 inches from the shorter leather sides. You have to make a pocket for hanging by pinning it in place and sewing with the straight stitch across the folded fabric bottom. The same process has to be repeated on the other short side.


Step 3: Cut each 2 inch dowels to 34 inches by using the miter saw. Cut one 1 ¼ inch dowel to about 34 inches as well. One of the 2 inch dowels should be clamped to a sturdy surface. Use the 1 ½ inch spade drill bit for drilling a hole through the center of the dowel. Repeat the same process on the other end and also with the other 2 inch dowel. Use the 5/8 spade bit for repeating the process for 1 ¼ inch dowel that was already cut into 34 inches.


Step 4: Now is the time to assemble your chair. Slide the 2 inch dowel through the leather pockets. The 1 ¼ dowels need to be slided into the holes that have been drilled into the 2 inch dowels. Adjust the dowels in a way that about 1 inch sticks out of each hole. 1 1/16 inch pilot holes need to be drilled through your 2 inch dowels into your 1 ¼ inch dowels. Now put screws into the pilot holes for attaching the dowels together.


Step 5: A drill bit should be used for drilling a pilot hole in the joist in your ceiling. The eye hook needs to be screwed into the pilot hole and the pliers should be used for twisting the eye hook in the ceiling.


Step 6: Take a rope and cut it into 2 pieces of about 72 inches. Wrap one piece of the rope twice on the bottom 2 inch dowel and secure it through two knots. Repeat the same process with the other piece of rope and the other bottom of your chair.

How to make a swinging hammock chair



Step 7: Take another piece of rope and cut it into 108 inches. Wrap one side of the top 2-inch dowel with one end of the rope. Leave about 12 inches for the tassel. It is essential to measure 26 inches of the rope up from your double knot.  Now tie a single knot. There should be 26 inches of your rope between the two knots. The free end of the rope has to be threaded into one of the holes of the 1 ¼ inch dowel.


Now take the free end of the rope tied to bottom 2 inch dowel and measure about 38 inches. This rope should be used for tying a double knot above the single knot. There should be 38 inches between the 2 knots. Try sliding the two knots from the top and bottom rope so that they tend to appear as one.

How to make a swinging hammock-chair

Step 8:  The knotted and threaded end of the rope should be slipped through 1 ¼ inch dowel through the eye of your spring loaded hook. You need to check out how much rope is needed for hanging the chair. A single knot has to be tied under the hook for anchoring the spot.


Step 9: Repeat the knot process mentioned in step 7 for other sides. Next the spring loaded hook needs to be clipped onto the eye hook in your ceiling.


Step 10: You need to unravel your loose rope ends for giving a tasseled look. Your new swinging hammock chair is ready for use.

How to make a swinging hammock chair