Hammock Guide

The hammock pictured on the home page of this site was made with these instructions, and uses the sewn on bugnet design shown in the bug net DIY guides.

Double layer hammocks have at least four advantages over single layer hammocks -
1) they are stronger, so they hold more weight,
2) if one layer suffers some damage, it is less likely to cause a failure as a single layer hammock,
3) they hold a pad in place between the layers,
4) and they have a great track record of stopping mosquitoes from getting you from underneath.

This design is optimized so you can slip a closed-cell foam pad (or inflatable) between the layers for an inexpensive bottom insulation option. Having a pad between the layers helps keeps it in place, where a pad simply placed on top of your hammock is rather tricky - it tends not to like to stay where you want it and, while fun for others to watch, can be rather frustrating for you. If you will be using an underquilt anyway, a single layer hammock may be a better option if weight savings is a key factor for you.

Note: For a single layer hammock, just cut the fabric to size, hem the edges, sew your end channel, gather the end, and add your suspension. Easy peasy!

35 thoughts on “Hammock Guide

  1. I am wanting to make some double camping hammocks for my children as their sole beds. They currently have the nylon type and the static bed head is crazy. I am wanting to make them out of cotton. Would the measurements and such be the same?

  2. I am looking at making a hammock for someone who is currently about 440lbs, workwould the material you have suggested here work for someone of that weight?

    1. From what I remember, the footbox design works off a standard rectangular hammock build. I do not have any specs on hand, but I do remember a few people giving the design a whirl over at Hammock Forums. Try checking the DIY section there.

  3. really interested in building some underquilts. Can you make up a kit or list about how much i would need of everything. Im looking at making two and would like to mimic the eno with the largest baffles they make. I know I have asked a lot and probably left off a lot of things but would love if you could help me out. thanks

    1. Hi Jarrett. Thank you for asking. I will be putting together a kit soon for quilts. In the time being, there is a materials list right on the DIY Guide sheet that lists out each item and how much you’ll need.

  4. Will this pattern work with mods for 15″- 20″asymmetrical(parallelogram shape), a 30″ x 30″ x 43″ foot box, a 30″ x 30″ x 20″ shoulder box, shelf etc. or do you recommend just a banana shape?

  5. received my double layer hammock kit. The sewing is all done but I am confused. Which is the am steel blue and which is the ridgeline. I received two 12 ft. pcs. one is thin and light grey and the other is a little thicker and black. which is the am steel . Appreciate your help.
    Jeff Stephenson

    1. There will be three cords in the kit. Amsteel is the thickest of the three, and 6 feet long (or in two 3 foot sections) – Amsteel is the very slippery stuff. The 12′ gray piece is the Tech Line, for the ridgeline, and the black 12′ cord is the nylon cord for cinching the ends. Hope that helps. Thanks.

  6. Can I use the same pattern with 2.8oz nylon fabric from your website and still be able to hold two people (roughly 300lb) of weight? Also, there are two types of polyester threads on your website with 3 different gauges(?) for each type. Which one is recommended?

  7. I recently finished my hammock and have tried it out a couple of nights in my yard. I’m so excited to take it backpacking eventually!
    One thing I noticed yesterday is that when I would lay too diagonal, an uncomfortable ridge would form in the hammock under my neck. But if I bunched up a bit of the fabric along that outside edge of the hammock, it would lay flat and comfortable. So I overlapped about 1 1/2 inch of that edge (making three layers of the hammock and making that side approximately three inches shorter), and sewed it together in a x-box pattern just along the hem. That seems to work well. I slept in it last night and it was great. I don’t know if this is just how my hammock worked out (my sewing is crazy), or if this would work well with other hammocks too.

  8. Scott, I understand the rolled hems on the short ends, but what kind of hems are suggested for the long sides? The diagram just says hem. Thanks.

    1. Hey Frederick. Just a rolled hem on the long end too, but it can be a narrow hem (3/8″-1/2″ or so). The only purpose there is for a finished look and to keep the edges from fraying.

  9. Can you use less fabric by sewing the second layer by size of pad rather than doubling the entire thing? Ie sew a channel to stick pad in. I’m 5-7 and with gear, under 170 lbs.

    Any problems sewing the bug net onto the hammock itself with a zipper or bungeed gather on one side to get in?

    I’d like to make it an UL hammock system. 🙂 thanks!

  10. Could anyone go into further detail about step 4 for the hammock plans. I’m not exactly sure what a roll hem is and how to run the draw cord through to tie it off. Thanks!

  11. I’m pretty confused on step 4, is there any video or something that would help me better understand how to cinch the ends?

    1. Knotty from hammock forums has a great video that taught me this very technique. You can find his video on YouTube here:

  12. I’ve made a few hammocks before, but never for a big person. A coworker asked me to make him one. He’s about 6’4″ and 295 lbs. What would you suggest?

  13. I am new to a hammock and think that I would like to a mosquito net, how should I do that and where should it be attached? Also how do you keep this thing from bucking you off? Thank you for your time? Do you have any one in
    SW Arizona…I am alone out here. Dorothy

    1. Hi Dorothy – Pawel linked a really great bug net solution by Fronkey from HammockForums.net. I’ve also got three bug net solutions for hammocks in the DIY Guides under Bug Netting.

      We’re in Maine, so nowhere near Arizona – but join up at HammockForums.net. There are lots of folk down your way who could help with questions.

      As for being bucked off, my first guess is that maybe the hammock is being strung to tight? There should be quite a bit of sag to the hammock relative to the suspension lines. It can help to have a structural ridgeline to get the right amount of hammock sag each time.

  14. What is the typical weight of this hammock given the materials needed to make the double layer version? Also, I’m 5’8″ tall. Would I be able to shorten the overall length at all to save weight yet still maintain comfort?

    1. Hey Chad – the weight is mostly dependent on the fabric used. Going with an average fabric width of 62″, each layer comes out to 6 square yards. So, if you’re using 1.9oz Ripstop, each layer would weigh 11.4oz (6 x 1.9). Two layers comes to 22.8oz. The extra stuff doesn’t weigh much, maybe 3oz, giving you roughly 25-26oz with 1.9oz fabric.

      Double-Layer Hammock Weight = 12 x Fabric Weight per Square Yard + 3
      Single-Layer Hammock Weight = 6 x Fabric Weight per Square Yard + 3

      Hope that helps.

    1. Yes, it would definitely fit someone 6’4″, but were I that tall, I would increase it to 11 feet for the raw fabric length. Those 6″ would be well worth the extra ounce.

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