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Hammock Chair


Hammock Chair

Description:  This Hammock Chair is easy to make, but time consuming, since it’s large.  It’s a Macrame project that is suitable for beginners, though, since it is not complex.  This hanging chair features a deep "pocket" that a person can nestle in, to enjoy the outdoors in comfort.  

The size of the seat is approximately 40 inches long and 32 inches wide.  To increase the width, cut additional cords.   Make sure you end up with an even number (36, 38, 40, etc.)

You can attach a dowel between the rings.  See bottom of page.


Supplies Needed:

  • 6mm diameter, braided cord material (322 yards)                    
  • Two 3-inch welded metal rings
  • Flexible Tape Measure
  • Optional: One 36-inch Dowel, 3/4-inch thick (+ dowel caps)
Knots used: 


Cut the cords as follows:  

  • Upper Side Supports --16 cords, each 3 yards long
  • Lower Side Supports --16 cords, each 4 yards long
  • Seat -- 32 cords, each 6.5 yards long                   
  • Wrapped Knots -- 2 cords, each 36 inches long
Note: The images below mimic the details of each step, but in a smaller scale.

When you create your own Hammock Chair, the cords will be thicker and there will be more of them.


Side Supports


Step 1:  Pass 8 of the 4-yard cords through one of the rings, and match the ends. 

Place 8 of the 3-yard cords on top, and center them as well.

Fold the bundle of cords over the lower part of the ring.

Tie a Wrapped Knot around the cords, following the instructions below:


Secure one end of a 36-inch cord to the right of the folded cords, next to the ring.

Move down 2 inches and fold it.  Bring the end back up, close to the ring. 


Fold the Cord



Wrap the end around the cords, including the secured end of the one you are using.

Wrap firmly, moving downward, towards the fold.

  Wrap Towards Fold

When the knot is 2 inches long, pass the end through the folded area, which looks like a loop.   Pass End Thru Loop


Pull on the secured end, which is at the top of the knot. This will pull the other end, as well as the loop, inside the Wrapped knot.

Apply glue to the entire knot, and trim off any extra material from the short cord.

  Pull Short End

Step 2: Repeat step 1, mounting the remaining 3-yard and 4-yard cords to the other ring in the same manner.


Upper Edge of Seat

Step 3: Secure the rings to your work surface or hang them up somehow.

Select two of the shortest cords coming from the right ring, and two more from the left.

These will act as holding cords for the upper edge of the Hammock Chair.
Holding Cords  

Move down 36 to 40 inches from the bottom of the Wrapped Knot, depending on how low you want the top of the seat to rest.

The four cords should be brought towards each other, diagonally, so they unite at this point.


Tie a SK  

Step 4: Mentally number the left cords as 1 and 2, and the right as 3 and 4.

Use them to tie a tight Square Knot. The working cords are 1 and 4 and the fillers are 2 - 3.


Detail of SK  

Here's a closer view of the SK tied in the holding cord.

You will be mounting the cords for the seat of the Hammock Chair on either side of this knot.



Creating the Seat

Step 5:  Move the ends of the 4 cords so two go right, and the other two head left, rather than letting them dangle.  You can see this in the image below.

The cords for the seat of the Hammock Chair will be mounted onto the 4 cords.

Fold a Cord  
Fold one 6.5-yard cord in half, and lay it down on top of the 4 holding cords to the left of the Square knot.

Reverse Larks Head   Bring the ends around to the back of the 4 cords, and through the loop that forms, pulling them towards you. This is a reverse Larks Head knot.

Leave some room between this knot and the Square knot, for the next step.

Half Hitch with Right Segment  

Tie a Half Hitch with the end closest to the Square Knot:

Pass the end over the front, and under the back of the cords. Bring it over the cord you are working with, as you pull it downward.


Half Hitch with Left Segment  


Use the other end to make a Half Hitch as well. Tighten the knots firmly.



Push Knots Over  

Push the first knot to the right, so it rests against the Square Knot.

Repeat step 5 with the remaining 6.5-yard cords. There should be 16 cords mounted on each side of the SK in the center of the Hammock Chair.



Step 6:  Tie the first row of Alternating Square Knots (ASK) with the 6.5-yard cords.  Start with cord 1 and move all the way across to cord 64, tying the knots in a horizontal row.

They should rest just below the mounting knots described above.  Use 4 cords per knot (2 fillers). Tie the knots firmly and tighten them as much as you can.

Step 7:  Tie more rows of ASK, so there is 1-inch of space between the rows.

The EVEN numbered rows begin with cord 3 and end with cord 62. 

The ODD numbered rows begin with cord 1 and end with cord 64 (same as row1).

Stop when you have around 10 inches of material left, by measuring the shortest cords.


Lower Edge of Seat


Step 8:  Hang the Hammock Chair by the rings, if you have not already done so. 

Select two of the longest cords coming from the right ring, and two more from the left. Move all four of these cords diagonally, towards each other. 

Measure 60 inches down from the Wrapped knot. That's the point where the cords should unite. 

IMPORTANT: Before you move on to the next step, place the bottom of the seat close to these holding cords, to check the depth of the Hammock Chair.

The bottom portion of the seat needs to form a deep pocket, as in the image shown at the top of the page.

You can reduce the distance between the Wrapped knot and the place where the cords meet, if you want the bottom edge to come up more. 

Don't bring it up too much, or the seat won't be comfortable.


Step 9: Once these lower holding cords are at the correct placement, tie a tight Square Knot to link them together. This is similar to what you did in step 3.

Step 10:  Move the ends of the new holding cords so two go right, and the other two head left, rather than letting them dangle.

Attach half the cords from the seat to the right of the Square Knot, and the same on the left, using Double Half Hitches. 

Design Tip: This is the same as step 5, only the type of knot used is slightly different.

Start near the center and move outward as you attach the cords.


Apply glue to the entire row of DHH and allow it to dry before continuing.

Tie a Barrel Knot with each cord, resting under the seat of the Hammock Chair, close to the lower edge.

Finish the seat by choosing one option:

(Option 1) Weave the ends through spaces in the seat. You can trim them a bit first, but make sure they are at least 2 inches long. Use glue to hold the ends in place.

(Option 2) Trim the cords and leave a fringe, so they dangle.



 Side Supports


Step 11:  Organize the remaining cords for the right side support, into sets of two.

You will move from the bottom to the top of the Hammock Chair as you attach them to the right side of the seat design.

Look at the seat, and notice that there are large spaces along the edge, between the rows of Square Knots.

Side Supports

Slide one of the side support cords through a space at the edge, from the top.  Do the same with the second cord, placing it close to the first cord, but in a different space.

Make sure the portion coming from the ring is straight, with a little tension.

Tie Ends Together

Tie the ends together with an Overhand knot.

Tighten it as much as possible. 

Tie the Second Half

Tie another Overhand knot next to the first.

After tightening it, make sure it rests in the back of the Hammock chair design.

Pull Ends to Front

Pull the ends to the front of the seat before moving on to the next step.

Step 12: Repeat step 11 with the remaining side supports for the right side. 

Use the longest cords first, since they should support the lower half of the seat. Make sure they are evenly spaced.   The shorter cords are used as you move closer to the top.

Step 13:  Repeat steps 11 and 12, attaching the left side supports.  Try to place them between the same rows as on the right side.

Make adjustments to the knots as needed so the Hammock Chair hangs evenly, before moving on to the next step.

Second Knot

Step 14:  Go back to where you started, and pass the ends of the side supports through another space, further in (to the left).   Then tie the ends together again, with two Overhand knots, as in step 11.

Do this to all the other side supports on both the right and left sides.  When you are finished, apply glue to the knots and allow it to dry before moving on.


Step 15: The remaining material from the side supports can be used to make a fringe.

You could also finish them off by attaching them to the seat with additional knots. 

Another option is to tie Barrel knots in each one, so they rest close to the Square knots.  Apply glue and cut off the extra material.

Step 16: Use chain or thick rope passed through the rings to attach the Hammock Chair to a branch or sturdy hook.

Optional Attachment to a Dowel


Using a dowel is optional, but it stabilizes the chair and makes it feel more sturdy.

Drill holes at each end for the chain or rope to pass through.

Slide the rings onto the dowel, and position them close to the holes. Use pieces of scrap cord to wrap around the rings and the dowel several times, to hold them in place.

You can wrap in a Figure 8 pattern, and when you are finished, tie the two ends together with a Barrel Knot. 

Make sure the knots are as tight as possible, and apply glue.   Attach dowel caps at each end.


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